Last Friday I got to spend the day at a Star School, Alta Vista Elementary, with Brook Peabody, Jillian Gay, and Ted Eldridge. I bribed Brook with the shirt he’s wearing if he’d just model it for the blog. He willingly obliged. (Okay, so I played with the blue screen in Ted’s video workroom and then Photoshop Elements.) Do you want one? Hold a Learning Adds Up Night, report it to me in blog format with permission to send it to Stephen Wakefield for his blog. Pictures with permission to publish would even be better!
But today’s been all about play. Today we had our team call with Lance and he gave us some homework for our upcoming Winter meeting. One of the assignments is to present our territory to the others and he gave a few suggestions. Well, I couldn’t get my address list to load in Google Earth (kept saying I needed to buy the software to make it work) so I started browsing for another way of creating a map of North Florida DEN Members. It was amazing to see just how spread out we are and boy, do I have some places to infiltrate. Here’s the link for the site: http://www.batchgeocode.com/map/?i=c265b1f5a305cca9de9c5649ddbd9f71 Go ahead and play. Create your own with your family and see how far apart you really are.
My playtime actually started before that call though. It started when Joey and I were playing around with rhyming words today. We created a little Photo Story project with words that rhyme with "can". We used Image Blender from Tech4Learning, images from unitedstreaming, and PhotoStory to put it all together. Then I shared with him this cute little story that Nancy from Putnam created during our Digital Storytelling Class. I had to share this fun little project with you. I hope she doesn’t mind, but it’s just so cute. Download best_one.wmv
Speaking of fun, check out these Education Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen. I particulary like the one about the math student wanting to call Tech Support. Well, the teacher’s right, you can’t call tech support to solve math problems, but you can look it up on Cosmeo. With Nutshell Math, you can’t go wrong. (Why didn’t they have this when I was a student?) Hey, South Florida, ask Karen about her Cosmeo Math story.
Need a good laugh for the Holidays? Try out Humor Matters. Cute stuff on there. I might try that with my own turkey this year.
Yes, today has been a very playful day. Between creating stories, maps, watching Magic School Bus on unitedstreaming, playing on COSMEO, and then reading the comics – well I guess it was a day worth taking off for. Now we’re watching and playing this game show and up flashes "Make a video, win $100,000". It’s got Kenzie’s favorite guy on the site and she’s great at this type of stuff. Wonder if she’s entering? Hey, you all are Stars! Go win it! And then you can take me out to eat and let me win the prize.
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