Monday, April 21, 2014

Writing Residency Week!

Last week, we were talking about a teacher named Mrs. Augusta. She was coming to our school to help us be better writers. She was working in Mrs. Abrahams class and Mrs. Kosolowski's class. Ms. Clarke had to watch them talk about it and we got to go to the library and watch movies. That's totally fair. -Jonathan

The movies that we watched were The Ant Bully and second one was James and the Giant Peach. The third one was Chrysanthemum and then The Weekend with Wendell. -Matt G

In our classrrom we were writing about characters. We did 8 character maps. First Ms. Clarke took a picture of the character and glued it to the middle of the paper. Then we read the book. Then after we read the book, we would put things about them.  -Maddy

The characters were Chester, Clarice Bean, Edward, Nora, Charles, Yoko, and Wemberly... and Cali! Cali sat on the stool and she couldn't talk and we had to say stuff about her. And at the end Cali was going to correct it. We asked her some questions too. -Karys

We are going to create a character and we're going to put them in an adventure. We are going to be the author! -Cali

Monday, April 14, 2014

Digital Footprints

Did you know digital footprints are all the tools we use online? Mine are ABCya, Kidblog, Blogger, Wikispaces, Instagram and all the apps on the iPods. -Cole

Today we looked at Ms. Clarke's digital footprint by searching her name on Google. Then she searched me, Carter, Jackson, Gavin, Karys, and Dylan R. We found that I was on the internet for skating, Carter was on the front page of a magazine for fishing, Jackson was in a catalog, Karys was on 200 Awesome Days, and Dylan R and Gavin were on for hockey. -Cali

Don't put bad stuff on the internet because if you do, if you are trying to get a job, the boss is going to look up your name and see what you posted. When you are little, don 't put your last name if you're writing a blog. -Maddy

Don't put personal information online. Post appropriate pictures. Be kind to other people. Don't post any pictures of other people if they don't want. -Dylan R

Tell the truth when you post stuff. -Dylan W

Today we had an amazing conversation about the different things that we do on-line from the apps we use to blogging to Instagram to Google. The kids of Room 9 know a lot about the tools they use, the ways they share their learning, and how to connect with others in a safe and responsible way.

On April 16 & 17 I will be away from our classroom attending and presenting at the Manitoba Teachers Society Conference on Technology called "Awakening Possibilities". On Wednesday evening I will be doing an IGNITE talk called "Little Feet, Big Footprints: Builing a positive digital footprint with young children". (Ignite talks are 5 minute presentations where the presenter gets 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds). Today the Kids of Room 9 helped me to get my thoughts together for the presentation and to take some pictures for my slides. Here are a couple of screen shots from my presentation... These are some of the "rules" we follow when posting things online together in order to create a positive digital footprint. -Ms. Clarke