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I have been “under the weather” lately. After I wrote that sentence, I had to tab over to Google search where that idiom comes from.

“To be under the weather is to be unwell. This comes  from a maritime source. In the old days, when a sailor was unwell, he was sent down below to help his recovery, under the deck and away from the weather.”

This cold that came on with laryngitis sent me below deck. Our gifted program is a pull-out academic program, so my students just stay with their regular teacher when I am not there. I sent an email to all the teachers asking that my students be allowed to use the computer. There I can keep connected with them through our kidblog site.

I know a lot of schools have become Google schools, but our district isn’t there yet. But kidblog works. Here is the screen to my posts this week. I can send an assignment with links as well as individual messages for students. And I shared that we won Douglas Florian’s book on Today’s Little Ditty! Yay!

Kidblog screen

Through our kidblog site, we can also connect across the miles with other kidblog classrooms. As we approach the March Slice of Life Challenge, I am pushing my students to pay more attention to these connections. If you want to connect your class with mine, let me know.

In what ways do you stay connected to your students?

Do you know about Digital Learning Day? Sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, #DLDay is scheduled for February 17th, 2016.

Share your digital literacy posts below.

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In my thinking and reflecting about digital literacy, I can’t help but mull over the language. I have been teaching my mother-in-law about Facebook. The icons and language are all new to her. Yesterday she sent me a private message, “Is this band along the bottom where I put a comment for your eyes only? Sorry I’m so slow with FB.” I laugh, but this is all a new language for her. It takes us a while to catch on to a new language, and sometimes it intimidates us so much that we resist and don’t learn it. I am proud that she has stuck with it and continues to try to learn the FB jargon.

I have been trying to follow the Connected Learning at Educator Innovator. To start with, the hashtag is clmooc. That is hard to get my head around. It was weeks before I could remember it. I worked hard to get over my intimidation and just did what I could to tag along. Then I got an application for a badge. Oh my, I really want the badge. But I have to prove my worthiness.

This badge is awarded to educators who’ve produced connected learning-based resources, events, curriculum and/or created artifacts that demonstrate Connected Learning principles in action or in theory.

The word Make is all over the Connected Learning assignments challenges. I’m getting used to the term more and more and believe a Make is anything you have created on your own. Makes are not exclusively done with technology. We use the technology to share our Makes.

As I begin to think about how I will incorporate this new learning into my class this year, I am wondering how my discomfort or low level of expertise will affect my use of the vocabulary. Will Makes become a term I use with my students? I feel pretty confident using the social media terms of Tweet, Twitter, Friend, Post, etc. (My children made fun of me for a long time because I didn’t properly use the verb Tweet.)

I’m still hoping for a way to make a Maker Community for our students. We can begin with Sheri Edwards’ site: Connect2Learn. She is till in the brainstorming stage and welcomes our ideas.

What new vocabulary will you be using this year with your students? Does the vocabulary change or heighten the work we do? Let me know your thoughts.

For Kim Douillard’s “In Search of the Unexpected” Photo-a-Day Challenge for August: 1. People 2. Places

A little restaurant in St. Martinville, St. John's, doesn't look like much from the outside, but good food waits on the inside.  The crowds wait for table.

A little restaurant in St. Martinville, St. John’s, doesn’t look like much from the outside, but good food waits on the inside. The crowds wait for table.

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Please join in this meme designed to share our digital learning and challenges. Just as a teacher of writing needs to be a writer, a teacher of digital literacy needs to be a digital learner. Use this button on your blog post and leave a link with Mr. Linky. Please read and comment on other posts. That’s how connectedness and collaboration begin.

Reflection is another means to apply the Connected Learning principles of being Interest-Powered and Production Centered by considering what you’re making and interests are now, and what your orientation is for the immediate future. –Chris Butts, CLMOOC team


I have jumped right in to the waters of two digital challenges: The Thinglink Teacher Challenge and National Writing Project’s Making Learning Connected, a.k.a. #clmooc.


Yesterday’s email from the CLMOOC team asked us to make a list of three things and to reflect on two questions.

1. What I’ve made so far…

How to pick blueberries: Thinglink
Self avatar: Bitstrip

Digital Self: Thinglink

How to be water: Animoto/YouTube

2. What I’m working on:

Poster about writing in Canva: This is a higher learning curve than other apps I tried this week. I struggled and gave up. But I am determined to try again and conquer this!

3. What I want to work on:

Prezi is a presentation site that I am daunted by. I have seen others do great things with it, and I’m sure my students would love it.


What did you learn from what you’ve already made? I learned to be more confident in my digital self. The Thinglink challenge for this week was to make a digital self. I thought I had to draw something. I started working on my ipad with a new stylus and became quickly annoyed. Then I googled avatar and low and behold, there’s an app for that! I was surprised how easy it was. So many online apps can make you feel stupid, but some, like Bitstrips, made me feel smart.

What do you see as the purpose of making this week? The purpose for me always goes back to my teaching and being able to support my students in their digital learning. However, I also discovered that making was fun, and I was compelled to share (and show off). I want to invite you to take the plunge. Jump in the deep end because there are lots of supportive floatie people out there.

I wanted to make a blog icon for the Connected Learning values, so after writing this post, I tried Canva again. It worked better for this purpose. You should try it.

Connected Learning

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