Famous Last Words; “It should be super quick and easy”

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I can’t believe how far my students have come in terms of their technological abilities.   We started the year with many students having difficulty learning to log into their accounts, navigating the Google platform, and typing quickly and easily.  The first weeks took what felt like the entire writing block to log in and type […]

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Reflections at the end of the year of WIN   

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  I signed up the Waltham Integration Network project last year because I wanted to use more technology in with my students.  I had a done a few “cool things” and thought, “Wow, I could do more of that.”   I want to share two important lessons that will help me with “cool things” as […]

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Reflecting As I Reach This Year’s Finish Line

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SLOW TO CONVERT With all the amazing resources we are fortunate enough to have at our disposal, and having purposely signed up to participate in this WIN Project, I still often feel like I just don’t use enough technology in my classroom. I’m one who not only refuses to give up my actual paper/pencil plan […]

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Data! Data!

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Here’s What I Found: At the onset of this experiment, I suspected that the answer to my “is using technology more engaging” question would be affirmative.  But the data suggests that it is a vibrant, enthusiastic, resounding “wahoooooo!” from my students.  I have shown them myriad tools in the Google suite with which we have […]

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Questioning success

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What if we empower students with choices A through D, and they choose E, none of the above? The competition: Netflix, Snapchat, Instagram, Finstra, Amazon, iTunes…The odds seem unfair, almost tragic. Is this an excuse for my shortcomings as a teacher? Or the April voice of a teacher of seniors–many of whom have been accepted […]

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Data – Looking at writing samples of ELL students

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Research question:  How can I use technology to increase ELL speaking and writing skills?   Collecting Data:  Once I have collected student writing samples I need to decide what information I am going to look at.     Students:  I decide to look at writing samples of 5 level 3-4 ESL students, 2 of whom […]

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DIVING INTO THE DATA

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An Evolving Research Question At the beginning of this school year, I came up with the following research question to guide my use of technology in the math classroom: How does incorporating more small-group, technology-based assignments and projects into the curriculum impact the development of students’ collaboration skills?   While collaboration skills are incredibly important and […]

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Reality hits

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2 months have flown by!  It’s time for me to update you on what we have been doing.  I am Dede Clapp, a Grade 4 classroom teacher at MacArthur Elementary School in Waltham….(fast forward 5 more months)…  Yes, you are reading this correctly.  I began writing this blog in October and am just getting around […]

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Connecting with Families 2017 Style

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Looking Back When I began this so-called journey into exploring how technology can increase parent communication and curricular understanding I had a very different vision of my plan than where I am at now.  Let’s travel back a bit to see how it all played out… In my previous post (which seems years ago but […]

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Making Math Visual

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Technology is great and all … but sometimes good old fashioned concrete manipulatives are the best way to help students grasp abstract concepts.  While reviewing the process of solving for variables in math class, I realized that my students were having trouble recalling and carrying out the necessary problem solving steps, especially when more than […]

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