Thursday, December 13, 2012

Showcase Teacher: The Fourth Grade Team!

Ms. Cline, Ms. Figueroa, Ms. Jones, Ms. Mowatt, and Ms. Hadamek make up the Fourth Grade Team at Herrington Elementary. This team is a great example of how technology can be integrated into lessons and used effectively to enhance student learning and create new learning opportunities.

Here are a few ways that this team uses technology:

  • Istation: The Imagination Station (Reading Tool)
  • Various online resources for understanding, reinforcement of concepts, activities, and enrichment
  • Research projects
  • Document camera and classroom projection system
  • Development of presentations and projects
  • Science experiments and experiences (STEMScopes)
Here's the team!

Check out the Fourth Grade Team website!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Showcase Teacher: Michelle LEplattenier!

Michelle LEplattenier is an Art Teacher at Herrington Elementary. She believes in the importance of incorporating technology into all areas of student learning and works to integrate it into her art lessons.

Here are a few ways she uses technology:

  • Document camera
  • Classroom projector
  • Digital cameras
  • Laptops
  • TuxPaint
What is a favorite lesson that you do that incorporates technology?
I use Google Art Project and take Fourth Graders on a virtual field trip.

What is the one instructional technology that you feel you could no longer do without?
Document Camera

If wishes could come true, what technology would you want to have available in your classroom to enhance instruction?
Photoshop software, laptop cart and color printer

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Showcase Teacher: Amy Bird

Mrs. Bird is a Kindergarten teacher at Herrington Elementary. This is her second year as part of the Kinder Teaching Team at Herrington. Mrs. Bird is excited about using technology with her students. She does her best to develop lessons that integrate this valuable tool.

Here are just a few of the ways that she uses technology:

  • Music
  • Videos
  • Document camera and classroom projection system
  • Various online resources for understanding, reinforcement of concepts, activities, and enrichment
One of her favorite lessons that she likes to do with her students that integrates computers is a writers workshop using Microsoft Word. 

What is the one instructional technology that you feel you could no longer do without?

If wishes could come true, what technology would you want to have available in your classroom to enhance instruction?

Her thoughts on using technology in instruction:
"I use it in everything; readers workshop, writers workshop, math, science, and phonics."

Friday, November 16, 2012

Kinder is logging on!

Learning to log in to a network using a personal username and password can be difficult for folks at any age. Over a couple of weeks, Kindergarten classes had the opportunity to work with Ms. Freeman to learn how to log on to our school netbooks. Students learned about the keyboard combination of ctrl-alt-delete, how to use the touch pad, what 'click' means, and the location of the letters and numbers on the keyboard. Did you know that the zero is in the wrong place? Ask a Kindergartner to explain!

The students did a great job being patient with themselves while learning these new concepts. I'm excited about the projects and lessons that the Kinder Teaching Team has planned and looking forward to being involved in more lessons with them!

TA TEKS: K-2.1.A, K-2.2.A

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Showcase Teacher: Angie Hanna

Ms. Hanna is the TAG teacher at Herrington. She uses technology throughout every day and across all of the grade levels that she interacts with. Here are just a few of the resources that she uses with her students:

  • Edmodo: submit assignments, ask questions, share links, etc
  • LiveBinders: create portfolios
  • Excel: graphing, timelines
  • Word: composition, formatting, etc
  • PowerPoint to Photostory: create a movie from a slideshow
  • Kidspiration: create mind maps and brainstorms
  • Paint: identify/color geographical details; such as continents where certain animals live
She is currently working on a project with her First and Second Graders and is excited about it because they will have PowerPoints that showcase a variety of technology integration over the course of the semester. First Grade will have used Kidspiration and Paint as well as PowerPoint to share their research. Second Grade will have used Kidspiration and Excel in their projects.

What is the one instructional technology that she can't do without?
On demand access to laptops!
If wishes could come true, what would she want to have in her classroom to enhance her instruction?
A high speed scanner!

Her thoughts on using technology in instruction:
"It really enhances student engagement and allows them to become experts, share their knowledge, and collaborate."

Check out Ms. Hanna's website!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Coming soon...Showcase Teacher!

Periodically, I will be posting about a teacher that is doing some amazing things integrating technology into lessons. You'll find out information about the teacher, what kinds of technology they use, what technology they wish they had and a piece of technology that they now feel the can't live without!

