Teachers Google Wants You!

Posted by kcaise on October 2, 2015 in blogging, Digital Media |

Google Expeditions are virtual field trips that teachers can participate in with their students. Currently they are looking for schools to serve as content partners.

According to the Google information page:

Expeditions Pioneer teams will visit selected schools around the world, starting with the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. Each team will bring a complete Expeditions kit with everything the teachers need to take their students on journeys anywhere. The team will show teachers how Expeditions works and help set it up before class.

Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. We worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 100 engaging journeys – making it easy to immerse students in entirely new experiences.

Using Google’s Cardboard, a simple viewing device made out of folded cardboard, with an Android phone, students can experience a virtual excursion as an immersive, three-dimensional event. Reminiscent of the old stereoscopic View-Master devices introduced by Mattel in the late ’30s, Google Cardboard turns a smart phone into a cutting-edge virtual-reality viewer that gives an added dimension to virtual field trips.”


According to an online article from The Journal,

Kennis traveled to New York in December 2014 to help Google programmers develop an Expedition. The trip she designed was intended to explore cultural diffusion, or how certain cultural aspects spread from one group to another. She chose photo spheres, or 360-degree views, of various European landmarks to illustrate this concept, and then Google programmers built the virtual field trip from these photo spheres.

In May, Kennis got to take her students on the Expedition she helped create.

“My kids were really excited about it,” she said. “I created a fake passport for them with their picture on it, and some information about where they were going.”

During the virtual field trip, she led them through the photo spheres and prompted them to reflect on what they were seeing. One of the photo spheres showed a city wall in Italy, and she asked her students, “What is the purpose of this city wall?”

The experience “allowed them to tap into their kinesthetic and tactile learning style, because they were standing up and looking all around,” she said. “It was the most lively and exciting day I have ever had in my classroom.”

“Every student was so engaged and so excited; they felt like they were actually there,” she said. “It was amazing to see. It was a really powerful experience to see these students who are typically hard to motivate so immersed in something. That was probably the most amazing and rewarding part of it.”


Sign up to let Google know that you would like the Expeditions Pioneer Program to stop at your school. Google will try to visit as many schools possible, but spots are limited so sign up quickly. Google will notify you if they are able to visit.

Sign up here to bring Google Expeditions to your school: i://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TOnK1hgk4rMweh-RNiK0iAucT_iMKz8wNp8cOGnq2eg/viewform



Opportunity for Students to Be Featured on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!

Posted by kcaise on October 2, 2015 in blogging, curriculum |

Jimmy_Announces_Tonight_Show_Kid_Theater__Bridge_of_Spies_Jimmy Fallon, host of the Tonight Show, is offering students an opportunity to be featured on The Tonight Show. The movie, ‘Bridge of Spies’, is soon to be released and this opportunity is a promotion for the movie.

Students aged five to nine years old are encouraged to write a scene that Jimmy Fallon and Tom Hanks will act it out on the show. Two characters having a conversation must be part of the scene based on the title alone, “Bridge of Spies”.

Students will use their creativity and come up with their own scene and dialogue and based on the title alone. The movie is scheduled to come out October 16 so Tom Hanks will be on the The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon shortly before the 16th.The promo video is below. Take the weekend and have your youngster write a scene and email it to:


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Virtually Meet a Neuroscientist!

Posted by kcaise on October 1, 2015 in blogging |

PBS LearningMedia is hosting a virtual field trip where students can view part of the THE BRAIN media series on PBS and ask questions of the featured neuroscientist, Dr. David Eagleman.free_webinar_with_neuroscientist_10_13_-_kcaise_gmail_com_-_Gmail After the streamed interview with Dr. Eagleman, a short clip from THE BRAIN will be shown. The audience tuned in will be able to ask questions which will then be followed by a special showcase of resources for students and teachers presented by PBS LearningMedia after the Q&A. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in this virtual field trip and conversation.

The following is from the emailed press release:

Dr. Eagleman is the host of the upcoming PBS multi-part series THE BRAIN. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, and is presented by PBS LearningMedia. This opportunity is conveniently timed the day before the national airing of this fascinating multi-part series on PBS.

PBS LearningMedia invites classrooms to join a virtual conversation with Dr. David Eagleman, where he will decode the mysteries behind our body’s most complex organ and will share insights into his work as a neuroscientist. Students will learn how our personality, emotions and memories are encoded as neural activity and how the human brain continues to develop over the course of our lives. Classrooms will also get a sneak peek at the six part series airing on PBS on Wednesday, October 14th.

