Judges Needed for Digitalkies

February 23rd, 2008

A well loved tradition at NCCE is the Digitalkies competition. Each year students create videos in one of several categories including, “tell me a story”, music videos, animation and public service announcements. This year, the competition has gone online. All the entries were uploaded onto TeacherTube. And now you can go to the NCCE wiki to vote for your favorites. The online voting isn’t as slick as the online voting on the Irving Film Festival, but it is still pretty simple. You just leave a comment ranking the videos on the listed criteria. This is my classes second year participating in the film festival. Each year our school puts on a big play. Last year we decided to donate half of one night’s ticket sales to Heifer International and organization that works to end world hunger. My class decided to make a Public Service Announcement to run before the play. Last year the play was Aladdin so our Public Service Announcement had a genie theme. This year we did Beauty and the Beast. My students wrote a parody to the song “Be Our Guest”. This is a fun tradition I plan on continuing with my class. We, of course, would love for you to go to the Digitalkies site and comment on our video.

Meme: Passion Quilt

February 23rd, 2008


Windows on the World by Martha Thornburgh

Ann Oro, NJTechTeacher tagged me for the Meme: Passion Quilt.

In this meme, I’m supposed to find an image that encapsulates what I’m passionate about and also what captures what I want my students to learn.

I chose this picture because I think that it says a lot about me as a teacher and my passions. Students in this picture are creating a public service announcement for Heifer International.
By using a green screen, my students are able to step into the lives of others. As a teacher, I have taught and traveled all over the world, I want my students to have an understanding of other cultures and be able to do things with their life that make a difference. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Heifer projects in Honduras. I was so impressed with the values of Heifer and how they are sharing hope with others. The main principle of Heifer is Passing on the Gift. That is my goal as a teacher, to pass on the gift of a love for learning and an understanding of others.

3 Simple Meme Rules:

1. Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
2. Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
3. Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.

The five people I’m tagging are:

Susan Sedro
Amy Lundstrom
Colleen King
Lisa Parisi
Dennis Grice

Best Buy Grant, The Missing 0

February 23rd, 2008

Last summer I made my second attempt at writing  a grant for $2000 from BestBuy.  The first attempt last year, was unsuccessful. I knew that BestBuy was announcing the winners on Feb. 18, so I was up looking first thing that morning.  Imagine my delight when I saw my name on the list.  But what?  Everyone else I could see on the list had been awarded $2000 but it appeared to say $1000 by my name.  A little confused but still excited, I read on.  With further reading, I discovered that I had actually been awarded the second tier prize, $10,000!  The last zero didn’t fit on the screen.  WOW!!! How exciting.  I will not only be able to fund my podcasting project, but I will also be able to share goodies with my school.  We are now one of 50 school districts, competing for 8, $100,000 prizes.  So, wish me luck as I write yet another grant proposal in hopes of being one of the 8 projects funded. 

Join Our Mathlincs Collaborative Project

February 23rd, 2008

My team and I have created a series of stranded math collaborative projects.  You can take a look at the entire project on our Mathlinc Moodle.  The projects are designed to be flexible enough that teachers at different levels and with varying amounts of technology can participate with thier class.  As the year has progressed, I continue to learn what does and doesn’t work in collaborative projects.  I think that the biggest thing I have learned it to keep the collaborative part really simple.  Ideas can be developed and explored further in individual classes.  We are currently finishing up a project on Geometric Landmarks and beginning a project on the 100 Mile Diet.  We would love to have all DEN members participate in any way that they would like.  Here is a little taste of our latest project.  If you would like to join, please e-mail me at t56linc@gmail.com or leave a comment.

Not another blog Martha!

February 23rd, 2008

Blogs, blogs and more blogs.  I am not sure how I keep up with my ever growing collection of blogs.  I have a class blog, a teacher blog (aimed at my district), a blog for our traveling cow, a learning blog AND I am the blogger for the Northwest DEN!  I know… it is crazy.  But somehow, each blog has its purpose and seems to fit a need so I will continue to grow blogs.  I am guessing on my new DEN blog that I will do a lot of double posting on this blog and my Digital Doors blog.  But, because of the different audience and my desire to grow my collaborative network, I think adding one more blog makes sense.  I look forward to creating, communicating and collaborating with my ever growing network.