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Thanksgiving Ideas…taken from other sites.


Presentation: The Pilgrim’s Journey


Each of these will go on a separate page on your Google Site that you will create.

2. Write a blog entry about your favorite Thanksgiving memory. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving write about things you have done over the break that were your favorite.

3. Type a list of 5 things of which you are thankful.  Have each student submit their list to you before the end of class.  Combine all of their lists into one document and use Wordle to create a word cloud of the most common terms.

4. Find photos online that symbolize what Thanksgiving means to you.  When you have 3-5 images selected,  use a software program or free online resource (such as FotoFlexer) to combine them into one image. Then put it on your website.


Internet Scavenger Hunt


As the text from the 1930s Celebrate the Century stamp sheet reads:

“By 1933 the average wage was 60 percent less than in 1929 and unemployment had skyrocketed to 25 percent. Dust storms forced many farmers to give up their land.

“Americans escaped harsh realities by playing Monopoly, reading adventures of ‘Buck Rogers’ and ‘Flash Gordon,’ and listening to Hoagey Carmichael’s ‘Stardust.’ Popular films included King Kong and It Happened One Night. For the first time, African-American athletes became national idols; Joe Louis in boxing and Jesse Owens in track and field.

“Prohibition was repealed in 1933. President Franklin Roosevelt fought the Great Depression with his New Deal programs. The ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ was chosen as the national anthem. The Empire State Building rose above the Manhattan skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge spanned the San Francisco Bay. Back on the ground, the parking meter made its first appearance in 1935.

“As the decade closed, many Americans were anxious about the growing war in Europe. New words — all-star, oops, pizza, and racism — were entering the American vocabulary.”

Question 1:
President Roosevelt was related to a man who had served as President of the United States before him. Who was that man, and how were the two men related?


Completed in 1931, New York City’s Empire State Building has 102 stories and rises 1,250 feet above the ground. For more than 40 years it was the tallest building in the world.

Question 2:
How long did it take workers to complete construction of the Empire State Building?


On the afternoon of May 25, 1935, Ohio State University’s track star Jesse Owens was credited with setting five world records and tying another. The following year he earned four gold medals in international competition at Berlin.

Question 3:
When Jesse Owens was born, he wasn’t named “Jesse.” Nor was he named “John Cleveland” or “James Cleveland,” as recorded in many biographies of the track hero. What name did Jesse’s father give to him at birth?


After more than four years of construction, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic May 28, 1937. Boasting a 4,200-foot-long main span, the “International Orange” bridge carried the moderate price tag of $35 million.

Question 4:
The designer of the Golden Gate Bridge worked many hours to convince citizens that the bridge could be built and that it could pay for itself with tolls paid by travelers. Who was that famous bridge designer?


Dorothea Lange’s 1936 photograph of Native American Florence Owens Thompson symbolizes the courage of Americans as they tried to survive the hard times of the Great Depression.

Question 5:
During the Depression years, people who were lucky enough to have jobs were paid very low wages. About how much was an accountant paid each week during the Depression? About how much is an accountant paid each week today?


Produced commercially for the first time in 1933, the Monopoly game became the world’s most famous board game. In a period of economic depression, players enjoyed amassing fortunes and driving opponents bankrupt.

Question 6:
Most of the places on the Monopoly board game were named by the game’s inventor for places in a real U.S. city. What city is that?


Established in November 1936, LIFE magazine opened a new era of photojournalism. With limited text, and photographs on almost every page, it expanded our awareness of current events and the human race.

Question 7:
What was pictured on the cover of the very first issue of LIFE magazine, on November 23, 1936?


Showing faith in new technology, household purchases focused on electric mixers, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, irons, and pop-up toasters. The 1930s also saw the spread of sliced bread and packaged frozen foods.

Question 8:
The pop-up toaster was one of the household conveniences that became commonplace in kitchens across America in the 1930s. “This amazing new invention makes perfect toast every time!” proclaimed ads in the Saturday Evening Post. “Without turning! Without burning!” The pop-up toaster was invented some years before it became popular. In what year was it invented, and by whom?


Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman first appeared in 1938. The Man of Steel was the world’s first comic book super hero. His sensational powers and dynamic deeds changed forever the content and style of the comic book.

Question 9:
How much money were Siegel and Shuster paid for each page of their first Superman comic book?


Eleanor Roosevelt was an extremely vocal, active, and influential First Lady. During press conferences for women reporters and in her syndicated column, she championed the rights of women, youths, minorities, and the disadvantaged.

