Monday, November 25, 2013

Live Tutorial - Destiny Quest App

Hi again,

One of my friends asked me to demo the Destiny Quest app. My sister took this video on her IPod.  This post goes with by other post regarding Destiny Quest.  It's a great app!!!  See the video below:

http://youtu.be/NjUDCNQ7Sbg


Until next time!

Meridan:)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Inside A Loshing Video Game

Hi there -
 
Here's a story I worked on with my sister.  With some help we turned it into a book.  My sister did the illustrations.  She's a great artist!  See for yourself. I hope you like it:)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ptm2rdg3tt5yp7/80313-Blog%20Loshlings.pdf




Until Next time!
Meridan:)







Coding Is Better Than I Thought

Hi Everyone,

My Blog Post for November is about coding.  My mom thinks it's a good idea to know how to do this.  I attended Code Day with Jared Beymer to find out more.

Here's a picture of when I first arrived.  I didn't know what to expect and really wasn't sure...


I met a lot of really nice teenagers who showed me what they were working on and talked to me about coding and why it was important. I learned a lot!

They gave me some tips and resources to look into.  They made coding fun and the day fun too!  I liked the brainstorming and friends I made!  I thought I would be the youngest one there.  I was wrong.  The two boys behind me were my age too. 

So look into coding! My mom and a whole lot of other people think it's a good idea too!:)

Bye!

Meridan

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ISLI

Hi Everyone,
It's Meridan here! Just letting you know about a cool conference I attended. It was called ISLI and was organized and run by students. ISLI stand for: Iowa Student Learning Institute.


The main organizers were Ian Coon & Jack Hostager. Here is a picture of them presenting:



It was held at a high school and people from all over came. This picture shows the auditorium and Zak Malamed. He spoke about students having a voice. He is the founder of www.stuvoice.org (While I liked his message I still feel he needs more voices from non-teenagers like me!:)

 
I liked what another speaker Brett Neese had too say too. He talked about following your curiosity and trying new things. Another presenter, Scott McLeod, showed what kids all over the world are accomplishing using electronic media. He talked about not being prefect at the start. The main thing is to start!



They had other great speakers and breakout sessions. One session I attended was completely about using games like Mindcraft in the classroom. Here is a picture of me brainstorming with some other students. It was really neat! I made friend named Jacque. She likes Mindcraft too.









A big take away from the conference was: "Need to prepare them for their future not our past."





Thursday, October 3, 2013

Destiny Quest

Hi! - It's Meridan.  

Sorry I haven posted anything lately, but this is truly something great!

It's called Destiny Quest.  Here's the link to their site if you want to check it out:

http://www.follettsoftware.com/destiny-quest    (Not all school libraries have this. We just got ours this year.)

Destiny Quest is a site where you can see what's available in your school library online.  You can go there to look for the books you like.  You can also post a review about them or leave a comment for other people to see.  You can also see if a book is "out" or "in".  --  If it's not in, the cool thing is, you can place a "hold" on it, so you can get it next.

You can also check for a book's lexile ranking.  Lextile rankings are very important.  My teacher gave us our lextile number at the beginning of the school year.  (You may need to check with your teacher to find out yours, if you don't already know it) Your lextile ranks tells you what level you should be reading at and helps you to match up to a book that is a good fit for you.

So, like I was saying, I highly recommend Destiny as an app are on your computer or phone



Until next time...signing out...

Meridan

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Alaska was Amazing!!!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're having a great summer!!!

Just got back from VK.  Went to Alaska and had soooo much fun!  We took a cruise and stopped in Skaway, Juneau, Ketchikan & later Victoria, Bc, Canada.  It was amazing!!!! Really beautiful!!!

Here's a pic of our ship (& my sister):



A glacier and iceberg off the ship:





We did a lot of things!

