Saturday, July 19, 2014

Global Read Aloud

I've had a great time at the beach this week. What activities are at the top of my vacation list?

• soaking in the sun
• eating seafood
• lots of reading

One great read during my vacation is Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Third grade students in my building will be reading this book during the fall and participating in the 2014 Global Read Aloud. I can't wait for students to read and connect with other students around the world. It's going to be exciting!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


I just returned from the ISTE 2014 Conference in Atlanta, GA.  Let me just say, WOW!  I've never been around so many tech savvy and innovative teachers in my life.  I am back to reality now and am so excited to review, meditate, and continue learning from the people I met and received resources from.

This was my first time to attend ISTE and it WILL NOT be the last. Before attending the conference, I had a Twitter friend tell me that I should go to ISTE even if I had to pay for it myself.  Now that I've been...I totally agree!

What makes ISTE so awesome?
  • Sessions for everyone (Lectures, hands on, interactive, technical, posters)
  • Excellent exhibits with personalized instruction/learning
  • Innovative presentations
  • Global presenters
  • Student presenters
  • Connections with other educators
Make your plans now to attend ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Registration begins October 1, 2014.

Here are a few pics from Atlanta:
Welcome to ISTE - King of Pops (Popsicles)
Webb City Gang

Poster Session
Poster Session
Poster Session
Braves Baseball
Turner Field

Scholastic Dinner at Georgia Aquarium

Great views during evening!

Eric Sheninger - Our guest speaker at Scholastic dinner.
Author/Blogger, Lisa Parisi, signed my book Making Connections with Blogging.