July 1, 2019

Three Ways to Make a GIF for Teaching & Learning



Are you ready to learn in a GIFY?  Well, let’s GIF to it!  

Okay, okay . . . I'll stop with the jokes. The information from this blog post is from a presentation I did with my awesome teaching pal, Kristen Pavlasek. GIFs are often seen on social media, but they can be a powerful tool in education. This blog will teach you three ways to create GIFs and how they can be used for teaching and learning.  


* Recommended: iPad, Keynote app, Apple pencil 












June 9, 2019

My 2018-2019 School Year Reflection

Like most teachers, I strive to learn and do more with my students.  This was a big year of growth for me.  I explored student voice, augmented reality, and deepened my understanding of iPad and Apple app integration.  This is my 2018-2019 school year reflection.




Let me hear a “woot woot” for student voice!  This year, I became more involved with #studentvoice.  My students have Flipgrid fever, and to tell you truth . . .so do I!  Flipgrid is user-friendly and high-interest.  I’ve enjoyed using it with students and watching classroom teachers in my building embrace this tool.  We used it a lot to prep for our visit by the champion of student voice, Olivia Van Ledjte.  Her visit to our school sparked an increase in student voice, passion projects, discussions about #digital4good, and student empowerment to change the world.  Thank you, Liv, for your influence!  You are the definition of #KidsCanTeachUs



“This is SO cool!” said by a 5th grade student exploring AR.  I jumped into AR this year with the Merge Cube.  At a cost of only $15.00, this little guy is a big bang for your buck!  I used the Merge Cube with 5th graders this year.  We use the Galactic Explorer app to explore the solar system and even coded Ozobots to orbit Earth like the Moon.  I also introduced 5th graders to CoSpacesEDU where they designed virtual book reviews to view on a Merge Cube.  Thank you, Mary Howard, for sharing this fun AR creation!


It’s official . . . I have fallen down the Apple rabbit hole.  This year, I became an Apple Teacher and attended Apple Academy in Austin, TX to become an Apple Learning Specialist.  I’m blown away by the iPad’s impact on teaching and learning.  I did lessons with mark up, Clips, and Keynote animations.  These features and apps had a “wow factor” with students and staff and I can’t wait to do more.  Apple iPad and apps, you are a game changer!


May 4, 2019

Summer Reading Book Suggestions

Summer means more time for reading! Before my students leave school for summer break, I promote the public library's summer reading club and book talk new and exciting books. Below are the lists organized by grade level. All of these books can be found at the public library.

To encourage students to visit our local public library, I host a TEACHER TUESDAY event. Students can meet up with Greensview Elementary teachers at Upper Arlington's Lane Road Public Library on Tuesday, June 25th from 7:00pm-8:00pm.  

Happy summer reading to all my students! May your summer be filled with exciting adventures and experiences, both real and fictional. Enjoy your summer, day by day and book by book!




