I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the CUE Conference in Palm Springs in March. CUE stands for Computer Using Educators. Over 5,000 educators from across the country participated. I was able to attend many super interesting sessions that will enhance our learning and use of technology in the classroom. My brain is absolutely brimming over with ideas!
The keynote speaker was Sugata Mitra, a TED prize winner and an overall brilliant and fascinating man. You can read more about him here, if you are interested.
One new project I will be implementing in the classroom is to have the students write, illustrate, and narrate their own ebook. In order to do so, we need to have some sets of headphones with good quality microphones. Just before Spring Break, I put in a project request on donorschoose.com. Donorschoose.com is a wonderful website that allows teachers to request items for the classroom. Then, we ask parents, community members, and businesses to donate money to fulfill the request. In just a few days, I was able to have our project fully funded, and the new headsets have already been delivered to the classroom! That is fast work. It helped so much that every donation was MATCHED by the SPARK Foundation, which really brought the total cost of the project down.
Speaking of Donations...
Spring Carnival Basket
Please donate some NEW items to our class Spring Carnival Basket. The basket will be auctioned off at the Spring Carnival. Our theme this year is "Baskin' at the Beach." Any items that fit this theme are most welcome! We need the items turned in by this Thursday. If you need some ideas, see the SignUp Genius page.
Please send in your cash donations for our annual classroom "zoo." As part of our life science unit, we will be raising the following critters in the classroom: frogs, butterflies, and ants. In order to purchase our critters, I need to collect about $95.00. Your donation is much appreciated by all of Mrs. Quitt's Cool Kids!