Kicking it up a Notch
Monsters Bloom in our Wiki

Ann Oro Roselle Park, New Jersey, USA & Anna Baralt St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

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Bio: Ann Oro has been teaching students in Kindergarten through 8th grade at a private school in New Jersey since 2002. Ann teaches her students to use the computer as a personal, collaborative tool and encourages students to reflect on and analyze their work. In addition to her teaching duties, she presents an Integrating Technology in Education session at the local alternate route training center.

Anna Baralt, a 13 year educator, is an Instructional Technologist at a PK-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, FL and chair of the technology department. Her days are spent working with students in her lab and helping teachers integrate technology in their everyday curriculum. She is a 2008 NAIS Teacher of the Future and member of a PLP learning cohort.

Presentation Description: Learn how our Monster Project encourages creativity and the development of reading and writing skills while integrating technology into the classroom. Using monsters as a vehicle, students across the United States exchange written descriptions and recreate their partner’s monster without ever looking at the real thing. Teachers will discover free tools available online, connect drawing and writing tools, learn how to work with multiple files in a wiki, and equate various goals of the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy with an electronic platform. Lesson plans, tips, and resources are shared.


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12 Responses to “Kicking it up a Notch
Monsters Bloom in our Wiki”

  1. Mathew says:

    Very well organized preso. I particularly liked the attention to Bloom’s Taxonomy in planning your project.

  2. Ann Oro says:

    Thank you. Anna and I really tried to find many ways to involve the students as they prepared for this project. I was very excited to see the thoughtful work involved as my second and third grade students reflected and analyzed their work.

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  4. Holly says:

    I am amazed at what you accomplished and look forward to attempting something similar in my classroom.
    Thank you for sharing your project!

  5. Ann Oro says:

    Holly, I’m glad you found it useful. Please feel free to re-purpose anything on the wiki to suit your own projects.

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  7. kathy says:

    I have been looking for ways to use new technology with my younger students and this is just what I was looking for. I think I may use this with a Halloween unit and tie it all together.

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