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Megan Looney

  • Dr. George Siemens’ overview of connectivism is a reminder of many of the things I’ve learned in my COETAIL courses thus far.

    He reminds us that knowledge is formed in three ways: biologically, conceptually […]

    • Greetings Megan,

      Do you remember the days when corporate networking was all the rage? When groups or companies held networking events so that clients could connect and drum up business? Things have changed! Global networking has become an integral part of our world and, as educators, needs to be an integrated part of our classrooms and schools. George Siemens is spot on when he talks about learning as a socially connected process that forms conceptual connections and promotes deeper understanding. You witnessed it in your own class! Here at Lincoln we’ve had some positive success by Skyping with experts such as Nepalorado (http://yourhub.denverpost.com/blog/2014/05/denver-zookeeper-helps-endangered-nepal-wildlife/44575/) who helped support our fifth grade service learning project. We’ve also Skyped with authors. Like you, we observed kids making inferences, making connections, and being truly motivated. The reflections that came out of the students from these experiences demonstrated critical thinking and connections to their literacy unit. They are many authors out there who are willing to work with classrooms. I suggest asking your school librarian. And, as you mentioned use the COETAIL network. All of us here at Lincoln would be happy to connect with you!
      You also mention how global connections frame student learning and I fully agree. What also frames the learning is being well planned, having guidelines, and teaching kids how to interact and “network”. Your detailed outline is a great example. It’s what all teachers need to do before they jump into Skype calls. There’s plenty of leg work to do before and after a call, but that’s what makes it so rewarding and powerful for the kids. Let’s keep the “connectivism movement” going! Thanks for the Global Kind Project tip too.

  • I’ve known about Flipped Classroom models for the past few years and now that I’m back in a classroom have had the opportunity to try out this model of instruction. In the past few weeks I’d noticed that my […]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Michelle,
    Flipping Parent Curriculum Night?!? I’d LOVE to try something like that next fall. I’d love to see, next fall, how perhaps we could even work together (share ideas) on how this might look especially the communication portion with parents. Last fall instead of a traditional night, I took my classroom portion (we have two portions – one…[Read more]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Hi Kim, Thanks for the links you shared. I think so many of our students need to “experience” this somehow and these opportunities, VR and even just breaking things down into smaller steps and making local connections helps. Thanks for sharing and getting me thinking about possible revisions in future years.

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 9 months, 1 week ago

    Joanna,

    Thanks for confirming my own feelings about teaching digital citizenship skills related to bullying. The video you shared focused on older students and I teach 3rd grade and agree with the library specialist, that it can happen at any age. For instance in my classroom last week we were using a Padlet for a flipped learning…[Read more]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 9 months, 1 week ago

    Brendon,
    It’s admirable how you used game based learning in your physical education climbing unit. I can imagine, especially middle schoolers, enjoying the concept of leveling up each time they worked on new skills each time they came to PE class and having more choices as their skills improved and grew. Congrats! You mentioned you’d like to do…[Read more]

    • Hi Megan, thanks for the comment. I have not read the actual book just the article. You have got me interested to see if we can get a hold of it now. Your comment about the students noticing when you had redo your audio actually rings a bell. I guess it is just about what we feel comfortable with. Thanks also for the link to the graphic.
      Brendon

  • Before completing this week’s readings and research, I’d never heard of Challenge Based Learning. I was quite familiar and have experience with Problem Based Learning and Project Based Learning but, Challenge […]

  • As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today, I was reminded of the Global Kind Project which is organized by The Educator Collaborative and a smaller group of their social media interns begins today. Their […]

    • Hi Kim, Thanks for the links you shared. I think so many of our students need to “experience” this somehow and these opportunities, VR and even just breaking things down into smaller steps and making local connections helps. Thanks for sharing and getting me thinking about possible revisions in future years.

  • Reading both Michelle Beard as well as Maggie Hos-McGrane’s posts about their reflections of the SAMR model and how they both used the model to help reflect upon the ways they each integrate technology with t […]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    Michelle,

    Wow! I LOVE the way you organized your post using the levels of SAMR to analyze your use of technology. I also teach elementary school and found some of the same apps I use in your reflection. I hadn’t organized my reflection in the same way but find it helpful to think of apps in this context.
    Using Google Sites as a Hyperdoc m…[Read more]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 10 months ago

    Jackie,
    I feel I’m in a similar place to you with integrating technology. The substitution is easy, it’s moving to higher levels that takes more time and you have an added challenge of resource availability.
    Thanks for sharing the ReadWriteThink timeline resource. I definitely will use this one with my students and have been searching for a 3rd…[Read more]