Below is the webinar information with the GoTo registration link:
WHAT: Uncovering the Mysteries Behind the Brain
WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 1:00 PM EDT
LINK TO REGISTER: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/events/

For questions or concerns, contact:

Allison Salzberg
For PBS LearningMedia


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TCEA Educator Awards Nominations

Posted by kcaise on September 23, 2015 in conferences |

Awards___TCEAThe Texas Computer Educator Association, TCEA, is accepting nominations for educators in the following categories:

One award recipient and two finalists are chosen in each of these eight categories:

Classroom Teacher of the Year
Library Media Specialist of the Year
Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year
Technical Support Person of the Year
District or Campus Administrator of the Year
Superintendent of the Year
Technology Administrator of the Year
Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Technology in Education

To find out more information or nominate an educator that is a member of TCEA: http://www.tcea.org/membership/awards/.

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Largest Online Gathering of K-5 Classrooms Ever!

Posted by kcaise on September 22, 2015 in blogging |

dave_ruch_with_banjo_2-320x486Dave Ruch, performer and teaching artist, is planning an event to coordinate the most K-5 classes online at the same time ever!. On Friday, October 30, 2015, K-5 teachers from around the world (replayed for those in time zones not conducive to joining the live event) will join together for a live-streamed participatory event where they will enjoy listening to Dave Ruch without leaving their classroom and meeting students around the world.

At the end of October, also known as Connected Educator Month, will entertain, teach and inspire students and teachers with songs, stories, movement, laughter and learning duringdavid-concert-1-320x568the first annual largest online gathering of students in K-5 classrooms.

The session will take place at 1;15pm EST/10:15 am PST, Dave Ruch will appear on screen, live from his home studio in Buffalo, NY and lead students in an interactive singalong. The session will be 15-20 minutes so students can take a mini mind break, as I used to call it, and learn and enjoy watching the live performance.

If you would like to join, you register to attend and receive the link to join the session in an email at http://daveruch.com/k5gathering/.




Let’s Celebrate this Week – only $15.00!

Posted by kcaise on September 15, 2015 in blogging |

Kid_Detectives_Classroom_Gamification_Learning_Activities__Mystery_Adventure_Quests__Kim_Caise__9781589120556__Amazon_com__BooksIn conjunction with all the fun, fabulous activities celebrating International Dot Day today and Constitution Day and Global Collaboration Day on Thursday, I am lowering the price of my book purchased through my website here to just $15.00! It is normally $19.99 and I wanted to cut the price to join in the festivities this week in education until September 18, 2015.
robot-with-balloonMany teachers will include gamification activities and that is exactly what my book is about. To purchase, fill out the contact form by clicking here and let me know you want the book at the discounted rate and I will send you an invoice right away!

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Are your Students 13-18 years old and like to Create Videos?

Posted by kcaise on September 14, 2015 in curriculum, Digital Media |

breakthroughAre your students 13-18 years and like to explain math or science concepts? Then Khan Academy is looking for new video creators. Between now and October 7th, Khan Academy and Breakthrough Prizes are looking for video creators to create a video Khan Academy style about a  challenging and important concept or theory in mathematics, life sciences, or physics. If your students are 13-18 years old please encourage them to submit a video. Inform your students that:

Not only can you (13-18 year old students) dig into a topic that you’re passionate about, but there are also great prizes to be won, including a $250,000 scholarship for you, a $50,000 award for your teacher, and a state-of-the-art $100,000 science lab for your school. The winner will also be invited to the televised red carpet 2016 Breakthrough Prize ceremony in Silicon Valley, where the prize will be awarded in front of the superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.

If you enter, you’ll view and assess other participants’ videos in a peer-to-peer review process. Submissions will then be assessed by leaders in science, technology, and education from Khan Academy and by Breakthrough Prize laureates. The judges will select a winner based on how engaging, illuminating, and creative their video is, and how challenging the concept is to understand.

The deadline for submissions is October 7, so register today at www.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org. We hope you’ll be inspired to get involved – and share your passion for understanding the world!

This can be a fantastic opportunity for young people who are creators of digital media and like to share their creations. How exciting!

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What is happening on September 17th?

Posted by kcaise on September 10, 2015 in blogging |

On September 17th, there will be several events going on to celebrate Global Collaboration Day, International Dot Day, and Constitution Day. International Dot Day is September 15-ish but can be celebrated in conjunction with Global Collaboration Day and Constitution Day.

Live_Virtual_Event__Constitution_Day_at_the_National_Constitution_Center___Digital_textbooks_and_standards-aligned_educational_resourcesConstitution Day is mandatory by law that educators have activities that support instruction about the founding Constitution of our nation every September 17th. Discovery Education is planning two events to celebrate Constitution Day.

Student Town Hall with Justice Breyer

12 PM Eastern

Students will meet Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer who will speak about the ins and outs of his job and answer students’ questions

A Tour of the National Constitution Center and
Conversation with Judge Marjorie O. Rendell

1:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern

Take a virtual tour inside this cutting-edge museum, the first and only one of its kind devoted to the U.S. Constitution. Highlights of the 30-minute tour:

  • Signers’ Hall which includes 42 life-sized bronze statues of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention
  • Exhibits that focus on the 13th Amendment, women’s rights, civil rights, and more
  • American National Tree that gives an interactive glimpse of the lives of 100 citizens

About Judge Marjorie O. Rendell

Both events are appropriate for upper elementary, middle, and high school students.

