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Karen Mensing
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I love integrating technology in the classroom...and rescuing dogs.
I love integrating technology in the classroom...and rescuing dogs.

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International Dot Day is next week! A couple years ago my class celebrated Dot Day with augmented reality and it was lots of fun. 

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"If you think literacy is only about “reading and writing”, then Twitter might seem insignificant. But if we see Twitter, and the ability to not only read and write, but to communicate and leverage this medium as literacy, it might seem more important. What I am not saying is that you need to go teach Twitter to your students right now. Not at all. What I am saying is that if you simply dismiss things as creating with different types of media, or using social media to connect with others as “tech” or “insignificant”, you might be holding your students back in sharing their wisdom from the world with a simpler view of what literacy can truly be."
http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/tag/karen-mensing

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Public schools in Arizona get slammed quite a bit, but this is what technology is like in my district.
"Paradise Valley was the first district to use Google apps for education way back in April 2007. Today, incoming kindergarteners get a gmail address. The district is a big user of Google Docs." 

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I had a lesson published in Google's "Thanksgiving Project!"

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I had my entire class enter +The Be Kind People Project Creative Expression contest earlier this year and we had a 1st place winner in the technology category! Part of the prize was a Skype for the entire class. All of my students loved it! http://goo.gl/4bda90

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Right now, you can get colorful plastic eggs in the clearance section of many stores very cheap! I used these eggs to create Mystery Money Eggs to teach my class about money, addition, subtraction, Google sheets and data analysis.

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My class has been preparing for the last WordMasters Challenge meet of the year by learning the vocabulary with the +Stick Around app! 
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