Herrington teachers incorporate technology all the time and I'm excited to celebrate them throughout this year. Be watching this blog for your student's teacher!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Second Grade is up and running!

This week I got the privilege of meeting and leading a technology lesson with all of the Second Grade Classes. We had a great time getting to know each other and also getting to know the equipment that we have available to us here at Herrington. The students learned about laptop expectations; how they should carry the laptop, how they should treat the laptop, the basics of caring for and using it appropriately. The students were also able to turn on their laptop and practice logging in. Along the way, they learned some computer vocabulary words like desktop, mouse, touchpad, icon, and keyboard. We also talked about the differences between these types of computers: a desktop, a laptop, a netbook, and a tablet. I know that the Second Grade Team has some great projects planned for this year and the students are ready to go!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Second Graders Create Paper Slide Videos

What's a paper slide video? Paper slide videos are created by recording narration for photos, illustrations, or documents that are passed in front of a video camera. Every classroom at Herrington has a document camera which will record both still photos and videos. Ms. Nerhood's second graders used the document camera software and a headset with a microphone to create their videos. They will play their animal research videos to share what they've learned. Examples from James and Diego are presented below.

James creates his paper slide video on grasshoppers, which is linked below.

Diego creates his paper slide video about sharks, which is linked below..

Monday, April 30, 2012

Students Review Books for Library Display

Several third graders read books from the 2012-13 Texas Bluebonnet Award master list and then wrote book reviews to be displayed on the Herrington library bulletin board. Using Microsoft Word, these students learned how to insert photos of the books and also how to insert a "drop cap" to make their piece more visually appealing.

Here are some of their book reviews:

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! reviewed by Melanie

Zita the Space Girl reviewed by N.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Students Create Video to Honor Auxiliary Employees

Herrington's auxiliary employees were honored with an appreciation assembly on Friday, April 13. Custodians, cafeteria staff, bus drivers, and crossing guards were recognized for their important roles in keeping our school running smoothly.

Cafeteria worker Andrea Ruiz is greeted by students as she makes her way to the front to receive a certificate of appreciation.
A group of third graders created a video featuring these employees and thanking them for their work at Herrington. Students took photographs with digital cameras and created PowerPoint slides for each employee. They also wrote the narration for each slide and recorded it using Photo Story 3, the program that was used to produce the video. Enjoy the video, which is linked below!

Herrington Elementary Says Thank You!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Students Practice Spanish with Read Naturally

Students in the dual language program at Herrington are learning in both English and Spanish. One of the tools these students use to enhance their reading skills is a computer program called Read Naturally. The program has stories in both English and Spanish, and it allows students to practice vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Students listen to stories being read on the program several times, and then they practice reading the same stories aloud to work on their pronunciations and fluency.

The video below features second grade students Lupita and Jake from Ms. Velarde's second grade dual language class. Listen to them read stories from Read Naturally.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Country Research by 1st Graders

All first grade classes visited the library this week for a lesson on using a new online resource called CultureGrams, which provides information about countries. In language arts, the students are working on reading expository texts - nonfiction text which informs, describes, or explains.

Ariel and Alyssa worked together to learn about India.
One focus of the lesson was to learn to use text features to locate specific information in texts. Students used the table of contents to answer some basic questions about the countries they chose. What they enjoyed most, though, was listening to the country's anthem and viewing videos about the country's music, holidays, and customs. CultureGrams, along with RRISD's other online research resoures, is availabe for home use. Contact librarian Kim Miller for more information about home access.

Ariel and Alyssa's Country Research

Monday, February 27, 2012

1st Graders Learn Microsoft Word Skills

First graders have been learning various Microsoft Word skills. Over the last several weeks, students have learned how to insert text and how to change font styles, sizes, and colors. The objective of the current lesson was for students to locate and insert clip art.

Students in Ms. Shelby's first grade class show off their Microsoft Word documents.

Once students successfully inserted clip art of a pet they have (or would like to have!), they learned how to add a bulleted list. They added ways to take care of pets, which ties into their language arts objective about reading and understaning informational text.

The documents below were created in a 30-minute lesson.

Dog by Katelynn L.

Hamster by Ashley B.