Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If you are having troubles posting...try this

I have heard from a couple people that it is not allowing them to post. I have noticed myself on occasion that the pencil is not on the blog site for me to write a new post even when I am logged in. If this happens, try this:
1. Go to and make sure you are signed in.
2. From there you should be able to see a page like this where you can access the pencil:

Let me know if you still are having troubles posting.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Group 3: Taking a "Trip"

My creation

This week in Flat Classroom, we had students locate our new friends' locations and find out several types of information:
1. temperature in F
2. weather
3. time
4. time zone

We were surprised to find that Hong Kong was the warmest of the four cities.  We were not shocked to see that Minnesota had the coldest temperatures.  Mrs. Metka gave a Montessori lesson on time zones using a flashlight to represent the sun and a globe to represent Earth.  This shows how one side of the Earth is bright from the Earth's light, but the other side is in darkness at night!

Untitled from Jennifer Williams on Vimeo.
We used to create a fictional "trip" to see our new friends!  We wrote about the weather in each of our "stops!"

Monday, March 19, 2012

Group 3: Our Hands Reach Across the Globe

In K time, Mrs. Metka worked with the Kindergarteners to locate all the schools in our Flat Classroom group by looking on a Montessori globe, map, and iPad.  They found Turkey, Hong Kong, and Minnesota.  Then, they used many shades to paint their hands to make handprints to send to our friends around the globe to "shake hands! My creation

Group 3: Florida Handshake

Recently, our school received the honor of being selected as one of 40 schools worldwide to participate in a Flat Classroom project for students in grades K-2 entitled “Building Bridges to Tomorrow.”  Flat Classroom Projects are innovative, web-based projects that transform learning through global collaboration.  Schools worldwide are partnered and assigned a topic.  We have been assigned to school partners from Hong Kong (Kindergarten), Turkey (4-year-old class) and Minnesota (Kindergarten).  With our group, we will develop “My Day at School:  A View from the Window.”  Together, our students from 1st grade and Kindergarten will work with students from across the globe to design and create a digital project using Web 2.0 tools over the next eight weeks.  At the end of the project period, projects are published online and the schools celebrate together “digitally!” Our Voicethread "video" is a sample of our first step, called the "Handshake" activity.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Group 5's "Handshakes"

We created jigsaw puzzles for students to put together in order to learn about each other.

Here is an example of one of these jigsaws:

These are some other fun "handshakes" we did:

Friday, March 16, 2012

How to use tags in this blog

Below are some screen shots to guide you through using tags/labels within this blog. The idea is to always tag your group number and also tag the word "everyone" when you want to share out to other groups.  You can also view posts by labels.