Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Global Connections with Twitter

Making global connections using Twitter was an
Engaging and Effective way of showing my 
students that the things we learn are important in "real life"
AND the classroom!

One of the favorite connections we made this year was our
Tweeting Tuesdays
We made a global connection with Mrs. Ladd's class.
Our goal was to take turns tweeting out Math Tasks every Tuesday.
Problem solving is soooo very important in Math...
 some students had the blues about working on the problems..
add in the idea of sharing a problem with another class
better yet...trying to solve on of their problems ...
No more boredom! Total engagement and energy!
The kids "begged" to check the Twitter feed for a
task to solve and answer.
@swampfrogkids can you show an array and multiplication problem for this repeated addition? #Clara #mathtask pic.twitter.com/cZeuvjKdIz
Mamaw even got in on the fun!

Tweets don't have to be elaborate...
Just a quick task for the kids to think about and solve
using the strategies we're working on in class.
My high kiddos took off on creating tasks for others to solve.

Beverly and I had the opportunity to meet up this summer 
and decided we wanted to share the connection with others!
We created the 
What's the Goal?
We want to connect teachers across the globe
to share relevant learning and activities going on in their rooms!

How Can I Join?
Click on the link to
Global Math Task Twitter Challenge
When you've click on the yes and submitted the form,
you'll be given access to the google sheet to sign up for 
your grade level and week(s) you'd like to 
Tweet a Task.

On the spreadsheet, you'll be able to view all the 
teachers in the different grade level bands that have signed up to participate.
Choose your grade level and the week(s) you want to be in 
charge of tweeting out math tasks using the hashtag that is 
specific to your grade level group.
You can also follow some of the classes to see what else they're 
sharing on Twitter.

Tweeting Tuesdays was "hands down" one of my favorite ways
that I globally connected my students! 
We felt like we were engaged in "real time sharing" with 
students from all over!

If you have any questions, please contact us
Beverly Ladd         or      Heidi Samuelson
(@BevLadd)                  (@swampfrogfirst)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Get Connected with your Parents

How do you connect with your parents?

I'm trying to get a step ahead for next year's 
parent communication connections :)

I've decided to use one of my favorite tech tips on 
creating slides to embed in your website from 
It has been "DA BOMB" in helping simplify my newsletter updates
as well as adding information into my sidebar for my class website!
If you haven't had the opportunity to check out 
Tabitha's ideas...you need to hop over and jump onboard!

I created informational slides in Google Slides and published the slides to the web
so I could get a URL address to create a QR code.
(Sounds confusing...but really very easy!)
If you're not on the online google slide bandwagon yet...
Jump...NOW! soooo much you can do with this tool!

Then I used my trusty PowerPoint Program and created a 
set of "business card" images to print for 
my welcome to the class meeting.
I inserted the QR code into the card.

Now...the idea is my parents can scan the QR code on the card
to have instant access to all the ways to connect with our class!
The beauty of using Google Slides is that all the links are LIVE!
Yep...just click on the blue link and it'll take you right there.

The beauty of it is....
I can modify the slides at ANY time and the QR code stays the same.
I can add more informational slides and
my wonderful parents, 
who have this engaging little card on their refrigerator,
can scan the QR code for information update.

I can also copy these slides and add them to my sidebar
slideshow on my class blog for information overload all the time!

AND...I use the Remind App
to send out weekly reminders to my class...
I can just "Remind" them to scan the code for something 
special or a new set of information :)

If you'd like to connect with me...
Here's my new "business card".
Scan away! I'd love to collaborate with you and your class!

Here's one way you can collaborate with me this year...
no matter what your grade level...
@BevLadd and I are hosting a 
We'd LOVE to have you join in.
Just scan the QR code below to sign up for a week to 
Tweet out Math Tasks to your grade level and 
watch what wonderful learning takes place when you
connect your class with others around the globe!

Want more connections?
Join in 

I'll be hosting a Twitter Chat 
on August 1st 
@1:00PM CST
on Effective & Engaging Apps
Log into Twitter and join in the fun using
the hashtag #appengage

Can't wait to see what you have to share!
I LOVE integrating technology into my teaching!
Don't you?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Global Collaboration Success!

Friday, May 22nd was our official last day of school! 
We had an AMAZING year of collaboration and global connections!

Our final project this year was to create a Fractured Fairy Tale
by collaborating with another class in North Carolina!

Using GoogleDocs


 Voxer helped the writers in both classrooms
communicate ideas and create a tale that
combined characters from familiar fairy tales.

Because our school year ended before their year has finished,
we took on the job of illustrating and creating the
final book using Book Creator.
We had 3 groups working together on different days to create
3 amazing Fractured Fairy Tales...

You can download them on iTunes
to read on iBooks by searching for my name

Read more about our adventure over at ...
I'm so excited to be Guest Blogging to tell you more 
about how we collaborated

Hop over and check out how our  
collaboration to create eBooks and improve our 
writing with another classroom in another state worked out for us!

Click HERE for Link!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hop into a Twitter Chat !

Do you have a Twitter account? Have you joined in a Twitter Chat before?

Hop over to Twitter on Tuesday and join me for 
an inaugural chat on 
Engaging & Effective Apps to use in your Classroom!
Here's a list of questions for the chat.

Never joined a Twitter Chat before? No worries...
Just search for the #appengage in your twitter search line
or follow my twitter account for updates and invites.

You can lurk in the background and see what apps 
are being shared...or join in the fun and share something that
worked for you this year!

Join me in the 
to share apps that are working for you as well!

I look forward to finding more 
engaging & effective apps to use in my class!

I'm also linking up with 
Monica from "I Heart Grade 3"
for her summer weekly series link ups...

This week is all about the
"Why I Started Blogging!"

The Swamp was created during a family Thanksgiving trip to 
Washington, D.C. back in 2010 as a way for me to 
share some of the games and activities 
that were working for me in the classroom.

I've always been a "journaling" kind of girl...so blogging has 
helped me create a virtual journal of the things that are 
working for me in my classroom!

I LOVE sharing ideas with others .... I hope you find 
something useful as you hop around "The Swamp".
I'd love to know what's working for you as well!
Let's connect through Twitter or Instagram or Facebook!
Becoming a Global Learner has become a 
passion of mine! I'm so excited to see what's going on 
around the world in the teaching realm!

I'll be learning more through 
July 31-August 1, 2015
24 hours of Global Sharing using the EdCamp format online!
Check it out and join in the fun!