Pinning from Facebook

PLN, Technology
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Ever find something on Facebook that you wish you could pin to one of your Pinterest boards?  It’s easy to do that when you open the Facebook post’s link.  Many times the post leads to a web page or a YouTube video.  Pinning from those types of posts is easy.  There are times when a Facebook post won’t open outside of Facebook.  One alternative is to save the post within Facebook, kind of like a bookmark of sorts.  Or, maybe…

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5+ Facebook Hacks for Teachers

PLN, Technology
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If you use Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends in addition to developing your PLN (personal learning network),  you might want to read on!  I use Facebook to connect with other educators around the world through my own private Facebook page, my blog’s Facebook page, as well as in several teacher Facebook groups.  This, in addition to keeping up with posts from family and friends can sometimes make my Facebook experience seem frenzied and disorganized!  I’ve found…

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End of Year DVD

Technology, Writing
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I mailed my students their Remembering First Grade DVDs at the end of June. We start our end of year DVD project in the month of May.  If you’ve read about our Personal Narratives DVD project, you’ll notice that there are some similarities in the process, but I find that this project takes less time and is less intense! Phase 1 Take pictures yearlong Take videos yearlong Organize media by subject At the start of the year, I create a folder system…

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Personal Narratives

Technology, Writing
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Our personal narratives unit is one of my favorites.  During this unit, students listen to and read books,  discuss books, brainstorm possible topics, write several personal narratives, select one personal narrative to develop into a digital story, share their stories, gather feedback from their audience, give feedback to their peers, revise/edit their stories, illustrate their stories, voice record the stories, insert their illustrations into movie maker, select picture transitions for their movie, and assist with music and sound clip additions.  And, when it’s all said…

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