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Glogster in Elementary School

Fifth grade at Harry S Truman Elementary School has been actively using the web-based program Glogster to present social studies research. Students in Mrs. Helfrich’s, Mrs. Magditch’s, and Mrs. Shirk’s classes were provided with guiding questions to learn what life was like for people living in the British colonies during the late 1700s. Students had the opportunity to choose from different categories of interest related to Colonial American life. Enjoy our Glogster posters in the slideshow embedded below.


4th Grade – Kingdoms of Living Things

Students in Mrs. Young’s fourth grade classroom at Harry S Truman Elementary School are using Falcon Apps to enhance their learning.  As part of the fourth grade curriculum, students study the different kingdoms of living things.  Mrs. Young’s students each researched an animal to determine the animal’s kingdom and whether it was a vertebrate or invertebrate.  Students used the Destiny catalog to access websites for information.  As students found information and pictures they shared their findings in Falcon Apps, creating a shared presentation.

In the past, students have researched topics and prepared presentations using Keynote and PowerPoint. However, Falcon Apps allows the students to take their learning to the next level.  The students were able to work collaboratively online to create a shared document and compile findings in one location. Students developed technology skills, collaboration skills and research skills including media literacy and information literacy while learning important content.

View the presentation online.


Brain Rules

This past July, ESL Teacher, Mrs. Teresa Cross, attended the 2011 International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE 2011) in Philadelphia. Throughout the next several months, Mrs. Cross will be sharing some of what she learned. In this post, she shares information from the opening keynote with Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules.

On Sunday, June 26th Dr. John Medina delivered the opening keynote address to thousands of educators at ISTE 2011.

Dr. John J. Medina is an author and developmental molecular biologist.  He wrote the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Dr. Median occasionally blogs at Brain Rules. During the keynote, Dr. Medina shared his perspective on how different physiological factors of the human brain embrace and shape student potential.  The entire keynote is available for viewing online.

Brain Rules for Education

  • Dr. Medina stated that human brains are designed to solve problems related to surviving while moving. He declared that it is a myth that we only use 10% of our brains.  There are built in gadgets of memory in the brain that work together, and it is the cross talk that makes them work.
  • Key point – memory is not fixed at the moment of learning. It is repetition that provides the fixture.
  • Because of how subjects are typically presented, homework is not review. Homework is actually new learning based on the fact that the content learned earlier is long gone.
  • Dr. Medina stated, “every brain is wired differently from every other brain and learns in ways unique to that wiring.”

Short-term memory: Repeat to remember

  • The brain can hold seven pieces of declarative information for 30 seconds, after which time the information will be forgotten.
  • If the information is repeated within 30 seconds, it will go into working memory for two hours.
  • If the information is repeated within two hours, it will go into long-term memory.

YouTube in Education

YouTube has become a valuable resource for education. Today, YouTube launched a new channel, YouTube Teachers. Visit the site to learn more about what YouTube has to offer students and teachers. Visit the site to learn how YouTube can..

  • Increase student engagement.
  • Provide free access to high quality content.
  • Appeal to all kinds of learners.
  • Lengthen in-class instructional time.
  • Provide students with an avenue to create for an extended audience.

Along the same lines, here is a blog post explaining how the use of YouTube can enhance the learning environment: Five Reasons Why YouTube Rocks the Classroom.

After checking out these resources, what do you think about using YouTube in schools?



Not only is this a terrific video about learning in real life, it’s an excellent example of how we communicate about ideas with media in the 21st century.

LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.