Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Showing Off the Chromebooks! NGDC Open House

Vivien and her family.
Ms. Price hosted an Open House on November 19 so that her fifth graders could show their families everything they've done with their Chromebooks so far. She began the evening with a brief presentation recapping the Next Generation Digital Classroom goals and expectations. Then students logged on to their Google Apps for Education accounts. They showed their parents the projects they've completed and how they are creating digital portfolios of their work. Students also demonstrated the various web sites, apps, and extensions that are used in class, including STEMscopes, Think Through Math, Edmodo, Newsela, PicMonkey, and more.

Aairah and her dad.
Alex and his family.
Jude and his family.
Sephanit and her dad.
Julian and his family.

The students led enthusiastic conversations with their families about their work. They also earned special Edmodo badges for sharing their Chromebook work with their families. Best of all, pride in their technology accomplishments was clear!

Padlet App Adds Variety

Students in Mrs. Street's second grade class have been learning to identify main characters and settings in their books. Mrs. Street created a shared document on an app called Padlet that allowed the students to share information about characters and settings. Multiple users can work on the page at the same time, and they can see changes by refreshing the page. Students enjoyed sharing in a new and different way!

Boys working on adding their information to the Characters
and Settings Padlet.

This is a screen shot of the finished Padlet page.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fourth Graders Practice Presentations

Fourth graders have been learning about the water cycle in science. To review and reinforce their learning, the students have created presentations that summarize the water cycle. Students in Mrs. Viloria's class used Microsoft PowerPoint's drawing tools and clip art to illustrate their work. This is a dual language class, so the students receive science instruction in Spanish. Their text about the water cycle - El Ciclo de Agua - was written in Spanish, and they also shared their presentations by speaking in Spanish, too.

Alyssa and Estafania work on their presentation.

David checks facts in the STEMscopedia reference guide
while Gianluca updates the information in their presentation.

Anna and Nicole discuss their presentation with their classmates.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Flora & Ulysses: Learning Word Processing Skills

Word processing is a technical skill that gets taken for granted. It doesn't exactly SEEM hard to write a story or a poem on a computer . . . until you think of the details. Besides typing the words, there's capitalization, punctuation, and spacing, not to mention font choice, size, and color. There are titles to be centered and sometimes images to be added. Word processing is a skill that most adults use every day when they email or text, and that's why it's necessary that students master word processing.

Third graders in Ms. Salvati's TAG language arts class wrote poems (and practiced word processing!) in response to reading Flora & Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo. This funny and touching book was the 2014 Newbery Award winner and is also a nominee for the 2014-15 Texas Bluebonnet Award.

Here are some screen shots of some of the students' poems:

Words for Flora's Mother was written by Elaina.

Ulysses was written by Abby.

Ulysses the Hero was written by Diego.