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About JoAnn Delaney

JoAnn Delaney, M.S. Sci. Teacher 24 Yrs.Exp. MSE BED #DoMoreEdu Blogger. Paperless Inquiry Classroom-Constructed Understanding-Collaborative. PBS Innovator. Keystone Star. Follow me on Twitter @JdelaneyJoAnn As a lifelong learner, I am challenged to stay apprised of best practices and technology immersion to prepare students for success as 21 century learners. Come along with me on this journey of reflection, creative exploration, and social media collaboration using hashtags, MOOCS, and networking! My blog is the journey, a PLN...leading to teaching efficacy! "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn". Alvin Toffler from Rethinking the Future. Blog links:

Beauty Within the SELFIE

Inspired by #Beauty Is… Campaign Dove’s Selfie Video, Beauty Within the SELFIE I AM BEAUTIFUL was created to empower young girls self-concept in the school setting. This powerful experience with DAUGHTERS and MOTHERS/MENTORS was life changing!

Event coverage

We kicked off the event viewing a Powerful Music Video Photoshop… we discussed how we feel about beauty and pondered… What message are we sending to young girls about their beauty?
I asked for the Moms/Mentors to share their passion and to tell if they followed it or not. I asked for Moms/Mentors to share a bit of advice with their Daughter/Mentee.
After viewing “The Selfie” we polled Moms/Mentors to see how many have taken Selfies… How many takes would it require
before being comfortable making Selfie’s public-posting on social media? Were our Selfie’s altered? What impact was society
having on how we define beauty?
Facial Spa background music…

Facial Spa stations were ready to go. Facial washes and scrubs, cleansing pads, Milk baths, and moisturizers were available. Milk baths were applied by Moms/Mentors on Daughter’s faces and Daughters applied the facial on their Mom’s/Mentor’s faces. Orange slices were placed on the eyes and all were having a blast. As I observed and snapped memory photos, I saw smiles and heard laughter. It was an amazing site to see!


Following the facials and SELFIES, each pair was given a large piece of construction paper. Together the Daughter and Mom/Mentor pair
defined what BEAUTY IS…
When each was completed they were placed on a large poster. Post-in notes were given to comment/provide positive feedback on other Daughter and Mom/Mentor Beauty Is posters.

Raw footage

The girls prior to the event, wrote letters to their Mom/Mentor, explaining the beauty they see in their Mom/Mentor.During the Beauty Within the SELFIE event the girls shared the letters with them. The Moms/Mentors were very moved to say the least and a deeper bond formed at an emotional connected level.

All of the girls and Moms/Mentors came to the collaborative Beauty Is poster and shared out how they define what BEAUTY IS…

The even closed with a few of the girls singing “I AM BEAUTIFUL.”

Girls sing “Beautiful”

Kid President’s Message to MOMs!

Administration support for the program.

It was a powerful experience for all those involved. This will be an annual event and I hope to impact one Daughter and Mom/Mentor at a time 😉 Allowing them to find and celebrate their TRUE beauty!


Gaming, Coding & Makey Makey Enrichment

What an awesome way to spend a week of summer. Students, driven by their interest and passion to engage in Gaming, Coding, & Makey Makey signed up for Summer Enrichment Camp! This was a huge risk for me as I am far from an expert on gaming, coding & Makey Makey. I provided the week long class opportunity and quickly realized that the students owned the learning. My plan was to expose them to Minecraft, Scratch & Makey Makey. On the first day of class, I surveyed the students and found out that all students were playing Minecraft and we could learn much from each other. Many used scratch previously with varying levels of success. One student came to camp with his own Makey Makey kit and a plan for use. There was a wealth of experience in the room and purposeful engagement ensued! It was a collaborative journey throughout the week and I learned as much if not more than the students! These students are going into 4th, 5th, & 6th grade in the fall. I was amazed and impressed by the level to which these young people, driven by their passion, had caused them to dive deep into problem solving! They researched to learn more strategies, followed their favorite YouTubers to uncover more, and ultimately followed their own personal learning adventure problem solving using the web and social media. The following are snapshots and videos demonstrating our intense experience!



Up, down, left, right arrows in graphite pencil on paper-Makey Makey allows the graphite on paper to become a game controller.

