Thursday, December 18, 2014

Moore's class has fun with Quizlet

Ms. Moore's class has a blast using their Promethean board and Quizlet to review their multiplication facts.  It's amazing how a little friendly competition helps engage the class.  Ms. Moore even gets in on the action!!! 



Friday, December 12, 2014

Hour of Code at FNE

All of our students at FNE are participating in the Hour of Code program.  They are learning the basic principles of coding through game play.  The kids have loved it!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

4th Grade Enrichment

Some of our 4th Grade students are actively learning to Code using during an in school enrichment group.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

1st Grade students creating maps of their classroom

Mrs. San Miguel's students recently took a trip to the computer lab and used classroom architect to create a map of their classroom.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

1st Grade Classes using wireless Active Slates and flipcharts

Our first grade classes have been working on telling time.  Ms. Manack's students used the wireless Active Slates to write the correct time on the flipchart,  as well move the clock hands to the correct time, and then to reveal the correct answers.  The kids loved it!!!!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Learning to code through games

In our NGDC class at Forest North our kids are learning the basic thought process for coding using a game called Kodable.  Our 1-5th graders have been playing the game and advancing at their own pace.  It has been great seeing the student’s problem solve issues and work together to help each other get past difficult levels.  


Monday, October 27, 2014

Robotics Club

We have 30 students participating in our afterschool robotics club at Forest North.  It’s our 3rd week and students have already built and programed their first robots.  They are really looking forward to building their competition Sumo Bots.  See our students in action below.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Parent University and Forest North ITS team up

Parent University at FNE had a Coffee Chat with Jeff Brewton the FNE Instructional Technology Specialist today.  We discussed how technology is being used at FNE and what can be done at home to support this.  Lots of question and answer time as well!  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Online Math Textbook and Mimio Interactive Whiteboards

Mr. Martir's 5th grade class and Mrs. Yeager's 2nd grade class are using the new online math textbook along with their Mimio interactive whiteboards to make Math instruction more Kidcentric and interactive.  Way to go guys!!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

NGDC in use

Ms. Bell's class is putting the new NGDC Ipads to good use.  Today her 2nd and 5th grade Art classes are taking pictures using the photo booth app and sharing them with the class using AirDrop.

Jeff's Video

Mrs. Rhea's Class using Google Classroom

Mrs. Rhea's Class using Google Classroom

Mrs. Rhea and her students are using the new app Google Classroom to complete an assignment on states of matter.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Slammin' Digital Stories

Third grade teacher, Mrs. Rhea, and Art teacher, Ms. Bell, teamed forces in order to create a collaborative unit on digital storytelling. While students constructed stories in Mrs. Rhea's class, they constructed the same story - in a different medium - in art.

While in Mrs. Rhea's class, student "experts" slammed different applications that they had learned throughout the year. After the initial slam, the class was given time to meet with the expert slammers and learn more about the apps. And, by the end of class, students chose the app that best matched the story they would tell.

Using Edmodo as the class platform, students were given the following options to create with:

Student slammers slammed the various activities. Afterward, students broke off into groups and spent the remaining time exploring the apps and ways they could use them to tell their persuasive stories.

Over the next week, students will start work on the actual assignment and will present them to the class. All questions and links to their digital stories are in Edmodo for both parents and students to view and collaborate on.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting collaborative project!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Stars of Forest North

Teachers like third grade teacher, Mrs. Rhea, are trying innovative ways to prepare students for the annual STAAR Testing. Using Educanplay, Mrs. Rhea has developed a variety of matching games for students to take at their own pace. Likewise, she is using StudyJams to help students "jam" to math and science.

Check out more updates from STAAR tactics!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Planetarium visits Forest North!

On April 8 and April 9, the Austin Planetarium visited students in grades PK-5 and our FCC classrooms!

Classes explored the following topics:

Grades 2 - 5: Earth, Sun, and Moon: An interactive program led by the Astronomy Educator exploring physical differences between the Earth, Sun and Moon, plus phases of the Moon. May include hands-on activities to help the students visualize how the Earth-Sun-Moon system moves, plus information on eclipses. Program begins with information on constellations visible tonight and daily star motion.

Grades Pre-K - 1: One World, One Sky: Join Big Bird, Elmo and their Muppet friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the Moon. Use your imagination to travel with Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu from Sesame Street to the moon, and discover how different it is from Earth.

Grades pre K-5: The Sky Tonight: An interactive program led by the Astronomy Educator exploring the stars, constellations and planets visible in the sky tonight. Demonstrates daily motion of stars and planets, plus constellation stories.

Stay tuned for pictures of this awesome and authentic learning experience!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's been a Spring of Change

Special Education teacher, Lalitha Shetty, has embarked on a spring of change and growth with her students.

After attending a Tech Thursdays in November, she began using Padlet with her fifth graders to brainstorm and organize thoughts.

This month, they have watched short educational videos on various topics including robots, animals, etc. on YouTube for 'response writing.' Students watch the video, are encouraged to make inferences, draw conclusions, and write about them in journals on Google Docs.

Students have also learned to publish Google docs with the following features: 'create'; change font style, color, and size,; insert pictures and resize them; print

And, currently, students are competing for 'Top Typist' , where they practice on Dance Mat typing.

In Mrs. Stewart's fifth grade reading class, students used the Curriculet app in Edmodo to document readings and increase fluency.

Stay tuned for more updates on our Spring of Change!

