Monday, April 20, 2015

Virtual Field Trips

Everybody loves field trips, a day out of school and a sack lunch.  It doesn't get any better than that!
However, with today’s technology, it is NOT necessary to leave the classroom. Therefore, avoiding postponements or cancellations due to weather and, also, saving time and money. 
Today, we are going to take a couple of field trips, so put on your walking shoes.  Here we go!

Get ready for Science Class. Our first stop, the Smithsonian Museum.  

The Smithsonian is truly remarkable.  You can take a virtual tour in a 360 degree environment.  You will be able to “walk” through the museum, zooming in, looking left and right, up and down, walking forward and backward.  You can explore the ocean hall, ancient seas, dinosaurs, fossils, plants, the Ice Age, insectsbutterflies, geology, minerals and many other exhibits.

While we are in Washington, D.C., we may as well have our Social Studies and History lessons.  So, let’s visit the White House.

Before we start our tour, you will want to discover some little known facts about our Presidents and their First Ladies.  Power or Politics and Partner or Pleaser are great resources for this.  If you like being a detective, Jr. Social Studies Investigator lets you investigate Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.

Now, let’s begin. There is no need to get dressed-up and you don’t have to worry about a security clearance!  President Obama and First Lady Michelle have welcomed thousands of visitors for a tour of their home, the White House.  They have been focused on truly opening the doors of the “People’s House” and making 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue more accessible to all Americans.  Today, we are going to take a 360 degree tour of the public rooms of the White House. We will see the Red Room, the Blue Room and even the Oval Office.  There is also a Map Room.  Can you guess what is in there?

We have seen some amazing things today.  Next week, let’s check out one of these virtual tours:

·         The Great Wall of China
·         A Jungle
·         Google Art Projects
·         Hershey Factory Tour

Well, I feel as though I have walked ten miles today.  I am ready to go home and rest. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

The History of Pieces of Learning

This is the first in a new series of blogs from Pieces of Learning. We are going to post 2-3 per month in an effort to give you new, fresh ideas for the classroom and to keep engaged with you, our customers. Please feel free to share and comment on our posts! Naturally, we are starting off with the background of Pieces of Learning – how it was started, our goals, and our evolution…

The History of Pieces of Learning

In February, 1988, Joe Wayman and Kathy Balsamo sat at the Ramada Inn Restaurant in Dayton, Ohio, to discuss the possibility of joining forces to begin a consulting venture that would also include Nancy Johnson. All had been consultants for the Illinois Gifted Program, involved with Good Apple's Challenge magazine, and authored activity books.
Creative Learning Consultants made its debut in Beavercreek, Ohio, in March, 1988. A logo was designed to symbolize that everyone is a piece of the education puzzle, always a piece coming in or leaving, and that our customers and clients - YOU - are important pieces of the education puzzle.