In computing, an emulator is hardware or software or both that duplicates (or emulates) the functions of one computer system (the guest) in another computer system (the host), different from the first one, so that the emulated behavior closely resembles the behavior of the real system (the guest).   rom hack   Pokemon Light Platinum

Do a barrel roll…

Google page-Game Boy Advanced Rom


Keystones Technology Innovators~STARS Summit~ 1: INNOVATE

Arrived and ready to begin a week of learning and engaging with the states top tech leaders! Keystones STARS — at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
My home for the next week…

Ready to tour campus…

Treated to a luau picnic dinner and sometime to collaborate with new friends!

Hall Davidson, our Keynote Speaker was fantastic!!! He demonstrated examples using Google Glass, Augmented Reality, 3D Printing and LEAP!
I even got to try out Google Glass and do a search! Very cool technology!

Collaborated in our passion cohorts–a passion for creating a connected global learning environment. We shared our ideas and reflected on obstacles, challenges, and aspirations.


Received an awesome SWAG bag and won some other gadgets. Another fantastic Keynote Speaker, Philip Vinogradov, shared his ingenious Gamification instructional model. Attended sessions on Google Apps & Chrome Apps/Extensions, Coding, and 3D printings. During the MakerBot session an iPhone holder using was created. Amazingly cool technology integration!
Gamification engages students!
Consider what skills you need to play Angry Birds Star Wars…

Are you up for the challenge of utilizing gaming as an instructional model?

Printed 3d Wikispace

Future prosthetics advancements through a maker’s eyes…innovation at work!

The evening was filled with Digital Playground fun-Created a movie using a green screen.


Another amazing day filled with inspiration. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach was fantastic! Her slide show presentation can be accessed here.
The Connected Educator-Learning and Leading in the Digital Age

Resource links can be found here.
Connected Educator KTI2014 Wiki
Sheryl talked about the importance of building thick leadership density creating a community of leaders to solve the worlds problems.

Session 1, Sheryl challenged the concept of Appreciative Inquiry. Are we asking the right questions?

Session 2, Learning is Social-Edmodo

Session 3, Connect two to, too! Use of the best new video conferencing tool- ZOOM
ZOOM sign-up
Carol Teitelman Global Video Conferencing resources
Tried ZOOM out…Video conferenced with Angela Maiers
Angela Inspires Passion & Global Change
Session 4, Skype in the Classroom
Skype resources

Day 4: LEAD


Design Thinkers

Design Thinkers

Is chaos discouraged? It’s about who comes up with the best ideas. Forget the way it used to be. Get ready for the deep dive, the secret weapon for innovation.” Observation, tinkering, collaboration, communication, and research are part of the process my students do because they wonder and it’s fun. It was IDEO’s design process and my personal teacher toolbox that brought a Design Thinkers playground into my classroom.

6th grade middle school students in a public setting are being immersed in DESIGN THINKING through myriad of opportunities that happen in Room 14. I should not be amazed by the popularity of my high interest maker space. Students thrive on options for learning that require inquiry, constructed understanding, design thinking, I wonder questions, critical thinking, and deeper learning opportunities. Wide open exploration usually is done in addition to the classroom required learning. What I have found is that students can’t wait to come to my room and tinker. It is full with students during flex, lunch and after school! Their choice, which is awesome!

To create interest, curiosity, and challenge student thinking, I ask them to bring in items that no longer work for our Tinker Zone. I provide the tools and eye protection. Students use tools to deconstruct the items trying to figure out how the system was put together and how it works. They love to do this and spend a great deal of their own time tackling the project and learning exponentially!


Makey Makey is a big hit for after school club time. Students couldn’t wait to remove the wires, alligator clips and circuit board from the packaging to figure out how to setup the system. Their goal was to make a controller function up, down, left and right to play PacMan. Some students collaborated to figure out the wiring. Other team members created joysticks and PacMan disks in the maker station. Later, circuits were attempted and put to the test.


Another big hit during the day and after school too is Minecraft! Students collaborate to build a town similar to Hershey, where we live. It included the school and parking lot, amusement park and zoo. Some students extended design thinking into their Genius Hour passion projects.


Energy concepts are part of the curriculum and students were able to choose a project to go deep on. The students tackled real world learning uncovering alternative energy solutions. They shared their projects with peer scientists making their findings public.

Students explored flashlights and designed models showing how they work from the approach of a company selling their product to customers.


