K- Ms. Zbikowski’s class is going to start with a lesson about how to handle an iPad. We’ve scheduled this for 8/30. We’ll go over basic rules and basic skills along with reinforcing what they have learned about Digital Citizenship. We’ve also started talking about the first PBL for this year and ways we can build independence and inquiry skills using technology tools. (popplet for brainstorming, youtube kids for teacher curated, ad free videos) We are looking at using qr codes to give students easy access to digital materials like tumble books.
1-Ms. Pelay’s class is also going to start with a lesson on how to handle an iPad, scheduled for 8/30. Then, we’re going to work on reducing the amount of paperwork that goes home by teaching her students to use seesaw. They’ve already begun this process by introducing the tool to parents but the students need some skill building to be able to use all the functions. She already has the qr link to give students easy access to the site. I’ll plan to work with students at a seesaw station on 9/6. We're also going to set up the advance ELA group with a Seesaw Blog to showcase their writing and enable them to share it with their parents and other students.
2-Ms. Coltrane’s class is going to start with a weekly reflection padlet. She has already created the first padlet and linked it to a qr code to make it easy for students to access. I’ll go to her classroom 8/30 to run a station teaching students how to post to padlet. Ms. Coltrane will be able to share the student’s reflections with their parents after things are up and running. We talked about offering more choice for demonstrating learning with the PBL that is coming up. We’re going to work together on coming up with some options and using them with the kids over the next few weeks so they are building a technology toolbox. We’ll do some other fun stuff soon like mystery Skype and Kahoot!
3-Ms. Rhodes Pittman has an animal PBL coming up in October. We’re going to work on a choice board for the students to be able to have a say in how they demonstrate what they have learned. To add some choice and voice to the project students will choose what they are going to study about as long as it fits in the parameters of requirements for the project. We're going to look for some more ways to add technology that transforms this project. On 8/30 I’m planning to go in and run a station to teach the kids to use Seesaw to build a portfolio.
4-MS. Millwood’s class is working on critical thinking skills so we’re going to start with a reflection activity on Padlet. She will post a question or discussion topic related to what students are learning and students will post their response. Students will also be encouraged to post responses to their classmates. I’m going to work with her students next week to show them how to use Padlet. We also talked about using Skype or even email to connect students to students who live in the areas that they are studying.
Tools we are using and some ways you can use them:
Seesaw- app and web based Student portfolio: sharing student work with others, blogging, recording messages for parents, reducing the paperwork that goes home
Padlet- App and web based Social Bulletin Board : Promote communication among students, build critical thinking skills, share student work, promote digital citizenship
You Tube Kids App- Video for kids Ad free, excludes inappropriate content, Students can safely search for their topic or teacher can search quickly and then leave students to explore content.
Kaywa-web based QR Creator- used to create qr codes that link students easily to content.
Popplet- App and web based Mind Mapping tool- Simple tool to brainstorm a topic, builds inquiry skills, builds critical thinking skills
Kahoot- web based Gamified learning software: engaging way to review content, collect data, measure understanding
Skype- Video Conferencing: Connect students to experts on a topic, connect students to authors, introduce students to new cultures and ideas, Mystery Skype is an engaging way to connect students to other classrooms all over the world.
Technology tools can be powerful. They can help build communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity in the classroom. Technology doesn’t have to create solitary citizens, it can help create global citizens who learn to work together for global solutions.