Skype to North Carolina

Mrs. Anderson's class started a PenPal project this year where they wrote letters to a group of students somewhere in the US.  They told their penpals about themselves, facts about Nebraska (without mentioning we were Nebraska), and then asking questions they wanted to know the answers to about their penpals.

The penpals wrote back in the same format and they gave clues about their state for our students to research and find their location.  Our students were pretty sure their penpals were from North Carolina and they were!  One of the penpals told about his state inventing Pepsi and that was the clue to help us find their state.

We Skyped this week and learned even more about their state, the school and the penpals themselves.  Our students were pretty jealous their penpals had a month off for Christmas, but not so envious of their month off at summer.  During our Skype time we found out they were from Raleigh.  Their population is around 500,000 and ours is only 6,000.  We also were able to ask questions about their town and learned a lot about their weather.

JibJab Christmas

If you are looking for a good way for students to practice uploading files, internet navigation, and basic image manipulation I cannot recommend JibJab enough!  The kids love it and we get to discuss file navigation at the same time since our school photos are shared on a network folder.  The older students learn about copying and pasting the embed code onto their blogs as well.

There are some inappropriate videos they could star in, so it is important to have the discussion about which videos are not ok.  We ruled out several due to the title, but there are only a few that fall into that category.

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

The Week of Code

If your children have been talking about playing Angry Birds this week, it's probably true!  Our students have been participating in the Hour of Code organized by  We have been working on learning coding skills using the computer science tutorials based on games like Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.

Most of the 3rd and 4th grade students have created an account at and can sign in and view their progress and continue their tutorials from there. 

We are going to continue on with the code as more and more websites are popping up to help children learn basic programming.  We have also signed Chadron up to take part in Code Club for students age 9-11 to see just what we can come up with. More information on that can be found at