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January One Word Project

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One Word!

11/30 Genius Matters

posted Nov 30, 2015, 9:02 AM by   [ updated Jan 10, 2016, 10:33 PM ]

Genius Time Again

Genius: What do you want to solve when you grow up?

Brainstorm CCC & Proposal = issues

Next #clmaker is Environment

Planning for Genius Time:   CCC


Genius Time:  Make a mark. Make it matter.

Better the world



Research Question

Search / Investigate

Notes for Content: own words/ specific / cite sources



Peer Review


Peer / Teacher Review


Peer / Teacher Review


Peer/ Teacher Review

Edit, Edit, Edit


REVISE: Make better, do more research, be more clear, more specific, and more interesting



Essential Questions:

How do researchers investigate successfully?

What strategies and processes do collaborators need for success?

How do readers and writers determine and develop relevant, accurate, and complete topics?

How do publishers design and organize content for their audience and purpose?

Why and how do editors and speakers use and edit with the rules for standard English grammar and language ?

11/30 All Hour of Code

posted Nov 30, 2015, 8:00 AM by

Welcome to Hour of Code

9/30 Where Revision

posted Sep 30, 2015, 8:07 AM by   [ updated Oct 4, 2015, 1:35 PM ]

After writing and revising your poem in your own document, let's share one revision together.    Work Space

Revision:  ARMS -- Work on "Add" and "Move"

Add detail, description, figurative language to elaborate your ideas for your audience [word choice, voice]
Remove general, repetitive, unnecessary information [ideas, word choice]
Move around the phrases and sentences into a more logical and clear order [organization].
Substitute boring, general words with action and imagery [sights/ sounds].

Elaboration Strategies   More information on Elaboration Strategies

Detail:  5WsH  Who What When Where Why How

Description: Sights, Sounds

author strategies to create the exact picture you want in your readers mind.

9/29 Focus 8

posted Sep 29, 2015, 8:48 AM by   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 10:06 AM ]

Class Shorts:  Brief facts about us.

1. Think of a fact about you.
2. Think of an image that fits the fact.
3. Your code name.
4. Add to the slides, using animation so your information is presented in this order: fact image, fact, your code name.

What you and I are looking for:
  • Ability to work quickly
  • Ability to format slides
  • Ability to create an interesting slide that presents information quickly and inspires audience
  • Ability to use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation ,etc.
  • Ability to follow our Digital Citizenship rules
  • Ability to help each other
  • Ability to be PAX Leaders: productive, peaceful, health, happiness

9/17 All CLbooc project

posted Sep 17, 2015, 8:29 AM by   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 8:35 AM ]

What is CLbooc?

Read this introduction; add your questions here.

Connected Learning

Blogging Open Online Collaboration 



Welcome Back!

Students across the United States and Canada are returning to school, just as you are. Do you wonder about that? About what other students are doing, making, and sharing?

We’ve been invited to join the Connected Learning Blogging Open Online Collaboration [CLBOOC]. We’ll connect with other student bloggers from

  • Oro Medonte, ON CA

  • Waterloo, ON CA

  • Coaldale, AB CA

  • El Monte CA USA

  • Honolulu, HI USA

  • Nespelem, WA USA

We’ll consider various topics and create responses which we’ll share on our blogs as “Connected Learning Makes” --- #clmake.  That means we’ll be making and explaining projects together, connecting and commenting on each others’ work in our blogs as we learn our required skills in diverse ways shared as blogging buddies.


How did this project start?

The teachers in the project connected via social media while participating in a Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration -- #clmooc. Educators participated in “Make Cycles” to become connected learners and leaders. A question was asked: “Why not connect students in the same way?”  From that, one teacher, Julie Johnson, began the process of building a network of connected educators who would connect their students -- which is how we got here, to you, our amazing students.


What is expected?

The goal is participation in seven “make” cycles monthly from Oct 1 to May 1 (excluding Jan 1, due to holidays). Each cycle consists of four periods per cycle to cover four weeks in each cycle:

1 Introduction to Make Cycle topic

2-3 Work and Publication,

4 Feedback/comments on peer blogs

Since many students are participating, students will be randomly grouped into a “learning hub,” a group of students to whom each is responsible for connecting, making, offering feedback, and sharing responses. Students may, of course, view and comment on other “hubs,” but their responsibility is to their learning hub.

