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Please use this button on your site for DigiLit Sunday posts

Please use this button on your site for DigiLit Sunday posts

skyping with spark kids

Technology allows us, invites us even, to collaborate more and more. No longer am I a lonely teacher behind closed doors of a classroom. Through my PLN (Professional Learning Network) on Twitter and Facebook, I have met colleagues. Teachers are doing the every day thing in innovative ways. Months ago, Leigh Anne Eck tweeted me about helping with her high ability camp. She was teaching poetry. I Skyped with a group of 2nd and 3rd graders this week. What fun! I didn’t have to care at all about the boy who wiggled all around in his seat and started drumming with his pencil. That’s my kind of teaching. I was on screen far away in my own living room.

Leigh Anne shared the student work and her thoughts about the collaboration on her site A Day in the Life.

The haiku lesson itself was a collaboration because I used another colleague’s poetry project. Linda Baie blogs at Teacher Dance. We’ve never met face to face, but every week we are in contact through our blog posts. She’s one of my top commenters. Her poetry project in April was to write a haiku each day. She catalogued them on her site.

I am encouraged by this collaboration to look for ways to use Skype more in my class during the year. We’ve had author visits. These are great, but what about connecting with other teachers and students? We could Skype a whole hour lesson and share our writing together across the miles.

This next school year, I will have two 6th grade girls at two different schools. I am wondering how I can use collaboration to make their world bigger and more meaningful. Through Kidblogs, we could create a site just for them. If you know you will have high ability sixth graders next year, maybe we could collaborate on a book or writing prompt. Let me know in the comments.

In what ways are you collaborating using technology? What ways do you plan to collaborate? Link up your blog post and/or tweet out your response to #digilitchallenge and @MargaretGSimon.

For the next month, DigiLit Sunday will be on vacation. Please consider joining CLMOOC.

Sign up for CLMOOC running June 28- August 2, 2015.

Sign up for CLMOOC running June 28- August 2, 2015.

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Please use this button on your site for DigiLit Sunday posts

Please use this button on your site for DigiLit Sunday posts

Last week on a whim I invited my readers to a DigiLit Challenge. Many of you responded, so I started a Pinterest Board. There are already 12 pins on it. Let’s add to it this week.

This week’s DigiLit Challenge is an Invitation. You can create your invitation on the app of your choice. For Memorial Day, I went to New Orleans to visit with two of my girls. I was inspired by the art on the electric boxes. The project is a nonprofit organization to rebuild and beautify New Orleans. You can read more about it here.

electic box statue

My blogging friend Julianne (To Read, to Write, to Be) is coming to New Orleans this summer, so I wanted to show her some of the more beautiful parts. I took pictures and stored them. I tried Haiku Deck. The result was not exactly what I envisioned. I tried to make it into a movie using iMovie but some of the words were lost. My frustration made me quit. Here is one of the images and a link to the haiku deck. (I wish it would embed on my site.)

Slide1

https://www.haikudeck.com/p/wXUiuAbwnR/an-invitation

For my second attempt, I used Animoto. I just love this app. I have even paid to get a longer time. I can make movies that look expertly done without having to go through the cumbersome steps of iMovie.

For your invitation, you can create a movie or a still image. I created this invitation for blueberry picking on Canva.

Blueberry Picking 2

Have fun creating. Tag me in your posts @MargaretGSimon and use #invitation and #digilitchallenge. And as always, link up with InLinkz.

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Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres invites us the celebrate each week. Click over to her site Discover. Play. Build. to read more celebrations.

Today is Celebration Saturday, and I am celebrating the first full week of summer and taking care of myself. I think we are all guilty of putting ourselves at the bottom of the list. This first week out of school I had time. I celebrate the gift of time to take care of myself.

  1. Cleaning out!  I hit the laundry room first.  The shelves are clean.  The junk is thrown out.  The useful, but no longer needed, things are bagged up for Goodwill.  Luckily today is a community household waste collection day, so my husband’s truck is ready to go with many cans of paint.
  2. Hosting Poetry Friday and having time to read all the posts!  See the round up here.
  3. Crochet time: I recently learned of a second grade student at one of my schools who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  I am crocheting my first afghan as a prayer blanket for her.
  4. Eating right:  I’ve caught a few episodes of Dr. Oz.  He advised us to eat berries at breakfast.  I went blueberry picking this week and am enjoying these pops of fruity deliciousness with absolutely no guilt.

blueberry on branch

  1. Playing with photography: Last Sunday I put out a DigiLit Challenge.  Tomorrow I will post another one.  I also took Kim Douillard’s challenge of the week to try Black and White.
New Orleans City Park

New Orleans City Park

Grandmother Oak Morning

Grandmother Oak Morning

Candle sculpture

Candle sculpture

  1. Exercise:  I love walking my dog.  In the summer, you must get out before 8 AM to beat the heat.  My inner clock is still tuned to getting up for school, so I took advantage of early mornings to walk with Charlie.  He celebrates walking, too.
  2. Time to write:  This is last because I have a tinge of guilt that I didn’t spend more time writing.  I worked on a draft for a future blog post.  I revised my middle grade work in progress and wrote one poem.

 

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Please use this button on your site for DigiLit Sunday posts

Please use this button on your site for DigiLit Sunday posts

Summer has started for me.  I can sleep later (haven’t yet, but the opportunity is there). I can read or write whenever I want to.  My days are open to possibilities.

Today on the Two Writing Teachers blog, Betsy Hubbard reminds us to think about our One Little Word.  My word is Reach.  I would like to Reach for more teacher/bloggers to join DigiLit Sunday.  I have no idea how to do that.  So I am calling on my readers to help me.

I tend to be someone who rises to a challenge.  Last summer I joined in CLMOOC and plan to again this summer.  I will probably do Teachers Write  with Kate Messner and many other awesome authors again for the 4th year.

There are new challenges every day in this community.  Reaching out to create my own challenge is a bit scary.  What if no one comes?  I will stay true to my OLW and just do it.  For the next four weeks, I’ll post a challenge on DigiLit Sunday.  If you choose to do it, you can post it however you feel most comfortable, Twitter, Facebook, Blog, or GooglePlus.  I’ll collect the links and post them the following week on DigiLit Sunday.  Use #digilitchallenge. Be sure to tag me. (@MargaretGSimon on Twitter, @MargaretGibsonSimon on Facebook, and Margaret Simon on Google+)

Challenge this week: Turn an image of nature into a work of art: #photoart

For my photo, I used Waterlogue app on my phone.  Then uploaded it to PicMonkey to add the haiku.

Sunrise haiku

 

Reaching new challenges.  Playing with digital literacies.  Pass it on.

 

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