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A Few Bits And Pieces As Well As (some) Student Voices!
We're baaaaaaaaaaaaack!!! The two weeks since the end of spring break have flown by and we get the feeling that the rest of the school year might just whizz by just as quickly! Check out a few updates on what we've been up to below, as well as a few (More)
Student Voices from DM4!
As another busy week comes to an end, we took the time to reflect on some of our learning experiences. This morning, the students were asked to write a short paragraph about either Math Night or their field Trip to The Tenement Museum. Keep readin (More)
Week Without Walls
This week really has been a week without (classroom) walls! Two field trips have kept us busy investigating our Social Studies' big idea - how do people affect change? Ellis Island On Tuesday, we braved the somewhat inclement weather to take th (More)
A Busy Week Leading Into Thanksgiving! (loads of photos in this post!)
It's been a busy few days in DM4! Where to begin?! I'll bullet point a few highlights and expand on them below. Imaginative Inquiry: 'High Tea' and 'The Old Country' Field Trip: Wonder Bread Baking W.O.T.D. High Tea Teddy and Ed (More)
Special Guest, Special Events and Stay Warm Out There!
Thank you all for making the time to meet with us for Fall Conferences. It was great to see you and chat about the progress being made in DM4. Over the last week or so, we've had some really awesome class experiences worthy of mentioning: Our Soci (More)
Farm Breakfast!
GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS! GREAT ARTWORK! GREAT REFLECTIONS! GREAT POETRY! GREAT FOOD! GREAT CONVERSATIONS! I'm really sad I missed it but Dan has filled me in. He said the children were so proud to share their work with you all, which is not always (More)
DM4 Farmers Outstanding In Their Field
... and the corny farm puns keep coming! So don't be a cow-herd and moove yourself to the Farm Breakfast next Monday, 30th October. As with all big changes in life, settling back into school routine after the farm trip has been a learning curve fo (More)
Farm Breakfast Teaser!
This week's post is a collation of our Hawthorne Valley Farm e-mails as a teaser for our Farm Breakfast on Monday, October 30th... All the farm stories and photographs you could wish for! Greetings from Hawthorne Valley Farm! After a somewhat e (More)
'Muro' by Bosco Sodi
A selection of photographs from our fourth grade field trip to Washington Square Park on September 7th. The students witnessed the building of Sodi's 'Muro' installation as well as contr (More)
Another Busy Week in DM4!
With Curriculum Night on Wednesday evening, a professional day for teachers on Friday, Dan presenting at the PEN Conference in Boston and the Farm Trip on the horizon, Week 5 has been super busy both in class and outside of it! The students have d (More)
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One Response to “Getting Started!”

  1. Mark Silberberg Says:

    On the main timeline page can we swap the text with the highlights link? This would make the link to the highlights more obvious and the text really contextualizes the sublinks. Keep the highlights red. Maybe the text against a gray.

    Possible for there to be some kind of video running in the background of the main page instead of an image?

  2. Chap Says:

    I like the themes that will come to the community throughout the year – keeping some content away so folks don’t get overwhelmed but also enticing folks to be ready for what’s to come.

    In that same way, the fact that each of the items on a timeline will have enough details that yo can read off of the text of that timeline or click to read or see more.

  3. Kobi Says:

    Header: Has there already been consideration for the call out in the header? Perhaps “LREI 100” or “100 years of LREI” instead of We Are LREI?

    Return to Timeline instead of Back to List

    Half tone images along the background of the timeline should be consistent and not fade to solid grey color.

    Are “Highlights” select pieces of content that introduce each decade? Or is it an aggregate of all content? I think the tags that filter in content in different ways is ideal so a way to punctuate it would be make the highlights be the former to encourage searching and poking around.

    Icons along the center line should change to reflect the respective tag filters: 4C’s Icons, Number’s for, Chronology, Select Themes for each of the chosen themes.
    You may want to implement background images shown to reflects the tag filters as well.

  4. Kobi Says:

    Portal page
    Fonts perhaps should match the headers – perhaps sans serif, not serif?
    Call to action: More iconography (less text)introducing icon treatments for comments made above.These can be clean lined icons or perhaps icons that feel handwritten?
    i.e. Next to “Explore the Centennial Timeline” in the red box it should be an icon that calls viewers to click. Ideas: “Click” “Play” “Explore”
    Since the site is dynamic, maybe the icon calling viewers to click it, pulses?

    The main page favors the portal page so much it almost feels like nothing happened when you go from one page to the next. It’s also copy heavy. Can we streamline with icons with fewer words?

  5. Kobi Says:

    HEADER: As users hover over the tabs can we highlight with contrasting color?

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