 Road the White Pass Yukon Route Railway:





Went to Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center and whale watched while going through Stephen's Passage.  It's hard to get a picture of a whale!!!  Here's pic of  the glacier, a whale, and some seals:





 

Also went to Totem Bight State National Park and learned about the myths and legends that are carved into totem poles.  I wanted to show you pictures of this, but they didn't turn out:(  Here's what a totem pole looks like if you have never seem one:





The highlight of the trip for me was sea kayaking!!!  I finally got to do that!  Here's a few pics off of Tatoosh Island:

 


 
 




It was a great time!!!!



Bye for now:) Meridan


 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

VidRhythm

Ok, it's SUMMER!!! Yea!!!

Time for some fun!  Here's something you can do with your friends.  It's called VidRhythm.  What you do is record some video and audio of yourself or someone else.  Then mix them together in a fun way. 

Then - PRESTO! 



Give it a try & have some fun!!!

Bye for now!

Meridan

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Reading Council Writing Contest

Hi Everyone! 

Just a quick update with the results of the Reading Council Writing Contest.  I placed first in my category for creative writing and my sister placed first in her category for poetry.  It was a great night!!! 














I met a lot of nice kids at the Young Author's Reception.  We had dinner with our families then presented. Dan Wardell was there and hosted the event.


We were awarded a certificate, a gold metal with a pencil on it, and a gift card to Barnes and Nobles Book Store.


Even our teachers were there to help celebrate!  It was a lot of fun and a great night!!! 

Bye for now!

Meridan

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Presented With My Friends At The 1:1 Conference

             
Hi,
      
It's me again!  

Today I went to a presentation with my librarian Mrs. Miller. There were other girls with me too. Their names are Natalie, Maddie, Emma, Josie, Lucy, and Chaney. 

We made the presentation on Google Drive. It's really easy to do. We talked about sites like BiblioNasium, Skype, Evernote,  Skitch,  Pic Monkey, and more! (You should really check those out.)

I hope you take a look at our presentation.  It was so much fun.

Meridan

Monday, April 1, 2013

Everyone Can Learn New Technology - Even My Mom!

I thought I would do a blog post about my mom tonight.  She is learning about technology and all these great new tools along with me.  My mom isn't very technically savvy, but she's getting better and at least she tries.  Here's a few things she had to say.  See below:


Well, I feel fortunate to have someone like Meridan to teach me what she is learning in school and from her  teacher-librarian, Mrs. Miller.  Mrs. Miller has opened a new world up for both of us.  It's interesting as a parent because you have a perception that a teacher may think that they are only teaching their students, but when it comes to technology their reach is so wide and vast.  Much of what Meridan is learning and using at school is applicable to my life as well.  She is learning and adopting much more quickly than I ever could, on my own, or through a yearly training session.  Meridan laughed when I wrote that (a teacher may think that they are only teaching their students...)  She said, "Not Mrs. Miller!  She knows better than that!"  So I guess I'm not only learning about technology, but also community and the reach technology has given to all of us.

That sums it up for now!  Thanks mom!  -Until next time!

Meridan (& My Mom)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Capstone Comic Contest

Capstone Comics was holding a contest for everyday heros.  I entered my school librarian. 


Here's that I had to say about her:

Our school librarian is really a superhero in disguise.  Behind her seemingly normal red hair and headband is someone with astonishing capabilities.
-She is able to shrink the world in an instant using Skype; connecting us with famous authors and students from around the world.
-She has superhuman communication skills using; e-mail, twitter, her blog, the school newsletter, website, & TV channel.
-She leaps over information hurdles with ease & has the ability to save the day with a click of the mouse.


I think you would agree, our school librarian is a superhero!


Meridan

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

World Read Aloud Day: What A Wonderful Day!



Today was a wonderful day!  Our class Skyped with many wonderful authors.  It was very exciting!  We were able to talk with them and ask them questions too!  Here are a few of the very talented people we Skyped with today: 


Robert Forbes who is the author of poetry books like Beastly Feasts.


Mrs. P, from Mrs. P Storytime


Here is me asking Mrs. P a question.  She is so funny!!!


