2-3 Desktop computers
1-2 weekly visits to the computer lab
1 Web Cam
1 USB Microphone
Questions to Ask:
● Is it relevant?
● Is it standards based?
● Is it an extra or add-on?
● Is it part of the daily lesson plan?
Excerpt from The Frugal Teacher “Becoming a Connected Educator”page.
This page is a journal that I kept during the summer of 2011 when I first
joined Twitter and started learning how to be a connected educator.
● Implement all 5 components of the Daily 5
● Integrate student blogging into "Work on Writing"
● Skype with other classrooms around the world
There! 3 goals. I never set goals before. My only goal was to
make it to the last day of school!
I think 2011-12 is going to be the best one yet!
The First Leap...Blogging
Blogging 101 http://www.frugalteacher.com/2011/10/classroom-blogging-101.html
Using Blogging with the Daily 5 http://www.frugalteacher.com/2012/07/using-blogging-with-daily-5.html
Global Classroom Project 2011-12
Seasons Around the World
Debra Rosenquist - New York, USA
Lee Parkinson - UK
Louise Morgan - Texas, USA
Edmodo Pen Pal Project
Global Read Aloud 2012
#2ndchat Read Aloud
Cinco de Mayo Project - Ustream
Louise Morgan/Gabriel Verrone -Texas, USA
Frugal Teacher Post http://www.frugalteacher.com/2012/05/feliz-
Paula Naugle - New Orleans, LA
Photo: Ginny Limer
Cape Town, S.A.
Cree Nation - Chief Poundmaker School, Saskatchewan, Canada
It Never Hurts to Ask!
Students Skype with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and
former astronaut Dr. Donald Thomas.
Students asked Dr. Tyson why Pluto
was no longer a planet and if his friend,
Bill Nye, would skype with them!
Students asked Dr. Thomas
questions about 0 gravity and how
he became an astronaut.
and ask if they
This may lead
you to some
Louise Morgan, Ft. Worth, TX
Mystery Skype provides an engaging way for classrooms to
introduce themselves to each other.
Mrs. Morgan's 2nd grade
class uses clues, maps,
and their communication
skills to find mystery
locations of other
Louise Morgan, Fort Worth, Texas
Mystery Number Skype -
A fun way to work on math skills!
Students use their math skills to guess the mystery number
that the other class has selected ahead of time.
In February 2013, Five #2ndchat classrooms created a progressive story called “What
Stuffed Animals Do at Night” inspired by Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. Each
class took turns adding to a story where they imagined what their stuffed animals did
at night while they were sleeping. We also created a Voicethread using pictures and
#2ndchat Snowmen at Night Project http://2ndchat.wikispaces.com/Snowmen+at+Night+-
#2ndchat Stuffed Animals at Night Voicethread https://voicethread.com/share/4117436/
Google+ Hangouts allowed 4th graders to interact
with graphic novelist Dave Roman
The Frugal Teacher - Author Visits http://www.
Where Did I Learn All of This?
● Twitter / Twitter Chats
● The Global Classroom Project
● Hello Little World Skypers
● Live Classroom 2.0
● TCEA/Tots and Tech Conference
● ISTE/annual convention
● Did I mention Twitter?
Looking Ahead - Goals for 2013-14
● Projects are more collaborative in nature
● On-going relationships with other
● Project-based learning
● Inquiry-based learning
● Creation - Finding our passion