March 9, 2014
by Mrs. Hamman
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Iditarod Update #1

Posted March 9:

Our class is on Spring Break this upcoming week. Before the break we were eagerly following the Iditarod and checking the race standings several times a day. We will find out the winner while we are on our break, and I will post the results here. As I write this our class musher, Jeff King, is in second place! Three of our other nominees (Aliy Zirkle, Martin Buser and Robert Sorlie) are in the top 10. It looks like it will be a very close and exciting finish this year!

While we are waiting to find out who wins, check out this amazing video shot by Jeff King a few days ago. We learned that Mr. King is known as an innovator in the mushing community, and his most recent idea is using a GoPro camera to film his races.  In this video you can really see what it’s like to race behind a powerful team of sled dogs!

What is your favorite part of this video?

If you had a GoPro camera, what would you film with it?

December 9, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman's Class

Edublog Awards…and 10,000 Visitors!

We learned two exciting things about our blog this week.

1. We were nominated for an Edublog Award for Best Class Blog 2013! We feel honored that our blog was nominated, and we’d like to thank all our friends and fellow bloggers who nominated us. We saw that many of our favorite classroom blogs were nominated, too, and we are excited to learn more about the nominees on the list that are new to us! If you would like to check out the nominees and vote for the awards, this is how you do it:

Students can also vote for individual student blogs. We’d like to congratulate Em’s Canvas (written by a 2nd grader in our district) on her nomination! To vote for student bloggers, go here: Voting is now open for best student blog.

Thank you to all of our readers for supporting classroom blogging everywhere!

2. We have been watching our ClustrMap carefully all year, and we were ecstatic, thrilled, jubilant and exhilarated when we recently reached the milestone of having 10,000 visitors!

We love to see where our visitors come from and to think about what it must be like where they live. We noticed that when we looked at the country list in ClustrMaps, there were some countries we knew, but many we had never heard of before! To find out more about these countries, we started by finding out in which continent the country was located. We have been learning about the best ways to search for information online this year, and here is one tip we learned that was helpful: in Google, just type the word “continent” and the name of the country, and a box will appear at the top of the search results with the answer. Try it!

Thank you to all our readers everywhere!

We appreciate all of you!


July 27, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman

Back to school!

It’s almost time for our new school year to start! I’m excited to get to know all of you and introduce you to all the interesting things you’ll learn in third grade. I hope to see you at our Back to School Fair, which will be held on Saturday, August 3, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 7. The countdown timer has started!

July 24, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman

Augmented Reality at Summer Bridges

Mrs. Hamman's Class Blog: Augmented Reality in Summer Bridges

Last week a small group of incoming third graders came to school for the Summer Bridges program. We’ve been working on reading and math, but we also have been investigating some of the new technology we’ll be using in third grade this year. One thing that really captured our attention was all the new apps that use augmented reality. We experimented with Fetch! Lunch Rush and colAR and were so fascinated by them, we decided we wanted to try to create augmented reality content for ourselves.

Last week we read a nonfiction story about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We thought the story was really interesting and it led to us looking up other websites and videos online to learn more. We wondered if many other kids knew anything about this issue, and we decided we wanted to share what we learned with others. This would be a perfect chance to use augmented reality!

First we brainstormed a list of ten questions people might have about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and we looked up the answers to each one. Then we printed up our list of questions and put them on posters which we decorated and hung in our hallway. We created short videos where we answered the questions we had printed on the posters. (Because we were experimenting with all kinds of technology last week, we broke out the green screen and used the Green Screen Movie FX Studio app on an iPad to create the videos.) Then we used the Aurasma app to place the videos as overlays over our poster images; Aurasma calls the merged images “auras”. When we invited other people to view our videos, they were amazed!

Using augmented reality is a fun new way to get a message to people. We enjoyed learning how to use the Aurasma app and now that we’ve tried it, we can think of lots of ways we can use this in our third grade classrooms this year!

If you’d like to view our first “auras”, here’s how to do it:

1. Download the free Aurasma app on your device. Once the app is on your device you can set up your own account for free.

2. Search for FPES Room 505 (just type in “FPES”) and follow our channel.

3. Click on one of the pictures in our post (below) to enlarge it on your screen.

4. Open the viewer window (bottom middle icon) on the Aurasma app and point it at one of our questions. You’ll see a swirling purple circle, then our answer video should appear.

Note: you may need headphones to hear our videos; we only had about an hour to create them all and we didn’t have time to edit them to improve the sound quality! Since you might have a hard time hearing our answers to the questions, we will also type the answers in the comments below.

If you are a teacher and would like to learn more about augmented reality in your classroom, here are two great blogs to check out:

Have you ever used augmented reality?

What else can we do with the Aurasma app? 

November 19, 2012
by Mrs. Hamman

Flat Stanley

Do you know who Flat Stanley is? He’s a character in a series of books written by Jeff Brown. He’s a regular boy except that he is totally flat! Because he is flat he can go on all kinds of adventures; all he has to do to travel somewhere is get mailed there in an envelope!

We are starting a Flat Stanley project. We are making our own Flat Stanleys and sending them to friends all over the world. Our friends will take pictures and tell us stories about the adventures Stanley had while visiting them. If you’d like Flat Stanley to visit you, please leave us a comment!

A group at our Saturday Academy made a trailer about our Flat Stanley project. A trailer is supposed to give you a little bit of information about something that is coming up, just to get you excited about it.

Flat Stanley Trailer from S Hamman on Vimeo.

Did our trailer work? Are you excited about the Flat Stanley project?

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