How To Draw an Airplane

This is a student post by Nathan, Jacob, and Nolan.

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We are going to show you how to draw an airplane. The illustration is accompanied by a rap with the step by step directions. We learned how to increase the speed of a video using Windows Movie Maker. We also remixed music using UJAM.

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How-To: Draw an Airplane from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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Have you ever created a rap before? If not, what would your rap be about?

Tell us about your favorite thing to draw.

What is your favorite place to create music?

 

Website Recommendation: Cool Math Games

This is a student post written by Elaina and Jenelle.

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The website, Cool Math Games, has educational games. In one of the games for example, BLOXORZ, the goal is to get a rectangular shape into a hole. It gets very difficult at times, but it teaches you problem solving skills. I would definitely recommend this for everyone.

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Another game is Math Man. You are playing Pac Man, and you have to eat a question mark. The question mark then gives you a math problem to solve. You have to eat the ghost that has the right answer. This game helps you to improve your math skills. I would also recommend this game.

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Have you played BLOXORZ or Math Man before? What did you think?

What are some of your favorite Math games?

Earth Day 2013

In celebration of Earth Day this past April 22nd, we made our third annual Paperless Earth Day books. You can see our past Earth Day books by clicking here (Earth Day 2011) and here (Earth Day 2012) . We used KidPix4 and TuxPaint to illustrate our ideas. Take a peek at some ways we take care of the Earth.

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These books are also embedded on our eBook page. You can click on this link or find eBooks in the menu bar above.

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Our classes also enjoyed playing Michael, Michael Go Recycle!

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…and reading an Earth Day book on Starfall.

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What did you think of our Paperless Books?

Can you share other ways that we can take care of the Earth?

How did your class celebrate Earth Day?

 

Kindness

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the Techie Kids have been talking about friendship and kindness. We are grateful for our friends. That makes us want to practice being kind to others. 

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Here are some of the ideas we shared. Click on the picture-link below to hear a story about an unlikely friendship between a baby hippo and a tortoise.

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Some Techie Kids created posters using Kerpoof, Kid Pix 4, and TuxPaint to share ways to be a good friend and show kindness.

Kindness on PhotoPeach

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Can you tell me a story of a time when someone showed kindness to you?

How can you be a kind friend?

How can you show kindness to your teacher or your family?

W.O.W! Websites Of the Week

We’ve been on Winter Break this week. It snowed for a couple of hours, but that’s about all. Tonight we have our first official storm of the season brewing. I wonder if we’ll have a snow day tomorrow..

While the Techie Kids are enjoying a short recess, I thought I would share a few wonderful websites with you. Give these a try and let us know what you think.

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Lego City Comic Builder


Kerpoof

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San Diego Zoo Web Cams
PBS Kids Story of Owen and Mzee
ABcYa! Animations 

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ABC Ya! US Geography Puzzle Map

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Find the Technology 

 

ABC Ya! Input & Ouput Devices

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Tell me which website you liked and why.

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How could we use websites like Kerpoof to help us present things that we are learning?

Researching Michigan

So many of our blogging buddies have created informational videos and posts about the area they live in. We are learning so much about our world through all that they’ve shared. It’s about time that we did the same thing. Today, our third graders will be starting to research important facts that we can share with all of you about our great state of Michigan. We will be using informational websites, Google Earth, United States apps, and a World Atlas text to find out more. When we are done, we will share our information with you on a Michigan page using tools like Prezi, Photo Story 3, and EduGlogster.  

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Here are some examples of how our friends have shared information with others about their area.

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Mr. Salsich’s Class created a video about Stonington, Connecticut.


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Watch the video on The Local Environment in Sointula created by Mrs. Watson’s 2/3 Class.


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Here is a link to the 2/3’s Our Province page.

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Watch the PhotoPeach Mrs. McKenzie’s Class created to tell others about Reefton, New Zealand.

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Can you share any apps, tools, or websites that would help us with our research?

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Do you have any questions about Michigan?

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Alphabet Practice

Kindergarteners know how important it is to learn what their letters look like and the sounds they make. So, we thought we should practice our early reading skills in the lab too. Since we are Techie Kids, we thought we’d try to use technology to support our learning and have some fun along the way. 

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Kindergarten ABC’s from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

When our 2nd graders heard about what the Kindergarteners were doing, they wanted to help. They spent their first time using a digital camera in class to go on a scavenger hunt to look for all the letters in the alphabet. It’s important to be able to recognize letters in uppercase, lowercase, and many different font styles.

To view the 2nd graders pictures, please click here,
ABC Scavenger Hunt.

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For some extra fun, try out the Techie Kids’ favorite early reading websites.

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Starfall

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PBS Kids Super Why!

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Alphabetimals

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The last website was shared by Richard Byrne and we are so glad since it fits perfectly with what we’ve been working on. You can also download free flash cards, coloring pages, and a poster featuring the Alphabetimals.

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Christmas Fun

Well, you may have noticed that something looks different around here. Last week, the Techie Kids visited our blog buddies, Mr. Avery and Mrs. Watson’s, class blogs. They were super excited when they saw the Christmas decorations and immediately started asking if we could decorate too. Of course, they didn’t have to ask me twice! If you’d like to add some fun to your website, visit blogamation.com and take a peek at some of their cool animations.

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I thought I’d share our Sqworl with some fun websites for you to try out this month. Can you share any of your favorites with us? We’d love to add them to our collection!

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With so many pictures being taken at this time of year, we wanted to share some of our favorite Photo Editing websites with you. We’ll be exploring these in class this week.

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Don’t forget about having fun with Wordle too!

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Just as an update, our 5th graders are working on their first-ever glog’s through EduGlogster. The Kindergarteners are planning and practicing for their first-ever video. Stay tuned to see how they turn out…

 

 

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Do any of you have tips to share about making a glog?
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Can you tell us about a favorite Christmas or photo editing website we should try?
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Please share your favorite Christmas activity, tradition, or story with us.