My 5th graders have been busy becoming news reporters! They spent weeks learning how to write a news story, interview witlessness, and writing a news report. After they completed their stories I used a green screen and had them record their stories against the green screen.

We invited parents and staff to join us for our News Hour! Students watched their green screen videos and the classroom was transformed into a TV station!


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On Friday, March 16th I had the opportunity to meet actor and author, John Amos. Most know John Amos for his famous acting roles in Good Times and Coming to America but he is also known for writing a children’s book called A World Without Color.

Thanks to the Shaka Franklin foundation, my classes got to meet Mr. John Amos. The foundation purchased a copy of his book for each of my students. John wrote a personal note in every book and autographed each one!

After reading his book to my students, John shared his personal journey with us. We learned about his life as a student, his acting career, and his journey becoming an author. He spent over 2 hours with my students! They enjoyed listening to him read and engaging in personal conversations with him. It was fun seeing my kids become so engaged in his book and have deep conversations about it with each other.

Students were so excited about his visit. “I have never had anything so precious before in my life” says one student after reading her copy of the book. “I will never forget Mr. Amos. He has inspired me to want to write stories about my life!” another student writes after listening to Mr. Amos share his personal journey.

This is certainly an experience that has created a lasting memory for me. The day I got to meet a celebrity was such a special day!




This year I celebrated Dr. Seuss in style! I participated in my first classroom transformed inspired by my favorite book The Wild Card  (written by Hope and Wade King). 

Most of my students have never visited the mountains let alone been camping. This made me really sad seeing as how we live an hour away from the Rocky Mountains!

For Dr. Seuss day I turned my classroom into a campground. I set up tents, built a fire, hung lights to act as “stars”, and brought snores. Students spent the day reading under the stars and in tents in flashlights. I put on campground sounds in the background and kept the lights off all day. Kids were so excited when they entered the campground! It was fun seeing them use their imaginations and enjoy reading!

The kids were so engaged and excited about reading! I am so inspired to do more classroom transformations now! 

To celebrate Valentines Day we played a tax game! Before diving into the American Revolution in Social Studies I thought it was important for students to understand the idea behind taxation.

The King called out laws and our tax collectors collected the taxes. Students learned an important lesson about taxing! The taxation laws put on the colonists were VERY unfair! After the game I asked students to reflect by asking them the following questions . . .

  • What was so unfair about the way the game was played?
  • How could King George III handled the taxation laws differently in order to make it a more fair process?

The student responses shocked me! Most of my students replied saying that the King should have taxed the people of Great Britain or used his own money to help pay his war debts.

All in all, this was a great activity and helped keep my students in engaged and excited about our learning on a very candy filled holiday!

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This course has really flown by! As I look back on my journey through INTE5340 I can’t help but reflect upon my learnings.

Check out my Twitter story of best moments from this course!

In this last module I completed 2 Daily Creates.

Replying to 

baby food YUCK! The smell gets me every time!

This one was fun! I was challenged to photograph a food from a new point of view!
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how about this creature? What would you name it?

This was really fun! I enjoyed using and will use this with my students!
During this module I completed a final challenge.
I used Slidely to make a picture slideshow. I incorporated photographs and music. It was fun combining different medias to make a digital story. I chose to show a timeline of my daughter’s life thus far. The slideshow starts at her birth and goes up through 6 months of age. It has a beginning, middle, and an end. I struggled to figure out how to add music to the slideshow. I am used to using google slides or power point so this program was new to me. It was easy to learn and fun to use! I also struggled figuring out how to create a shareable link! I was finally about to share it on Twitter!
Reflection Dialogue 
As part of our final reflection requirement I answered questions with Amber from my class. View our discussion!
Class Reflection
This class has been my most challenging by far. I am not a learner who does well with teaching myself how to use new tools. This course has pushed me to learn things on my own. I tried out new tools such as Google Tour Builder, Adobe Spark, and Slidely. Although, I found much of the course frustrating and overwhelming I proud of myself for pushing through it and learning how to use new tools. Much of the learning and tools I can easily teach my 5th grade students how to use and apply it to the standards that I teach.
My favorite module was the Remix module. I found it very interesting. I loved learning about the different types of remixes and how you can use a remix to tell a story. I will have students use pictures and comics to remix book covers in the classroom.
Even though I struggled as a learner in this course I am proud to say that I have grown as a story teller! I now have a bigger tool box to use to share my stories and remix others. I learned how to utilize Twitter to tell stories and start discussions with others. I will continue to tell stories throughout my life!

As we come close the end in this digital story telling course I continue to push myself and a impressed with my final outcomes!


