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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Rolling into May!

Wow, it's hard to believe that May is just around the next midnight! We'll be off into our summer worlds in no time. Still, we're hard at work in the Technology for Learning Lab.

Third graders are doing differing things in the lab this week according to the needs of their teachers' classrooms. Ms. McKay's class started exploring the Japan Study links on our Webliographer and Ms. Blankenships students continued searching and copying/pasting/printing pictures to cut out for their Thailand reports. Ms. Anitra's young'uns will do the webliographer work for their China studies and Ms. Webb's will follow suit for India.

Fourth graders are pulling digital photos from the network folder their teachers have saved them in, into brief Photostory3 for Windows "photostories," fun movies made from still pictures. In the course of that they're learning a bit about picture and video formats and learning a valuable tool they can use this summer to make fun movies from their vacation pictures.

Kinders and 1sters are drawing in Drawing for Children, the freeware of choice for the lab, illustrating a favorite activity in Kindergarten or 1st grade from a list we have brainstormed on the Smartboard. I hope to compile welcome shows for next year's entering K and 1 students from these: Maybe I'll use Photostory!

2nd graders are also exploring the webliographer, but they are taking the lab time to explore the dozens of good links we have compiled over the years in the "Insects" topic. Ask them to tell you some things they found! We'll share these out next week--nothing helps learning quite so powerfully as teaching and sharing about something.

FYI the date for us to hear about State and Regional winners from the Doodle4Google competition is May 12. I'll have a report right here just as soon as we do...

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