Register your classroom today!

As you can sign, Discovery Education has some really exciting events and virtual tours created to teach students about the U.S. Constitution.  If you and your students have questions you would like to ask Judge Rendell, you can click here to submit your: https://discoveryed.wufoo.com/forms/k1g2aycm0pnrqgb/.

Global3To find out more information about Global Collaboration Day, click here: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/





International_Dot_Day___Get_Inspired__The_Dot_GalleryInternational Dot Day Information and registration can be found here: http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/get-started



One Tweet Cost this Student Everything

Posted by kcaise on September 8, 2015 in blogging, Digital Media |

One_bad_tweet_can_be_costly_to_a_student_athleteOne athlete lost everything because of one tweet that he posted online. It is so important to teach students about developing a positive online presence, that whatever is posted is never really deleted, and create an digital footprint that one can be proud of and not worry if it is searched by recruiters or employers.

There were two athletes that a recruiter was watching. The recruiter told the coach that only one was going to be considered because the other athlete had posted an inappropriate tweet and some other posts about partying using vulgar language.

“We found his Twitter account, looked through it and some of what we saw isn’t representative of what our university is about,” the recruiter explained.

That athlete lost everything he worked for because of one negative tweet that he posted. It can be challenging to teach students about creating positive digital footprints and that people do search a person’s online presence for a variety of reasons. Those primarily include job interviews or scholarship or college admissions.

That one tweet cost the athlete over $140,000 in scholarship money and a possible future career as a professional athlete. The athlete, Scott Fitch, now speaks to students about watching their online presence and making sure there is nothing negative they have posted online.

Fitch also has presented “Pause Before You Post,” at a Section V Sportsmanship Summit and to administrators on the state level.

“Never let a 140 character tweet cost you a $140,000 scholarship,” Brandon Chambers, an assistant men’s basketball coach at Marymount (Virginia) University, tweeted on Aug. 25.

On some recruiting and employment forms, usernames of social media accounts are asked for so they can be searched to see what kinds of things are posted and make sure they have the right person associated with the correct account.

Had Finch been educated about creating a positive digital footprint earlier in high school, he wouldn’t have thrown away his scholarship by a negative tweet.

With cyberbullying and students partying and wanting to share selfies on various media outlets, it is easy to post negative items and get caught up in things and post off color or hate filled posts.

“It’s here to stay and we either get up with the times and figure out how to get through it or we’ll be sorry,” said veteran Rush-Henrietta football coach Joe Montesano, who’ll occasionally tweet inspirational sayings or messages for his players to see. “I think it’s part of the education process as a teacher and coach. We try to model for them, try to teach them how to do it the right way.”   

“It’s instant and it’s public and some kids don’t realize that,” said Gates Chili athletic director Ken Hammel, who is Monroe County’s representative on Section V Sportsmanship Committee. “You can start a pretty big disruption with one comment that is tweeted or retweeted and taken the wrong way. It could offend an entire district.”

At one time Facebook was the chosen media outlet of students. Whether a student went to school online or offline, Facebook was the social media venue of choice. Now that many parents and adults are on Facebook, students have move to Snapchat and Instagram. Students still run into the same problem due to ignorance of social media and internet etiquette.

That is where teachers and coaches need to step in and help reinforce the importance of thinking before posting. We only have the students in high school with us for a short while and this is such an important topic.

We have to do more to reach our students and educate them about their online presence. And just as students, we adults must do the same making sure we think before we post.

Share this post and the original article with your students, their parents and your colleagues. Together we can help protect one another and remind each other to think before we tweet.

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Kid Detectives – Classroom Gamification Learning Activities: Mystery Adventure Quests

Posted by kcaise on August 25, 2015 in blogging |

kid_detectives_widget_imageI am in the process of transitioning publishers. I have a supply of books and will be selling them directly through this website. Just click on the contact form or the widget in the right sidebar! I will then send you an invoice for the book and you can pay a variety of ways. The price of the book is $19.99 which includes shipping or you can purchase from Amazon. Either way take this opportunity to get a guide to implementing technology at a discounted price.

If you are looking for easy, innovative ways to integrate gamification, web tools and mystery adventure quests then this book is for you. There are great ideas for simple to complex technology integration activities with sample lesson plans and step by step directions. If you would like a sample please let me know.

I am currently working on my second book and hope to have it self-published by the time the new school year starts in August or September. For now, I would love your support and appreciate let their colleagues know about this book. Thank you to those who have supported me in the past and I appreciate it for my future adventures in writing!

Miguel Guhlin, author of ‘Around the Corner’ blog, shared a great write up of the content in the book in a post that can be found here: http://wp.me/p39xZQ-1je. Hopefully it gives you an inspirational overview of the book and you decide to purchase the last of the stock. Thanks again for your support!

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