End of Year Technology Survey for May 2011
School is officially out for the summer and my classroom is closed. Before the kids left for vacation, however, I had them participate in a survey about the technology we used in our classroom this year. I wanted to know how they felt about the projects and websites we used. To administer the survey I created a Google Form, which I embedded in our class wiki. Read about our survey and the projects they liked and did not like by visiting my blog, Day In the Classroom. You can find it at
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My name is Barbara Day, and I just completed my twenty-fifth year of teaching. During that time I have taught first, second, third, and fourth grades. For the past 22 years, I have been teaching in an Iowa public school of choice. Our school is a traditional school that teaches the Core Knowledge curriculum, in addition to regular school district curriculum. This means that in fourth grade, we study everything from the American Revolution to Medieval history. As a teacher, I am constantly a student, and as I learn, the kids learn with me. As a teacher, I am also an actor, an artist, a writer, and a graphic designer. I have always said that one of the great things about being a teacher is you can color, cut and paste, build things, and play games with the kids, and no one questions your maturity or sanity. Teaching can keep you young or age you, and often it does both, all on the same day.
Mostly I am a student of life. I am still trying to figure things out, both on a personal and professional level. This blog is just part of my attempt to reflect and learn more about myself and the world around me.
Welcome to My Blog!I have just completed my 25th year in the classroom. I've spent 22 of those years teaching at the same school. During that time I've taught grades 1 through 4, but I've spent the past fifteen years in 4th grade. I do not profess to be an expert on anything, except the classroom, and anyone who spends any time at all in the classroom, knows that no one is really an expert on the classroom. Teaching is ever changing, frequently challenging, but never boring. I am always prospecting for the next treasure of an idea. I'm sharing some of what works for me, and sometimes what did not work for me. Please share your gems as well. My comments do not reflect any viewpoint but my own.
- Blogging Through the New School Year
- Adding Photos to Your Classroom Blog or Website
- Teaching Fourth Grade Math In 2012
- Independent Study
- Schools Out!
- A New Look and New Goals
- End of Year Technology Survey for May 2011
- Our New Class Photo
- Making Our First Glogs
- Our Castle Project for 2011
- Barbara’s Got a Brand New Blog
- My First Technology Conference
- Getting to Know the iPad
- The Kids Present Their StoryJumper Stories
- My First Year of Teaching With Technology: Where Do We Go From Here?
- Creative Writing With StoryJumper
- Core Knowledge Night: Wrapping Up Our Study of Medieval History
- Starburst Pictures
- Our Giant Medieval Paper Doll Project
My Photos On Flickr
- @smartfirst I've used StoryJumper several times. The only downside was had trouble embedding them in blogs. #4thchat 2 days ago
- @SamPatue I don't know if it will work on an iP@d or not. #4thchat 2 days ago
- Here is a link to Storyjumper: storyjumper.com/main/classroom #4thchat 2 days ago
- I like Storyjumper better because kids build their own pics. It also has a great 7 step lesson plan for Story Starter. #4thchat 2 days ago
- I like to use Storyjumper and Glogster with my kids. I usually embed completed Glogs into a class wiki. #4thchat 2 days ago
- Hi #4thchat. I just got back from dinner with a friend. What is tonight's topic. 2 days ago
- It's so nice to know I don't need to be in bed by 9 and I can turn off the alarm. School and summer PD is done for now. 3 days ago
- I agree! RT @RandyISEA: #iaedchat I decided that all prof development would be more effective if you could have a glass of wine during it. 3 days ago
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