Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Connections!

The famous ISTE Conference is in full swing and I am at home wishing I was able to attend.  Yesterday Common Sense Media offered a hangout introducing Graphite, a site that helps teachers find the best apps for their students and classroom.  Sounded great!  Well, a few of us checked into the hangout and were the only ones there.  The YouTube link was available to watch the live presentation at the ISTE conference, but a few of us decided to stay in the hangout and get to know each other.

Meet my new connections!

Jane Lofton
Jane Lofton is a librarian from California.  She was looking to add Graphite to her resources for students and teachers at Mira Costa High School.  Her blog is a resource as well:  http://miracostahighlibrary.edublogs.org.  She tweets @jane_librarian.

Anthony St. Jean
Anthony St. Jean is a technology coordinator at Orange Board of Education in New Jersey.  He has a school blog where he keeps his students and parents informed during the school year.  He wanted to see the benefits of Graphite, too.

I'm looking forward to staying in touch with Jane and Anthony.  Even though we weren't able to watch the presentation, we connected and planned to learn from in each other in the coming months!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wrapping up the School Year

It's been a few months since I've written, actually three!  This is what happened this Spring:


Mystery Skyping - Grade 8

Early Childhood moved to the lab laptops instead of the Chromebooks.  I was concerned about the movable chairs but they didn't wiggle and learned to left/right click, use the track pad and scroll very quickly.  
Their sites:

Prekindergarten went to typing games, touch/click/point games, and sites where they needed to listen to the directions:

Kindergarten students played online games and participated in the global project, K-2 Building Bridges.  They retold stories and shared them with their online friends.  Mrs. Kaput's class was able to skype with a class from Bulgaria.

Kerpoof - creating portraits
ABCYa Kindergarten games
Voicethread - Very Hungry Caterpillar (Ms. Bava's class)
Voicethread - Brown Bear (Mrs. Kaput's class)
Voicethread - The Tiny Seed (Bulgaria friends)
Voicethread - The Grouchy Ladybug (Canada friends)

2nd graders playing educational games

First Graders worked on typing skills and first grade core activities:

Discovery Kids Games - great science games!

Second Graders participated in a draw/describe activity where they described themselves as if a portrait of them was taken and shared their descriptions with another class.  They shared their descriptions and both groups drew what they read.  The portraits were sent back and matched up.  It was a great activity!  The students participated with students from Korea, Italy, and Russia.  
They played educational core activity games as well.

The students in Mrs. Buhr's class also participated in the Edmodo Pen Pal Project.  They enjoyed answering and asking questions.

Mrs. Buhr's class portraits (click on drop arrow)
Kerpoof - online drawing tool
PBS Kids Lab - upcoming sites to try out!
Diamante Poem Site

3rd graders working on AWL Voicethread
Third Graders participated in A Week in the Life Project.  They broke into small groups with other students around the world sharing what a week in their "life" is like through pictures.  Each student took 3-5 pictures, shared them with their small group friends, and communicated with them through Edmodo.

These are the final projects:

Fourth Graders participated in the Student Blogging Challenge.  They each had their own blog page and posted, replied and commented throughout the Spring months.

5th graders mystery skype
Fifth Graders enjoyed Mystery Skypes and creating this amazing Hero Voicethread.  They played other educational games as well:
Science Games 

Sixth Graders focused on typing skills and participating in Quest Atlantis, a virtual reality site where students need to make right/wrong decisions to help the people of the city.  There's a lot of reading and writing involved, which they didn't realize!  It also focuses on core skills in science, reading, technology, and other subjects as well.

They also went to these sites:
Physics Games
Math Strategy Games

Seventh Graders followed step-by-step lessons on creating Spreadsheets.  They will review in the Fall and take the Diocesan Assessments soon after.

Formatting Cells - Lesson 10
Creating Simple Formulas - Lesson 12
Working with Functions Lesson 15
Line graph #6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfhWE-z2Gf8Bar graph #7:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a3U_zrT4ug

Eighth Graders participated in Quadblogging where they added a post and three other schools commented one week and the other weeks they commented on other schools' posts.  We used The Writer's Club site for blogging created by Rob Sbaglia.  I like the site because it's controlled, yet open, and already has a community of students in it.  It also uses the WordPress platform which I like, too!

Happy Summer!!