June 29

Summer Time

What a whirlwind this past year has been! I know it has been a while but there has been so much going on! I was able to secure funding from a national grant to bring coding robots to the elementary schools for the Waynesboro Area School District and I have been busy with more graduate work as well as preparing to instruct some professional development classes that are starting next week. Even though I am not currently in the classroom this blog is NOT going anywhere. When my schedule starts to slow down I will take some time and see how we can still make this an effective place for students to share their work and make global connections. Until next time…Happy Blogging!

February 22

Great Work!

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” I have always loved this quote and a lot of you guys put in the effort into your projects that you shared today. Thank you for sharing your work, not only with me but with other kiddos around the world. Remember that our work is not trapped in side the four walls of our classroom or even the building. Keep up the excellent work and I am so excited to see what else you create and come up with!!

geralt / Pixabay

February 12

New Blog Day!

Today is the day! A brand new class of students are gong to start to make global connections with their work! The world is not nearly as large as it was when I was in school. How cool is it that with a few key strokes and the push of a button, our work goes from being confined on our computers in the four walls of our classroom to being available for the whole world to see. Let’s see how many new people we can reach and inspire with our work! Happy Blogging!

February 5

New Blogs!!!

I cannot wait unit Friday, February 12th! My new position has taken me out of my own classroom but allows me to work with all different grade levels and amazing teachers. Next week one of those amazing teachers is taking the leap into blogging using this site! The blogs are set and ready to filled with amazing work and demonstrations of understanding. It would be awesome if some of you folks could pop into some of their blogs and leave them an encouraging message BEFORE they even get started! I love this part of education and watching kiddos take on something new and finding ways to teach me something new about a platform or piece of tech that I have used for years. This is the start of an awesome journey for these guys and I am so thankful that I get to be a part of it! Until next time…Happy Blogging!

January 12

Whoa! What a Year!

I can’t believe it has been almost 5 months since our last post on this blog. I cannot even begin to describe what we have been through. The layout of our blog is going to change a little bit in the future. I made the extremely difficult decision to leave the classroom at the beginning of December. Educational Technology has been my passion for years as I am sure it has been evident in all the bragging I have done about my kiddos when they excelled in coding, engineering, and being just all around awesome little human beings. I am now the Instructional Technology Specialist for my home school district and I couldn’t be happier. I miss my kiddos but I am loving working with teachers K-5 and helping such a wider range of students explore, implement and grow with the use of technology in the classroom. I will be posting more pictures and information about the awesome risks this new staff I am with is taking as well as adding a new group of kiddos in the near future to our blog, so please stay tuned and comment on all the awesome work that is coming soon!

August 18

New Year…New Challenges!

Welcome to a new 5th grade year! This year is not starting out like most other years but what an exciting time to be in school! Our distance learning schedule is set and we are going to make the most out of this opportunity. Throughout the course of this year our blogs are going to be more important and play a bigger role in our learning as we share what we have learned and created with the entire world! I cannot wait to get this year underway and share what we learn and create as well as learn from what others have created. T-minus 2 weeks and as always Happy Blogging!

May 3

A little late….

I’m a little late getting this celebration out there but congratulations to Keith our adopted student from Pennsylvania! He earned 100 word challenge showcase from week 26! Keep up the great work! Swing by his blog at mccrakei.edublogs.org and congratulate him!

March 30

100 Word Challenge Week 27

Here is the link to this week’s 100 Word Challenge! There are two prompts this week, you only have to chose 1. Take your time look over both prompts and pick the one that is of the most interest to you.  Remember to construct your post on YOUR blog and submit it for review. Happy Blogging!

Week 27

March 25

Update on School!

I am sure that many of you have heard that we will not get to come back to school on Monday, March 30th but instead our unexpected break is being extended until April 27th. I understand that this is an uncertain time and that none of us have been in this position before. I would like to encourage you to take this time, read something…really anything! I am currently reading Batman, Arkham Knight: The Riddler’s Gambit.

I encourage you to blog about your daily activities and leave comments on other students’ blogs to let them know that we haven’t forgotten about them. Many of you have reached out to me and it makes me smile to know that you are ok and still working hard. If you have any questions about any of the work that will be coming your way or if you just need to say “hi” you can always leave me a comment here, on Google Classroom, or ClassDojo. Stay safe and try to have some fun too! Happy Blogging!