Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Class Surveys with Google Spreadsheets and More!

5th Grade teacher, Mr. Martir, has joined Mrs. Rataj in creating Edmodo Book review groups and Google documents. Now, however, he is having students create Google Forms to gather data on a spreadsheet. Students are reviewing that data and building their own graphs. Finally, Mr. Martir is combining forces with Prezi and Edmodo to create student presentations and interactive discussions.

Check out Mr. Martir's integrated classroom in action!

Book Reviews:

Student created book reviews after students in the class recommend books they had read to others and
gave brief descriptions of their books.

Book Clubs:

Mr. Martir set up small groups in Edmodo to hold book clubs. Students are able to reflect and ask
questions concerning their books from home or classroom. One student uses his smart phone
and the speech feature to reflect because he has difficulty with spelling and writing. Mrs. Fournier, the school librarian, attends all the book clubs (via Edmodo) so she is able to respond to their thinking as well.


Google Docs:

Mr. Martir is also using Google Docs on Edmodo to share files with students in the classroom.


Students are becoming familiar with using Prezi to present information to the class.



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Stepping into blended learning with Google and Edmodo

Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Rataj is using a 1-2 combo with Edmodo and Google to create blended learning within her classroom.

Within her classroom, Mrs. Rataj has created a variety of groups for her students to join. Recently, she created a Book Clubs group with several smaller groups for break-out discussions. Students may now have ongoing discussions--with documents, videos, images, audio clips, and more--about their books. Since Edmodo stretches beyond the classroom walls, students are able to bring their book discussions outside of the classroom.

Additionally, Mrs. Rataj provide instruction on topics like the Manifest Destiny and included links on her Edmodo page so students could return to seek more help. Now, students created Google presentations on those same topics and posted them in Edmodo for all to share and comment on. Once again, the discussion is ongoing. 

Kudos, Mrs. Rataj, for bringing educational technology outside of the classroom!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

2nd graders take on Movie Maker

Mrs. Rhea's class--winners of Digital Learning Month for the most effective integration of technology--received a day devoted to technology. Per Mrs. Rhea's choice, the class researched how technology impacted recreation, communications, and transportation. Then, they created scripts with the information they gathered and found and saved images from the Forest North Library Databases relating to their research. Next, Mrs. Rhea filmed students with a Shoot n' Share as they recited their scripts.

Using their images, scripts, and videos, the students used Movie Maker to make their very first movies--including transitions, text layovers, credits, and title slides. Students worked in pairs developing their movies. Final movies were exported as WMVs.

Mrs. Rhea took a unit that she typically ended with research and extended it. In the process, students worked on story development, writing, teamwork, and more--through the use of technology.

Great job, second grade in creating your first of many movies!