Some student teams opted to explore heat loss. They built K-Nex houses. Took energy readings in Fahrenheit using a digital laser gun. Students had to create their own temp scale based on the color in the thermal image. After insulating the house with materials they thought would be most efficient, readings were taken again. Thermal images were taken before and after evidencing temperature changes.




Student groups also decided to design wind cars powered by a floor fan.


A girl modified her car with a balloon to harness and control air release to move it.


This boy was genius. He used his mom’s camping portable solar panel to design a solar powered vehicle. He made the body out of Styrofoam, K-Nex pieces as axles and the wheels are soda cans!


Painted improved design.


Another option was to analyze home use of energy and design an alternative plan using little or no fossil fuels. The girls analyzed their home energy consumption and created a plan for reducing fossil fuel use. Here is their blueprint showing placement of solar panels in 3D.


Students use this info graphic to guide their thinking through a problem.


The students demonstrate and share everything they’ve learned from their process. Failures along the way are part of learning. When they stumble, they are encouraged to dig deep, seek out answers and forge on to innovation.

We use IDEO Deep Dive video for outside of the box group process thinking and collaboration.

Design Thinking for Educators IDEA WALL

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It is powerful when all group member brainstorming is accepted, genius is the post-it IDEA wall and equality in groups allows for leaders to rise as expertise is needed. Each role result is brought back and shared for collaboration focusing back on the problem at hand. Interviewing people who use a product results in fascinating information gleaned. So many aspects of the process fosters genuine creativity, innovation and ultimately Design Thinking!

Isn’t time we make Design Thinking a daily occurrence in the lives of students readying them with skills to solve the problems of the 21st century?

Teacher’s Passion! …Thinking Outside of the Snowstorm!

Teacher’s Passion

…Thinking Outside of the Snowstorm!

I matter! 2 simple words that I was inspired to have my students chant from their heart after hearing Angela Maiers!

I matter! 2 simple words I wanted my students to feel as they lived their passion during Genius Hour.

I matter! 2 simple words that students beamed as they changed the world in their own special way.

Today, as I “Think Outside The Storm,” the teacher is called on to share her passion.

My passion is having a profound world changing impact on every student! As I feverishly posted Vine videos and posts showing the enormous power children hold to change the world, I found myself driven with excitement!

As a result of providing my students with the gift of Genius Hour, they tapped their passions and created beautiful change.

This change opened our hearts to the world, sometimes bringing great joy and other moments heart-breaking hurt.

Students’ bravery is remarkable. Sully resiliently faced bullying and turned to bullied children to befriend them, “Speaking Life.” Kamrin rallied her friends and neighbors to collect items sent to Gambia, Africa! Dani, Emma and Jaelissa use their amazing voices to sing “Beautiful,” encouraging girls to find their beauty within. Charlotte loves animals so much that she collected and delivered needed items to the Humane Society. Makenzie created crayon dripped art for a hospitalized child and shared the message that anything is possible; believe in yourself! Alexa emotionally moved by a family member’s breast cancer, raised money to end the disease. Rachel made bracelets and delivered them to sick children at the hospital. Ainsley created homemade cards and gift baskets to deliver to the elderly. My students’ passionate gifts abound! I am humbled by their genius.

As a passionate educator my enthusiasm created possibility. These student actions began with an I wonder question, genuine interest and/or deep passion. The change of one affects many leading to powerful world change.

I believe that the smartest person in the world is the world! It starts with 1 passionate person and grows exponentially to world compassion.

I matter! I am genius! I am genius and the world needs my contribution!

We matter! We are genius! We are genius and together can change the world with our contributions!

Going back to the original questions that led to this blog post, What’s your passion, and what drives it? What’s your heartbreak? How will you use your genius to change the world?

I ask you, have I used my genius to change the world?

YouTube Video

Genius Hour main site:
Genius Hour – Passion Projects

Vine videos:
I Am Beautiful
I Am Resilient
I Speak Life
I Helped Gambia, Africa
I Donated To The Humane Society
I Believe In Myself
I Will End Breast Cancer
I Care About Sick Children
I Visit The Elderly

DoMoreEdu Blog:

Twitter @jdelaneyJoAnn

Deeper Learning MOOC (DLMOOC)

6th Graders Are GENIUS And The World Needs Their Contribution-Passion Projects

6th Graders Are GENIUS And The World Needs Their Contribution-2013 Passion Projects

It all started with a Pep Talk… And 95 sixth grade students!

