May 11, 2014

Keeping Kids Connected in the Summer with @shannonmmiller

  1. #txeduchat getting seated, ready to learn, share, watch, maybe throw a few paper airplanes
  2. Welcome to #txeduchat tonight. We hope all Mothers had a great day with family! Now for some fun: Let's start with introductions.
  3. Hi everyone, welcome to the chat! I'm Tom and I learn from/teach the most amazing 5th graders in the world in North Texas! #txeduchat
  4. #txeduchat Greg 3rd/4th grade teacher from Chicago burbs (not a mom, but do some motherly nurturing during the school day)
  5. #txeduchat Good Evening Everyone and Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms. Tom from Central NJ. MS,SS. Ready to engage and learn.
  6. Jan Hodge, District Library Media Specialist, Crowley ISD #txeduchat
  7. Charles IT/College Govt. Looking forward to a busy summer & currently downing Claritin like they were M&Ms 😳 #txedtxeduchat
  8. Hello everyone, Jeffery Herbel, Director of Information Technology, Enid OK. Looking forward to a great chat. #txeduchat #happymothersday
  9. BiblioNasium, Where Kids Flex their Reading Muscles is here #txeduchat
  10. #txeduchat Jena Ball and the CritterKin Mutts tweeting in from North Carolina where we are launching several projects for the summer
  11. Hi everyone…So excited to be with everyone for #txeduchat tonight. Shannon Miller, District Teacher Librarian from #VanMeter Iowa.
  12. It is great to see so many #txeduchat regular participants tonight! Thank you for taking the time to spend with us.
  13. Garth here from Toronto CAN. Dir. of Teaching & Learning #txeduchat
  14. hi all #txeduchat I'm a teacher librarian who loves 21st century #infolit & building a global #PLN (with you!) @EthridgeES
  15. Christie Watts, Royse City High School Librarian here. #txeduchat
  16. It's Question time! Reminder: We use the Q1: A1: format for Questions and Answers. Don't forget the #txeduchat hashtag.
  17. Wow! There are some new names/faces tonight! Thank you all for joining #txeduchat we hope you come back again. Now for @shannonmmiller
  18. @Thrasymachus Welcome Charles, always an honor to have our past hosts in the house! #txeduchat
  19. @Thrasymachus :) Me too Charles. I am excited to learn with everyone. Always looking for summer ideas for our kids. #txeduchat
  20. Lisa Director of Tech from Kansas. Happy Mother's Day. #txeduchat
  21. @jaherbel Always an honor sir, welcome back to our amazing hosts in #txeduchat!
  22. @jaherbel There he is!! Whoop It's Herbel in #txeduchat - What is it? Sunday....? ;)
  23. Michael Ruiz now 4th grade bilingual teacher in Dallas TX. Happy Mother's day to all the mothers out there. #txeduchat
  24. @Thrasymachus #txeduchat Yes the pollen has been nuts here too! A good half inch covering my car each morning. Ick
  25. We will follow the Q1, A1 format with questions and answers tonight for #txeduchat
  26. Q1 With summer approaching, what are our main goals for our students during the summer months? #txeduchat
  27. Hey guys! Andi, GT Educator from Central Texas. Excited to be here tonight! #txeduchat
  28. I'm with @Thrasymachus - can't wait to steal ideas from @shannonmmiller & #txeduchat tonight! Joy from IL - ELA, 7th grade.
  29. @shannonmmiller A1: To learn something new and develop it for next year's class. Attend summer PD. #txeduchat
  30. Thinking differently, this really works.
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  31. A! Enjoy time with family, read and explore the world around them. Make connections from their learning to the real world. #txeduchat
  32. @Thrasymachus #txeduchat stinks I know (buys you some stock in Kleenex)
  33. A1: Goals for students - Keep reading, writing, and learning on their own! #txeduchat
  34. Again: @shannonmmiller: Q1 With summer approaching, what are our main goals for our students during the summer months? #txeduchat
  35. A1: My main goal is for my students to keep asking questions, creating, and learning about things that are interesting to them. #txeduchat
  36. A1: Our main goal is to stay connected. Not to let them forget about the school process. #txeduchat We want Ss to read and use our eBooks.
