Back in August I blogged about the Bucket Fillers project my second grader was involved in last year. Part of what had me so excited was that the entire second grade was planning on implementing the project for this academic year. But it got even better than just spreading in the one school. I shared it with some first grade teachers I was working with at Ravine Drive Elementary School in Matawan, NJ and they and their principal decided to implement Bucket Filling school wide.
Tuesday was my first visit there since I originally showed them our Animoto back in September. Here’s what I saw:
The teachers I spoke with at Ravine Drive Elementary School said that Bucket Filling was going very well. The students, grades K-3, were learning how to treat others nicely and fairly. The Principal even told me that being a Bucket Dipper was considered a major offense by students. Hat tip to Debra Skaar at Evergreen Elementary School for bringing this program to schools in the area.
Designed to help children around the world improve their English language literacy skills, the GiggleIT Project encourages students ages 10-14 to contribute their writings to an online book (eBook) celebrating stories and humour from their culture. Humour, just like tragedy, is a vehicle that can be used to promote cross-cultural understandings and collaboration for children and young adults around the world. Children’s work will be published internationally and will identify their culture through literature.
Written by children for children, the eBook will contain children’s stories, jokes and poetry. The project will inspire children to be creative and make cross-cultural connections with other children from around the world as they learn about humour from other countries, while improving their literacy skills.
A range of competitions, and teaching and learning packages, will motivate and stimulate reading and writing skills whilst supporting the teaching and learning with examples and worksheets which can be downloaded into handouts for the class.
Patricia uses Giggle IT in her integrated English, Social Science and ICT and library lessons in the middle school. She mentioned that it is very effective for grades 5 – 8, upper primary and lower secondary students.
Please consider visiting the site. Here’s a sampling of the resources the GiggleIT team has created to help you get started:
I hope you will register your class to participate in GiggleIT 2011.
We would love for you to share our project with your teachers.
That would be just what we want you to do. Plus any ideas that you have for improving this project.
We collect feedback from all our teachers and students and are at present collating this to further improve the project.
This project is for teachers to deliver to their classes in English classes, ESL classes, Library Classes, ICT classes, in fact it could be used in many areas of literacy education, information literacy and Information Communication Tech lessons.
I use it in my integrated English, Social Science and ICT and library lessons in the middle school.
Very effective for grades 5 – 8. Upper primary, lower secondary.
Our 2011 project will focus on Visual Literacy and ICT.
This project is hosted on the International Association of School Librarianship website and the GiggleIT Team are members of IASL.
We are now looking for sponsorship partners “in kind” or as corporate financial sponsors. The IASL has a sponsorship program if you (your organisation) should be interested in this.
But if not that’s fine. We just want to spread the word and have many people involved in sharing the project with teachers and children in schools to share a love of reading writing and collaborating internationally. The bigger the project the more inclined corporate sponsors may be, to help us do this.
Lisa if you are interested in sharing this free project with your teachers, friends, academics, please do so.
We are now looking for Special Envoys in the US, and around the world to do this.
These people have online presesence and are visible in a section of the GiggleIT Project calle dSpecial Envoys, Friends of GiggleIT Project.
This time, they will be hosting the resource and networking packed day at the Sydney, Australia offices at 5/48 Pirrama Road
“The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region.”
Event Date: Thursday, March 10th (with an optional half day unconference on March 11th)
Application Deadline: 11:59 PM PST (UTC/GMT -8) on 27 January 2011
Applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been accepted on or before 18 February 2010.
Please read through all the requirements and directions BEFORE completing the application.
Educators worldwide may apply, but must pay for their own travel and lodging.
Previous Google Certified Teachers are not eligible.