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Meet Me at Midnight

What it is: As I said yesterday, the Smithsonian is a wealth of outstanding online activities and interactives.  Meet Me at Midnight is an interactive adventure/comic book that takes place in the Smithsonian Art Museum.  Through this fun mystery adventure, students are introduced to American art and Artists from the Smithsonian collection.  Students are taken on adventures as they explore each item in the Root Monster’s treasure chest.  The coyote teaches about sculpture, the headless horseman about landscape, and the ballerina about light.  As students go through the adventures they will pick up art terminology.  Each story takes place in five galleries: media, technique, design, purpose, and culture.   Students will play art games and puzzles to find clues about where the artwork in the treasure chest should be returned to. How to integrate Meet Me at Midnight into the classroom: Meet Me at Midnight is a fantastic interactive game for third to fifth grade students.  The reading throughout the interactive is appropriate for 8-11 year old readers.  To me, Meet Me at Midnight feels like a fun graphic novel/comic book adventure that students can interact in.  The interactive takes time to get all the way through, once students get to certain points in the interactive, they can stop and get a code that they can plug in the next time they visit the site.  They will pick up right where they left off.   Meet Me at Midnight is a good way to pique students interest in art.  There is a lot of good learning embedded in the games and puzzles.  Because there is so much reading on this site, it would make a good reading center/thinking activity on classroom computers.  Meet Me at Midnight is really best played individually in a computer lab setting, but I think students would also enjoy playing together in a whole class setting using a projector-connected computer or interactive whiteboard. If your class takes a field trip to your local art museum, this site is a must visit prior to the field trip.  It will give students common language about what they see at the museum and students can complete the accompanying Kids Activity guide.  If a field trip to the art museum is out of the question, use this site as part of a virtual field trip experience for your students. Tips: Are you taking your family on a trip to the art museum this summer; start your art adventure by visiting Meet Me at Midnight! Please leave a comment and share how you are using Meet Me at Midnight in your classroom.

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Edublog awards: a thank you note

Posted by admin | Posted in General | Posted on 03-12-2012

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Wow!  Somehow the #Edublog awards snuck right up on me without me noticing. The problem with this: I completely missed the part where you get to nominate your edu heroes.  That is a bummer!  I seem to be about a week behind in my life in general this year.

I am so honored to be included in this year’s nominations.  Thank you to those of you who considered me worthy of mention.  I so appreciate all of my readers and those of you who give me consistent encouragement- you keep me going (even a week behind)!

This year I was nominated for  Best Ed Tech Blog (I assume that means iLearn Technology).  This blog is truly a labor of love.  I haven’t been as good at updating daily as I have in the past, but I do manage a few times a week.  For now that is a MAJOR accomplishment.  Thank you to all of my readers.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you and how it keeps me going to know that others benefit from iLearn Technology.  You are wonderful.

The next award, I’m not quite sure what to do with this one.  It is a lifetime achievement award.  Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely floored and flattered.  However; I am 30 years old.  I hope this doesn’t mark my lifetime achievement :)  I still have the Learning Genome to launch.  THAT will be an achievement!  On the other hand, if I have peaked at 30- I am blessed.  I’ve started a school (Anastasis Academy) that I believe honors children every day.  That is an achievement!


Thank you to all of you who have nominated me, who believe in me, who cheer me on and keep me going.  I honestly couldn’t do what I do without you.  Thank you!

If you are interested in finding some truly incredible blogs/projects/people to follow, you should take a look through the Edublogs nominees.  SO many people to inspire you!  Voting is taking place until December 9th here.  Of course I am flattered by votes.  If you recognize or find new eduheroes, it really is an encouragement to be recognized for what you do.  Vote for your favorites.

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