Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Note from Dave: I could not have said this any better than the email sent to me by Jenna Wiley.

After the Garageband session on the Professional Discovery day, I felt musically inspired and wrote and recorded a song about "La Familia" in Spanish. Brooke Harvey, took it a step further and put the song with lyrics and pictures into a Keynote presentation. Just wanted to share about how the PD day sessions helped us create this for our kiddos to learn the Spanish family words.

Enjoy...and learn about Familia :)

also, I googled how to compress the file to send via email- feeling like a tech rockstar!

Jenna Wiley and Spanish specials team

Monday, November 12, 2012

European Exploration Using QR Codes

QR codes are everywhere these days! I even noticed one on my pizza box this weekend. An abbreviation for QUICK RESPONSE, QR codes allow the user to quickly access information by simply scanning them on their computers, iPads, or phones. Familiarity with their uses and access is a life skill with numerous classroom possibilities!

Last week, Pinewood's room 28 became a sunken ship full of artifacts like gold, silver, compasses and flags.  Students “swam” around the classroom to collect an artifact and then brought it back to their desk. Working with a partner and a lap-top computer, kids scanned the QR code found on their artifact and accessed information about how that particular artifact was important in European Exploration.  

The kids had a great time combining technology and social studies.  At the end of the lesson, several students said they never knew what those black and white 'splottchy' things were until now.  They were excited to see that those codes can hold important information!


I used the app 'Qrafter' on the ipad to create the QR codes and the kids used the website:  http:// to read the codes.

Michelle U’Ren
5th Grade
Pinewood Elementary

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bauerwood 5th Grade And the Election

Mrs. Berens' 5th Graders at Bauerwood Elementary share their election song!  How sweet it is.  Great job kids.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Definition of Multiplication

Mrs. Ryan's Third Grade Class at Bursley Elementary gets creative and teaches us the meaning of multiplication.  Well done kids!

This video is being entered into a contest at
Kids, just so you know, when this was posted, there were only 86 pageviews.  How many now!