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Organized Sign Ups December 29, 2012

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When scheduling and organizing parent conferences or other sign ups such as needed supplies for a class project, does your desk look like this?

I know mine does! For example to schedule parent conferences I send a letter home, which comes back to me with hopefully 3 times that would work best for the parent. Then I have to assign time slots to fit into the two conference nights, hopefully meeting everyone’s needs.

This time I tried something new!

Sign Up Genius

I created a sign up through Sign Up Genius, which then emailed a link to the parents in my classroom. Parents accessed my sign up through the link and selected their own time slot!

No more paper passing! No more puzzling through selecting time slots! What a time saver for both myself and the parents in my classroom! I even selected that Sign Up Genius will remind parents of their conference 2 days before their scheduled time.

I am also using Sign Up Genius to allow parents to select different food items to bring in for an upcoming writing project. Again, no paper passing, assigning of items, etc.

I love when technology works to make tasks simpler so I can focus more on my students and creating creative learning projects and less on paperwork!


GarageBand Fluency December 11, 2012

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I am very excited to share this with you!  A sample can be clicked at the bottom of this post…

We created read-a-loud books to help develop our fluency.  Each student in my first grade classroom are making their own GarageBand read-a-louds.

This is a project I did with my class several years ago, but it required me bringing in my MacBook from home and then editing and burning CDs at home for parents.

This year I was able to use GarageBand for iPad and then email parents the completed sound file.

After modeling how to use GarageBand for this activity, my first grade students were able to record their voices independently and manipulate the sound effects to complete their stories.


They love their finished projects!

We used two lines of sound in GarageBand.  The top line is their audio recordings for each page with a page turn sound effect between pages.  The second line holds background music as well as a final sound effect.  Image

The smiles on their faces are worth every moment I spent preparing this activity for them! 🙂

Here is a sample from one of my students!  STUDENT SAMPLE


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