Our Class on Social Media

Thursday, October 31, 2013

From the Fields of NC to a Powerful Position in Classrooms Across North America!

Pumpkin Lovers Unite With Pumpkin Power!

As I went about some of my favorite fall routines this past month, I never realized how my fall pumpkin purchase in Hendersonville, North Carolina would springboard collaboration and communication from my class to classes throughout North America. I'm not sure my purchased pumpkin realized the journey it was about to go on either!
One of my goals as a teacher is to bring experiences into the lives of my students that they may not be receiving at home, so naturally since I grew up having fun with pumpkins, it made it especially fitting to bring a pumpkin to my classroom.  The difference between having a pumpkin then and now is all the possibilities social media and technology can offer. I began contemplating an idea for collaborating with my Twitter friends, building valuable estimation and thinking skills in students, and vwala, Pumpkin Power emerged! 

My students were excited, our Twitter friends started flying in to join us and so began a joint learning adventure that brought out many connections and collaboration opportunities that I never experienced when I was in elementary school.  My students and I thoroughly enjoyed each time we checked our Twitter feed to find a new development in the collaborative ideas being created in this project.  
So how did Pumpkin Power work? I tweeted a picture of our pumpkin, a google doc introducing the project and let teachers and classes know how they could participate.  
My goal was to give various clues to my students and Twitter classes helping them make reasonable estimates on how much the pumpkin weighed. With each clue, more information would be given to help refine estimates. What made the project especially engaging were the questions being asked by the participants that would then help my class create clues to give out in our tweets throughout the project. 

Here are some of the tweets we used in sharing information during learning process of Pumpkin Power:
1. Pumpkin Power begins with many discussions and observations!
2. Our Initial Pumpkin Power estimates, switch class
8. Clue: Weighs less than 50 pounds (25 kilograms) Absolutely have LOVED hearing all your math adventures!
10. We used a QR code to present our next clue!
11. Final Pumpkin Clue! The pumpkin weights between 5 & 25 pounds! Good luck with final estimates. Submit these next week!
The time came to declare our winners!  We were so proud of all the participants and their hard work! And of course, we wanted to enhance the suspense of our winners by using a QR code!

My students and I developed so many valuable learning opportunities in math, technology and geography that delved way beyond our regular curriculum, but I sensed a genuine student interest in the learning process that can only be described as engaged, motivated learning! 

Thank you to these classes who helped enrich the experiences of Pumpkin Power:

It was such an encouraging experience to develop collaborative experiences and build relationships with other classes through this project.  My students were especially excited to see all the locations that joined us.  They developed an awareness for destinations they had previously no point of reference for.  Thank you to all our participating classes for allowing us to join your class in the learning process and for helping us develop more of a global awareness through the use of our simple pumpkin!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chaperone Information for Stone Mountain Georgia

Google Doc for Chaperone Meeting

Useful websites for planning:

Stone Mountain Indian Festival Website


The Day's Highlights:

Stone Mountain, Georgia
Friday, November 1, 2013

Ø Students in your group need to be with you at all times—please do not let them out of your sight…it’s the SAFE thing to do!

Ø If any students in your group give you any difficulties,  please call me on my cell phone and I will come and find you. 864-444-9778

Ø Please follow the schedule for our fieldtrip (see below).  We need your help in getting everyone to the necessary places on time! You’re AWESOME

Ø Please have your group seated on the bus by 2:55pm for departure!

Ø Enjoy the trip, HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY and thank you for all your help.

Field Trip Schedule:

5:10am      As soon as you have all your students take them to the restrooms and put on their wristbands.  Listen for me to announce when we will load the bus!

arrival-11:10    Explore the Indian Festival
11:15                Lunch: meet back at the busses
11:30-2:50       Continue exploring the park

 2:55                       Be back on the bus for the final headcount! 
          ***We will leave PROMPTLY at 3pm!

Please contact me with any questions or concerns: kitty.tripp@spart5.net or 864-444-9978

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

iPad Training November 14, 2013

Training Agenda

iPad Apps for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Amazing Educators to follow for technology integration into your classroom:

1. Matt Gomez, Kindergarten teacher
Twitter: @mattBgomez     Blog: http://mattbgomez.com/

2. Karen Lirenman, 1st grade teacher, former Kindergarten teacher
Twitter: @klirenman     Blog: http://www.mslirenmansroom.blogspot.ca/  and   http://learningandsharingwithmsl.blogspot.ca/

A special message for you!