Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Introducing WHMN News

The students at Fuller Meadow School and Howe Manning School have the amazing opportunity to participate in an after-school program called "Exploration Station."  There are many classes offered - from cooking and art to coding robots.

 I have the pleasure of organizing, facilitating and working with Howe Manning students in our first WHMN News Crew for our 4th-6th grade students.  Being the Digital Learning Specialist for my district, I have the experience of using a green screen with students.  We create digital projects to enhance their curriculum.  In our News Crew, we are using this technology to focus on stories that interest our students.

Students do research about a topic of interest and state the "WHY" of their story.  Then, they create a storyboard for filming, then finally film their segment.  Our news show is shown on Friday mornings in all classes at Howe Manning.

Watch the video below of our broadcasts.

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel - "WHMN News - Howe Manning School"

Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 Holiday Videos for our schools

Each year, my colleague Barbara Deeley, approaches me with an idea to create a holiday video with the staff at Howe Manning School.  This annual tradition brings our school community together.  On the day before our winter vacation, all of our students gather together for a holiday sing-along then watch the video.

Howe Manning Sing-Along

Check out our Howe Manning 2017 Holiday Video:

Fuller Meadow Sing-Along

The staff and students at Fuller Meadow School got into the spirit as well!  We had our annual sing-along and then the staff participated in our first "Silly Sweater Runway Contest."

Congrats to our winners (and judges)!

Check out their video "Let Us Go."

FUller Meadow Holiday Video 2017 from Dierdre Baker on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Wonder" project in 4th Grade

Students in Mrs. Deeley's 4th grade class showed their learning about the book Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio.  Mrs. Deeley read the book aloud to her students and some amazing discussions.  I had the pleasure of working with the students to create a book trailer in iMovie.

Students chose a section of the book that they wanted to tell about, then created a storyboard drawing to depict their scene.

They worked together to pick the action, background, and visual that they wanted to convey.  We used a green screen and the app "Do Ink" for some of the scenes.  We added all of the pictures and videos to iMovie to create the trailer.

Watch our Wonder movie trailer...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving in 1st Grade

It was a digital day in Mrs. Scharffenberg's 1st grade class.

To start the day off, students listened to a book digitally - Turkey Trouble by Wendi J Silvano.  Afterward, they discussed main character, setting, and conflict.

Digital book
Then, the students played a Kahoot! game with questions about Turkey Trouble by Wendi J Silvano.  They worked in partners and learned the importance of working together.


The Kindergarten students in our school worked with their family to create a "Turkey in Disguise" project.  These disguises ranged from a princess turkey to a Tom Brady turkey.  Students in Mrs. Scharffenberg took a "Turkey Walk" to view the projects and get some ideas for their project.

Turkey Walk

After the Turkey Walk, students worked on an activity in Seesaw Digital Portfolio.  Mrs. Scharffenberg shared a picture of a turkey and students used the drawing tool to disguise their turkey.  They recorded their voice on their turkey to explain the disguise.  These projects will be shared with their family.

Seesaw Digital Portfolio

Sample of the Seesaw activity

What a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving vacation. Students were engaged, collaborated, created and played!  Thank you Mrs. Scharffenberg for making learning fun!

Thank you to Sara Malchow for creating this lesson for our students to enjoy! (Source)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Turkey disguises using Seesaw

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Halligan's class had fun with turkeys this holiday season.  They worked at home with their family to create a disguise for their turkey.  They ranged from a princess to Tom Brady.

Students took a picture of their turkey, then recorded their voice to tell us what the disguise is.  They loved sharing their turkey.  Parents now have the opportunity to listen to their child as they share their turkey disguise.

Mrs. Halligan works with students on Seesaw

I love working with students!

Tom Brady Turkey

Dinosaur Turkey

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Friday, November 17, 2017

STEAM - Geometric String Art Installation

Fourth grade students recently took part in an exciting extension of a string art project they did in Artovation Class with their amazing art teacher Catie Nasser. Each class worked to create a giant geometric string art installation outside on the ground of the Howe Manning School.

Mrs. Nasser - Artovation Teacher

Two classes started the installation by measuring a diameter of 24ft. and created a circle. Each stake that they pounded into the ground was measured accurately from the center of the circle and the radius was 12ft.  Every student had the opportunity to do the measuring and to pound in the wooden stakes.

Four classes worked on adding the string to the circumference of the circle.  Each class added a different color string.  They collaborated on the stringing and worked together by passing the string to each other in "bucket brigade" style.

Day 1 Tape - Pink Tape

Day 2 Tape - Orange Tape

Day 3 Tape - Blue Tape

Day 4 Tape - Green Tape

Watch the progress...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Google Hangout in 1st Grade

Students in Mrs. Scharffenberg's 1st grade class had a chance to meet students in Dyersberg, Tennessee.  Through Google Hangouts, two teachers were able to break down their classroom walls to have their students meet each other.  These teachers and students are participating in "The Global Read Aloud" where they read the same book and discuss it with each other.  The book that they discussed was "Whoever You Are" by Mem Fox.

Before the Hangout, Mrs. Scharffenberg read the book aloud to her students.  They discussed the similarities and differences in the book, then the things that we all in common and those things that make us different.

At the beginning of the Google Hangout, students went back and forth asking each other questions about their school, town and state.  Then, they asked each other questions about the book.

What is the Global Read Aloud?
The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are official tools you can use such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Edmodo, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year. (Source)