How Do You Make A Difference

Think About It Thursday - Early Elementary

November 2013 Host
Sharon Davison
and her Kindergarten class

Williston School District

Think About It - Prompt

How do YOU Make a Difference?

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How Do I Participate

    • Sign up  here to Participate in This Think About IT Project.

      Listen  and Read about  how Ms. Davison's students make a difference on their class wiki
    • Brainstorm ways they can make a difference with your students
    • Read Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud. Add Comment about this book on this  Make a Difference VoiceThread
    • Skype with Ms. Davidson's students to share your ideas
      (See details below for Skype user name and date/time)
    • Add more  comments to the  Make a Difference VoiceThread describing ways you make a difference
    • Or Add your own Slide to the VoiceThread.  In order to add slides you will need to become a member of the THINK ABOUT IT THURSDAY VoiceThread Group. See details below.

Click here  for ALL the details about how to participate in THIS Think About IT Thursday event.

Safe and Friendly Virtual Handshakes

Think About It Thursday -Middle School

November 2013 Host 

Al Fletcher and his middle school students from Williston School District

Think About It - Prompt
What’s in a Handshake?How do we shake hands and collaborate with others in a friendly and safe way?

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How do I participate

Sign up here to participate in this Think About IT Project.

Explore the student blog post of Mr. Fletcher's middle school school students about Creating and Collaborating with  Safe and Friendly Virtual handshakes  on the following topics.
    • PLATFORMS (What are some good apps or programs to use that are age appropriate for creating virtual handshakes?)
    • RESOURCING (How do you make quality virtual handshakes and  link that are age appropriate?)
    • SAFETY (What should you not do, or what should you be mindful of when ‘greeting’ others on the internet?)
    • CULTURE (How do we show our culture and respect others in a virtual greeting?)
    • HISTORY (How have handshakes changed over time? How are they different now?)

    Create your own Safe and Friendly Virtual Handshake to share. If your virtual handshake tool gives you a link to share, use that link to share your handshake.  If you used an off line tool to create your virtual handshake,  upload it to Google Drive or Drop box and set the sharing permissions so that you get a link to share.

    Share your virtual handshake with Mr. Fletcher’s class using  any one of the suggestions below:

    1. Add a comment to this blogpost “Shake back”  by Mr. Fletcher’s students that includes a link to your virtual handshake.
    2. Add a Comment  to the Shake Back slide of the Virtual Handshake VoiceThread and include a link to your virtual handshake in the comment.  If you add a link to a comment starting with the letters http://  it will automatically turn into a link.
    3. Create a blogpost on your own blog that includes your Virtual Handshake and link that post to the Shake Back blogpost or VoiceThread slide above.
    4. Create your own class virtual handshake voiceThread  where each student in your class adds a video, graphic, audio or link to a slide of their virtual handshake.  Make sure the voicethread is viewable.  Then add the link to your class  Virtual HandShake to this Shake Back blogpost or Shake Back VoiceThread slide.

    Click here  for ALL the details about how to participate in this Think About IT Thursday event.

    JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary

    Think About It Thursday - High School

    November 2013 Host
    Mr. Bill Holiday
    Brattleboro Union High School

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    Think About It - Prompt

    Why are there so many unanswered questions in the JFK case after 50 years?

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    On November 21, the day before  the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Mr. Bill Holiday will hold a LIVE conversation using Google Hangout on Aire.  Students will learn about the assassination of President Kennedy from an expert who has interviewed several eye witness.  Mr. Holiday teaches courses about this topic and will be  using  the JFK Assassination VoiceThread to present artifacts, ask questions,  and share information  about the event.  

    Students will pose questions  by commenting on the VoiceThread.  If you do not have a VoiceThread account, you may pose question in the comment section of  this blog post.  (comments are moderated)

    On November 21, Mr. Holiday will host a Google Hangout from  Dallas,  Texas  reporting on the 50th Anniversary Events being hosted  around President Kennedy's assassination. Mr. Holiday will use questions posted in the VoiceThread as part of a  this Google Hangout. Schools can sign up to be one of the 8 schools participating in the live Hangout  or they can participate by Hangout On Air’s using the "chat" stream.

    How can I participate

    Click here for more details about this Think About IT Thursday Project

    National Novel Writing Month

    Think About It Thursday -  Upper Elementary   

    November 2013 Host
    Project IGNITE librarian

    Joyce Babbitt
    Browns River Middle School

    Think About It - Prompt

    It's National Novel Writing Month! 

    How many words can YOU write in a month? 

    National Novel Writing Month Website

    Young Writers Program

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    Action Desired by Collaborators

    • Sign up  to be part of National Novel Writing Month  at
    • Add your NaNo name to this Think About It Thursday Google Form to get counted as a Vermont NaNo writer
    • Add  connecting.voices as a Buddy by searching for username connected.voices in the YWP Nano site
    • Accept our Buddy Invitation 
    • Join our Connected  Voices Classroom in the NaNo site
    • Set a goal for how many words you will add to your novel this month
    • Write Write Write
    • Reach out for a Writing Boost by connecting with other classes from Vermont and beyond


    Any post in this category would include
    Prompts and Mini Projects for participation by professional educators.
    Directions and other post aimed at supervising teachers or others educators.

    High School

    All prompts and mini-projects would be designed for participation in grades 9 - 12.

    Middle School

    All prompts and mini-projects will be designed for participation by students in grades 6 - 8.

    Upper Elementary

    All prompts and min projects in this category would be available to students in grades 3 - 6.

    Early Elementary

    All prompts and mini projects posted in this section would be available for students PreK through 3rd grade.