Saturday, July 31, 2010

Grade 3 Architecture Adventure Program at Lincoln

Grade 3 Architecture Adventure Project

Third grade students from Lincoln, participating in the Oak Park Educational Foundations Architecture Adventures Program, designed their own neighborhood using Google SketchUp. With the guidance of architect and former Lincoln parent Mark Klancic, the students created several street scenes around Lincoln School. To view the creation process and student work, please see below. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


AW80S (Around the World with Eighty Schools) is a new an exciting project for the students at Lincoln.  Our goal is to have 80 Skype conversations with 80 schools from around the world.  Some of these conversations will be linked to major learning projects we will join.  Others will be simple meet-and-greet activities.  Regardless, our students will have many opportunities to experience learning and communicating with dozens of students from around the world.  Please click on the PROJECTS tab above to see which schools we have already communicated within the past year.

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Laptop...More Ideas to Engage Students

All district 97 teachers will be getting a NEW Dell laptop this year as a part of the district's updated technology plan.  I plan on using my laptop everyday as a tool to increase student involvement in my classroom.  Exactly how I am going to do that unfolds everyday as I am working over the summer on my classroom blog.  Here I will keep track of all the wonderful and exciting projects the kids are doing throughout the year.  To start with, I will once again be coordinating the Lincoln School Tech Club- which I started last year after GVC ended.  Students just kept showing up at the computer lab every day and I decided that they must really love technology and want to learn more.  I will be starting with the fifth graders this year and hopefully include other grades as the years go by.  The fifth graders will be participating in the Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) Contest again this year as we have done for the past eight years (click on the the GVC tab at the top to see some awesome work by Lincoln students).  We will also be collaborating with Ein Ganim School in Israel as  part of their Global Dreamers project and Harrison Elementary School in Warsaw, Indiana.  It is going to be an exciting year of learning with technology.