Kid President

Brainstorming Session- What Am I Passionate About?


The students are called to action, to share their Genius with the world!
Powerful Change Agents..

Speak Life by Sullivan

Speak Life


Click to view Passion Projects!

Genius Hour with Erin Klein.m4v

1/24/14 Erin Klein interviews Mrs. Delaney & Sullivan talking about the Passion Project Process…

2nd round of Passion projects!

I AM empowered to take action and change the world!!!

Obvious to YOU, AMAZING to Others!

I Matter! I am Genius! I am Genius and the World NEEDS my Contribution!

I Matter. I am Genius. I am Genius and the World NEEDS my Contribution!

Choose 2 Matter!

Join the Movement– #Choose2Matter

Click to view Passion Projects!


I am a NASA Social citizen journalist!

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LAUNCH DAY! 9/18, 10:50 a.m. –>10:58 a.m.
Antares Launch day! As I pulled up to the gate at the NASA Visitor’s Center, I immediately observed a controlled area. We
were told where to park. NASA dogs were working securing buses and checking people as well as their belongings. Once cleared, all media boarded buses, and were transported to the media viewing area 2 miles from The Antares launch pad. There were tents and stands awaiting the media flurry of picture/videotaping and writing. The air was filled with excitement as everyone moved to claim their vantage point. I moved out onto the field and setup my chair, my Macbook Pro, readied my Ipad & Iphone, had a towel to toss over my head to block out light on the computer screen allowing my up to the minute Tweets! As soon as I opened Twitter, I noticed I had a direct message from my friend, John Gardi, The Tinker. He shared a link with me (SpaceFlightNow)
This allowed me to Tweet real time technical launch updates. My heart was racing as the launch neared. Within 45 minutes of launch officials were working to clear residents from within their homes considered in the danger zone. As they monitor data they look at conditions that could cause windows to blow out due to the blast zone. Once all was clear and safe to proceed the green code was given. This changed the launch time from 10:50 a.m. to 10:58.

(1432 GMT (10:32 a.m. EDT)
The Wallops Range is now green after officials evacuated four homes near the Antares launch pad. This was to avoid a safety issue due to a concern the blast from the launch could damage public buildings.)

At 10:45 a.m., I had my Ipad in hand and began a live launch Skype with the students back at my school…Hershey Middle School. It was very cool sharing this experience with students! They were over the moon about viewing the launch! With my Ipad in one hand and my camera in video mode in my other hand, technology would document the event the world was watching together! We counted down…5, 4, 3, 2, 1–ignition!!! Antares rumbled and with a slow, powerful, steady ascent she was on her way as she accelerated near the speed of sound! My students commented as I raised the Ipad upward towards the sun that it looked like the rocket went into the sun! Soon all that was visible was the trail left behind. Speakers blasted updates of the rocket’s performance as we listened intently since Antares was now out of sight! We cheered as we heard…

1506 GMT (11:06 a.m. EDT)
Antares is in orbit! The Castor 30A upper stage motor shut down on time and has reached orbit. Deployment of the 9,000-pound Cygnus cargo craft occurs at about T+plus 10 minutes.

Antares continued and at 11:08 Cygnus separation occurred! She would reach the ISS early Sunday morning. It is a great day for NASA and Orbital! It is a great day for the future of space exploration!

NASA Safety Check Complete…

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Boarded Buses and arrived at Media Launch Site…

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Successful Antares Launch! NASA Space Flight Program has a lot to celebrate!

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Antares 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Ignition!


Post Launch Press Conference

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PRE-LAUNCH DAY! 9/17, NASA Wallops Visitor Center & NASA Flight Facility

8:00 a.m. arrived at NASA Wallops Visitor Center
Checked in. Badged and toured Visitor Center.

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Day 1 of 2 begins as I become a NASA Social-citizen journalist. I arrived at the NASA Wallops Visitor’s Center. It is a small place filled with space exploration history and NASA TV live broadcasting. After looking around at the exhibits, I stopped in the gift shop and purchased a commemorative Antares t-shirt to proudly wear commemorating this once in a lifetime experience. Upon showing my credentials I received my press pass and a swag bag filled with a plethora of informational cards, posters, and even an Antares model -that I heard was meant for VIP’s and we were fortunate to receive! We soon were brought into the auditorium where we met our NASA Deputy Social Media Manager, Jason Townsend. He apprised us of the day’s agenda and we participated in a meet and greet session. Soon we boarded the bus and were on our way to the NASA Flight Facility to view Antares positioned and ready on her launch pad! We were filled with anticipation and excitement as we grasped our mobile devices and camera equipment!

