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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Scream for HELP? Or “Google It?”

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Leah Bruosta, fifth grade teacher here and I.NEED.HELP! What happens when I need help with technology in my classroom? To whom do I turn? Well…. the easy answer as one of the “technology” favoring teachers is to “Google it.”  I Google it, then I ask someone who might know, then I forget about it for […]

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Where to go next…

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In a whirlwind first half of the school year, I have found myself doing exactly what I said I hoped to avoid in my first post: resort back to standard teaching methods and techniques. So far I believe I have a lot of room for improvement in terms of incorporating technology in a more meaningful […]

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In which I plan what I think will be an amazing lesson – and I learn more than the kids do.

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I continue to ask the question:  How can I use technology help ESL kids speak more in order to improve their writing?    So… I planned to teach, what I was sure would be an amazing lesson  😉 Lesson Objectives: Day 1:  Students will create their own food chains.  Students will record 2 sentences about […]

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