Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Together We’re Better, Together We’re Future Ready. Join the All4Ed Future Ready Schools® (FRS) Digital Learning Day Network, Friends!

Now, more than ever, digital learning is no longer confined to a school or classroom. Instead, learning is mobile and should be available to students anytime and anywhere. 

As we prepare for Digital Learning Day’s (DLDay’s) tenth birthday on February 25, 2021, the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) invites educators to join our Future Ready Schools® (FRS) DLDay network because together we’re better, together we’re future ready.    

When All4Ed started DLDay, many districts, schools, and educators felt uncertain about the role digital learning could play in their classrooms. Now, almost ten years later, digital learning has become a lifeline as districts leverage high-quality research-based strategies to teach students remotely and in hybrid environments during the COVID-19 pandemic 


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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Our Elementary Library Lesson Choice Boards For Rotation #3!

We are already onto Rotation #3 of our related arts schedule at Van Meter.  That means a new round of activities that focus around literacy, new technology tools and experiences, making and lots of fun. 

Back in September, I wrote about how we are using Google Slides to create lessons in a choice board format to make it handy for all students to access and use the materials and links included on each. You can read the first post here.

I wanted to share Rotation #3 with all of you.  Just a note...I did take out any links specific to my students, but you can create your own and add them to the Google Slides if you make a copy for yourself. 

You can access it as students would here.   You can make a copy to edit here.
During this rotation, you will find the Halloween Choice Board, crafts and read alouds for our littles, BreakoutEDU, QuiverAR, Buncee, Keva Planks, Our Virtual Makerspace Choice Board and more. 
I hope you find these useful.  I sure have fun creating them and can't wait to start sharing with our students tomorrow. 

Creating Helpful Library Procedure Posters With Photographs and Buncee

Our library is now open and we couldn't be more excited.  

Last week in this post, I shared how we were going to be using Destiny Discover and little shopping lists for the kids to write down the books they wanted to find in the library.  This is going great and the kids are really enjoying using Destiny to find what they want before they come into the library.  

After a week of having the library open, we also think that a few new signs with pictures will be helpful, especially with our youngest learners coming in this week too.  

This weekend, I created signs to put into the plexiglass holders we have on the tables with lots of books and to post on the shelves, desk where they check books out and doors as they come into the library. 

I used Buncee to created the signs. 
I picked three of my favorite Templates in Buncee. 

I took pictures of our students in the library last week and used those in the posters, along with text. 
I used PicMonkey to make the pictures into circles and then uploaded them into Buncee. 

That goes along really well with the theme of the templates too. 

The new posters will be helpful reminders on how we want our students to use their Destiny Library Shopping Lists and their eyes to look for the books they want to check out.  
We are doing everything we can to keep our students safe with these little reminders posters and the procedures we have put into place. 

If you'd like to use this Buncee template to create your own posters, you will find the Buncee here.