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Make a Winning Quilt (read all 4 entries…)
Time to Quilt

I am almost finished with committments to school. The end is in sight. Now its time to quilt.

I have been sewing all my life but quilting just the last 7 years. It brings me joy to watch as a quilt comes together.

I will be using black sashing for the first time. My friend wanted a BRIGHT quilt and no other sashing piece looked good but once the black was beside the orange and electric blue. The colors began to pop like popcorn in a microwave. Now its time to put it together.

Yeah!



Make a schedule for Debbie Hopkinson's visit (read all 3 entries…)
The families had a great time!!

The families really enjoyed the evening with Deborah Hopkinson. I had two different people translate the visit into Spanish. I think this may have been the first time Ms. Hopkinson has had a translator. It was a great time. Everyone felt as though they were a part of the evening.

The students had fun doing the different activities prepared for them. The leftover applesauce/cinnamon clay makes the library smell very homey.

Now it is time to begin again. We will begin planning for our next author tomorrow. I have had some great response from a couple of authors – now to find the funding…. What an adventure.



Make a schedule for Debbie Hopkinson's visit (read all 3 entries…)
The Schedule:

I have been working on this author visit since the beginning of March. I had read many of Ms. Hopkinson’s books and thought they conveyed content in a very humorous way. Apples to Oregon had been selected as a Pat Gallagher Award nominee and then was selected as an Oregon Reads book for Young children.

I had just completed Dr. Seuss Day with the help of a very energetic Senior High School young man. I was reveling in the success of the project. I e-mailed Deborah thinking the worst she can say is no. In less than five minutes I had a reply, she was coming to Henry Hill Elementary and we could afford her. Yahoo!!!
Deborah and I continued emailing back and forth to ensure the event went smoothly.

It was a great success. I have also uploaded some pictures.

I am now working on having another author for next year. How will we pay for the event. I will have a car wash if necessary!!!

Her Schedule:

Western Oregon University until 5:30
Dinner at HHES at 6:00 – 6:30
Title I mtg. 6:30 – 7:00
Author Speaks 7:00 – 7:45
Author signs books 7:45 – 8:00

Author and Librarian just chat until about 8:30



Make a schedule for Debbie Hopkinson's visit (read all 3 entries…)
Deborah Hopkinson's Visit was Phenomenal

This was an exciting visit. Approximately 39-45 families were served.



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
Judges

The judges did a wonderful job following the criteria given them and selecting a winner.



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
It is FINISHED!!!

It is completed!! The Science Fair met my goal to have more technology infused into it. This year it was infused with PowerPoint. Next year, I think I will try to infuse a bit of robotics and video. I would even like to have an interactive station.

TO accomplish these goals I will need to start today. I will begin looking for a grant to support a science fair. I guess I need to broaden that scope to include technology upgrades etc.

The students were very pleased with themselves. The parents were beaming with pride.

And the healthy snack provided was inhaled. There wasn’t anything left – Yippee!!



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
Just 1 more day until Science Fair

Tomorrow night is the Science Fair. Whoa it is finally here!! My stomach has started to churn. It will be what it is… I hope it goes well.

Oh the last minute details:
1.) Ask for someone to pick up veggie and fruit trays from CostCo
2.) Type names on stickers to put on place cards around the room.
3.) Ask someone to take pictures to send to grant final report
4.) Give Map to Mr. Martinez – so he can set up gym.
5.) Finalize Alexia’s Butterfly report.
6.) Ask to borrow High School Lap tops – Call Mrs. Chase



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
Hoax or Urban Legend

The readings this week struck a cord in my security conscious mind.
Let me tell you a true story: When I went back to college I was hired as a tutor in the college computer lab. I was not hired because I was a geek or nerd or even that I was a computer major. I was hired because I could talk with older beginning computer users on their level. I was compassionate with an older man who felt computers were demon possessed and in his way to graduate. I was kind to the woman who broke down in tears because if she didn’t pass this one computer class her teaching license would be gone. (I fell for that story – that was before I received my own.) I joked with the jocks about attending class because they may learn how to put the diskette in the correct way and score 6 points. I worked well with the people. I began grading novice computer papers because the computer teachers wanted to give eveyone a failing grade because they were novices.

I was good with the people. I could remember names and faces.

