Category Archives: Digital Stories

Using Picture Books to Teach Tech, Part 2

A while back I wrote about my love for picture books, and how I’ve used them to introduce various concepts (especially ones related to technology) in a post titled Using Picture Books to Teach Tech.  Since then I came across several other great books that I have used in my tech program  (or that I can’t wait to use soon) that I wanted to add to the list of Great Books to teach Tech.  Here they are:

But I Read it on the Internet by Toni Buzzeo

but i read it on the internet

This book is about evaluating, verifying, and citing sources.  Although it deals with primary, print and online resources, it focuses on website evaluation and provides a handy checklist for that purpose.  It also explains the meaning and importance of URL endings (.com, .edu). It’s a great book for introducing kids to online research.  For more about this topic, see my earlier post: I know it’s true…I read it online

The Dot by Peter Reynolds

TheDotThe possibilities are endless for using this book by Peter Reynolds.  It’s about motivation, determination, creativity, believing in oneself, and ‘passing it forward’.  In my tech classes I have used it to inspire students to create their own dot pictures, as seen here: Grade 2 Dot Day Art

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

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Although not new, I recently discovered how this gem of a book can inspire young artist to see and create different objects from ‘spills’.  Take a look at how we have modified this classic with my students, giving it a different spin: It Looked Like Spilt (Chocolate) Milk

 

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt 

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In this fun book, the different colours of crayons write a letter to a child about why he should use them more or less often.  Students can have a lot of fun writing a response letter to a crayon of their choice, explaining why it’s needed and why it shouldn’t quit.  See our grade 1/2 example here: Dear Crayons

 

 

 

We Can See…at ECOO13

I have just returned from Bring IT Together, this year’s ECOO conference that was held in Niagara Falls.  I really don’t know where to start or how to describe the amazing learning and sharing that took place at this conference.  I have met some incredible people, many whom I have been following on Twitter and was able to have some face-to-face time talking and learning with them.  I have also made 26 new connections which, thanks to Twitter, will only grow stronger with time. I was inspired by the keynotes and presentations of many of my colleagues.  I learned of many new programs and tools I can now utilize in my school to help kids learn. I also got a ton of new ideas on how to incorporate technology into lessons in order to make learning more meaningful to students. One of those is making a “We Can See” book that I was inspired to create based on my experience at ECOO13. It was from a workshop I attended presented by Angie Harrison and Jocelyn Schmidt entitled “We can see…all around the world”.

For more information about their We Can See project, visit their blogs:

Mrs. Harrison’s Ks

Our Kindergarten Journey

Here is ECOO13, from my perspective:

I have also had the privilege to present to my colleagues about some of the things I’ve learned and done as a tech teacher in the past year and a half. Here is the description of my workshop from Lanyrd:

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The turnout for my presentation was better than I expected, given that there were so many amazing presentations going on at the same time, not to mention – lunch. The feedback was very positive and humbling:

Here is a link to my full presentation on Prezi:

Project Ideas for Fostering Creativity

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