Thursday, April 30, 2015

Creating Pictures with Two-Dimensional Shapes

Kindergarten students have been learning about two dimensional shapes in math. They read a book called Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh, and they saw how shapes could be manipulated to make pictures. Then students in Mrs. Manibusan's kindergarten class used two dimensional shapes found in the computer program Kidspiration 3 to create pictures of their own. Students added a sentence about their picture.

Mrs. Manibusan printed her students' work. When she showed me the pictures, I asked her to choose two or three for me to feature on this tech blog. Instead, Mrs. Manibusan sent me the whole stack of pictures with a note that said, "Please choose your favorite ones . . . I love them all." Take a look at the slideshow below, and you will see why it was too hard to choose just a few. That's why I published ALL of them!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TAG Students Use Kahoot for Game-Based Review

Fourth graders in Mrs. Salvati's language arts class have been using Kahoot!, a game-based program, for reviewing material. In Kahoot!, teachers create questions to assess student knowledge and then save their game. To play Kahoot!, students join a game by entering a specific game code on a device, like a smart phone, tablet, or computer. When the teacher launches the game, students view the projected questions and input their answers on their devices. Kahoot! keeps score, based on correct answers and speed the answers are received. It's a fast-paced, engaging way to question students and have everyone participate. And after the game ends, the teacher can download a spreadsheet with details of the students' performance.

Click the link and select "What is it?" to learn more:  Kahoot!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Publishing Super Hero Poems

Students in Ms. Neubauer's first grade dual language class wrote poems that they published using Microsoft Word. Students continued their work to master the basics of word processing. They learned how to center text. They also worked on capitalization and punctuation skills. After they printed their poems, they illustrated them. I think you'll agree that these Super Hero poems are Super CUTE!

Stop by Ms. Neubauer's classroom soon, and read all of these
Super Hero poems.

Creating Genre Reviews Using Google Slides

Third graders in Ms. Pinali's class created presentations using Slides in Google Apps for Education (GAFE.) Their presentations reviewed characteristics of the literature genres they learned in reading this year. Students collaborated in small groups on the project. This is one of the strengths of GAFE, because ALL students in the group are able to log on and work on their presentation at the same time. Students are also able to share their work easily with others. The links to their projects listed below were created to allow anyone with the link to view their work. Enjoy!

Biography by Zach, Garrit, Kacy, and Daniel S.

Fiction by Stephanie, Kira, Maggie, and Angel

Nonfiction by Faith, Ben, Vivian, and Victoria

Poetry by Daniel G., Abby, and Robel

Maddison works with her group
on planning the traditional
literature presentation.
Students collaborate to plan their project content.