Thursday, March 17, 2016

Friday, November 6, 2015

SDCUE 2015

San Diego CUE is just about here, and I am super excited to be presenting this year. I am sad that Sandy won't be there, but since she is a bridesmaid in our friend's wedding, we'll let her off the hook! Otherwise it would be a team effort.

We have revamped our Picture This: Enhancing Student Projects through Photography for SDCUE, and are excited to share our learning with you.  Our class resources can be found here:

Our presentation also available as a download. Just click on the picture to download the PDF file. (It is a large file, and no preview is available).

Feel free to use it in your own classrooms to teach your students some photography skills that will definitely enhance their digital projects this year.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Picture This: Enhancing Student Projects Through Photography in Elementary Classrooms

You can find the PDF from our CUE session in Palm Springs here! It's filled with lots of great ideas for you to use in your classroom.

Here are some student samples and documents you might need for your classroom! Just click the pictures to download! Enjoy! 

Here's a student sample of our ABC Book on forces & motion.

Here's the planning guide for the ABC Book. This can be used in any subject area or for any topic! 

Here's the rubric for the ABC Book. 

Here's a student sample of our Comic Life project. 

Here's the rubric for the Comic Life project.

Here's a student sample of our Flipagram Adjective project.

Here's the planning sheet for the adjective project.

Here's the rubric for the Flipagram project.

Here is a student sample of students using their videography skills to create an iMovie.

Here are the planning guides for creating iMovie trailers.

We'd love to see photos and hear about how you use these resources in your classroom! Please share!

And make sure to keep in touch through Instagram


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for more inspiration and ideas!

Happy Photo-Taking! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall CUE Presentation: iPad Projects for the 21st Century Classroom

Fall CUE:  iPad Projects for the 21st Century Classroom
You can download our presentation by clicking on the picture.  

Other Resources from our session:

The Lakeside Union School District located in Lakeside, CA, is dedicated to transforming learning.  You can watch the video here:

In this iPad lesson, students in 2nd grade used QR Codes to find out important facts about weather.  Students got into groups, then each students was given a different type of weather to become an expert on.  Students scanned QR codes that were placed around the room, and kept track of their facts using a collaborative wall on Padlet.  Students shared their new information with their group members.

Watch Sandy's class connect with a class in Montana during a Mystery Skype:

Sandy conducts a review on magnets using QR codes and the Padlet app in her 2nd grade class.

Getting Started with GarageBand

Download all of our presentation materials from the Napa CUE conference here! Just click the pictures to download! 

Download our KeyNote here:

Download the GarageBand project rubrics here: 

Download the Vocabulary Video outline here: 

Download the Twinkle Twinkle Volcano outline here: 

Friday, March 21, 2014

iRock CUE 2014

Download our presentation materials from the Palm Springs CUE conference here!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Taking a Stance on Magnets: Using Padlet for Collaborative Learning

One of the big Common Core standards states kids should be able to form an opinion, or take a stance on a topic, and use evidence to support their stance. This lesson was an awesome way for our 2nd grade students to practice doing this, and incorporate reading, writing, listening, speaking and collaboration!

In our new Wonders curriculum, there was lots of nonfiction text about forces and magnets. Specifically there was a text about how magnets work and how they help us in everyday life.

First, we used the Popplet app to organize our ideas and learning.

I wanted to get some more sources for the kids to read about magnets, so I Googled "Magnets for kids." What came up surprised me- there were a ton of articles about how magnets can be harmful when kids swallow them!

So this got me thinking....

With Common Core and all, this was the perfect opportunity for students to research and determine whether magnets help or hurt more! 
(W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which students introduce a topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, and supply reasons that support the opinion.) 

We did lots of shared reading and close reading and guided reading and video watching, etc. to learn everything we possibly could about magnets- both good and bad. 

First, students used the organizer to either write or draw what they knew about magnets. This was a quick, 7 minute activity to get the students thinking about all we had already learned about magnets from previous research. 

(Click to download!)

Students then worked with a partner (I strategically grouped them this time to make sure I had a strong reader with a struggling reader so they could support each other) to determine and research whether they felt magnets helped or hurt more. The pair had to agree on which stance to take- help or hurt? 

They then created a Padlet wall to put their reasons down, while citing evidence from the text! Padlet is essentially a virtual wall where you can post sticky notes! 

One student in the pair (dubbed "peanut butter") created the Padlet wall by going HERE. Peanut butter then shared the wall with their "jelly" so both students were working and posting to the SAME wall. This allows for students to collaborate and build off of each other's ideas! It was easy for jelly to scan the wall using the Qrafter app

and the easy share button on the Padlet site:  

Once students are on the same wall, they are able to see the stickies their partner or group is posting, thus allowing them to build upon each other's ideas. 

Students even started to add photographs from the text to their walls, and links to their evidence. 

Pairs then shared these walls with the rest of the class. We learned that the students who used more evidence from the text had much stronger arguments than those who did not!

You can see a video of this lesson here!