  37. #txeduchat A1 To enjoy their summer but to stay connected mentally to some type of brain based learning. Reading can help them stay engaged
  38. A1 Summer school, PAP/AP summer assignments, summer meals for Ss, ACE enrichment programs, planning for 14-15 school year #txeduchat
  39. A1) Many talk about not losing ground with Ss, but I look at my kids & think I want them to gain ground. Why not all kids? #txeduchat
  40. #txeduchat A1: my goal is to give my Ss resources that will help them access their learning opportunities until fall
  41. @shannonmmiller What a stellar topic tonight - already set up a "writers' club" on Edmodo... :) #txeduchat
  42. @mcnairan3 I love your goals, Andi….There are so many things we can do to keep them creating and learning too. #txeduchat
  43. A1: Kids & summer: First=have fun & be safe, 2nd=learn & keep moving forward! #txeduchat
  44. A1: #txeduchat Usually have a summer reading group - incoming students & I exchange emails ea wk discussing current books, what we're doing
  45. A1 Summer goals for Ss- step up to personal responsibility for learning & #digitalcitizenship #txeduchat #clmooc summer of learning
  46. When I had parent conf I asked parents this question and we discussed how I could partner with them to achieve their goals. #txeduchat
  47. @shannonmmiller I am big into freedom of learning. #txeduchat and anti-assessment in any form
  48. So one of the things that sticks out to me already….”Keeping them reading”. Think about that for the next question. #txeduchat
  49. Excellent guide >>>>
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  50. @kcalderw @shannonmmiller I thought you had the greatest students in the world. And there is not sir. I think I might be younger #txeduchat
  51. @lesahaney That’s awesome Lesa….That is one of the questions I have tonight. :) #txeduchat
  52. #txeduchat A1 Oddly enough, mine (h.s. Junior) complains in public about school being #yuck. Privately she,s doing a reading list.
  53. @shannonmmiller I couldn't agree more! Definitely going to challenge Ss to use  & other similar resources. #txeduchat
  54. A1.3) tech & especially twitter can help touch base with incoming kids... Keep each other accountable. Ever been tried? #txeduchat
  55. #txeduchat A1 Overheard dad ask 5 yo what sport he wanted 2 play this summer. Answer "Playground!" Must encourage our kids 2 explore & roam.
  56. @TechIntegratio1 A! Transferring PBLs like "Be Kind" to real world experiences in summer helping shelters & community projects. #txeduchat
  57. @dashthebook Hadn't thought about keeping my school book club going. Hmmmm...I might just try this! #txeduchat
  58. Q2 What are some ways that we can encourage and connect them to reading throughout the summer months? #txeduchat #tlchat
  59. @shannonmmiller #txeduchat - help them realize that learning is not a place, but a state of mind...#noclassroomnecessary
  60. @cwatts27 @dashthebook Great idea and have a blog or website for them to continue the conversation. #txeduchat
  61. A1 and explore nature, go on an adventure, learn cool new dance moves #txeduchat
  62. A2 Book clubs/studies through tweet chats would be a great idea to allow Ss to use technology & show that they read #txeduchat
  63. A1: Just keep the subtitles and cc's on whenever they watch something. #txeduchat
  64. @valibrarian Yes, Love what public libraries and other places have for summer reading clubs and programs. #txeduchat
  65. #txeduchat A1: To continue reading with our Digital Library and/or Local Loibrary Programs
  66. #txeduchat A1 Encourage exploration of all kinds of reading - books, audio, pic & creation. Take it ALL outside & relate reading 2 nature.
