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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Free Kindle Book Download: Hank The Cow Dog

Younger learners can have their own online book to read as they learn from home! 

Hank the Cow DogThe Case of the Haystack Kitties (Hank the Cowdog Book 30) is free for the next couple of days as an ebook on Amazon. (It’s normally $4.79 in digital format.)

Story Summary: Hank has his paws full when he discovers a mother cat and six kittens trespassing in a haystack on his very own ranch. (Have we mentioned cowdogs don’t like cats?) Join Hank as he is trapped in a runaway pickup, surrounded by a herd of stray cats, and forced to battle a raging bull. Can Hank stop the cats from taking over his ranch?

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Thanks to Lori Gracey of TCEA, for the news of this offer!

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Best Hero of the Day ~ Wylie and Abilene ISD High School Robotics

                                                                                                        Students from Abilene, Wylie, and ATEMS High Schools are using their time productively during school closure. They are working collaboratively to build a robot for service at local Abilene hospital, Hendrick Hospital. The robot will help hospital staff to keep a safe distance by rolling in and out of hospital rooms. 

Community and Business partnerships leverage the project. Tiger Manufacturing, a local manufacturing company is providing covers for the robot. “The cover we build allows them to cover [the wiring], and so when they’re sanitizing it going from room to room, that allows them to sanitize it completely, smoothly and less contamination going from one person to the next,” Tiger Manufacturing Service Parts and Sales manager Troy Miller.

According to Wylie High School engineering and science teacher Andy Hope, “We just got them all together and started working, and seeing them work it’s the best feeling you can have as a teacher. Seeing them take the stuff they learn in the classroom and apply into real life.”

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: March 25: This story featured online at this link

 


 

Celebrate More Heroes of the Day

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Distance Learning and COVID-19 Resources for Teachers

Literate Word Cloud by A.C.

Literate Word Cloud

In response to the growing number of schools that are moving to distance learning because of the current Covid-19 epidemic, PBS LearningMedia has collected a number of useful online tools and resources for educators.  Also, we will be hosting a free Webinar on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time to address these issues. 

For more information or to register for the webinar, please visit the PBS Learning Media website.

 

 

 

Additional Resources

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An Historic Day of Palindromic Proportions!!

Hi All:

Besides all the other exciting activities of today, there is also another even more historic aspect of today, Sunday, February 2, 2020

02/02/2020

Today is the first global palindrome day in 909 years! (and 909 is also a palindrome!)

 

Read more here…  USA Today

Be sure to tell your students tomorrow!

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ January 25

This week’s quote is about books, from within the pages of a book!

“…but I spend my pocket money in the secondhand bookshops. I love the dry, musty smell of the volumes, the tissue-thin feel of the paper. Even the typefaces speak of vanished elegance. Already the books are accumulating in my room, and nothing, I think, makes a place more like home.” ~Deborah Crombie, Dreaming of the Bones

books and pinwheels

Wondering: can this quote apply to eBooks?

 


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In Memoriam~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ December 6, 2019

The Weekend Ed. Quote this week is… a poem!!

The mind is constantly trying to figure out
what page it’s on in the story of itself.
Close the book. Burn the bookmark. End of story.
Now the dancing begins.

~ Ikko Narasaki 

Snow Aerial View

photo by Helen Teague

 


 

 

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Fab-BOO-Lous Halloween Fun with New Media

Skelton Cowboy Taken by Teague in Nocona

 

🎃 When I was in the high school classroom teaching full-time, I asked my Dad to visit class on the guise of delivering something. Then, I would abruptly turn the lights out (still light streaming in from the windows) and Dad would launch into “The Raven” (complete with a flashlight under his chin)! At the end, he erupted into a ghoulish laugh! Even the rough and tough would jump! We’d discuss the power of spooky words and Poe’s use of descriptive language. Then students would create their own version of a section of “The Raven.” Students would rewrite and/or act out (for my English class) or illustrate with digital media and/or act out their own version of a section of The Raven using digital media from The Library of Congress or other open source clipart (in my computer class). I recorded these vignettes with my phone and later used Vine (RIP) and Flipgrid to capture. 

🎃 These resources from https://pbskids.org/halloween/ are “fab-boo-lous” for working on students’ creativity and storytelling skills. Also, discover fun, new ways to incorporate learning into your classroom’s Halloween activities, with stories, songs, and hands-on activities: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/the-halloween-collection/#.XbiYeujYrnE 

🎃 The KIDZ Page website http://www.thekidzpage.com/halloween_games/index.html has a tool to allow students to spin their own spooky Halloween tale of terror! See also Halloween themed Mahjong and activities for online coloring

🎃 Use EDP to storyboard, sketch, and create an augmented reality haunted house in Minecraft, Flipgrid AR, ThinkLink or your choice.

🎃 Use EDP to storyboarded the concepts, design costumes, record narration videos, then used AR triggers all over the school to “haunt” the hallways.

🎃 Create a QR-coded Halloween Scavenger Hunt to haunt the hallway by your room

Here are additional ideas from Awesome Educators:

🎃 Students use Flipgrid (or Teacher creates the Flip) and descriptive language (sensory words) to explain their Halloween Costume. But the key is for them not to tell what their costume is! The classmates will try to guess what the costume is by replying to the Flip. –Seen in a post on TCEA idea exchange

🎃 My 1st and 2nd graders will be doing an Escape Room activity through Breakout Edu.  It’s called “The Perfect Pumpkin Hunt.”  Students will be working as teams to read the clues and solve the puzzles to get treats (not tricks!).  They’ve really enjoyed these activities in the past, and this time around I’ve invited our administrators, School Board members, and district grant committee members to join in the fun!

🎃 I have an activity called Pumpkin Math.  I took the idea from another teacher many years ago.  We get some pumpkins, weigh them, measure them, cut them open, count seeds, etc on Halloween.  I have used this activity every year in 5th grade as well as in 1st grade!  Works like a charm!

 

Pumpkin emojis at this link: https://emojipedia.org/jack-o-lantern/ 

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Bright Ideas ~ Best Practices for Engaging Lifelong Readers

Watch as Ms. Wright explains her strategy for engaging young learners with books!

 

Why Is This Strategy Effective?

Growth in reading requires building knowledge and vocabulary. This occurs through conversations about books with students and the students’ own reading experience, especially independent reading .

 


 

References

Beck, I. L. (1997). Questioning the author: An approach for enhancing student engagement with text. Order Department, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139.

Kerns, G. (2019, October 15). The Truth About Non-fiction Reading [Webinar]. In EdWeb ELA Webinar Series. Retrieved from https://www.edweb.net/.5c4f5a7b/

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PBS Educator-Learners Creating Literacy Initiatives

 

Larger Version, Slightly Better Readability

Pause to read Learner’s Goals


#PBSReaders4Life

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