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Monday, February 15, 2016

February Video Newsletter Update

Hi friends and families!

I started replacing traditional paper newsletters with these video newsletters last year, and never looked back. I think there is a lot of power in having students report what we are up to, rather than having me type up classroom happenings in a newsletter. 

Before we record, we brainstorm ideas that we should report on and talk about our monthly learning objectives. We watch the video as a class and give feedback to each other, too. This is an important step when it comes to refining our speaking and listening skills (two HUGE common core standards). At the end of the month, we will rewatch the video and check in to see if we accomplished our goals.

Everything was recorded on an iPad using the camera app. Next, we dumped the clips into iMovie to create the movie and add the text and background music. Then simply add it to your YouTube channel and list it as "unlisted" so anyone with the link can view it. From start to finish, it can all be done on the iPad! :)

Here is what's happening in The Doghouse in February! Monthly video newsletters will be posted right here. Remember, you can see what we are up to daily by following our classroom Instagram account @topdogkids and our Twitter account @tweetingtopdogsEnjoy!

Kayla Delzer
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  1. I LOVE the idea of a video newsletter! Thanks for sharing! You're students are awesome digital citizens! What a super skillset of communicators developing in your class! #crusedit!
    Mrs. Samuelson's Swamp Frogs

  2. Kayla, I love this! I am going to do this next school year! Great idea!! I also just watched your TEDTalk- very inspiring!

    The Eager Teacher

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  4. Video news letter is a great idea, but there are news letter which are only shared with parents only.
    In my opinion there is app requirement for school parent communication, what about if such features are available free to school app. Great!
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[name=Kayla Delzer] [img=] [description=Award-Winning 3rd Grade Teacher. International Keynote Speaker. Classroom Designer. Flexible Seating Guru. TEDx Speaker. Columnist. Technology Champion. Digital Citizenship Expert.]

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