Great Resource for K-5 Computers

I love twitter!  (@cardstech)  I have to give much credit to Craig Badura and his twitter posts and class blog and for giving me the inspiration to push my students to another level.

I have used twitter to create my own PLN am and fortunate to fine people like Craig to share resources and be part of the bigger picture.

Because of what I read on his blog, I am starting to delve into connecting my students with a larger audience.  What does that mean?  What does that look like?  How is that going to work?  I will be honest that I have a lot of unknowns in this whole process.  Can a first grade students write a blog post?  I have 375 students for 30 minutes per week, so how am I going to manage log-in credentials for that and make it effective?  How will I get people to comment so the students see value in their work?

I am diving in headfirst with my 1st and 2nd grade students and having them use Kidblogs to create their own blogs moderated by me, and third and fourth will head to Edmodo along with blog accounts to see what they can create.

On deck for my classroom:  Kidblogs, Voki, and Edmodo for sure and poszsibly StoryBird if we can make it through everything!

The one thing I have learned for sure though; I need to have very concrete examples of what my projects looked like so the students can see a somewhat finished result.

NWEA Vocabulary

As we approach the NWEA testing season, I wanted to share some activities that would help the students reach the next level of achievement.

These practice assessment help students based on what level their goal is.  You would need the NWEA goals to know where each students was and what they are shooting for in the Spring Test.

All lessons and practices are able to be used with a SmartBoard or standalone projector to help demonstrate to the students.  The students can also work individually on their own computers.

I take no credit for these activites and have not verified each one, but each link has an enormous amount of links for activities to support the RIT Ranges. An even better bonus is that it works for all grades taking the MAPS.

NWEA Reading Practice
NWEA Math Practice

Here are also some general math links for K-5.
http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/ro/Pages/studentlinks/math.htm
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/


Digital Storytelling

The 4th grade students at CIS have been working on digital storytelling in the computer lab.  The students had to use Google images to find at least 10 photos of things that were interesting to them or told something about them.  We assembled the photos into Microsoft Photo Story 3 and and customized their video.  The students also got to use MixCraft 5 to create their own custom music for their slideshow.
Please keep checking back for updates and student videos.





World Education Games

Students practicing for the World Education Games
Our students are participating in the 2012 World Education Games.  The World Education Games is the exciting event for ALL schools and students around the world. It runs from March 6-8th, involving 5.5million students from over 200 countries and territories. Practice opened February 1st. 2012. This is the global challenge to get ALL students (4-18 years of age) excited about learning, and to give the top students in each school an opportunity to see how they measure up against the best.

The format is:
1 February - The Games open for Practice
6 March - World Spelling Day
7 March - World Maths Day
8 March - World Science Day
23 March - Award Presentations at School Assemblies

Students are given their own personal online Games centre, from which they can participate in all 3 events from school and home.  The usernames and passwords were given out during computer class, and will be passed out again the week of the competition.

Students are matched in real time with up to 3 other students of similar age and ability in exciting live challenges. For maths and spelling each challenge lasts 1 minute. For science, each challenge lasts 1 to 3 minutes depending on the number of participants in a challenge.

Students earn points for correct answers, with their personal tally growing as they complete the challenges.

Each event has 50 challenges in total, meaning students can complete each event in around an hour – either in a computer class at school, and/or from home. Science may take 2 hours to complete. This can be done in separate sittings over the 48 hours of each event.

Doodle for Google

We are participating in the 2012 Doodle for Google contest.  Not sure what Doogle for Google is?  Find more information at www.google.com/doodleforgoogle

Your child can win:

  • $30,000 college scholarship
  • A trip to New York on May 17th
  • A Google Chromebook
  • A t-shirt printed with their logo on it
  • Their doodle printed on the Crayola 64 box
  • Their doodle on the Google homepage for a day
  • A $50,000 technology grant for our school!

Attached below you will find a link to the Google Entry form and the letter I sent home to students.

Entries are due March 15, 2012 to my classroom.

Doodle for Google Entry
If you would like to fill out the online form, you can do so directly from the doodle for google page here.

World Education Day

This is awesome!  Kids from all over the world can log in and play/compete against each other as they answer math facts, spell words, and test their science knowledge.

The World Education Games is the exciting event for ALL schools and students around the world. It runs from 6-8 March, involving 5.5million students from over 200 countries and territories. Practice opens on 1 February. This is the global challenge to get ALL students (4-18 years of age) excited about learning, and to give the top students in each school an opportunity to see how they measure up against the best.

The format is:
1 February – The Games open for Practice
6 March – World Spelling Day
7 March – World Maths Day
8 March – World Science Day
23 March – Award Presentations at School Assemblies