Friday, May 31, 2013

End of the Year Newsletter

            Oneco Elementary’s Gifted Program
                  “ We are a laboratory, NOT a factory!” 


Dear Parents,

What a wonderful year we have had and I can not believe it is almost over. We have all learned a lot this year and yes I did mean WE. Some say that an educator’s biggest job is to promote life long learning in our students and the only way I know how to do that is to model it. Honestly, your children have inspired me on a daily basis to explore, to question, to discover and push my boundaries just a little bit further, which I truly thank them for. I suppose the general philosophy for Oneco’s Gifted Program truly fits us nicely, We are a laboratory, NOT a factory.  As explained on our website, laboratories are places of exploration, questioning, discovery and the focus is on the learning process. In factories the focus is usually about the outcome or products. Those in factories are taught to do something one way and never expected to ask why or to try to find a better way of completing the task. There will be adjustments being made in your child’s general education class to meet Common Core Standards and I am aware of these changes. As it has been, within our laboratory we will hone and strengthen not just the seven goals from Florida’s Framework for K-12 Gifted Learners, but Common Core Standards as well. We will continue to do what we can to construct projects in such a way that a multitude of cross curriculum skills are covered.

In closing, it has been a wonderful year and your children continue to amaze me. They have been a true joy, and I would like to thank you for sharing them with me. As always our laboratory has an open door policy so please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please have a wonderful and safe summer!

                                       Thank you for the support!
                                       Frances M Snyder (Francie)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Digital Literacy and Technology Night 2013

Next week, Oneco Elementary will be hosting our Fifth Annual Digital Literacy and Technology Night. This year's event will be held on Thursday, May 23rd starting at 5:30pm. During that time, the gifted students will be Skyping with our good friends form Tasmania, showing off some of our Challenge Based Learning Solutions and demonstrating a few of our digital tools Below is our laboratory's highlights video we also are planning to show. We are ALL really excited!


Also, here is a link Oneco's Digital Highlights from 2011. 

Big thanks to Katie Morrow for the use of her CBL presentation that appears in the middle of our video. Too good not to use. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Dealing with a Rock Our World Deadline

   This past month our schedule has been a bit crazy. First, we had FCAT Testing and then we had to quickly finish up our Rock Our World Public Service Announcement (PSA) I could not be prouder of how my students took on this deadline. They quickly went to time saving ideas; like using just drawings and audio files for the PSA rather than having students act things out. They felt that due to their limited time they would not be able to memorize their script well enough to not use them on camera and do a good job with the editing

With that said, here is our PSA. As well as links to the assessment used throughout it's production.