Shake it Up


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Technology | Posted on January 8, 2011

I saw this video and loved the message. 

Back in 1986…


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Technology | Posted on January 8, 2011

Today as I sit here at Starbucks writing, I am noticing all of the people around me who are typing away on their laptops, cell phones, and iPads. As they twitter, facebook, email, and google away, I am left wondering how different your social and academic lives are from mine. At risk of sounding “old”, I am going to tell you what it was like “when I was your age,” just 25 years ago. Let me take you back to around 1986…

That's me on the right

That's me on the right

First of all, there were no cell phones (at least not in my little world)!! If I wanted to talk to friends it would have to be on a land-line with a long cord attached to it. There was this thing called a “busy signal” if you called a friend and they were already on the phone. No interrupting phone calls, which was good and bad. There was no such thing as caller-id so you never knew who was calling.

Today, with Facebook and Twitter, we are able to know what’s going on in the daily lives of our social circle. This circle of people expands across the world, across ages, and interest groups. When I was in 5th grade, we knew very little about each other. We would get brief updates on families in their yearly Christmas card.

Academically, I remember doing a report on Germany in 5th grade. We had an old set of encyclopedias (probably published in the 1970s) that I used to gather my out-of-date facts. Luckily, I had an aunt living there at the time so I was able to write her a letter to get the current information. Today, we are able to gather all of this information with a few clicks. Now there is almost too much information!

Remember those REALLY old western movies where they would walk 10 paces away from each other and then quickly turn around and shoot one another? These were called duels. Well, I was snickering the other day when my husband and his friend were having a friendly debate about football but came to a disagreement over some fact. “I know I’m right,” they would both boast. Just like in the old west they both clamored for their iPhones, their “guns”, to google the correct information and shoot their partner down first. In 1986 these types of duels probably went uncontested.

In 25 years technology has dramatically changed how we do things. I wonder what students your age will be using in 25 more years!

Tree Octopus??


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Technology, Thinking Maps | Posted on December 6, 2010

In Technology Focus, we examined a website about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.  First we made a circle map to share our IMG_0671prior knowledge about octopi.   This website made us feel very skeptical because our prior knowledge told us that an octopus lived in the ocean.  So we searched for other resources that had information about this tree octopus.  We looked in books, encylopedias, movies, and other websites, but we couldn’t find it anywhere.  IMG_0669

We concluded that this website was fictitious.  What was the author’s purpose?  What have you learned from this lesson?

The World of Technology


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 7, 2010

Technology is changing so quickly. There are so many exciting things to learn with technology. What are some unanswered questions you have about technology?

Being Good Citizens


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Technology, Thinking Maps, Uncategorized | Posted on August 31, 2010

Today we talked about what it means to be a good citizen at school, in the world, and in the digital world. Please share one way that you are a good citizen. Share something new you learned about being a good digital citizen.

Hello World!


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 26, 2010

IMG_0979I am a teacher and learner at heart.  I have a total of ten years experience as a teacher, coach, trainer, and educational consultant in Southern California. I have had the pleasure of teaching Early Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and coaching teachers in 2nd- 5th grades. This school year (2010-2011) I will be teaching Technology in the mornings (K-6) and GATE pull-out (4-6).   I have a unique experience working with a variety of districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students!!

With each group of scholars that I teach, I find something to learn. Thank  you for taking the time to read our blog! Email me! [email protected]