Getting Organized with the Grapevine

Grapevine6 I can’t believe I was unable to give you some of the good news from the grapevine this whole week, but have no fear – there is plenty of good news!  I would first like to share a little about this past week because I meet so much incredible teachers and went to some many wonderful schools/districts.  Palmbeach

I began the week with Margaret Kallman, Lee Kolbert and Vicky Holmquist in Palm Beach County as they were training teachers all day long on how to use the new unitedstreaming. These ladies are such experts that it was a great to watch their Lakeworth enthusiasm for passing on the good news!  The next day, I was able to spend the majority of the day at Lake Worth High School, in Palm BeachMarielboatlift  County with Dr. Miguel Benavente and his great staff in the Medical Academy.  Miguel shared his incredible story with me of coming to America on the Mariel Boat Life.  As a twelve year old, he experience more tradegy than most of us could ever begin to comprehend.  The good news is that he is now a doctor.  I count it a privilege to have met Miguel this week.  He joined the DEN right away and I can’t wait until you all meet him. That evening I zipped down to Coral Springs and was able to meet 35+ media specialists from Broward County who were introduced to unitedstreaming for the first time!Broward_1 With 250+ schools, it was decided that the media specialists could take a webinar to get their schools started on this great adventure.  We were all excited to be able to put a face (mine) with the webinars before we began the process.

Ameliaearhart The next day I traveled to Hialeah and spent the afternoon with Myriam Garcia and her great colleagues at Amelia Earhart Elementary School. Myriam is obviously well loved and appreciated by her staff as she tries to train them on unitedstreaming and still teach five classes.  I really loved the Cuban coffee she gave me, but I was wide awake for much longer than usual.  On Thursday, I spent the whole day training all the media specialists in Martin County.Martin This special group of educators were also be introduced to unitedstreaming for the first time, but we had the whole day and were face-to-face.  We had a great day of training and they were quite saavy by the time we got done.  Finally, on Friday I was home and did four webinars for the Broward County media specialists.  I couldn’t get over how much fun it was to train this way and establish new relationships without being physically present. (Face-to-face is always better, but this is quite efffective.)

Thegrapevinepurple Sorry if I went on too long, but that is why I had no chance to share the Good New Grapevine with you.  However, I would like to introduce you all to Tiffany Bonner, Language Arts teacher at Neptune Middle School in Kissimmee.  These are her words on how she uses unitedstreaming.

On the first few days of school I have the kids view this video: Study Skills I (A Sunburst Title).   Then we practice using all of the strategies suggested.  Students color code their folders and binders, make up schedules and calendars and create a learning log to take notes in for each class.  The kids really like it because it provides great ideas for getting organized and preparing for tests.  They have no idea how to take notes in a class, and they were all nodding their heads and agreeing with the video as it presented different note-taking strategies.

What are some of your favorite video titles?

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  1. Fotini Guzman said:

    Great ideas Tiffany! Some of my favorite United Streaming titles are: The Sneeze, We are from Greece, and The Origin and Evolution of Life.

  2. Michele Futch said:

    You have been a very busy lady, Karen! Keep up the good work!

  3. Danielle Abernethy said:

    Do I really need to pick a favorite? Oh geez. Umm….Jeff Corwin. I’ll say his videos in honor of Joey. He loves them. Then again, he’d say anything that deals with a shark.

  4. Michele Futch said:

    There’s also a great video on Rescue Dogs. I thoroughly enjoyed this video. The kids loved it, too!

  5. Michele Futch said:

    My son said they watched a great one on “The Little Match Girl” at school today.

  6. Stephanie Stipkovich said:

    Wow, very busy indeed. I am getting ready to present United Streaming to our teachers at Ramblewood Middle in October (for many of them, this will be their first time as well) I’m very excited. 🙂

  7. roy phaneuf said:

    A favorite is almost impossible to pick, but, if I must…..anything that deals with Math concepts featuring “The Standard Deviants”. Not only are the videos excellent and content rich but the Deviants are terrific and keep the students interested and on task.

  8. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    Favorite videos-That is a hard one. It seems what I ever I watched last is my favorite. Watching the kids faces as they watch the videos is another of my favorites.

  9. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Wow Karen! It sounds like you did a world wind tour of South Florida. It’s so exciting that they are utilizing unitedstreaming and becoming involved in the DEN.

  10. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Currently my favorite video is still GERMS. It’s hard to get that catchy tone out of your head. I have even taught my two year old son how to wash his hands and make sure he even gets between his fingers! It never hurts to start them young.

  11. Debbie Bohanan said:

    I also love any video on ancient egypt. I did a Google Earth fieldtrip on Egypt and these videos really enhanced the trip.

  12. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I am not sure I have ever seen a video I don’t like on unitedstreaming! I always find something relevant on what ever topic I search for.

  13. Deb Jones said:

    United Streaming to the Rescue!!! Our music teacher was taken to the hospital and I was left to find a lesson plan for a substitute. What better than United Streaming’s Animated Hero Classics…Beethoven!!!! Actually, in our last inservice we had already discussed how this video could be used so she has plans to extend the lesson once she returns. Thank you for saving the day! I saved the video to a CD and the sub is set to go!

  14. Karen Seddon said:

    Quick thinking, Deb! Not only did you help the music teacher out in a pinch, you didn’t just “fill in” for her, you enriched the learning environment in her classroom and shared with her so that she can add her personal touch with her students when she gets back. Wow, unitedstreaming was WIN, WIN, WIN for everyone here!

  15. Paulo said:

    I have a dog named Spot.
    Then he just got shot.
    There were flies, everywhere.
    There were flies in my hair.
    I didn’t care.
    Spot was vaporized into thin air.
    We always played games.
    Even called each other names.
    But now he’s gone.
    And now he can’t mow my lawn.

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