Monday, March 17, 2014

3rd Grade Economics Fair Meets Smore

The annual third grade Economics Fair went digital this year. Check out their digital sources!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Water Cycle goes Digital

This past month, Forest North fourth grade classes reviewed the water cycle, but in a new way. This year, students created animated water cycles using Google Presentations. Students drew, labeled, and animated the different elements of the water cycle.

Check out some of their work!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Age Reading at Forest North

Recently, several Forest North classes began using the Google Chrome app, Newsela, to supply students with non-fiction texts at specific reading levels.

Mrs. Rhea's third grade class is using the site (that allows teachers to manage classes and assign readings) to teach mini lessons, differentiated instruction and intervention.

Parent connection: Another intervention teacher, Mrs. Cardenas, uses it with her 6th grade Autistic son on his ipad when they are on the road or for "brain breaks." With her 3rd grader, she uses it to practice fluency and comprehension. Teachers can also recommend parents to use it as a resource to track their child's comprehension because it allows the parents to create their own "class" profile for free.

Stay tuned as we chronicle other classroom and at-home connections with Newsela!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Music class takes one giant note forward

Through the generous support of the Forest North PTA, Mrs. Hermansen was recently able to purchase a software and DVD package from "Quaver's Marvelous World of Music" called The Essentials Kit. This kit offers 30 units that cover all the required curriculum for music: music theory (reading and writing music), instruments and ensembles, composers and music history, and music styles. Each unit includes a video on DVD, plus a wealth of online resources. One of the most exciting resources included with each unit is a set of interactive whiteboard activities, which are really fun and engaging for the kids. The videos are also very entertaining as well as informative. Some of the best features of the Essentials Kit are several virtual composing and recording studios, teaching students to create music in many different styles, from classical to rock to rap to jazz. There is also a fun section called "Bach's Brain" that helps students get to know six of the most famous composers throughout history. In another section, students can explore an interactive "World Map of Music" that introduces kids to a huge array of music and instruments from all over the world. Best of all, there is a free kid's area on the "Quaver's Marvelous World of Music" website that students can explore at home, which includes games, a virtual recording studio, and much more. 

Mrs. Hermansen and her class are anxiously preparing to dive into this wonderful new music resource at Forest North! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

First Annual i 3 Tech Fest Connects Parents, Teachers, & Students

Students, parents, and teachers at Forest North, Deer Park, and McNeil held the first annual i<3 Tech Fest at McNeil High School on February 12.

Prior to the event, students, parents, and teachers submitted ideas of topics they would like to teach others in their respective groups. Some students wanted to set up a booth on Scratch to teach other students how to us Scratch while some parents wanted to set up a booth on gaming to teach parents how to get students to create games. Topic suggestions ranged from "Elf Yourself" and Google Calendar to Javascript.

Though quaint, the event connected parents, teachers, and students and gave each a chance to teach and learn. Parents left with an understanding of Home Access and a student-produced app, QuickHAC, that can aide in grade-monitoring. Meanwhile, students learned of a gaming site called Game Salad that features tutorials and other best practices. Parents also left with ideas on how to use Google Calendar to manage family schedules. Stay tuned for more updates from the event!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

2nd Annual Digital Learning Day Celebration Takes Off

On Thursday, February 6, Forest North marked the second annual digital learning day. The day was filled of learning!

At the start of the day, fourth grade students piled in to learn from Mr. Koester about video game design and software engineering. Next, other fourth grade students learned from Mr. Tolleson about graphic design and the design process. First grade students learned from Mr. Kumar who presented on cloud computing while second grade students learned from Mr. England who taught on civil engineering - the waterworks system and the roadway system. Third grade students learned from Mrs. Loy who presented on the app design process while fifth graders finished up the day with a presentation by Mr. Rhea on video game design.

After each presentation, students attended a career fair put on by the fifth grade students. Fifth grade students came dressed as their future career and presented Google Presentations on the necessary steps needed to make it in their careers.

Stay tuned as we post our favorite examples of technology integration to our Edmodo group this month.We will also hold a Hangout On-Air series to bring experts into the classrooms. Lastly, students have been given a list of reading material to help compliment the presentations they learned today.

Check out the first round of digital learning day here!

More updates will follow!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Alternative Energy Gets a Facelift

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Rataj's class are doing a makeover of alternative energy sources with electronic flyers. 

Instead of producing paper handouts, students will use Smore and Tackk to share information alternative energy sources. By doing it this way, students can share information to a larger audience and connect past their classroom walls. 

Check out some of the awesome work the fifth grade students completed!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

K-5 Slam Technology!

Students in grades K-5 participated in Forest North's first ever Eagle Tech Slam. Prior to the tech slam, students submitted a Google Form to ITS, Ms. Fennewald, who reviewed and organized the submissions. Students submitted forms on a variety of topics from creating avatars to building video games and Google Presentations. The one common theme: students were responsible for their own presentations from beginning to end. Therefore, it was the first of its kind at Forest North with students teaching students.

And, though the technology was great, students most enjoyed the opportunity to listen and learn from other students and the chance to teach fellow students.

You may watch a clip of the tech slam for grades 3-5 below.

There were two slams - one for K-2 students and one for 3-5 students. Though K-2 students did not present, 3-5 students more than made up for presentations. Check out what presentations took place!

Congratulations and thank you to all of the student presenters in our inaugural Eagle Tech Slam!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

4th Grade Takes on Tackk

4th grade students researched a variety of historical figures before break. This year, teachers, Mrs. Talley, Mrs. Koester, and Ms. Ellis, assigned their students Tackks, digital newsletters that students could access and edit from anywhere in the world. Students discussed text features, captions, appropriate use of photographs, and video.

Check out these two fourth grade Tackks (enabled as part of their Google accounts):


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