I completed 2 challenges this module, one week 13 and one week 14

The first challenge I completed was Blast from the Past! This challenge was really fun! I had to recreate an old family photo and attach a story to it. I instantly drawn to this challenge because of my love for photographs. It was easy for me to select a photograph that had a strong memory and story. What wasn’t as easy was figuring out how to combine the two pictures together with audio. It took me some time to find a new application I hadn’t previously used to complete this challenge. I ended up using an application called Speaking Photo. It was easy to learn how to use. I used a photo collage application to combine the photos and then used Speaking Photo to add my audio story

Check out my Blast from the Past 

The next challenge I completed was called Don’t Stop Believing. This challenged allowed me to tell my professional career journey. I used Google Tour Builder to do this. I found this site easy to use and was able to add different types of media to my story. I used internet pictures, a youtube video, and video of myself. The most important learning I got out of this project was how I can use this with my 5th grade students. I intend to use this at the beginning of every school year to help students tell their story of where they spent their elementary years and where they are from. I can teach them how to search the internet for images and record video to enhance their tour. This was such a fun challenge! I felt as if I stretched myself by adding different types of media.  Check it out 

Daily Creates 

how many 106’s do you see?

 This was fun and easy! I wanted to come up with something that no one else had posted. I think I accomplished this by coming up with something unique

I enjoy drawing!

I enjoyed this because I was able to share something that I have created. I enjoy drawing and it’s always fun to share my works with someone else!

The reading this week was interesting. It was interesting reading about how it is less important for students to recall and memorize information these days. When I think back on my years of schooling I remember studying for tests and memorizing math facts. I have terrible memories of this and don’t remember most of the information. I agree with the article that it is more important to learn how to think critically and apply information they have learned to their lives and the real world. I enjoyed the discussion this week. Flexible seating and learning environment was mentioned. I would love to offer my students flexible seating options but I feel like it would be expensive to transform my class so that students had flexible seating options. I do agree 100 % that learning environment drives the way students learn. I work very hard to create a clean and creative space every year for my students that they can learn in. I take great pride in my classroom environment! I will continue to challenge myself on how I can get my students thinking more critically so they can become productive members of our society!
This module was one of my favorites! Lots of learning and struggle!

This #inte5340 module was all about remixing. According to Google a remix is a verb that means to mix again. However, our article from week 11 refers to remixing as taking cultural artifacts and combining and changing them into new creative blends. I had always thought of music and music videos when hearing the word remix. Now, I think of other things as well.

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I found this modules readings very interesting. Week 11’s reading was a bit difficult for me to get through. I found it wordy, long, and confusing. It was interesting learning about the different types of remixing. I found photoshopping remixing to be the most interesting. This is a type of remixing that I plan to share with my students. I hope to have them remix book covers when writing book reviews. I think they’ll blow me away with their photoshop creations!

Reading about the copyright laws scared me a bit. The example of the mother posting a video to youtube of her child sadden me. Seems like copyright laws are taking the joy out of sharing pictures and videos with family and friends. This article made me think hard about whether I am breaking copyright laws. I am now going to be more careful about how I use music when I make presentations and use it in my classroom. I also plan to share this article in a kid friendly way with my students. I can see the power of sharing it with kids. They should be aware of these at a young age. It is so important to give others credit for their work when you use it and alter it in any way. I know how a tool (attribute builder) to do this. It was interesting seeing this and I will be using it in the future when I use others work.

I continue to challenge myself to add meaningful and insightful comments to as well as adding to others ideas and comments. I am finding it helpful to ask questions and enjoy reading others connections. It helps me connect to the reading in a more personal way.  I did find it a bit frustrating that I made some meaningful comments week 12 but then couldn’t view them. I will now add comments through the direct link instead of the canvas site.

Daily Creates 

This module I only completed 2 Daily Creates. I spent most of my time and energy on the readings and remix challenge.

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For this challenge I had to create double of something. I used a pic collage app to do this. This challenge was so fun!

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 For this challenge I had to turn something into pop art. I used a cartoon photo app along with a college app to do this.
This modules challenge was required! We were assigned a classmate and asked to remix part of their blog, website, or Twitter account. I was assigned Heather Kraus. After exploring her reflections on her website I decided I wasn’t comfortable remixing that information. I reached out to her via Twitter asking to interview her about her favorite challenge project. I was hoping to record the conversation using Soundcloud and remix it that way. I was sad because Heather never responded. I watched her Flipgrid introduction video with hopes to remix that. After watching it I didn’t feel at all compelled to change it in any way. I decided to remix some of her Daily Create challenges. To do this I used Adobe Spark. I have previously used Adobe Spark but this time added some audio to it.  This project took me a long time to complete! I started by taking a picture of the daily create, using the cartoon app on my phone to change the picture, emailing it to myself, saving it to my desktop, and then uploading it into Adobe Spark. Next week I want to challenge myself to learn how to screenshot from Twitter so that I can do something like this faster. Heather likes zombies so I tried to incorporate that by adding zombie music to the background of the slides. I also recorded myself explaining several of the daily creates. I altered it by adding text as well.
I thought remixing was a simple process. I learned from this project that it takes a lot of creativity, thought, and time. I was impressed with the way it turned out!
I also used the attribute builder included in our class outline to give Heather Kraus credit for her work. I included it at the end of the Adobe Spark slides.
This module provided me with new opportunities to challenge myself. I learned how to add audio to a presentation and remix someone else work. I am so excited to teach my students about the power of remixing. I hope to have them remix book covers to match book reviews. I also think it would be cool to have them remix each others work too.  I am also challenging myself to extend conversations through Twitter. I am starting to understand the power of social media.