Friday, January 15, 2016

Celebrate Everything.

When you teach, everything you do feels rewarding and frustrating at the same time as you take on new challenges in your classroom. "Move toward the fear" was born from the conversations I've had with teachers who want to reinvent their teaching practices. It's a reminder that the more you can adjust and create really dynamic lessons the better the kids relate.
With that said our teachers continue to Move Toward the Fear and today we celebrated their incredible work. 
We have been honored as an Apple Distinguished School and our story is featured by Apple Education. for the incredible work teaching with iPad and iTunes U. 

Congratulations to all of our amazing faculty who continue to push the boundaries in education.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

The "code" for learning

Matt Greigg's STEM class spend the day coding a new Harry Potter game. The girls started with a blank slate and in pairs wrote code line by line. Afterwards, we played the game to see how the code work and then problem solved different strategies for workflow including copying pasting code from one place and in another rather than retyping it. Super fun day watching the kids develop a game with code. #yourstorymatters

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

We said goodbye to the textbook...

We are so excited that Apple has featured us as an Innovative School. Goodbye textbooks, school supplies, and the weight of a heavy school bags. It's been quite a journey to get here with iPad and iTunes U and I am so so proud of our faculty at Vine Street who "moved toward the fear" as they personalized learning through iTunes U. The best part of the story is that it continues to be a team approach to curriculum design and instruction. With entire departments authoring content our faculty really get a birds eye view of curriculum across grade levels. In addition peer editing is taking our courses to the next level. With projects driving the student experience our faculty has really designed for the show me what you know generation. Making knowledge visual is our goal. See some of the great projects in our courses on iTunes (for iOS devices only)

Look for teacher stories coming soon to learn more about their experiences using iPad and iTunes U as the single device on campus.

See our sorry featured on Apple Education page and on the banner in iTunes U.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The fever is hot.

Classroom blogs are a great way to share stories with parents and administrators. Take a look inside the classroom and see the fun stories that remind us all of how school can be this amazing place of learning. Today I worked with our WEST campus teachers in 2nd grade to create blogs for sharing stories. FERANOT, FOZandFURIOUS, and JumpintoGuinto! Creativity was flowing as we made our first posts.

Check out Miss Miller's New Blog - Confessions from a Third Grade Classroom.

and our new blogger Jess Feeney.


Seeing things 360º

I saw the Ricoh Theta S 360º camera at ECIS in Barcelona and thought maybe we need to try this. So we bit the preverbal bullet and bought the camera a for our iBook Project. It's really cool and today we are taking it though it's paces to learn how to add 360º images to the book.

What's great about these shots is the reminder to see things from everyone's point of view especially when working with teachers who are embarking on using new technology (to them) and taking the leap into new territories.  #movetowardthefear Thanks @theta360 for the reminder.  #yourstorymatters
Super fun day @stringtheoryedu working with Miss B creating a class blog. #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Monday, January 11, 2016

Miss Bee's Stories

I've been working with Miss B from Philadelphia Perform Arts; A String Theory Charter School on her new blog about Kindergarten. She has really taken flight with her stories. Today we made an iMovie to bring the stories to life. Keep up the great work Miss B! So proud! #yourstorymatters

Read more on Miss B's Blog

Playing in Kindergarten