  67. A2: Book club on Edmodo would be really fun and a great way to stay connected! #txeduchat
  68. I want to share Mackinvia with parents so they can use it for summer reading. #txeduchat
  69. Our media center opens certain times during the summer for Ss #txeduchat
  70. A1: In my dist we are keeping all of our school libraries open one day out of the week. We want Ss to be able to stay connected #txeduchat
  71. A2: Setting up our Summer Reading now. Will Skype this week w/ incoming Ss.  #txeduchat. Use Twitter, FB, Remind101
  72. Love!! “@MLunoff: A2 Book clubs through tweet chats would be a great idea to allow Ss to use technology & show that they read #txeduchat
  73. @MLunoff Yes, great idea….It would be simple to have a Twitter chat/hashtag for the summer reading groups. #txeduchat
  74. A1: For some kids, we are working to be sure they will have a place for breakfast and lunch--hoping making & creating there too #txeduchat
  75. A2: I'm asking them to send me 2-min. home made book talks, and I'll post them to our Weebly here:  #txeduchat
  76. A2). Blogs! Assign each Friday during summer to a diff student... Our tech team is writing throughout summer, why not Ss? #txeduchat
  77. A2: Could also create a backchannel using TodaysMeet for students to share and collaborate while reading. #txeduchat
  78. A2 make sure that families are aware of summer reading programs through public library or school. Make sure books are accessible #txeduchat
  79. #txeduchat A2 Instead of providing them with summer reading lists why don't we challenge them to generate their own prior to years end.
  80. A2 - Have a summer book club that meets with you at Starbucks. I was surprised at the # of parents that agreed to this last year.#txeduchat
  81. #txeduchat A2 Blogs, retelling story snippets via youtube, other interactive media.
  82. A2: #txeduchat We host a "summer reads" slam before the year ends where kids and teachers do booktalks sharing ideas and taking notes
  83. A2. I am promoting Scholastic's Read for the Record program with my students this week to keep them reading over the summer. #txeduchat
  84. A2: I'd also like to connect with them on Goodreads or Shelfari or Biblionasium... :) #txeduchat
  85. our ISD has a summer feeding program that includes books.They go to neighborhoods daily to pass out lunch & sometimes literature! #txeduchat
  86. A2: Suggest/provide books for summer, maybe collaborate vertically between grades to set some goals for Ts & Ss #txeduchat
  87. @cwatts27 @dashthebook Summer book clubs - like beach reading for adults - books that combine fun & conversation with learning. #txeduchat
  88. Kids can read anything and just blog once during the summer-12 or so posts by beginning if next year & an easy ice breaker or 12 #txeduchat
  89. A2 Inspired by this question! #txeduchat I could ask Ss to write book reviews or make trailers over the summer to post online
  90. @usabbs We do that too….Even one day open in the summer for a few hours keeps them connected to reading and each other. :) #txeduchat
  91. Using G docs to track and sending out postcards in midJuly for those tracking their reading. #txeduchat Running names on marquee over summer
  92. @shannonmmiller A2 have them read anything. Directions, books, graphic novels, blogs, technical pieces #txeduchat
  93. #txeduchat Texas Success offer IStation for free to all Ss and is easily downloaded on desktop or laptop. No apps yet tho.
  94. A2. I also do a summer book checkout program out of my school library. Started that 3-4 yrs ago and big hit with students! #txeduchat
  95. @mcnairan3 I love this idea, but my parents are lacking internet penetration. They love @edmodo because of the phone apps though.#txeduchat
  96. Q2 I put together a packet of summer reading challenges and resources to send home plus add quick links on my library web page. #txeduchat
  97. @BrettErenberg @shannonmmiller At the top of my list, agree Brett. Hopefully they'll grow to have reading on the "fun" list too! #txeduchat
  98. @TracieGCain We have breakfast and lunch for all kids up to 18 at 3 schools thru summer school sessions #txeduchat
  99. @shannonmmiller I helped our media specialist create AR book review this year. Ss were excited about the AR reviews #txeduchat
  100. @JuleeMurphy Great idea and I could use @Symbaloo to bookmark all the resources on my webpage. #txeduchat
  101. Great idea! @shannonmmiller As we move to ebooks-- the library is ALWAYS open :-) #txeduchat
  102. We used G docs last year and over 300 reading entries came in from Ss. #txeduchat
  103. #txeduchat Challenge us 2 rethink definitions of library & reading program. Remove walls, go outside, read books about & draw nature.
