Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wintertime in SoCal

Hi everyone!  I am joining up with some of my fellow SoCal bloggers for a FUN giveaway and to share some of our wintertime activities!

Winter in SoCal takes on so many meanings.  As I look on social media this time of year, I see all of the funny <but so true> memes that pop up about the "harsh winter" we have here in SoCal.

Although we don't have all of the elements of winter here in SoCal, there are so many wintertime activities that we enjoy doing!

One FUN activity that my family enjoys doing each year is whale watching!  From Jan-March, there is a whale migration that occurs right off of our local coasts!

Every year, we go out in the hopes of seeing whales.  This year, we went out and saw a humpback and it was AWESOME!

Something else we enjoy here in SoCal is the Boat Parade during December.  It's become a tradition of ours, and this year, instead of being a spectator, we were on a boat in the parade!  My daughters and I LOVED it!

As a former ice skater myself, I always feel the "itch" to get in the rink during the winter time!  We always go during our winter vacation, and try to hit up a few of the outdoor rinks that pop-up around SoCal too!

Winter in SoCal can be so much fun!  Find out what some of the rest of us here in SoCal do for fun during the winter!  Keep on "hopping" by clicking on the blog button below:

Also, please enjoy a winter-themed freebie from my TpT store.---History from the Middle.  This is a great activity to do in January AND incorporates some technology!

I'd love to hear what you do during the winter time for fun with friends and family...Comment below!!

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Reflecting with Padlet!

Hi everyone!  Julia here from History from the Middle.  I have a FUN and EASY to use tech tip for you to try out this New Year!  Padlet is an interactive website that serves as a collaborative whiteboard.  Students are able to post comments, images and links to the topic you create within your Padlet board.  I have used Padlet for quite awhile, and my students LOVE it!  I've used it for electronic exit tickets, reflections, and discussion boards.  Here are some examples of Padlets I've used with my class:

~American Revolution 
~Good and Bad Emperors of Rome
~Life in the Colonies

Here are some easy to follow steps to get started with Padlet TODAY!

Step 1
Go to the Padlet website and create an account.

Step 2
Once you have created an account, you are ready to create your first Padlet board!

Step 3
Now, you have a blank Padlet board ready to build!  You first want to click on the Cog at the bottom of the options bar, and then start with creating a title and a brief description.  You can then add a small image that will attach to your title, and you can change the wallpaper.

Step 4
Next, go back to the cog to change the layout.  I would HIGHLY recommend using only Grid or Stream.  Freeform comes in very messy, and is difficult to see.  Next, click on Privacy.  I usually keep it in the default of Hidden Link.

Step 5
Lastly, click on address.  Here you will find the website for your students to use to access your Padlet.  I typically push it out through Google Classroom, or my Google Class site.  

NOW, you're ready to go!  Click HERE to do a practice post to this sample Padlet.

What are some ways you can use this in your class this year?  Share your ideas!