GRADES K & 1
Picture Books
The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier
The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier
A Piglet named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo
Bikes for Sale by Carter Higgins
Dandy by Ame Dyckman
Sign Off by Stephen Savage
I Will Race You Through This Book by Jonathan Fenske
The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko
Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins
High Five by Adam Rubin
Harold & Hog Pretend for Real by Dan Santat and Mo Willems
Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman
Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor
Fox is Late by Corey R. Tabor
What is Inside THIS box? by Drew Daywalt
This is MY Fort! by Drew Daywalt
Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake by Jeff Mack
Mr. Monkey Visits a School by Jeff Mack
Mr. Monkey Takes a Hike by Jeff Mack
The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli
That’s What Dinosaurs Do by Jory John (publishes 5/21)
Bruce’s Big Fun Day by Ryan T. Higgins (publishes 6/25)
The Pigeon has to go to School by Mo Willems (publishes 7/2)
Unicorn is Maybe Not So Great After All by Bob Shea (publishes 7/9)
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Chapter Books
The Great Louweezie by Erica S. Perl
Lost and Found by Erica S. Perl
Mighty Meg and the Magical Ring by Sammy Griffin
A Crabby Book: Hello Crabby! by Jonathan Fenske
Unicorn & Yeti: Sparkly New Friends by Heather Ayris Burnell
Hello, Hedgehog: Do You Like My Bike? by Norm Feuti
A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey
Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! by Kara West
Mia Mayhem Learns to Fly! by Kara West
Didi Dodo Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster by Tom Angleberger
Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of two Sloths by Graham Annable
Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths by Graham Annable
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty
Two Dogs in a Trenchcoat Go to School by Julie Falatko
Two Dogs in a Trenchcoat Start a Club by Accident by Julie Falatko
Two Dogs in a Trenchcoat Go on a Class Trip by Julie Falatko (publishes 5/27)
Press Start #7: Robo-Rabbit Boy Go! by Thomas Flintham (publishes 5/27)
Owl Diaries #11: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm by Rebecca Elliott (publishes 7/29)
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GRADES 2 & 3
Picture Books
A Piglet named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo
Sign Off by Stephen Savage
Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins
Harold & Hog Pretend for Real by Dan Santat and Mo Willems
Bruce’s Big Fun Day by Ryan T. Higgins (publishes 6/25)
The Pigeon has to go to School by Mo Willems (publishes 7/2)
Unicorn is Maybe Not So Great After All by Bob Shea (publishes 7/9)hh

Graphic Novels
Share Your Story Journal by Raina Telgemeier
Dogman #7: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey (publishes 8/12)
Click & Camp by Kayla Miller

Humor
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
The 104-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Mystery
Didi Dodo Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster by Tom Angleberger

Fantasy
Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron

Science Fiction
Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray by Jess Keating (publishes 7/9)

Historical Fiction
Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce

Realistic Fiction
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Animal Fiction
Katt vs. Dogg by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

New Books in a Series
Bat and the End of Everything (#3) by Elana K. Arnold
Welcome to the Wonderland #4: Beach Battle Blowout by Chris Grabenstein
Press Start #7: Robo-Rabbit Boy Go! by Thomas Flintham (publishes 5/27)
Bad Guys in the Big Bad Wolf (#9) by Aaron Blabey (publishes 6/24)
Owl Diaries #11: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm by Rebecca Elliott (publishes 7/29)

GRADES 4 & 5
Fantasy
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Endling #2: The First by Katherine Applegate
Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
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Science Fiction
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
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Historical Fiction
I Survived: The Battle of D-Day, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis
Max and the MidKnights by Lincoln Pierce
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Humor
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
The 104-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
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Realistic Fiction
Welcome to the Wonderland #4: Beach Battle Blowout by Chris Grabenstein
The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
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Mystery
Greystone Secrets: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Gemini Mysteries: The North Star by Kat Shepherd
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Action
Spy School: British Invasion by Stuart Gibbs
Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game by Chris Grabenstein
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Graphic Novels
Share Your Story Journal by Raina Telgemeier
Dogman #7: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey (publishes 8/12)
Click & Camp by Kayla Miller
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Notable Summer Releases
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly (#3) by Renee Russell (publishes 6/3)
Slacker #2: Level 13 by Gordon Korman (publishes 6/24)


April 4, 2019

#mustreadin2019 - spring update


This is my #mustreadin2019 spring update.  I love participating in this reading challenge hosted by Carrie Gelson of There's a Book for That because it connects me with a community of readers and encourages me to read newly released books to share with my students.  In January, I created my #mustreadin2019 reading goals.  As a reminder, here they are:




I'm still working on reading a few of the newly released titles on my list, plus I have some additional titles to share!  I'll be back in September for another reading update.  Below are my lists of new picture books and chapters books that I've read in 2019 since January:

Picture Books I Read - #mustreadin2019



































Chapter Books I Read - #mustreadin2019












Chapter Books I'm Currently Reading or Up Next to Read - #mustreadin2019