Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Introducing...Tech Stars!

Currently, third, fourth, and fifth grade students are gathering teacher recommendations, obtaining parent permission, attending information sessions, and applying for Forest North's newest club: Tech Stars. Tech Stars is a club for third, fourth, and fifth grade students who have an interest in technology. Students in the club receive enrichment opportunities (like making movies, photographs, songs, etc.) as well as leadership responsibilities.  Tech Stars are responsible for maintaining the netbooks and other technology at their grade level and setting a positive example for other students. Additionally, tech stars attend bi-monthly meetings to learn new "fix-it" skills, thereby working towards their certification.

Tech Stars starts January 7, 2013. Applications are due December 10, 2012.

The first big event Tech Stars will sponsor is the Digital Learning Day on February 6, 2013--an event that celebrates 21st century teaching and learning.

Please encourage your students to apply for this leadership opportunity!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lunch Counts and ActivSlates

Mrs. Guerra's 1st grade class is ringing in each school day with a dose of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and  ActivSlates. As students arrive, they pass along the classroom ActivSlate and drag over their appropriate Dr. Seuss hat to their respective lunch columns. In doing so, students are working on fine motor skills--with the ActivSlate pen--and their graphing skills. One of the 1st grade goals is to get students used to what graphs look like as well as how to chart bar graphs.

With the use of the ActivSlate and ActivInspire software, students are able to achieve both goals: improve fine motor skills and recognize graphs.

Stay tuned for more updates from Mrs. Guerra's 1st grade class ad they familiarize themselves with ActivInspire software!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Edmodo makes waves

Teachers at Forest North have implemented a new form of communication, instruction, and classroom management into the classroom: Edmodo. With Edmodo, teachers create classes that students join. And, each student is given a unique parent code to give to parents/guardians. With this code, parents can sign into the class, view their child's grades, progress, behavioral badges, and view important notes from the teacher. In fact, with a parent Edmodo account, parents can do more than they could with a regular Website. Edmodo is a school safe form of social networking that teaches students correct behavior on social networking sites--in a safe place. It is designed to look like Facebook, but for education. Most students immediately make the connection between Edmodo and other popular public social networking sites. And, because of that connection, teachers are able to teach students how to be constructive members of the social classroom community.

Ask your child's teacher if they use Edmodo in the classroom. And, if they do, be sure to get your parent code so you can sign up.

Stay tuned for more updates on Edmodo's impact on the classroom!