Monday, March 18, 2019

Malchow's Tech Bytes~ March 18th 👩🏻‍💻

Hi all!
Sorry for the missed newsletter last week. I was not feeling well and there were a few family things going on that took over all of my extra time
3rd-5th grade teachers~ I hope you'll enjoy this week's edition as there are a variety of great information resources for your students. If you're not from Wisconsin, I still encourage you to take a peek, especially the WI biographies resource!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Graphing Project 🍀🌈

St. Patrick's Day is just around and I couldn't be more excited.This is one of my favorite holidays (I'm a wee bit Scotch-Irish!) and there were always a few shenanigans going on in my classroom this time of year... those gosh darn leprechauns, always causing trouble thinking that I had stole some of their gold. 😉☘️🌈

If you haven't already heard about the St. Patrick's Day Lucky Charms Global Graphing Project (yikes, that was a mouthful) I encourage you to jump over t to find out more! This was always one of my favorite activities to do with my first graders!

This project is a great way to engage your learners while also covering a wide variety of math concepts including: counting, sorting and graphing. You'll also have the opportunity to connect with other classes through Flilpgrid a collaborative Google slide deck, or even by connecting in real-time through  Google Hangout or Skype if you choose. 

If you are a K-3 teacher, I HIGHLY encourage you to sign up and give it a try!
Registration is now open and will be open until March 14th!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

A Wee Bit 'o Fun with Epic Pals 🍀

Are you new to EpicPals? If so, head over to the #EpicPals page at the top of the blog for additional information to get you started!

Bobbi and I are excited to be bringing you #EpicPals for a 4th straight year! We'll continue to offer you a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts each month which can be read on Epic along with a coordinating Padlet board for each book!

 Padlet has some phenomenal updates which allows you to draw, take pictures, leave an audio or video post right in the app or online by simply clicking the 3 vertical dots on the sticky note!  Each of our boards has a reminder of this posted for students to refer to. We encourage you to share one or several of these new upgrades with your students to allow them to take more ownership of their posts. 

As always, encourage your students to read others' posts and if they like their post, have them click on the heart at the bottom of the sticky note or leave a comment if comments are turned on. Being reflective and having an authentic reason to like something is a great first step towards leaving meaningful and authentic feedback. 

We encourage you to have conversations with your students on what constitutes a good post and how to be a good digital citizen when working online. You can find several resources to help you with these conversations on this previous blog post

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Bobbi or myself. You can find both of us on Twitter- @smalchow (primary boards) and @bhopteacher (intermediate boards)