Our favorite eBooks, in StarWalk Kids Media, in MackinVIA.


This is Seymour Simon.  He is well known for his non-fiction books.  He has been writing for over 40 years.  


Well, guess what,  Now, we is going to be well known for his fiction books too!  
Here's me giving a shout out to his new fiction series...

Overall, it was a really great day!  I didn't want it to end.

Bye for now!

Meridan


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Results - Mrs. P's National Writing Contest

Hi Everyone,

A few people asked how the Mrs. Ps Writing contest turned out. (Remember when my mom crashed my blog...)  I was a finalist but didn't win the grand prize:( It was a good experience anyway and I want to try again next year.  Mrs. P even mentioned my blog on her website! It was really cool!  These are the prizes I won:


I got a nice letter, with feedback from the celebrity judges, on my story.  It was great that they did that!  (I still can't believe Julia Roberts read my story!!!!)  I've been enjoying the art supplies and Mrs. P book.  I used the gift certificates to buy and donate books to my school library.

I'm still writing and just found out I won a local writing contest.  Now, my story goes on to the state competition!  Here's a picture of me from last year.  I won second place for a poem I wrote:


Wish me luck! A new adventure awaits...

Meridan



Smilebox

Hi Everyone,


It's Meridan here.  The technology I tried out today was Smilebox.  It's a really neat site.  You can go there, upload your favorite photos to make; cards, slideshows, online scrapbooks and more.  You can even select and add music if you want.  I made a quick photo collage. Click on the link below:



http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d7a55304d4445334e6a453d0d0a&blogview=true

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

For My Friends in the U.K.......

Hey there,
     
It's Meridan here.  This post is for my new  friends in the U.K. We are snowed in today! That means NO SCHOOL!!!!!. I'm located in the Midwest, that is in the middle of the U.S.A. We get a lot of snow here in the winter. We got 3-6 inches last night and the temperature is about 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  Here are a few pictures of the snow from my album.

This is a picture out my front door:


This bird is common to the Midwest.  It is a Cardinal.  The male birds are bright red like this:


Here's me in the snow:

                                                       
                                                    
Don't work too hard at school today!  Talk to you soon!

Meridan

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Short Stories Using Storybird

These are my short stories using Storybird.  

This Is Me Meridan


Do Not Have Noodles With A Monster


Look Up


Fruit

http://storybird.com/books/fruit-16/

Merry Christmas

http://storybird.com/books/merry-x-mas-5/

Me & My Friends

http://storybird.com/books/me-and-my-friends-216/


This site enables anyone to make their stories come to life! You make your own story online and use the pictures that are available to complete it.  It's that simple!  Try it today!  Very fun!


Meridan




Friday, January 18, 2013

Storybots Starring Me!

Ok, it's Friday, so this is a fun and crazy post!  


Have you heard of Storybots You make a video by inserting your picture into a robot's face.  Check it out!  Here's mine.  (Make sure to watch it in full screen mode.)  Click on the link below:


http://www.storybots.com/starring-you/view/QpUzZBGoPI?utm_source=Send%20Confirmation&utm_medium=Email&utm_name=Shared%20Confirmation


Are you smiling?  If so, you should do this and send it to someone who is having a bad day.  You don't even have to use your own picture.  You could use a picture, of your friend, or dog , or horse!  (Not that your dog and horse aren't your friends, but you get the idea!)  The possibilities are endless!


Have fun!!!

Meridan



Sunday, January 13, 2013

StarWalk Kids Media

Hi Everyone,

It's me again.  I'm here to talk to about Starwalk Kids Media.  Have you heard of this?  If you're a parent, like my Mom, you probably read these books when you were little.  Now, there's a whole e-mail library available online.  If you haven't been there, I can show you how to use it.  See the video below:






Be sure to visit Starwalk Kids Media at the following link:

www.facebook.com/starwalkkids

Not only are their books wonderful, but the people who work there are wonderful too!  It's a great company!  Check it out for yourself today!

Until next time!

Meridan