I could not tell you a thing about programming. An algorithm looked like GREEK to me. I didn’t know what those strings meant but I did know they made the developer feel he was in control of the computer and not the other way around. It happened on a Saturday morning. A programmer came in and sat down at a computer the corner of the room. You couldn’t see the screen from the help desk. He would chuckle with a sinister tone and then type with a frenzy. This was not abnormal but something in my gut said all the p’s and q’s didn’t add up. I went over to his computer – the string was enormous and it started with Z. I hadn’t seen that before and commented about it. He looked at me with disdain and said, “Isn’t it beautiful?” Sure, I said but my gut was still churning. After my shift was over I happened to bump into my boss; I told her what and who was in the lab and that a Z string was involved – she said not to worry. I went on my merry way.

On Monday, Larry the network administrator was fuming!!! (No, he was literally hopping mad!!) The college’s mainframe had been corrupted and brought down. There were no programming classes that day. The man was asked to leave the college never to return. I wonder…. what did he do with the rest of his life..

Another story: When we first got computers at the school, it was a very big deal. We had access to the internet and information galore right at our fingertips. We had protection or so we thought… A grandmother was assisting her granddaughter trying to find pictures about the Revolutionary War. She typed in her search terms and viola she picked not one but two hard core porn sites. This was an opportunity to test the security system. I immediately called the principal and the district office to report the incident. At this time I asked to test the system to see how long it would take to block the innappropriate sites. It took me 45 seconds to find porn; it took 8-10 minutes for the system to block it. The next week we learned different words to use for searching.

The computing world does have its pitfalls but if you act responsibly you can be in control of what information you receive. Those who did not grow up with computers surrounding them each day are more cautious than those in their tweens and twenties. If they will listen, we must encourage them to act responibly with the tecnology we have, while they are texting their friend in the room.



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
Three Days Left

There are only 3 days now. Yippee!!!



Write a bibliography for Books Boys love to read (read all 2 entries…)
Goal in Sight

Today I am putting on the finishing touches of the bibliography. I have enjoyed doing this. The students in my school have been very helpful with suggestions



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
Four Days left and Counting!!

There are four days until the evening of the Science Fair. I usually know by now how many participants and where they will be placed throughoiut the gym. I have made a simple map and a tentative time schedule. (These are very important to sequential people.)

I have ordered the trophies from a local vendor, Dallas Trophy. The trophies will be awarded at the end of the year ceremonies on June 12th.

The snacks for the event will be vegetable and fruit trays and water. I found that CostCo had the most inexpensive trays. They were less than getting them through our district food service. (Hmm…)

Today I will design a participant award and pick up stickers that will allow me to know the judges have looked and talked with the participants.

I will e-mail the High School Media Assistant and request to borrow 10 laptops from their mobile unit to accomodate the slide show presentations.

Today I will try to link together all the slideshows that were started but not finished so that the parents and faculty can see what their children can accomplish. This is about 100 presentations.
I know I can do it. Thank heavens for Memorial Day.



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
The Science Fair is on!!

Although we missed one week of school, the staff felt it was important to have the Science Fair. This week I have been helping students tie up the loose ends of the Powerpoint project. We opened our school lab on Tuesday and Thursday after school; this allowed students to complete their slide show projects. On Tuesday night, I assisted a first grader with the completion of her slide show. She wants to transfer the slide show into Photo Story 3. She liked that she was able to speak into the mic and record her voice. She has received much encouragement with the project: her older sibling, parents, teachers and the other students in the class.

I’m excited that we get to have the fair and I really appreciate the support I received from my staff. They are awesome!!



Write a bibliography for Books Boys love to read (read all 2 entries…)
Yeah!!!

This goal is almost complete. I will try to put them in an orderly fashion but I found once I started writing the books down I would find more.. If there are any suggestions of books or comics boys love please comment.



Make a Winning Quilt (read all 4 entries…)
Relay for Life and Quilts

I donated 2 quilts to our local Relay for Life event and both were bought. I was very pleased. I get to make another one for a member of the Commitee. I was pleased oh no I’ve already said that. I feel good and the money went to fight Cancer.



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
Schedule Changes

We have missed a week of school because of several confirmed cases of HINI flu in our school district. (Yes the swine flu.) The Science Fair was rescheduled to May 27th instead of May 14th tomorrow. Whew!! This allows me to complete another project presentation on the 28th.

Today we completed yet another task on the “To Do” for the Science Fair. The students have signed up with their topics; now, we can begin making the certificates of participation.

I have found last year’s schedule and set up map but it will need to be tweaked a bit. I will attach later.

I need to go to the Dallas Trophy Shop and order the trophies for the Science Fair. There will be one all around for each grade level and one for best all around.

