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Edcamp for early educators

After learning about the concept of an edcamp training during a course I am taking at the University of Saint Joseph; I knew this was something I wanted to organize for preschool teachers and staff in my local area.  I put together the following educational video (below) to explain the idea of an edcamp; and how I applied the model to deliver a professional
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A few of my favorite #DigCitSummit things!

The Digital Citizenship Summit is a conference that focuses on engaging in conversations about kids and technology use. This organization brings together parents, educators, industry organizations AND students to talk about positive ways to address social media and technology use as a community. The latest DigCitSummit took place in Utah on November 3 & 4, 2017.  If you follow #DigCitSummit, you can see the conversations that
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Being MAKERS in preschool!

Today, October 24, 2017 is #GlobalMakerDay! Did you know that? Global Maker Day is a day of learning, sharing and MAKING!  You can take a peek inside other classrooms and view presentations to inspire your students to create. Their theme is to “Create locally and share globally“!  During the online Youtube presentations, elementary and middle school classrooms around the world participate by sharing what their students
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DigCitKids Challenge: How do you help your neighbors?

If you read my first post on digital citizenship, I shared what it is and how we can start by teaching our kids that when it comes to technology … it’s important to BE GOOD and use it FOR GOOD. Using technology FOR GOOD As a way to get started, I encourage you to check out the DigCitKids Monthly Challenge: How do you help your neighbors?  This
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Digital Citizenship: What is it and why is it important in the education of our children

It’s back to school time!  But this year, it’s not just my kids who are in a classroom.  I have taken the plunge to go back to graduate school again; this time pursuing a degree in educational technology.  For me it’s a perfect fit, as it blends my career history and interests.  While I am both excited and terrified at the same time, I
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Using social media to build your preschool classroom

Is your school or child care center on a tight budget?  Silly question, right?  The answer is always “YES”, and we know many times teachers and early childhood staff are using their own money to purchase needed supplies to build a dynamic and engaging classroom. Tressa had an even bigger challenge in her role at youth services … she had a space to hold
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After Christmas tree bird feeders

Here is an activity to go with the story “The After Christmas Tree” by Linda Wagner Tyler.   The story is about happens to the family Christmas tree after Christmas is over.  What do you do with it?  Family members and friends take their Christmas tree into the backyard and decorate it with edible trimmings for the wild birds and animals. This is something that
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The leaves are falling in preschool … a Book & Boogie activity

Today we are sharing one of our Fall season Book & Boogie selections (where we incorporate books and literacy with music and movement activities) – and extending the fun and learning by adding a fine motor craft activity to go along with it. The Book “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves”  by Julia Rawlinson I really enjoy this sweet story about Fletcher the fox and
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Most viewed posts of 2014

Just like we have done the past couple of years, we enjoy seeing what our top posts were from 2014! We look back and evaluate what has been the most viewed on Google Analytics — and our resolution is to post more of what you are looking for!   So here we go, our TOP 5 posts, starting with #1 …. #1: Counting and literacy with PETE THE
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Turkeys, teepees and being thankful preschool

Visiting my favorite local preschool this week, I had to stop and take some pictures of the fabulous Fall fun setup in the classrooms!  Take a peek and see some of the fun ways they explore Thanksgiving all month long. Thankful Turkey I love, love, love this turkey that is hung in the preschool hallway, where the feathers are comprised of EVERYONE’S handprints!  And by
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