Monday, December 16, 2013

Using Google Presentations to Teach Writing Prompts

The third grade team has used Google Presentations to not only create math lessons (word problems), but to create expository pieces. Check out these three pieces the teachers have made to introduce expository writing just in time for the STARR. 

Additionally, they are continuing their Edmodo use to access Sokikom, an online behavioral management app. With an entire grade level using the same application, it has made for consensus and clearer expectations. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

FNE Eagles Robotics competes in first FLL tournament!

Third, fourth, and fifth grade students are competing in Forest North's first ever time at the FLL (First Lego League) competition tomorrow! Thank you to coaches, Ms. Fennewald, Ms. Rideaux, Ms. Potral, and Mrs. McCollum. More details to follow on the tournament.

3rd grade Takes Google by Storm

Third grade teacher, Mrs. Rhea, is a Google Ninja in her own right. However, now her students are becoming masters themselves.

Recently, students used the Google Research tool within Google Presentations to research animals and places and costs while presenting the information in a presentation. Though the presentation itself if a common platform, the Google Research tool allowed students to research within the presentation and to search more scholarly sources.

Check out some of the student work!

As a teacher, Mrs. Rhea uses her Promethean board daily for lunch count. Mrs. Rhea uses Google Presentations for teaching all the time. For example, she has started sharing the presentations with her students so they can have access to the information at anytime.

Mrs. Rhea also uses Flippity flashcards with Google to help students review math. Then, she posts them to Edmodo so they can view them at any time!

Next week, they'll be using Blendspace next week for publishing our biographies.

Way to go, Mrs. Rhea's class for integrating technology!

Monday, December 2, 2013

2nd Grade Celebrates Thanksgiving 21st Century Style!

In honor of Thanksgiving last week, several of the second grade classrooms produced paper slide videos and Google Presentations to share their thanks with the world.

In Mrs. McCollum's class, students drew pictures of people, things, places, etc. that they were thankful for. Then, students wrote words to correspond to their slides. These words became their script. Using the in-class document camera as a video recorder, students placed their pictures under the document cam and narrated the "slides" with their words. At the end, Mrs. McCollum saved the video and placed it on her Website for the world to see.

Additionally, Mrs. Johnson's class made a Google Presentation of the things, people, places, etc. that they are thankful for. Mrs. Johnson created the presentation and assigned each student a slide. With Google accounts, students were able to edit the presentation simultaneously. She, too, has placed the finished product in Edmodo for her subscribers to see.

What are you thankful for?