I have enough to add a small gift certificate as the grand prize.
I must go shopping tonight for supplies for science experiments beginning tomorrow!!!



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
Technoly and Us and the Video.

I watched the video in its entireity. I was fascinated and didn’t realise how much time was passing until it ended.

The gentleman stated how tied we are to technology. I would have disagreed with him last week but this week without a computer has given me another viewpoint. I am tied to the computer: 1.) I communicate with my family in Kenya. 2.) I use e-mail now more than snail mail to set up author visits and order books speak with vendors. I really about 5 blogs daily without giving it a second thought. 3.) I assist my 80 year mother with technology so she also can keep in touch with siblings and cousins and children.

He mentioned Digg, TED (video) and a couple of other search opportunities that I have tried this week. It was uncomfortable because it was new. I plunged in anyway and the water was fine. I love to research different topics but at times I love the feel of a book in my hand and the smell of a cup of Kenyan coffee beside me. A computer has no smell.

I am fascinated with social networks and remind myself this isn’t high school and my self esteem should not be tied to how many friends I have on FB or the number of times I get to work on another farm in Farm Town but… there are moments when I think of that Brad Paisley song about being anything I want to be because I am behind a computer.

After watching the video and trying the different searches, I was able to find different thinds regarding Science Fair. There are some very intelligent students out there.



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
Blogs and Great Helpful Material

http://www.stevespangler.com/archives/television-show/floating-beach-balls-and-flying-toilet-paper/ Steve Spangler’s blog has some very interesting experiments. I hope I can get some volunteers to help do a couple of them.

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/exp/pumping-straw-a-centrifugal-pump/ The Naked science guys – WOW!! They have pod casts and video how tos. Great

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/533 – I read about this video on a blog I visit almosr everyday Amy B ollan at SLJ. At SLJ there is also a great 2.0 series I have started – friendly towards non-users of the new technology.

The NSTA website is another helpful spot. I get their magazine Science and Children. I love reading that magazine.

I used the DIGG search engine and it lead me here http://www.education.com/activity/all-grades/all-grades/science/?cid=55000.0066035071&s_kwcid=TC|8363|kids%20science%20projects||S|b|2473928065&gclid=CJjPwKrMr5oCFRFWagodclkUcw an educational site about different projects

http://www.ask.com/bar?q=delicious&page=1&qsrc=2417&ab=0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdel.icio.us%2F using delicious I came up with this Science Buddies site.

http://beyondpenguins.nsdl.org/ Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is one result I received off the Creative Commons Website. It’s called an online magazine but it also has podcasts…

Using Delicious This site had 15 thumbs up http://weirdsciencekids.com/index.html great science site for different experiments with a short explanation of why things do what they do. (5/10/09)

Another site I haven’t been to thanks to Delicious http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/simple_science.htm – has an experiment about how to make clouds in a bottle

A blog for science experiments: http://science-experiments-for-kids.blogspot.com/ once again thanks to delicious

Delicious is turning into a gold mine for me.

http://bp1.blogger.com/_t_NKxylQUsg/R45WE45GSVI/AAAAAAAAAAY/mhr1DCHUGEA/s1600-h/jing_GSG.png Jing tutorial

http://video.techsmith.com/jing/latest/demo Another Jing tutorial I have looked at. I hope the process starts sinking in!

http://instruct.ehc.edu/angel/user_doc/jing_tutorials.html Yes I am still looking at tutoials

http://blog.edtech2020.com/ great blog for keeping up to date with newer technology and uses for the classroom. How to do it cheaply!!



Use Technology for the Science Fair (read all 19 entries…)
Image of Project board

I’m finding a wealth of information regarding How to set up a Science Fair. It has been fun to see all the different things you can incorporate into a fair.

http://www.scienceunleashed.ie/graphics.aspx



Make a Winning Quilt (read all 4 entries…)
Quilt Sold

With the money from the recent sale of a baby quilt. I will be able to buy material for the quilt I have in mind.

I want to replicate an “old” quilt pattern called well it has slipped my mind at the moment. I hope to enter the quilt in a contest that will be held this summer. I also want to display it at the county and state fair.



Make a Winning Quilt (read all 4 entries…)
Quilt Sold

With the money from the recent sale of a baby quilt. I will be able to buy material for the quilt I have in mind.

I want to replicate an “old” quilt pattern called well it has slipped my mind at the moment. I hope to enter the quilt in a contest that will be held this summer. I also want to display it at the county and state fair.



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