Ann Oro Roselle Park, New Jersey, USA & Anna Baralt St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
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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Monster Project Wiki http://monsterproject.wikispaces.com/
3rd Grade Student Reflections http://saintmichaelcomputer.wikispaces.com/07083rdReflect
2nd Grade Student Reflections http://saintmichaelcomputer.wikispaces.com/07082ndReflect
Ann Oro’s Monster’s Are Coming Blog Post http://njtechteacher.blogspot.com/2008/03/monsters-are-coming.html
Ann Oro’s Monster Organization Needed Blog Post http://njtechteacher.blogspot.com/2008/04/monster-organization-needed-for-project.html
Ann Oro’s Planning Monster Reflections Blog Post http://njtechteacher.blogspot.com/2008/04/planning-some-monster-reflections.html
Anna Baralt’s First Electronic Monster Exchange http://w3.shorecrest.org/~Anna_Baralt/LDTechWebPage/LDLabWebPage/2ndGrade/Monsters/monsterexchange.htm
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