Thursday, April 17, 2014

Using Today's Meet to Collaborate

Students in 4JH reviewed the research of 4TD and provided comments and questions using Today's Meet.  Today's Meet is a backchannel that allows you to connect with your audience in realtime.
Groups can use the live stream to make comments, ask questions.  It allows sharing of thoughts within an isolated room.  Here is a transcript of some of the comments and questions shared today.

I love how the pictures really express what a true tiger is! Love the video-really impressive that someone lives with an actual tiger!!
Elephant- I love the picture of the elephant in the waterfall, I have the same picture.Panda- Who knew that a Panda trotted like a horse when scared
Macaw- I loved the video of the Macaw speaking. Can macaws say actual words  02:44PM Thu, 17 April 2014 GMT by Ella

who knew the artic fox has 6 babies a year?
Prairie dog- The body diagram link helped me understand more things about your wild animal. I love your pictures
Dolphins, I didn't know that that a dolphin can jump 16 feet in the air, it would be really cool if we could do that! good job kate
Macaw- I never knew that macaws live in Brazil. I can not believe that there is not that many macaws left in the world
Great job 4TD! We were all very impressed with your thing links! Excellent Job!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Russia in 3R

Students in 3R researched various topics while completing their study of Russia.  They researched daily life, food, holidays, art, transportation, schools, sports, music and fashion.  The students then presented their findings using Google presentation.  Thank you for sharing Lisa!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Summary Scenes

The students in 4G created written summaries of scenes from books. They drew pictures to accompany their scene selection and recorded their written work using VoiceThread.  This tool adds a personal voice to images.  Please take a listen . . . 

Monday, April 14, 2014

4TD Wild Animal Research Project

The students in 4TD have been hard at work creating a class channel of interactive graphics using Thinglink, a free and user friendly digital tool.  Each student chose a wild animal and researched three categories from the following list of options:
  • Habitat: Where the animal lives in the world. Food: What the animal eats and why. How the animal gets food?
  • Babies: How the animal treat its babies? How long the animal's babies stay with them?
  • Communication: How the animal communicates with others of its kind? Does the animal use non-verbal communication?
  • Protection: How does the animal protect itself from predators or enemies? Similarly, does the animal need protection from the environment or people in order to remain a species? 
  • Sleep: How does the animal sleep? Does it hibernate? 
  • Body Diagram: What are the important body parts of the animal that make it different from other animals? 
  • Interesting Facts: Does the animal have interesting facts that you come across in your research that do not fit into any specific category?
Students were then able to create multiple "hot spots" or "nubs" on their animal image that launch video, other images and text with the click of a button.  Thinglink allows a lot of content to be accessible in small space.  Below is a table of contents image that links to each animal studied.  We are looking to collaborate with other classrooms and students across the globe studying wild animals.  Please take a look at all of their hard work and provide any comments if you have a moment.

In order to create the cover "table of contents" as well as pages with multiple images we did a little app smashing using Pic Collage, a great app that allows you to combine photos into a single image collage.

Kindergarten Class Books

Kindergarten students have been busy authoring class books in classrooms across the district!  Class books provide wonderful opportunities for young writers to learn about books, share ideas, and read engaging text.  Traditionally, these books have been created and kept in classrooms, possibly making the rounds to student homes.  By creating digital class books, numerous students can access the books in school via computers or iPads available in classrooms.  In addition, the books can immediately be shared with families, creating an authentic audience and the opportunity to read and re-read the books outside of school!  Check out these two digital books recently created in two different classrooms:

Water Saving Tips by KK

Created using Little Bird Tales.

KKap's Favorite Animals

Created using the BookCreator app.

Download the epub file or view the book as a movie by clicking here.

Monday, April 7, 2014

What is a good digital citizen?

What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Upham 4th graders have lots of great ideas!  Check out some of their Voki messages here:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Talking with Children About Digital Citizenship

We live in a digital age.  While we are citizens of local communities, our state, country, and world, we are increasingly becoming digital citizens.  The Internet is a regular, and growing, part of our lives.  Our devices have become smaller, connected, and truly mobile.  The technology, and what we can do with it, changes with lightning speed.  For all these reasons, it is essential to understand what it means to be a digital citizen and teach our children how to be responsible and safe digital citizens.  As with any type of citizenship, digital citizenship affords us certain rights and responsibilities.

The 4th grade students at Upham have been examining age appropriate aspects of digital citizenship.   Through interacting with a Digital Citizenship Toolkit, discussions, and a web-based activity students have been developing an understanding of what it means to be a digital citizen:
  • use netiquette
  • protect private information
  • evaluate what is seen on the web
  • understand your digital footprint/tattoo
  • use online tools responsibly
Our toolkit (created with Thinglink - hover over image to access links):

As adults, we are navigating this new digital world ourselves and we may not have all the answers or know of all the tools and technology that exist.  However, we can encourage our students to think critically about what they encounter online, make responsible choices about technology tools, and think about how they can make good choices about their behavior while interacting with others online.

As adults in a digital age, we want to encourage children to employ strategies and practices that are age appropriate and can help make their online experiences positive, allowing them the opportunity to take advantage of all the wonderful tools and resources the Internet offers. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Using Vocabulary Spelling City App to Review Memory Words in Kindergarten

Kindergarten students at Schofield have been reviewing their memory words using the Vocabulary Spelling City app.  Vocabulary Spelling City is a web based tool that provides game-based studies of literacy skills using curriculum based, teacher generated word lists.  This allows for differentiation within the classroom.  There is also a mobile app making this invaluable tool accessible on the go.