  104. @cwatts27 @dashthebook #txeduchat - You could meet on a virtual hub like a shared Googledoc, or weebly, or just a twitter hashtag
  105. WOW! Great ideas being shared on #txeduchat tonight. The archive will be on  later tonight.
  106. And remember, the students can read outside of their school with other students around the world in the summer. :) #txeduchat
  107. @JennGRoach yep. It needs to be interesting & fun! Our community library does all sorts of activities for kids #txeduchat
  108. @dashthebook Should do this at beginning of next school year, too! :D #txeduchat
  109. Yes, I'm connected with many of mine on Goodreads. "@JoyKirr: A2: I'd also like to connect with them on Goodreads... :) #txeduchat
  110. @JennGRoach A@ Joining competition, helping to set a record makes it fun! Not a chore! #txeduchat
  111. @shannonmmiller @MackinVIA we have overdrive online checkout. Students can get books at anytime and anyplace #txeduchat
  112. Hi #txeduchat folks. Sabba here joining a little late. In SS I try to build a habit of reading current events, follow stories of interest
  113. A2: Made screencasts on accessing eBooks and was available last summer via email to answer questions on our eContent. #txeduchat
  114. @shannonmmiller #txeduchat - absolutely. There are great global resources out there. Check out @WorldVuze & what they are developing
  115. I have also done a Where in the World Are We Reading and student send me pics of places they're reading over the summer. #txeduchat
  116. @jmalphy Putting this on my list!!! :D #txeduchat Take-aways so far tonight... TWO! Let's keep it up!
  117. @jmalphy Oh yes! I loved that. We both did that one summer. :) #txeduchat So fun and easy for kids.
  118. @JoyKirr #txeduchat a2 post stuff and games on your website! Extend ur curriculum 2online so they can access it @GtownHolmes @NaiWang1
  119. Designed our Summer Reading banner on canva and will use on all promotions. #txeduchat
    Designed our Summer Reading banner on canva and will use on all promotions. #txeduchat
  120. I will be letting students "shop" from books that have been donated to our library. We ask students to bring in books to swap #txeduchat
  121. @jmalphy Love this. Anything visual that can be shared inspires other kids! #txeduchat
  122. @jmalphy I love activities like this tag all the posts on a thinglink and they can see it all in one place! :) #txeduchat
  123. A2: Invite Ss to read about places they are visiting, and identify unique things to share with others on a blog or journal. #txeduchat
  124. @jmalphy Or also about the places they read about too! #txeduchat Since they "went there" through reading!
  125. check out @curriculet for digital text , with helpful videos , captions, and questions. Great digital tool #txeduchat
  126. @MeliHalstead @edmodo is one of the safest sites for kids. Only open to those you share code with. Great parent support too. :) #txeduchat
  127. @Thrasymachus: @jaherbel @TracieGCain I think $ comes from same fund as school lunch,communities apply for grants #txeduchat
  128. This summer I am teaching a Dog Days of Summer class & doing a Paws for Reading picture submission for the kids with their pets! #txeduchat
  129. @Thrasymachus I know they have to know how to keep up with issues and articulate their views on them. Not enough pay attention #txeduchat
  130. @TammyLedesma Sounds like a great program Tammy, have you had many donations/students taking advantage of it? #txeduchat
  131. Q3 In the connected world that we live in, what are some ways that we can use social media to keep kids connected and learning? #txeduchat
  132. We also download books to our Kindle in advance of road trips to promote reading as a family. #txeduchat
  133. @Americans2012 @GtownHolmes @NaiWang1 Yes-I'm thinking of "seeker opportunities," depending on what they tell me they're reading. #txeduchat
  134. A3: Children can keep blogs about what they are doing over the summer. Great tie to research and writing #txeduchat 
  135. Reading is important, clearly. How might you design some opportunities for students to create and innovate over the summer? #txeduchat
  136. My hope for students this summer is to explore the world around them and have their experiences come alive! #txeduchat
  137. A3 - @edmodo, @KidblogDotOrg Twitter, @weebly blog, or students create webpage to showcase videos, podcast about their reading #txeduchat
  138. A3 One website that we LOVE is @BiblioNasium … online social network for young readers, like Goodreads. Very safe. #txeduchat
  139. A3: connect Ss with authors! even as an adult its exciting wrote an article based on @kkapp book & got to connect. Empowers Ss #txeduchat
  140. @shannonmmiller #txeduchat - use Soc' Media to help prompt them, motivate them & inspire questions from them.
