Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hours of Code 2017

In early December students began exploring coding skills. We utilized the site and learned to code with millions of people around the globe. It was a busy week filled with new discoveries, problem-solving, creating, and confidence building as problems were solved. Tere also was a lot of FUN!

"Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science,"

Click on the video below for a wrap up of our learning.

Here is a hyperdoc students in grade 4-6 used. This year we called it Hours of Code because so many students continued beyond the one hour.
My google doodle

Grade 4 Projects
Grade 5 Projects
Grade 6 Projects

Technology Essential Questions:
What are the fundamentals of computer programming?
How are algorithms used in coding?
How can you use computer programming to complete a task?
How is computer programming useful in real life?
How might you use computer programming in your future career?

2016 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework:
3-5.CT.b; 3-5.CT.d

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Google My Map

A part of the Grade 4 Social Studies curriculum is the study of the United States. Students learn the states and capitals as well as the regions. Mrs. Gibbas introduced the idea of collecting data from her students and families about where they have lived and visited in the United States. They then used Google My Maps to add their own pins to represent the data.

Mrs. Gibbas is sharing her locations.

Take a look at Team Gibbas Map
Use the + and - to adjust the size.
Click on an icon to learn more.
Click on the map and slide it to a new spot.

Taking a closer look at the class map.
I was so inspired by their work I had to create my own map.
Tech Tip:
Try creating your own map.

My Maps 

Template of Data Document

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Disguise a Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!
It is always an exciting experience when students work together, share their creativity and produce a new project as a class.

First, students listened to the story Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano.
Click on the picture to hear the story.

Mrs. Rogers' Kindergarten students worked collaboratively and helped disguise a turkey and then wrote a story about their new turkey friend.

Click below to see their creation.

Mrs. Gouzie's First Grade Class also worked as a group to design a new turkey and write a shared story.

Click below to see their creation.

Mrs. Dunn's First Grade had so many ideas while writing their shared story I am certain there will be another chapter soon.
Click below to see their story.
Tech Tip:
Use the shortcuts for copy (ctrl+c) and paste (ctrl+v).

Try one on your own.

Disguise a Turkey Template

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A New Twist on Reading Logs

A big part of students' homework is to read at home. Teachers want to encourage all readers to discover the Love of Reading.
While talking with teachers, I discovered there are many varied homework assignments for reading homework. This got me thinking: How can we encourage reading while also fostering creativity? The answer is in something called a HyperDoc.  Students are still reading but they are now given choices on how to share their reading. The Reading Response HyperDoc is set up in grid form where students may select the ones that interest them. Click on the image below to view the November Reading Board.

The collaboration, refection, and sharing are all embedded in many of the student choices. The other documents are view only to classmates.
Here are a few examples:



Sunday, October 29, 2017

MassCue 2017

I was thrilled to attend MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) this year at Gillette Stadium. It was two jam packed days of learning along with other inspiring educators where we discussed ways to enhance learning with technology.

The choices for keynote speakers, workshops, breakouts, exhibitors, and vendors all had me thinking of new and creative ideas to bring back to my teachers and students.

One session that was a new experience for me was using Google Expeditions. Students wearing a set of googles go on a virtual field trip to explore the world while the teacher leads them on the journey.

The keynote speakers always leave the audience wanting for more. One key component of all the speeches was using Innovation in our daily work with students. We were challenged to open the students' minds to new and bigger possibilities and engage students to become leaders in their own learning, by giving choices and encouragement.

Steve Guditus, Director of Educational Technology for my district was awarded a Path Finder award.

I was lucky enough to enjoy lunch with Karen Miller from DoInk, green screen app. We had a thoughtful conversation about the future of this marvelous app.

And of course I found lots and lots of FREE items to bring home.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

FlipGrid Fever

Flipgrid fever is here!
Over the summer I won a year's subscription to FlipGrid and we have been having a lot of fun with it. On this video discussion board students are able to share their thoughts, reflections, and answer questions.

"Bring the back row to the front and engage all of your students. Together! Flipgrid helps all learners define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others. Empathy. That’s what it’s all about! Flipgrid has the most powerful, quick, and easy-to-use recorder in the industry"

Mrs. Ragan's class last week shared their own creative ideas for Halloween this year.
Visit their FlipGrid and even add to it. All posts are moderated.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Build A Jack O Lantern

Who doesn't love a Great Pumpkin design?
Boo! Guess Who?  Me! I love a great jack o lantern!
The month of October brings out our spooky and creative sides.
Using the template for Build a Jack-O-Lantern from Eric Curts that I found on Twitter, students have been creating their own personalized Jack-O-Lanterns.

Here is the collection from Mrs. Corliss' Third Grade Class.

Click in the slides below to view Mrs. Ragan's Second Grade Class

Here is the template:
Click on the slides below to view each original creation.

Teacher Tip:

To get your own copy click HERE. This link will force a copy to your own google drive.
Share your finished Jack O Latern in comments.