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Betsy Black
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The elementary gang discussed how easy it is to assume that students are coming in to us with appropriate technology skills. Just as we teach kids to infer or show evidence of their thinking, we need to explicitly teach and model technology skills, as well. Muhtaris and Ziemke provide a useful chart of "Foundational Lessons for Independence." We discussed the need for the "Priority Hierarchy Anchor Chart." The Polish Section could also include text features including: organization, paragraphing, and font. I loved the Sticky Notes in a Folder idea from the authors as a way for students to self-assess.

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We elementary folks discussed the importance of providing kids with opportunities to play around with technology tools. I love how the authors Muhtaris & Ziemke include "Three Things to Try Tomorrow." Setting aside thirty minutes a week to discover and play - so important. Chapter 2 introduced me to Edcamps! Gotta check them out! Favorite quote from the reading? "Too often we plan the 'perfect lesson' and put on a show for our kids, unintentionally robbing them of what they need most - time to do the work."

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Very interesting conversation with the elementary crew. Much of the focus was on the problems surrounding technology in the schools. Lack of devices and support for teachers. How do we convince administration and school boards? A personal take-away? Start small.

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OK, I am in! Thanks, Rachel!
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