  141. @shannonmmiller A3 online book talks, virtual, author visits, funny book trailers #txeduchat
  142. #txeduchat A3 Create a hashtag where students can visit and share fun and learning experiences with peers and t's
  143. @shannonmmiller #txeduchat - comm' w/ Ss over the summer can be pushing it - it's a fine balance for sure! We don't want Ss to rely on us
  144. Great ideas @TechIntegratio1 :) I love the idea of kids connecting over summer with blogging. My son @haganemiller loves that. #txeduchat
  145. A3: Remind101 snd text, going to post #rockstarreaders this summer. We advertise on FB, Ss mde smore flyers and pinned it to P #txeduchat
  146. Lots of donations and we go by the Half Price book warehouse to pick up free books also. #txeduchat
  147. A3: also @ABCyaGames has incredible reading, math, social studies, science games for K to 5 #txeduchat
  148. @lesahaney #txeduchat Hopefully kids see #geniushour or 20%time as model for lifetime learning, & continue to pursue passions over summer
  149. If there is a school hashtag for this maybe a library thing it could engage Ss throught the years, building habits is essential #txeduchat
  150. A3) Use twitter, hashtag & an embedded chat into your website/LMS that documents exchange if ideas or reviews #txeduchat
  151. @snydesn2 #hashstags Like billboards get the messages out. Terrific idea for kids in summer. #txeduchat
  152. A3 We are setting up a few @Skype author visits over the summer to keep kids excited and connected. #txeduchat
  153. @shannonmmiller @BiblioNasium I need to include that in my summer reading letter to inform parents about this site. #txeduchat
  154. MT"TracieGCain:@Thrasymachus: @jaherbel I think $ comes from same fund as school lunch,community grants #txeduchat” Ours #Districtlevel Tech
  155. We look fwd to hosting your students on our Free site this summer. Track, Review, Recommend books with their community #txeduchat
  156. Loving all the comments about kids blogging! Major goal of mine for next year. Hearing your ideas is inspiring :) #txeduchat
  157. @shannonmmiller I reached out to @edmodo for help. Thanks for pulling me out of the zone of fear! #txeduchat
  158. A3 SM is all Ss do nowadays, so you’re connecting learning by using. Twitter to give HW problems, Instagram to show evidence #txeduchat
  159. @Thrasymachus A1) #txeduchat I think some Ts forget about the fun and moving up! The moving up doesn't have to be solely for grades.
  160. Courtney, new teacher just graduated and completed student teaching. I'm happy to learn from you all via twitter. #txeduchat
  161. #txeduchat One summer Ss created nature journals - drew, wrote, looked up info about on what saw then shared on FB. Great fun & lots of edu.
  162. I borrowed this idea: Ask students to send you a postcard of "What I 'm reading this summer" use Pre-postcard writing lesson. #txeduchat
  163. @askMsQ Keep us posted on how it goes Sabba, that is one of my major goals as well to increase Ss blogging! #txeduchat
  164. Last week my Ss asked, "Can we create an online community for us to talk about Maniac Magee (their required summer readng)?" #txeduchat Yes!
  165. So happy you will @Thrasymachus :) You will love what @BiblioNasium has to offer our young people. Perfect for the summer. #txeduchat
  166. @BiblioNasium @shannonmmiller Thank you....I plan on sharing with other teachers on my campus. Excited! #txeduchat
  167. @ervin_courtney #txeduchat Congratulations and good luck. Start building your PLN ASAP.
  168. #txeduchat This summer doing physical & digital story quilt about kindness. Ss will read stories, draw, sew, and blog about the experience.
  169. A3 If Ss know they can submit HW or evidence of S learning via social media, they are more likely to complete it & be engaged. #txeduchat
  170. @JuleeMurphy Ss postcards of what they are reading, one I will be stealing Julee! Thanks for sharing the idea! #txeduchat
  171. @Tom_Kilgore @askMsQ I can’t wait to hear how it goes too Sabba….That is so great. :) And fun for the kids and you. #txeduchat
  172. So doing this! “@JuleeMurphy: I borrowed this idea: Ask students to send you a postcard of "What I 'm reading this summer"... #txeduchat
  173. @sue_fitz I LOVE Remind101!!! It makes my life SO much easier! ::sorry for the shouting, I just got a wee bit excited:: #txeduchat
  174. Remember that you can grow your PLN (personal learning network) by following others in the chat #txeduchat
  175. @MeliHalstead @edmodo Super easy to set up….And everyone would be connected and can share, have conversation, etc… #txeduchat
  176. #txeduchat A4 Involve local media: community news paper, theatre to aid reading. Ss write updates papers pick up.
