Saturday, September 14, 2019

Malchow's Tech Bytes~ Sept 16th (ish) πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ’»

A variety of great resources to enhance your Dot Day celebration this week! Everything from a video of the story to a Seesaw activity to a great BreakoutEdu game.... and more!!!
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ’»Malchow's Tech Bytes ~ Sept 9th πŸ“±

For those that have been waiting patiently for EpicPals to start back up.... wait no longer. September's boards are now live and linked in this week's newsletter. 
 Click image to access this week's Tech Bytes
 Click image to access this week's Tech Bytes

Saturday, September 7, 2019

EpicPals Returns for a 5th straight year!


Our Back to School, September EpicPals primary and intermediate collections are ready and waiting for you. 

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!
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Bobbi and I are excited to be bringing you #EpicPals for a
5th 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!


As always, please 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

Flipgrid Integration~  Stay tuned... I'm hoping to bring Flipgrid back to EpicPals primary this year as several of the upgradesI believe will make this possible once again. Yay!!

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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)

Monday, September 2, 2019

Malchow's Tech Bytes~ Sept 2nd, 2019 πŸŽ‰πŸ“±πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ’»

Welcome back to another great year of tips, tricks, resources and integration ideas! I hope that you'll find this year's Tech Bytes weekly newsletter valuable as you look for meaningful integration ideas for your classroom! Click the link below the image to access the file.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me!
~Sara (@smalchow)

Malchow's Tech Bytes!~ Sept 2nd 

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

DIY Truffula Trees


Oh, how I love summer and the extra time I have to be crafty and create things for the school year. 

I've wanted to jazz up our library space for Dr. Seuss' birthday for the past couple of years, but it always sneaks up on me and I run out of time. Not this year, I'm planning ahead and creating my Truffula trees now so I'll be prepared. 

If you're interested, here's how I made mine.



To make the trunks...
Cut pieces of black Duck tape and wrap around the pool noodle. 
Tip: Don't add the last stripe of Duck tape until after you attach the pom pom

I left some of my trunks as a full-sized pool noodles and cut others in half to create different sizes.


 To make the pom poms...
The EZ PZ way~ purchase premade, 12" diameter tissue pompons from The Dollar Store. These are a bit smaller and look nice on a half-sized pool noodle. The purple and red trees in the picture below are made with the store bought pom poms.

To make your own~ purchase colored tissue paper and follow these directions from Martha Stewart.com



The large pink tree in the picture below is a DIY pom pom. I used the tissue paper sheets exactly as they come from the Dollar Store (20 x 20" sheets) and used 10 sheets to create each tree top.


How to attach your pom pom to your Truffula trunk


And here's the finished product~
I love how these turned out and they didn't take all that long to make. I personally like the way the DIY pom poms turned out as they are fuller looking and seem to lay and fluff nicer.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Malchow's Tech Bytes πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ’»~ End of the Year

As we send our students off, many parents ask for ideas on things that their child can do. With that in mind, this week's Tech Bytes offers something a little different.....
How about offering your students a variety of coding activities, sites, and resources that your students can access over the summer months? The link image below will take you to the normal Tech Bytes slidedeck where I've also included a pdf file of this page that you can download and then easily share with parents via Seesaw or email. All links are hyperlinked for parents and in PDF format they will still work. 

 Final Tech Bytes of the year
This is the last Tech Bytes of the 2018-19 school year. 
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