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NASA Flight Facility- Antares Launch Pad & Horizontal Integration Facility

NASA Social Antares Citizen journalists 2013

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Antares Launch Pad:
When we arrived at the Antares launch pad viewing area, we were met by experts that shared rocket specifics and mission information. As you can see in the group photo above and Antares seen behind us, this was the closest we were allowed to get to the live rocket for safety reasons, 800 feet away, due to it being fueled with hydrazine. Dale K. Nash, Executive Director, Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, talked about use of balloon data and how it can show if there is a clear path for the launch to proceed. He explained that it needs to be clear below 6,000 feet and a 25% cloud layer. Another expert Mike Laidley, Orbital’s Program Director for Antares, explained the mission. It is a combined effort by public (NASA) and private (Orbital) efforts and money. This very large unmanned rocket is carrying the largest amount of cargo to date to the ISS (International Space Station), 1500 lbs./700 kg. which includes replenishment supplies, care packages for the astronauts/cosmonauts, and even student projects. Once the rocket launches it reaches speeds of 10,000 mph and will take approximately 4 days to reach the ISS. Upon arrival, a robotic arm will be used to grabble it. Following a series of tests and sealing it will be opened and the cargo removed. The empty spacecraft will be filled with ISS trash. When released, most will burn up and It was stated that less than 25% will reenter our atmosphere and fall into the South Pacific Ocean.

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Horizontal Integration Facility:
Next stop on the tour was the Horizontal Integration Facility. We were told to leave all mobile devices on the bus, we were however allowed to bring cameras and take video. This enormous building houses all of the rocket parts awaiting integration or assembly of the rocket horizontally. Once put together or integrated the rocket is transported to the launch pad and placed vertically readying for launch. We were brought to each part of the rocket’s system and an expert explained in detail its role and technical importance. My brain could barely wrap around all of the information shared. It was fascinating. A highlight I found especially interesting is that some areas on the rocket have explosives which are for safety reasons. If for any reason at any time the mission would need to be aborted mission control could flip a switch and blow the rocket up! Mission control as the rocket is monitored, has the ability to control its every move by pushing thrusters–buttons.

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Stage 1. Stage 2

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Wide shot of stage 1 and Stage 2. Engine
Ring laying in between stages is what is coated with explosives

Carl E. Walz, Astronaut shares story about his time on ISS.

Pre-Launch Press Conference:

View video at 54:44 to see the question I had an opportunity to ask Alan Lindenmoyer–inspires young people…his passion is contagious!

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NASA Social Media privileges were a rush. Each day, pre-launch and post-launch there was a live press conference televised on NASA Television. The NASA & Orbital project leaders shared their critical information and slides and or videos. This was followed by a question and answer period, also televised, for the media . The traditional media asked questions first. I was seated an arms length away from a Reuters representative. Twitter followers also had a couple of questions answered, and NASA Social Media, which is what I represented, had their 15 minutes of fame! I was 1 of 3 who were selected to introduce myself and ask a question of the esteemed panel. I asked, We have lots of students following on social media, as the program moves forward, my question is-What is your message to young people? Alan Lindenmoyer fielded the question and his message was quite inspirational! He stated, “My message to young people is, I hope it is as inspiring as it is now as it was to me when I was young because watching these amazing achievements certainly captured my interest and I hope what you are seeing today is something that will stick with you and encourage you to keep studying, working on your math and science and all the skills necessary to keep the space station-program going -it is really an amazing field!”

Antares Rocket Launch date changed to Wed., Sept. 18th!
NASA Update!!!

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There following was shared with me…
Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., has confirmed it will postpone by at least 24 hours the launch of its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. The new launch window is targeted for Wednesday, Sept. 18 between10:50 to 11:05 a.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at Wallops. Rendezvous with the space station remains scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22.

The postponement is due to a combination of Friday’s poor weather, which delayed roll-out of Antares to the launch pad, and a technical issue identified during a combined systems test held Friday night involving communications between ground equipment and the rocket’s flight computer. The problem has been identified and corrected. The teams are working to understand why the problem occurred.

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