Question 10:
Unlike First Ladies before her, Eleanor Roosevelt spoke her opinions freely in lectures, radio broadcasts, and in a daily newspaper column. What was her newspaper column called?


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Gmail Presentation to Video

My 7th and 8th technology classes are creating presentations (PowerPoint) using their Gmail accounts. We are basing the presentations on the four main words of our school credo (responsibility, respect, loyalty and truth). They need to come up with poems, find pictures, music, video clips and etc. that somehow demonstrate what these words mean. Once they have gathered their pieces of media they are going to put together their presentations.This gathering of media requires the use of several other technology tools that we cover as they come up.

I really like using Gmail because they can share their presentations with me and get feedback rather quickly. They can then change anything that is needed and be done. Also, they can access their assignments from home if they need to. Assignments aren’t limited to our server at school. No more excuses for lost homework, it is saved in the cloud.

Once the presentations are made ,and final, I download them to my computer as a PowerPoint file (.ppt). They can then be spliced into our schools biweekly video that we put on our TV in the school entry way. We do the video editing on IMovie. Sometime this becomes a little time consuming because we have to put all of the video together and make one large (longggg) video. The kids then get a chance to share their projects with the entire school and parents seem to really enjoy projects that the kids have created.

I would like to be able to add videos to a playlist (like an Itunes playlist) and have the playlist loop without having to re-render every time we add a new video clip. This will be the next thing to work on.

Excerpt from “Change Agent”-Interview with Will Richardson

Why do you think many teachers are not out there on the Web?

I think it’s a huge culture shift. Education by and large has been a very closed type of profession. “Just let me close my doors and teach”—you hear that refrain all the time. I’ve had people come up to me after presentations and say, “Well, I’m not putting my stuff up on the Web because I don’t want anyone to take it and use it.” And I say, “But that’s the whole point.” I love what David Wiley, an instructional technology professor at Brigham Young University, says: “Without sharing, there is no education.” And it’s true. We really have to be—or at least should be—sharing our stuff freely, and in doing so making new connections and working in these communities and networks that can really enhance our own learning. That’s just what the world looks like right now. But it’s just a very different kind of culture and approach to learning than has traditionally prevailed—and still prevails—in schools. A lot of educators just don’t see the opportunities.

I feel as if one of the biggest problems with education is that teachers are #1 afraid of learning something new and #2 when they are presented with something new they say they don’t have enough time to learn it. So how do we overcome these issues and why are so many teachers afraid of sharing their best ideas?

None of us became teaches because we didn’t like to learn or know how to do it. We became better teachers by other people sharing their knowledge with us. Why should teachers be afraid to pass on their knowledge to other colleagues? It is true that many teachers are going to play catch up with their students when first dipping into the use of Web 2.o tools, but won’t this part be fun for the students. What better way to hook students than giving them the chance to be a teacher. I also agree that students are very aware of different technologies and how they may be used, but not necessarily used to help them better their understanding of things.The teacher can complete the circle by then showing students how these tools can make them become better learners.

One of the best ways for teachers to become better is by seeing other teachers in action. It is easier for most to do what they have always done, but to me that sounds boring. Why not set up a time to go and see another class? You and your partner take turns offering suggestions to one another and at the same time both get to see some possibly great ideas. If this works out you can then start sharing ideas or lessons via a wiki and then continue on by seeing what type of forums are out there to increase your knowledge. Nothing has to be done in one giant step. Just start small and build on the blocks that you have already put down.

Tween Tribune in class

I was recently reading about Tween Tribune and started to look into ideas for using it in my tech class. It sounds interesting that the articles are picked by what may be interesting to the students. This will help narrow down articles that could be used for my class, as I won’t need to scour through as many. The best part is that after you sign up and your classes are created you then have students create their accounts within their class. We can then read articles and have discussions about them while they become comfortable with discussion forums or blogging.

I am anxious to try Tween Tribune. I have been trying to find a way to show kids how to blog in a controlled atmosphere and keep their interest. This may be a great way to try it out.

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Kerpoof Review

I have recently been using Kerpoof with my 5th and 6th grade classes. I was excited to get to use it and the kids definitely love it. There is a lot of potential for kids to express themselves by creating digital storybooks and videos (movies). I was able to create a class account which then let me manage the students and have access to their creations and leave feedback, all for free with a Teacher account

Kerpoof Image


The problem that we are having is that when some students try to open their saved projects the ‘Kerpoof’ symbol comes up, but never gets to their project. So then they can’t access those projects to finish them. The projects that they can’t access are ‘storybooks’. The movies seem to work fine.

Overall, I think that Kerpoof is a great site with endless possibilities and it is all free.