  • Immediately when I saw that creating a visual resume was an option for this course, I knew what I’d choose for my final project because I believe in them.  Also, after participating in course 3, my thinking […]

  • Recently my class read a book of infographics by David J. Smith. It’s called If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers. The infographic I shared with the whole group explained how much of th […]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Pim,
    I’m so glad you found my post helpful. I think your first graders will find it a great way to show their learning. I also have used Scratch as a class to retell stories as well and have students create this to really work on beginning, middle and end of stories which I know can be challenging for our younger writers to really have a true s…[Read more]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Sitwat,
    Thanks for sharing the resource with me. I have already found some practical ideas of how I can use it during our current poetry writing unit. Enjoy participating in the Codeathon!
    Best,
    Megan

  • My third graders LOVED participating in Hour of Code last year. Quickly I learned that majority of my students already had a mastered skills using the apps suggested to use for Hour of Code by my school inc […]

    • Hi Megan,
      Thank you for the informative post. I loved the hand graphic organiser. I will certainly use it in my class as my students are working on a digital story telling project for the very first time and some of them are finding it hard. Making stories of Scratch Junior is also an awesome idea, I never thought of using Scratch for this purpose. Students at my school will soon be participating in Global Codeathon, so a game based on story would be interesting. I found this resource very helpful while planning digital story project for classroom. http://bit.ly/2lWbCUJ
      Sitwat

      • Hi Sitwat,
        Thanks for sharing the resource with me. I have already found some practical ideas of how I can use it during our current poetry writing unit. Enjoy participating in the Codeathon!
        Best,
        Megan

    • Hi Megan,
      Your post has inspired me to plan an integrated unit using Scratch jr. for a narrative with grade 1. I had been hesitant to do so because some of the teachers feel they do not have enough time to learn. When I initially sat down to talk about ideas with the teacher, she then said to me “I think they already know this”, so we will be planning this next week. I will take your advise and show them the final product so they see what they are aiming for or can go beyond. I will also work with the teachers (I am a tech integrator) so they have a foundation of the program. I will make sure we learn the tool during lesson time first and then use the tool for their summative towards the end. I’ll recommend feedback from peers and teachers before the summative as well. Thank you so much for your ideas.

      Cheers,
      Pim

      • Hi Pim,
        I’m so glad you found my post helpful. I think your first graders will find it a great way to show their learning. I also have used Scratch as a class to retell stories as well and have students create this to really work on beginning, middle and end of stories which I know can be challenging for our younger writers to really have a true story to tell. Good luck and if you have any to share, I’m happy to share mine with you too!
        Best,
        Megan

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Laura,
    Thanks for your suggestions. We actually did our trash sort before I wrote this post for the reason you mentioned, they need the hands-on experience! You must be a mind reader because our next steps include them looking at home. My class this year needs a significant amount of modeling and guided practice before I can release things to…[Read more]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hey Jackie,
    I completed this activity this week in my classroom and YES they confused the differences between a “See” and a “Think.” We went back to the classroom and reviewed their thinking. As we discussed their ideas, I actually moved them to the correct column. Many of their “Sees” were actually “Thinks.” By the end of our discussion, they…[Read more]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Jackie,
    I used digital storytelling last year with my third graders as a culmination of a similar writing unit. A fiction writing unit. We used Scratch Jr which is both available for Macs and Android devices. If you don’t know about Scratch Jr, you can read and watch a video here. Prior to starting our digital storytelling, I had students ind…[Read more]

  • My current school has a required weekly reading log.There are not expectations around what need to be included in our reading logs, only that we must have them. For an educator who disagrees with this activity, it […]

    • Hi Megan,
      This is just a thought, but have you considered using Google Forms for reading logs/response (docs.google.com/forms)? I am using Google Forms as a means of reading response for my Battle of the Books program at school, and it has worked really well. It only takes a few minutes for students to log their responses, and I love that it all goes straight to a spreadsheet where I can easily sort by student and track their reading. It’s been SO much easier than our old paper-based format. Here’s my Grade 3 Battle of the Books page if you’d like to see our form (it’s at the very bottom of the page). http://blogs.ais-r.edu.sa/eslibrary/battle-of-the-books-grade-3/
      While I agree that reading logs are not very effective in general, I do like having this data that gives me a sense of what the students are getting out of the books. Perhaps you and your students could design a Google form together as you have done with the other forms they created. Hope you will find something that works well for you all! Laurie

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