This is just a start -- how students creatively design and innovate the topic and connections with school district / teacher approval means that many extensions are possible.

General Expectations:

  • Complete and publish your “clmake” according to the usual expectations of your school using the #clmaker tag

  • Offer feedback and comments to each of your learning hub members

    • Comment format: TG: Tell something great, Give a suggestion

  • Collaboration: District / School / Teacher approved platform [Google Apps, Blogs]; communicate within established platforms only to remain in the project

  • Consider and reflect on the process and your products: What works? What doesn’t?

  • Follow Digital Citizenship protocols and guidelines

    • Consider the ways you can build a positive presence and relationship within your Learning Hub and other CLBOOC participants.

    • Ask questions and provide suggestions as needed to develop the project

    • Be a connected learner


What topics will be explored?

  1. A Personal Introduction (Due Oct 1)

  2. Group Name/Design a Group Badge (Due Nov 2)

  3. A Travel Piece (Due  Dec 3)

  4. Environmental Issues (Due (Feb 1)

  5. Social Justice Issues (historical or present day) (Due March 1)

  6. Poetry/Lyrics (Due April 1)

  7. Completely Open! Do Anything! (May 1)

9/17 All Where I'm From

posted Sep 16, 2015, 7:56 PM by   [ updated Oct 4, 2015, 1:36 PM ]

Blogging Partners: CLBOOC

Connected Learning Blogging Open Online Collaboration

What is it?  Read about it here.

Work Progress Reflection [Go to File --> Make a Copy ]

Who are our blogging partners?  Well, they are wondering who WE are!

So, to begin, we will create poems to share a bit about ourselves.

How?  Let's get started:

Where are you from?

Listen to this poem by George Ella Lyons: Where I'm From

Listen to more as Ms Edwards reads student versions to you. Student

These poems are models for our project.

How can you write a poem like this?   Plan a prewrite!

Suggestions for prewriting -- be as descriptive as possible; include sights and sounds:

1.  Traditions: List traditions you have with family and friends [ holidays, pow wows, hunting, going to the lake, etc.].  Star two.  For those two, list the sights and sounds of those traditions.

2. People:  Who are important people in your life?  What did you learn from them? What did they say? Why are they important to you?

3. Sadness: And then there are the sad or disappointing times. Did you fall or did some one important pass? 

All of these are things that make us who we are as we grow and cope with the positive and negatives of our lives.

Sometimes it helps to draw a timeline of your life: Here's an example

Try creating your own.  Start with your birthdate, then add events.  If the event is happy, place it above the horizontal middle line extending from your birthdate; if the event is disappointing or sad, place it below the horizontal middle line extending from your birthdate.


First, look over your lists and timeline. Add some descriptive language -- sights, sounds, actions.

Now let's share a few of our first "I am from" ideas.  List them here.

See what others write.  Which ones SHOW excitement, interest, sights, and sounds?  Those will draw in your reader -- your blogging buddies. You want to make them love the things you love, feel sad at your sad and disappointing times, and want to do the things you do.  They will if you are DESCRIPTIVE with DETAILS.

What do I mean?  Read these poems with me: I am from.

Now make a copy of this template to use your lists and timeline to add more details and draft your two to three verse "I am from" poem like the second example in the link above.

Once you have your poem, you will be able to make your video reading, like this one:  Ask What Else I Am From.

Then we will add each of yours to this class slideshow:

And, again, here is the syllabus for our CLBOOC !

9/21 All Google Classroom: What's that?

posted Sep 13, 2015, 8:19 PM by   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 8:28 AM ]

Our work this year will be fund in Google Classroom.

What is Google Classroom?

Let's find out with this lesson:  What is Google Classroom?

This slide show will take us step by step over several days to learn how to work within the Google Classroom environment, and we'll review our Netiquette Guidelines and use a few tools to create assignments.

Let's start:  What is Google Classroom?

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