6 Ideas for Connected Classrooms

Bev Berns @B_Berns (Iowa), Kim Powell (Michigan) @powell4thgrade live and work in different states supporting their teachers. That has not stopped them from connecting and creating projects for teachers everywhere (including theirs). In fact, I believe that they are redefining what regional support staff should be doing: Making connection opportunities for their teachers.

Upcoming projects include Weather Wonders in March and Service Learning in April. (February is Book Trailer Month, cool.)

Who should listen to Kim and Bev's story?

If you're an IT integrator or District/ Region / State technology support staff, you should listen to this show. If you're a teacher looking for cool new projects, you should also listen as they have great ideas for math, history, and literature projects.

My favorite part of the show was when they talked through their plans for the whole year. While it is February now and some of these projects are past, it is not too late to get in on some of their very cool end of year projects. 

6 Connected Classrooms Project Ideas in Practice:

  1. Mystery Skype. If you want to plan Mystery Skype, you'll want to see their Mystery Skype overview and their overview for K-2 teachers.
  2. Blogging. Here's how they got classrooms Blogging and writing Community of Writers (Blogging) Project (They used Kidblog and linked to Pernille Ripp's Kidblog Tutorial.)
  3. Math. Math teachers should watch their video story problem channel to use with their kids (with Ben Rimes). This is fantastic for math teachers – there are 195 video story problems to use! (See how they did it and the Common Core Standards met. This is a great example of how you can join with what others are doing.)
  4. Book Video Trailers. Right now, they are creating Book Trailers with their students and YOU CAN STILL JOIN IN! (Free and yes, aligned to Common Core Literacy Standards.)
  5. Weather Wonders. (Coming Soon) Connect to Weather Experts.
  6. Service Learning (April)

Learn More: http://connectedclassroomsprojects.wikispaces.com/home

Listen to Every Classroom Matters Episode 21 : Bev Berns and Kim Powell

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Add Bev Berns and Kim Powell to your PLN

Bev Berns
Twitter: @B_Berns
Website: http://www.aea1.k12.ia.us/en/school_technology/tech_in_the_classroom/

Kim Powell
Twitter: @powell4thgrade
Website: http://kimberlypowell.org/

Link to their projects: http://connectedclassroomsprojects.wikispaces.com/

You should take time to look at these projects as you consider how you'll connect your classroom.  (and if this is your thing and you want to know how to do it yourself, consider picking up Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds).

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

buddybowtie April 3, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Students will be more enthused to learn and connect with education as long as it goes hand to hand with this new reality of technology. There are ways that students could connect socially and study a the same time. For example http://www.studybuddytoday.com provides this type of connectivity between a world of technology and the emphasis for education. It’s a pretty cool website.

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