Showing posts from June, 2015

4th Quarter Technology Highlights

One Year Told in Six Words

Can you sum up anything in 6 words? Coonley students were asked to do just that!  Chicago Public Schools has a lonnnnnng end-of-year with students in classes through June 19th.  As a challenge for the month of June grades 1-7 were asked to write 6 Word Memoirs based on the following prompts:

Tell something you like about CoonleyWhat activity did you really enjoy this school year?Write about yourselfGive advice to others The results were fantastic!  All memoirs were combined into one giant slideshow resulting in over 470 slides ranging from 6 year to 13-year-old student perspectives.  Each day three memoirs were selected and featured on Coonley's Twitter feed.  We hope our work inspires you to create your own!

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(See 2016 version here!)

Quadblogging in Third Grade

Our students are quite expressive.  Many are great writers.  In two of our 3rd grade classrooms students expressed an interest in writing reviews online about books and movies they enjoyed.  After a conversation with the teachers about how to do this I thought Quadblogging would be a perfect fit for them, allowing them to reach a greater audience of their peers.  For those that don't know the term, Quadblogging consists of 4 classrooms (in our case 4 schools with 5 classrooms) taking turns blogging. One school hosts and writes posts for the the week and the remaining three classrooms reply.  
I encouraged the teachers to sign up at the "official" Quadblogging website.  They received no response so I emailed the site manager. Again, no response.  Next I took to Twitter, tagging the manager of the quadblogging site.  And again.....nothing.  I am disappointed that no one had the courtesy to reply. Had I been a brand new teacher and gotten this type of response I probably wo…