  177. Agree 100% "@MLunoff: A3 If Ss know they can submit HW or evidence of S learning via social media, they will be engaged. #txeduchat
  178. Q4 How can we keep our students creating over the summer? One of my favorite topics for our kids. :) #txeduchat
  179. @shannonmmiller They want to make it themselves on our Weebly website. I will help them create the plan so they don't lose steam! #txeduchat
  180. A4: I heard that someone might start a #geniushour MOOC for kids - that will keep them creating over the summer! #txeduchat
  181. A4: Encourage summer #geniushour projects...keep blogs going...encourage collaboration! #txeduchat
  182. @PaulSolarz @shannonmmiller Great idea Paul - Weebly is really user friendly! They can just go nuts. #txeduchat
  183. @PaulSolarz THAT is a GREAT idea! Will use that for our summer read - The Running Dream! #txeduchat
  184. A4 I want my Ss to make PSAs for the school that we can use for Fish Camp & to market the school to new Ss/Ps/Ts #txeduchat
  185. @cwatts27 @MeliHalstead @sue_fitz I just love what @remind101 has brought to all of us. Perfect way to stay connected in summer. #txeduchat
  186. A4: I ask Ss for book reviews via G form. Compile in smore, post on website, pin on school p. #txeduchat
  187. @shannonmmiller Let me play with @edmodo this week, but i know I am going to have Q's. Can we share videos, docs on it? #txeduchat
  188. @askMsQ @cwatts27 Absolutely! Through social media and when they return to class #txeduchat
  189. @JenaiaMorane Many children in summer enrichment programs at schools. Offer opporuntities for innovative PBLs. #txeduchat
  190. #txeduchat PBL 2 encourage observation, creation of art & stories then translation of those stories into an artifact. Our Ss making books.
  191. #txeduchat A4 Can Ss form teams to come together using #edtech? Teams with local peers or with Ss in a part of world still in school?
  192. We are going to have summer hours for our new #Makerspace in the library at #VanMeter #txeduchat Time with 3D printer will be popular.
  193. A4 - We talked about whether or not students plan to keep doing Passion Projects over the summer & most were excited to do so. #txeduchat
  194. @jmalphy @sue_fitz I have my classes sorted out. My students love the positive messages I send out. #txeduchat
  195. @sue_fitz #txeduchat - I worry about them relying too much on me. I don't want to guide too much. Suggestions?
  196. A4: I love current innovation challenge for teachers by @ajjuliani. What about a weekly video sent to challenge Ss to innovate? #txeduchat
  197. @shannonmmiller Create a wiki page similar to the Global Read Aloud page so Ss can upload their projects. #txeduchat
  198. A4-We'll have a Makerspace on our summer lib campuses #txeduchat
  199. @Think_teach @shannonmmiller #txeduchat Ys! Summers I spent learning 2 sail & fish were the best. My parents encouraged related reading.
  200. @shannonmmiller @JoyKirr A4: I've got students who are continuing to revise after the grades are in. :) #txeduchat
  201. A4: Thinking about linking S projects to @ThingLink this summer. Can post on FB and tweet on school accounts. #txeduchat
  202. A4: Encourage videos! Archive and post #Allthingsummer from Ss and staff. What fun that could be for everyone involved. #txeduchat
  203. A4: Perhaps Ss can use a tech tool to create a collage of their summer activities #txeduchat
  204. Magisto is another tool kiddos could use for book trailers or maybe creating video math prob.  #txeduchat
  205. #txeduchat A4 Probably don’t want to make activity feel like school work. Integrate it with their summer context. Ask Ss now what satisfies.
