Friday, February 28, 2014

Learning about Soil with StemScopes™

In science this week, third graders were learning about soil formation using an online curriculum program called StemScopes™. Created by Rice University, the program includes inquiry activities, lessons, videos, games, and assessments. Below, third grade teacher Claire Pinali discusses observations and predictions from the soil lesson with several of her students. While students work through the lessons online, they use their science journals to record their observations and predictions.

Mrs. Pinali observes as Kiki, Thea, Aidan, and Leolia work on the soil formation activity on library computers.

Cody and Rykan work together to complete the soil formation lesson.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Edmodo Provides Safe Online Communities for Learning

Several teachers at Herrington use Edmodo to create classroom communities and enhance learning. Edmodo is a free social networking app that was designed to be safe for students.

this is the Edmodo logo
Edmodo Logo

The teacher manages the classroom group and shares a variety of digital resources, like information, links, presentations, and more. Teachers can make assignments and grade them after students turn them in, all within Edmodo.

Students enjoy Edmodo; they are allowed to post messages that are shared with everyone in their class and to comment on postings. This helps them to learn appropriate digital citizenship in an online community. Students can log in to their Edmodo classes from any computer with internet access.

Recently, third grade students in Ms. Hanna's reading class shared poems they wrote that were inspired by Gail Carson Levine's Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems.

Below are some screen shots from their Edmodo postings. Notice the give and take this environment encourages. Samantha updated her poem after Peyton reminded her that the false apology poems are supposed to start with "This is Just to Say."

This is Samantha's poem, This is Just to Say.

These are the responses to Samantha's poem.