“What’s that?” you say.
It stands for Connected Learning Massive Open Online Course.
I have signed up to participate in a MOOC with the National Writing Project. Last month I tried on the MOOC in Google+ called Mozilla Webmakers and found that one put me way out of my depth.
The current project seems much more suited to me, my place on the tech learning ladder, and it connects me with other teachers. It is intentionally simple in its pacing and learning curve so that beginners can learn comfortably.
Week 1 gave us the project of introducing ourselves. How handy was it for me to find Matt Gomez (a Texas kindergarten teacher) posting about using Vizify. I added it to my Scoop.it/Kindergarten curation and now I have the tool at my fingertips.
For my own introduction, I posted my newly created Vizify Twitter video and then continued on, filling the rest in for a more complete bio. I can go back and edit it any time as well.
After posting my own project, and having it checked out by others, I found the Vizify site was going wild, with others from #CLMOOC trying it out as well. I’m sure Vizify was thrilled by the bump up in traffic. Here’s my updated project. I think I will add more images to reflect a broader picture of me.
The MOOC opened on Saturday and on Sunday evening the organizers, including my own mentor and fellow Norris teacher Kevin Hodgson, held a Google Hangout where I was an invited participant. The thoughtful conversations helped me make new connections and have a new and clearer understanding of where the project is going.
I love to learn and this MOOC seems well suited to my needs and interests.
Why not check out the #CLMOOC project? The enrollment is still open and will run for at least 6 weeks.
I am testing out a new web tool, Wondersay, presented briefly today by my fellow teacher and blogging buddy Kevin, @dogtrax. He happens to be an amazing teacher and is part of the team presenting a new adventure in learning – Making Learning Connected MOOC, which is sponsored by the National Writing Project, #nwp. The massive open online course starts in just a few days so watch for the latest news and information on the project. Here is a very cool FAQs page created by #dogtrax. I think when they role it all out, it will be an amazing MOOC.
My Wondersay creation is directed toward the arrival of new classroom families. Yes, I know this year’s class hasn’t left yet but the new families visit early and that day is tomorrow!
made on Wondersay – Animate text with style
Hello Parents of incoming students. I am Mrs. Gail Poulin and I will be your child’s teacher this fall. Mrs. Jennifer Labrie is our classroom paraprofessional and your children will be interacting with both of us all year long. I will post things here on my blog as often as possible to keep you up to date on classroom events. The office and PTO will send home notices very often throughout the year, so check those backpacks every day and stay informed.
If you have not given permission for the school to share pictures and videos of your child, I will make every effort to keep them out of the shots. I rely on the internet for most communication now. The school has set limits on paper use and copying, especially color copies.
There are a few things you need to get for your child in the way of school equipment, supplies, and materials. Hang on to this list! It is going home with your child on Thursday, June 13th, “Meet You Teacher Day.”
- A full size backpack, not a kid size ~ it will hold many different, yet necessary things.
- Folder with lunch $, notes, and forms
- daily work
- lunch box
- shoes on rainy or snowy days
- small blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal
- Show & Tell item
- Library books
- Plan to get snow clothes and boots very early in the year as children are heartbroken when they miss out on snow play. Snow clothes should travel to and from home in a big canvas or plastic bag and they should be dried out every night. If children live in more than one residence, they will need duplicate items at each house.
- A folder (We provide the first one, you provide the replacements.)
- Good pair of sneakers for phys. ed. (gym); flip flops may not be worn to phys. ed. or on the playstructure for safety reasons.
- A gallon size Ziplock bag containing a change of clothes with the child’s first name clearly printed on the front. These clothes will stay in a bin and should be replaced ASAP in the event of an accident. Choose things that can be useful year-round & in a size that will still fit in June. (avoid heavy fabrics)
- Is your child going to day care some days? Home others? We will need these plans in writing for the office to record – the sooner the better for bus plans.
- FYI – The YMCA runs an after school child care program. Contact the Y for info. This year, I have six kids going for a flexible few days a week.
- The bus company will contact you very late in the summer with pick-up/drop-off information.
- Dismissal plans may be changing for you? Write a note which will be shared with the office. They are the center for all dismissal communication.
- All notes MUST include the date, child’s full name, full parent signature.
- Lunch money must be labeled as such with child’s name and “KP” on the envelope. Never send in loose money for any reason!
- With the exception of right before the school day starts, I don’t always get to check my email until after school and sometimes I may be absent or in meetings. PLEASE! Call the school office for late breaking changes in plans instead of email. They will relay all messages to the staff about any last minute changes.
Please keep in mind that class work and notices go home every day. That means that you should be opening the backpack / folder and removing these things every single day. We will open the folders every morning and look for notes from home. There should only be new material inside. Keep the notes to school in the folder and not in one of the backpack pockets.
Once I have your email addresses, I will notify you of summer evening play dates when we can gather as class families for an hour of play and conversation. These will generally run from 6:30 – 7:30. You can start sending me your email addresses any time now.
gpoulin @ hr-k12.org
A valuable piece of information is our ever-popular webmix of learning tools. Check out http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/mrspoulinswebmix1
We will use many of these games during our time with the laptops each week.
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Wish List of Sorts
We have an abundance of craft supplies on hand and I will be ordering things like paint over the summer with our school budget. Here are a few things that we can always use. Having your child bring in something each day during the first week, helps them to transition when they have a mission – “Bring this in to Mrs. Poulin and Mrs. Labrie.” The following things are generally useful.
- antibacterial hand soap
- Crayola classic markers for our marker blocks
- AA batteries
- BJs size healthy snacks for the class to share as needed
- Dry erase markers
- Sharpie markers
- Glue sticks
- Elmers glue
- Legos to add to our collection
I will send out a quick email if I need a particular thing quickly.
See you soon!
Kindergarten is a critical time in a child’s life and nowhere is it more evident than in the writing curriculum. It is there that we pull together the language, vocabulary, expression, and social skills that are required for developing a good writer’s voice. The following is a neat video that shows the real magic behind the words in a child’s story. I am reminded of the work we are doing every day in Writer’s Workshop and I can only hope that the free expression we are working on will endure in the years to come. Here’s the video that brought this reflection to mind.
the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.