  206. A4: I keep my website updated with resources for my Ss to access during the summer. They remember how to get there thankfully #txeduchat
  207. @nathan_stevens Perfect time to work on the #Makerspace during the summer months. Get students involved too. :) #txeduchat
  208. A4: would be cool if summer projects created a bridge from one class to the other like world to us hist add some lit in too #txeduchat
  209. Hi everyone, just joined. Is there a specific topic? #txeduchat
  210. @shannonmmiller also,trying to devise plan to teach pre-service teachers how to design for 3d printing #txeduchat
  211. @askMsQ Pulling in #PBL Project Based Learning into the summer months. :) All students would love this. #txeduchat
  212. @shannonmmiller @nathan_stevens Author visits at summer camps & day camp programs have kids drawing, bloggjng, journals. #txeduchat
  213. A4: Using imovie and book creator to create a summer scrapbook would be awesome #txeduchat
  214. @nathan_stevens @shannonmmiller Please share that with us Nathan, sounds like a great way to help folks engage w/STEM #txeduchat
  215. A4: Ss can make an iMovie to recommend their favorite book they read over summer! #txeduchat
  216. Our students have digital portfolios in Google Sites so I have heard a lot of them excited about creating in that over summer. #txeduchat
  217. @shannonmmiller @edmodo You just helped me find that missing puzzle piece. Technology helps educators fine tune their craft. #txeduchat
  218. I will advertise the library is OPEN on my extended days for Ss and Ts to use. #txeduchat
  219. Great sharing of ideas on #txeduchat tonight! I'm getting lots of ideas participating here in WI! :-)
  220. I am 4th grade looping to 5th with chromebooks. Using a classroom blog to stay connected. #txeduchat
  221. @jaherbel @cwatts27 @makerbot Loving ours….I have posted a lot about it on my blog, Van Meter Library Voice. #txeduchat
  222. @shannonmmiller We're glad to hear that, Shannon! Thanks for spreading the word. #txeduchat
  223. #txeduchat Just arriving! Happy Mother's Day all. My son just left. I soaked in his hugs and smiles. Ready to chat!
  224. @nathan_stevens @shannonmmiller #makerspace Lego building great idea - comibine spatial and visual, tech, etc. activities. #txeduchat
  225. #txeduchat btw, you might be interested in the Teacher Innovator Challenge going on now by @ajjuliani Great challenge for us to DARE GREATLY
  226. I needed this #txeduchat tonight - created a Summer tab w/multiple tabs under it on our class Weebly as a result. Excited to share w/Ss!
  227. #txeduchat A4 Do a ‘Where in the world is..’ Ss or Ts taking a trip. Tweet/blog/ share media on locale to engage pals back home.
  228. A4: Ss should visit indoor/ outdoor learning facilities. Send a list of places for parents interested in taking their kids. #txeduchat
  229. LOVE Chromebooks, blogs & looping! 😊 “@LagnLagnellaam 4th grade looping to 5th with chromebooks. Using a classroom blog... #txedtxeduchat
  230. Q5 Are there any online camps or workshop opportunities that you point your students to over the summer? #txeduchat
  231. W/ Google Forms & the ability to link pages, kids could write their own choose your own adventure & share out. #txeduchat
  232. @jmalphy Not the same old same old here...rapid fire of great NEW ideas! Thanks @ShannonMiller #txeduchat
  233. @urbie great way to stay in touch with new friends they make too or follow places they see #txeduchat
  234. @shannonmmiller @cwatts27 printrbot is a $300 to $400 wood/metal 3d printer. Prints 4" x 4" x 4" #txeduchat
  235. Future goal: a portal for my 5th graders #minecraftedu project @AlanKohutek then continue building 21st century #infolit world #txeduchat
  236. @Tom_Kilgore @JoyKirr That’s awesome to hear Joy….Would love to see what you include. My summer info. will come out this week. #txeduchat
  237. Because I am a science junkie, I think I am in love with @makerbot. Just saying. #txeduchat
  238. @Thrasymachus I haven't used it yet, but I hear  is great for writing choose-your-own adventure stories... #txeduchat
  239. @dashthebook Thanks Greg! I might have my Ss write a blog post about their interests/curiosities before school lets out (a plan). #txeduchat
  240. @Think_teach @kennedyjacque Yes….They are loving them. Really making them their own. Even our youngest learners. #txeduchat
  241. @ervin_courtney You could send a list of daycations to parents. Places in the area they could take their children. #txeduchat
  242. A5: I keep them informed of any relevant virtual field trips on google hangouts. They love watching them. #txeduchat
  243. #txeduchat I missed the beginning. What are the ideas for reading?
