Thursday, November 24, 2016

Breaking Down Walls with Tech Integration

I recently attended the H.E.C.C. conference and walked away in awe of what is possible. The conference was filled with aha moments and thousands of ideas and possibilities to take back to the classroom.

Never before had I considered looking at apps or programs that were created for businesses, to use in the classroom. For example Augment, Sketchup and Holobuilder. These are great tools for the classroom but they were not created with that intention. I loved hearing about how educators tweeted out about how they use Holobuilder and now Holobuilder is using suggestions from educators to improve their product!

On the last day of the conference I accidentally attended an I.T. session. Wow, talk about being lost. At first I thought, great this session is a waste. As they continued to dive deeper into the backside of what makes technology work in the classroom, I began to see how the I.T. department plays a crucial role in technology integration.

They know the ends and outs of the programming of the devices, apps and programs we use with students. Think about what could be achieved if educators and I.T. personnel collaborated on projects. What would be possible if we collaborated to make the inconceivable, conceivable?

In order for successful technology integration to happen, educators and I.T. personnel need to be collaboring and co-creating.
-How often do educators and I.T. personnel connect and share ideas and knowledge?
-How can you begin to co-create together?
-Why not work together in the classroom to make the inconceivable, conceivable?

Break down walls and barriers and make things happen!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cooking Club!

Cooking Club Blog
After reading a story about a muffin munching dragon, students discussed their interest in learning more about cooking and baking. As a group we discussed resources we had at school and began to develop a plan for a cooking club!

I am excited to announce that we will be having a cooking club twice a month during fourth grade recess! This group of students will have 30 minutes to learn and make a food item. The students have expressed their interest in learning how to make the food items listed below. We would love for parents and community members who also share a passion in cooking to volunteer to lead a session. Students are wanting to learn more about cooking and are excited about it! Our students also plan to add blog posts to our shared blog at and upload videos on Youtube on Melissa LaShure's Youtube channel.

If you are interested in leading a session please contact Melissa LaShure at If you would like to donate cooking items please click here to see a list. You can drop them off at the school or mail them to West Noble Elementary ATTN: Cooking Club 5294 N US 33 Ligonier, IN 46767.

Students are interested in learning how to make the items below.
Chicken Strips
Eggs - sunny side up etc.
Cake - They would also like to learn how to decorate a cake.
Ice Cream
Rice Krispy Treats
Jello Treat
Dirt Pudding
Cinnamon Rolls