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Rebecca, thanks for starting this thread. I love the Iditarod! I must sheepishly admit, however, that I lived in Alaska for 6 years and never saw the start. There always seemed to be a conflict that came up on that day. Maybe I'll need to go back so…
March 12
Andrea, thanks for reminding me. I did that as well, of course! Rebecca, I loved your ideas about the presentations and ways to incorporate glogs, flip cameras, etc. Just another example of how we can embed technology in what we do every day!
March 11
Do your students struggle with comprehension or vocabulary development? Looking for ways to integrate literacy in your instruction? This group will explore issues related to literacy in middle school science and mathematics.
February 21
Hi Christie, First of all, it's great that you are thinking about how to best prepare your students for this transition. It's a scary (yet exciting) prospect for them, and having time to talk about issues and situations is really important. I taught…
February 12
Do your students struggle with comprehension or vocabulary development? Looking for ways to integrate literacy in your instruction? This group will explore issues related to literacy in middle school science and mathematics.
February 2
Do your students struggle with comprehension or vocabulary development? Looking for ways to integrate literacy in your instruction? This group will explore issues related to literacy in middle school science and mathematics.
January 4
Hi Marcia, Great topic! I'd love to talk about the importance of building a collection of science-themed informational text. Maybe this isn't as big of an issue in middle school libraries, but I know it's a big one in the elementary world. Jessica
November 24, 2009
Hi John, Sorry, I don't have any experience with this either. Sounds interesting, though!
November 24, 2009

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Citizen Science, Real Data, and Web 2.0 Combine in Snowtweets Project

Real data and citizen science projects are wonderful ways to engage students, but they often are best conducted during the fall and spring. What’s a teacher to do in the colder months of winter?

The new Snowtweets Project from the University of Waterloo has one answer. The Snowtweets Project provides a way for people interested in snow measurements to quickly broadcast their own snow depth measurements to the web. These data are then picked up by our database and mapped in near real time. The p… Continue

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 12:16pm —

Jessica Fries-Gaither

Wordle as a reading comprehension tool?

If you aren't familiar with Wordle, it is a tool that generates "word clouds" from text that your provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can play with fonts, colors, and layouts to personalize your word cloud, save it to a gallery, or print it out.

I came across Wordle some time ago, thought it was pretty nifty, and then forgot about it. An article in the August 2009 issue of Learning & Le… Continue

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Jessica Fries-Gaither

Session Archive: Tech Talk: Digital Storytelling

On August 12, I moderated the third Tech Talk for MSP2 using Ellumniate viaLearnCentral.org. We had approximately 24 participants and some great ideas for using digital storytelling and voice thread in the middle school science classroom.

During the talk, I gave an overview of digital storytelling and provided strategies for getting started with students as well as some possible ideas for science-themed digital storyt… Continue

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Jessica Fries-Gaither

Integrate Polar Science and Literacy Into Your Teaching!

I'm involved with the MSP2 project here at Ohio State, but am also the Project Director for another NSF funded project called Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. We produce issues of a free online magazine (cyberzine) at http://beyondpenguins.nsdl.org/ and a polar blog at http://expertvoices.nsdl.org/polar/.

Through this project, we hope to increase teachers' understanding of the polar regions an… Continue

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 10:35am —

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At 10:23am on February 15, 2010, Todd Williamson said…
Thanks! I'm really looking forward to presenting at MLE! It's going to be intense, 3 sessions each day. Luckily I'm doing the SAME three sessions each day. The focus is going to be on getting the most out of the technology you already have available in your school/classroom. Should be a fun time!
At 9:38am on October 5, 2009, Rebecca Lawson said…
Yes, I have heard about the Michigan game. In fact, Jacob showed me the pond he jumped in - along with the thousands of others who are supposed to be intelligent. ;-)

Maybe since he did it last year he won't have to repeat the insanity this year.
At 10:23am on October 3, 2009, Rebecca Lawson said…

...just wanted you to know that I was in Columbus a couple of weeks ago .. the week of the USC game. I thought that Clemson people knew how to tailgate, but it is nothing like OSU.

We enjoyed the Skull session with the band that afternoon. .. and tailgated with another doctoral student's group - although none of us had tickets. The RV lot over by the track stadium was full of people with no tickets. Amazing!
At 2:10pm on June 23, 2009, Mrs. A said…
I can't believe how great everyone is in responding. I am looking forward to being able to spend some time digging deeper to learn what is available. Thank you!! :)
At 4:39pm on June 22, 2009, Mrs. A said…
Thank you! I am looking forward to being part of an inspired group of teachers.
I am presently most interested in learning new was to enrich my gifted students in both Math & Science. We currently already enroll them in Math & Science Olympiad competitions, but I am looking for activities or resources that would help them be prepared for these events.
At 9:19pm on June 15, 2009, Janet L Griffith said…
Thanks for the welcome-aboard well-wishes. Having this opportunity will be a great resource. I look forward to hearing great things from you and the others.
At 3:35pm on June 15, 2009, Mary Worden said…
Thanks Jessica for the welcome. I just got home from a technology training that still has 3 days left . . . integrating podcasts, googledocs as well bighugelabs. I love to use technology in my classroom and have done many webquests and am looking for a yet another forum to get even more ideas!
At 3:12pm on June 15, 2009, Jennifer Kurtz said…
Thank you for the great links! And especially the warm welcome.

I can't wait to hear all your wonderful ideas!

Peace~ Jenn
At 9:55am on June 15, 2009, Leigh Brown said…
Thank you Jessica for your welcome. I am an 8th grade teacher. I have 4 sections of Science and 1 Section of 8th grade civics. It is quite interesting. I have to change gears during the day and can be a bit confusing, but it works.

I am really excited about being involved in this group. I tried a few things this year such as Wiki's, a blog and a voicethread. They were so much fun, but they need a little work. I would love to learn more about how to incorporate these technologies into my classroom for true assessments.

Anyway, thank you for the welcome. I hope to speak to you soon

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