Sunday, February 28, 2010

PETE&C 2010


As, you probably all know February 21-24 was PETE&C. So, I want to thank everyone who stopped by my booth during the morning student showcase. Also
, a big thank you to the people who came to the Follow Me project session.
Here I am with Sarah and her 2 brothers. They are CJ and Jacob.

I would also like to thank Mr. Mark DeHaven from Smart Solutions, who gave my friend Sarah and I an AirLiner for our presentations. Sarah and I had a fun time learning about how to use the AirLiner. PETE&C was a blast this year because I met more people than last year. Also, while I was there I celebrated my birthday! It was an awesome day to have a birthday.

Sarah, Mr. Lutz, Morpheus, GeoFrog, Patriot Pete, TechnoTigers, and I did a presentation on how to create your own Follow Me project and Sarah was the main presenter. THe URL to
view our presentation is:

Here are some of the Follow Me Projects

I also want to introduce Patriot Pete. He is a Build a Bear who is teaching and learning an patriotism. Check out his website at . You can sign up for both of us. But hurry slots are filling up fast.

Until Next Time.......

Friday, February 26, 2010

More Heinz History Center

A new exhibit just opened at the Heinz History Center...Discover the Real George Washington: New views from Mount Vernon. The exhibition highlights Mount Vernon, personal aspects of George Washington...we even saw his false teeth!

Heinz History Center

I visited the Heinz History Center with the 7th graders from Linton Middle School on Thursday, February 25. We rode in on a school bus and spent the morning touring different exhibits in the museum. Our first stop was an exhibit on the French and Indian War. Then we walked through Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation. At the left is a picture of me in front of a model of the Ferris Wheel that was invented in Pittsburgh.

Heinz History Center

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Civil War Sallie Visited Room 224


The following post was written by Ms. Naugle and posted on her blog about my visit to her classroom. Hope you enjoy -- Sallie

I attend an online webinar every Saturday morning from the comfort of my sofa usually while still in my pj's and enjoying a good cup of coffee. I have learned so much about technology and Web 2.0 tools while attending theseClassroom 2.0 Livesessions.

The show on January 16th was titled "Civil War Sallie Technology Projects-Special Guest: Sarah and Jim Beeghley". (The entire session is archived here.) Sarah is a sixth grader from Carlisle, Pennsylvania who started a Educational Follow Me Project. She took her passion - the Civil War- and created Civil War Sallie. Sallie is a teddy bear that travels around to different Civil War battlefields, museums, and classrooms. Sarah, or should I say Sallie, maintains a blog, a wiki, and a Twitter account where she keeps everyone updated about her travels. After attending the session I decided to sign up to get Sallie to visit our classroom.

This huge box arrived at school Wednesday morning, January 27. Inside that box was Civil War Sallie and a ton of Civil War information. My students were all excited to meet her and read her accompanying information. They loved checking out all of the pins that she wears or carries in her knapsack. They took turns taking her to their other classes and home at night. On Saturday, February 1, two of my students and their families met me and Civil War Sallie at the Civil War Museum in New Orleans. The museum presented Sallie with a special pin and took photos of all of us to put in their newsletter. Dionne and Sabrina and Sallie had fun taking pictures, learning from the exhibits, and shopping for keepsakes at the gift shop.


Sallie even became an honorary member of the Who Dat Nation at our school's pep rally where we all cheered for our Saints football team to win the Super Bowl (which they did). Sadly the visit had come to an end, and it was time to send Sallie on to her next stop. She was headed to Mrs. Blazosky's 1st grade classroom in Clarion, Pennsylvania. (I know Tracy Blazosky through my online training with Discovery.) My students and I are glad we had a chance to be a part of this unique educational opportunity. Thank you, Sarah for your inspiring work.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pennsylvania Bucktails


Sallie here. When I was in Gettysburg recently, I met some great soldiers who had something funny in their hats. I learned that they are called the Pennsylvania Bucktail Regiment and how they fought during the Battle of Gettysburg. The first regment was up on Little Round Top.

Here is a video of me talking to the captain of the regiment. Enjoy learning about the Pennsylvania Bucktails.

Now that you have seen the video, see if you can answer these questions:

1. Why do they wear a white tailed deer tail in their hat?

2. Where are they recruited from?

3. Where did the first regiment of the Pennsylvania Bucktails fight?

Until Next time.... Sallie