Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Starring Digital Citizens

Today we are finishing are digital citizen movie scripts. The chart below is what we are using to make our scripts more meaningful.  We are taking what we know already and what we are learning and teaching our parents about digital citizenship. Tomorrow we will start filming our movies with the flip cameras. We hope that our videos will impact people everywhere.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cyber Bullying

Because our class is making short films about digital citizenship, my group is focusing on cyber bullying. We are doing this because there has been a lot of cyber bullying around the world to kids. To make it fun we are creating a two minute clip and editing it in iMovie.  Today we are making our scripts on google docs. As a class, we came up with a timeline to complete the project.  Our scripts should be completed by end of class tomorrow (we hope!).  We are enjoying using Google Docs because we can edit at the same time as our other group members. 

Joining The Homework Club

I feel silly being a guest blogger to my student's blog but alas, here goes because I never deny a good challenge (well, almost never).  Thank you to @ugafrank for this particular challenge.  Well, here goes:

11 Random Facts About Me:
1.  Many assume I am an extrovert but I'm actually a big time introvert.
2. I love a good potty joke.
3. One of the things I am most proud of is that my dad reads Hebrew with a Texas twang (wish my accent had stuck around sometimes).
4. My daughter and I have a dream of owning our own bookstore one day and brainstorm catchy store names in our free time.
5. One of my favorite things to do is white water rafting.
6.  I enjoy fishing for sharks.  (I've caught two!)
7. I still think about my grandma's everyday.
8. When I was 9 years old, I went to Vinnie Johnson ("The Microwave") basketball camp.  That's pretty random.
9. One of my most favorite movies is Almost Famous.
10.  When I'm with my camp friends, I regress back to age 10.
11. I am very proud of where I work.

My Answers to Drew's Questions:
1. What is your favorite movie of all time?
Besides Almost Famous mentioned above, I love Some Kind of Wonderful.
2. If you could have attended any concert anytime in history, what would it have been?
Don't laugh but 10,000 Maniacs
3. What do you do for fun?  Hobby?
I love to read, see movies, bake sweets, and travel.
4. What two guests would make the best comedic pair as co-hosts for the Oscars?
Chevy Chase & Ben Stiller
5 .Cat, Dog or Goldfish? Why…
Not just any dog but a yorkie because they are so cute and little
6. How do you caffeinate?
Coffee and diet coke
7. Favorite twitter chat?
8. Best place you ever vacationed?
Hana, Maui
9. Best book you’ve read in 2013?
That is tough!  Seriously tough.  I'm going to go with Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys because it is a perfect love song to New Orleans.
10. Favorite television shows?
Sadly, just Homeland.  Waiting for more quality T.V.
11. What is one thing you never/rarely share that you are exceptionally proud of?
The fact that I was able to give birth to two precious children.

The Eleven Bloggers That I Nominate to Join The Homework Club:
1. Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers
2. Karin Schreier Hallett at Liquid Literacy
3. Cynthia Alaniz at Librarian in Cute Shoes
4. Lisa Johnson at Tech Chef 4 U
5. Lee LeFever at Common Craft
6. Tony Vincent at Learning in Hand
7. Erin Klein at Kleinspiration
8. Jennifer LaGarde at The Adventures of Library Girl
9. Joyce Valenza at Never Ending Search
10. Kelly Tenkely at I Learn Technology
11. Vicki Davis at Cool Cat Teacher

Questions for My Nominees:
1. What is an app you like and why?
2. Where is the most exotic place that you have visited?
3. What is one thing that you want to be remembered for?
4. If you were to do a TED talk now, what would it be about?
5. What is most precious to you?
6. What book do you think everyone should read?
7. What was your most rewarding professional development experience?
8. If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
9. Who is your favorite actor or actress?
10. If you could meet anyone in the world that is currently living, who would it be?
11.  What is the best compliment that a student has ever given you?

Here is your Task
1.Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
2.Share 11 random facts about yourself.
3.Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
4.List 11 bloggers.
5.Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Digital Citizenship Film Festival

In class today, we are making our storyboards for an internet safety video. We are using Google Docs to share the ideas with each person in the group. One group's idea was about stopping cyber bullying and another group's was about being a good digital citizen. I think it's important to have proper etiquette* online so everyone is safe and can have fun! I hope everyone watches our videos when they are made and that you'll learn how to be a good digital citizen online!
*This was one of our 5th grade vocab words

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Programming Scratch

    Today our class explored Scratch. Scratch is a programming language. We were learning about this because we want to program our Lego alligators with Scratch, so we got to play with it today. Some of the difficulty about Scratch is understanding what all the controls mean but the easiest is making it walk. You can learn about different tools that are involved in programing. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Programing Challenge

Today, as a class of 5th Grade students, we are taking the Programing Challenge. The Programing Challenge is where we have to program a Lego alligator to make the alligator splash into the water while detecting the motion of a man coming toward its jaw and make the jaw open and shut 10 times. Wish us luck.