  244. #txeduchat A5 Our local community college runs an academic/arts camp called Tomato Patch. Our S's attend and enjoy the experiences.
  245. A5 “Hour of Code” from @codeorg is awesome…Great for summer experience. Here is my Smore for that  #txeduchat
  246. @IreneKistler Don't worry - the archive will be ready tonight. Check  tomorrow for the details. #txeduchat
  247. A5 You could share the @codeorg with parents and students….They would LOVE that and learn so much. #txeduchat
  248. A5: @PrepTEC we are going to put together a student edcamp as JH go 1:1 at the start of the year. always impt to have #stuvoice #txeduchat
  249. @askMsQ @urbie Blogging great way to stay connected with new friends! Keep them in the loop during school year. #txeduchat
  250. A5: Most Apple stores schedule a 1 wk free camp, and host a showcase on the last day for parents.  #txeduchat
  251. @Think_teach There are so many awesome #Maker camps now. LOVE that. My son and I going to a workshop this summer. #txeduchat
  252. @shannonmmiller have you tried setting printcraft on minecraft server yet? 3D print files from minecraft. True stress testing #txeduchat
  253. A5 I know there are a lot of summer reading and math challenges online #txeduchat
  254. @kennedyjacque @shannonmmiller We also use Google Sites! We suggest to Ss their eport reflect the whole S & not just academics #txeduchat
  255. @Thrasymachus @kennedyjacque I bet they love them Charles….I love seeing how they shine in their online portfolios. :) #txeduchat
  256. #txeduchat apple offers free camp sessions at their stores for kiddos
  257. @shannonmmiller @Think_teach maybe the question is "why aren't you (as in everyone) doing something at a camp this summer" #txeduchat
  258. #txeduchat What are the summer reading and math challenges? How do I keep kids connected and reading? Anyone else in a Title One school?
  259. Get onboard the writer/mashup competition. Check out April finalists & their fab work. Win an iPad Mini  #txeduchat
  260. @snydesn2 Share lists with parents of summer program offered by colleges & schools in your area. #txeduchat Many creative programs out there
  261. A5: Texas can paint offers children's classes, Michaels craft store, JoAnns and Home Depot have children's classes as well! #txeduchat
  262. @sue_fitz: Our district provides a Techno Camp for Ss. #txeduchat” Run by the affable & awesome @ReneEgle !!! #txeduchat
  263. Remember to grow your followers by following your fellow #txeduchat participants tonight!
  264. #txeduchat I'm thinking of sending kids home with 12 books each from the library. Trying to prevent summer slide in reading. Thoughts?
  265. A5 Tarrant County College has student enrollment for Kids College at their various locations around the Metroplex #txeduchat
  266. We have STEAM camp and hope to have some type of Coding camp #txeduchat
  267. @shannonmmiller @Think_teach I am doing a design challenge this year and starting a college of Ed camp next year #txeduchat
  268. We also have many camps offered by the townships in our area, art, tech, exercise, swimming, academic... #txeduchat
  269. #txeduchat Must Have your Elem kids use Wandoo Planet this summer!  World's First Kid-Powered Genome Proj #vanmeter
  270. @IreneKistler I love that idea….Could you have the library open a few times throughout? :) #txeduchat Do you have eBooks too?
  271. #txeduchat A5 Whatever Ts, Ss come up with it should be holistic, whole-body. Butts-on-sofas is a shortsighted solution.
  272. Q7 What are some ways that you can get the word out to parents and students about summer ideas and resources? #txeduchat
  273. Thanks for great ideas as always and @shannonmmiller for moderator. Gotta run. #txeduchat
  274. A7: I have an e-mail distribution list and all parents follow our blog. Easy this year since I am looping. #txeduchat
  275. @TechIntegratio1 Thank you so much Lisa….I enjoyed the conversation here tonight. :) #txeduchat
  276. @shannonmmiller @BSGSCSFoster Not everyone has extra $$ for summer programs! Research free & suggest free programs to retailers #txeduchat
  277. A7: if you build a strong communication system via SM it can follow through into the summer #txeduchat
  278. Our district can send out email through Skyward. Plan ahead with secretary. #txeduchat