Many of you have asked how you can see WHO has checked out the Chromebooks or the iPads. The short answer is that you can see who has checked out hardware by going to your Google Drive and clicking on your Calendars. Here is a short video tutorial.
Screencast: Who has the iPads or Chromebook cart? Viewing your Calendars from your Google Drive.
As always, please come see me if you'd like assistance.
This month, teachers in Grades K-2 are learning how to use Clever badges to automatically log students into many amazing programs, including the newly adopted Wixie!
Wixie allows students in Grades K-2 to create stories, posters, presentations, and essays, while also working on teacher assignments and projects. Students have access to an amazing image library and are also able add their own photographs. Capture your students’ thinking and oral reading skills by having them add narration to their projects. Wixie allows students to share their work with parents and teachers may offer helpful feedback! There are also amazing curriculum guides to help teachers integrate this tool into their classrooms!
Today, students in Mrs. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Keeley's classes will be using the Make a Map feature in BrainPOP to share their learning about the U.S. Constitution in honor of Constitution Day!
BrainPOP is an amazing resource!
I will be holding a Tech Tuesday for teachers every Tuesday morning this year! Tomorrow, please join me in the Computer Lab at 8:35 AM and we can explore how the amazing app, SeeSaw, can help your students build digital portfolios!
Seesaw empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school. Students capture learning with photos and videos of their work, or by adding digital creations. Everything gets organized in one place and is accessible to teachers from any device.
Student work can be shared with classmates, parents, or published to a class blog. Seesaw gives students a real audience for their work and offers parents a personalized window into their child's learning.
Also, many of you have asked how you may take pictures on the Chromebooks and loop slideshows. Here are the directions below. Enjoy your week! And, as always, please feel free to reach out to me if you'd like some support integrating technology!
Welcome back to school teachers and students!
This year, I will be blogging about best practices, current district initiatives, helpful links and resources, and other tech tips right here on my home page. Students will be accessing their daily activities via Google Classroom and the Student Resources tab above.
Some information that may be helpful as you start your new year!
Not sure what a Technology Integration Specialist can do for you? Check the link below for more information.
Objective: Students will create a virtual field trip using Google Tour Builder.
Grade 5: Students will create a tour of the locations of the Revolutionary War using Tour Builder.
Grade 4: Students will create a tour of the locations of famous landmarks in Washington DC using Tour Builder.
Grade 2: Students will identify important pieces of technology in our community and define and give examples of technology.
Grade 1: Students will create a story about Spring using Little Bird Tales.
Watch the video tutorial.
Grades 3-5: Objective- students will use SCRATCH to animate their name.
1. Go to www.scratch.mit.edu
2. Login with username westplymouth and password westkids
3. Click the CREATE button in the top
4. ReWatch the Tutorial above if you need help.
5. When finished, make sure to go to FILE- SAVE NOW
iPAD Lessons using Scratch JR
Grade 1 and Grade 2 Objective- Students will use SCRATCH JR to make a digital story about Spring.
1. Discuss "What do you like to do in the Spring?"
2. Watch tutorial as a class. Tell students that today they will create a Scratch Animation about a Spring activity. For example, a time at the beach or the park.
3. Distribute iPads
4. Power On iPad
2. Go to the Math Folder and find Scratch
3. Create a Sprite and Backdrop
4. Create a digital story about what you like to do in the Spring.
This month, some students are finishing up their SketchUp houses. Some student work examples will be posted in the showcase next week.
Other students are starting to use Scratch and ScratchJr.
"With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge."
Some students are creating Earth Day commercials, while other students are creating special Mother's Day videos.
ScratchJr is a FREE app available in iTunes and Google Play.
This month, students in Grades 3-5 are using Google SketchUp to construct dog houses, dream houses, and Colonial homes! Students were given certain parameters for building their homes. We will then label them and create a screencast explaining the geometrical properties.
Students in Grades K-2 are adding narration and final touches to their digital storytelling projects. Be on the lookout for featured work in the Student Showcase!
We are doing so much in the computer lab this month!
Kindergartener's are creating their own pattern books using the Book Creator App on the iPads.
1st Graders are creating a book about Spring using the Book Creator App on the iPads.
2nd Graders are writing narrative stories using Little Bird Tales. Students will add images and narration too.
3rd Graders are using Google Slides to tell a story about Spring. They are inserting copy-right friendly images, backgrounds, layouts, themes, and transitions.
4th Graders are using PowToons to create digital animated stories about Spring. They are also adding in copyright friendly images, audio tracks and narration.
5th Graders are using the Research Tools in Google Docs and collaborating by sharing, commenting and offering suggestions to a partner. Some students are also creating Google Slides presentations about the explorers.