Friday, November 6, 2015

Learning.com at Forest North

We have started rolling out Learning.com at Forest North with our K-5 Students.  Each grade level has their own self-paced and guided lessons that cover all the Technology TEKS for that grade level.  We have also set up a Keyboarding course for each grade as well.  Most classes are coming to the computer lab to get started.  Some are working on their laptops or Chromebooks in the classroom.  Our 3rd Grade NGDC class is even using their iPads and the Learning.com App to cover these TEKS.  The students are having a blast and teachers are loving how easy it is to use.




Thursday, October 22, 2015

NGDC Library

Mrs. Young and I are so grateful for the opportunity to provide digital experiences to our students as they learn with iPads this year in the library.  So far we've already used iPads with book clubs to explore the South Pole via a live feed, to learn about verb tenses & homophones with an assessment app called Nearpod, and have used the digital touch screen to make a giant chart about context clues.  We are saving time by using the online catalog on the iPads, instead of having to jot down call numbers and go back and forth between a desktop and the stacks. Two students are serving as interns to help manage the iPad collection, taking care that the devices are charged and security stowed overnight. We are starting our giant project with Library Leaders and other groups on campus to film "Reading Rainbow"-style book talks that promote our collection and get the word out about new, exciting books on our shelves. The excitement is palpable, the ability to instantly engage & assess is so convenient, and kids are getting access to technology that is new to many of them, preparing them to be the "techies" of the future! 





Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mr. Martir using our Interactive boards

Mr. Martir and his class enjoy using the Interactive Mimio board in the classroom.  He shows students how to work through math problems using the board and then the students get a chance to show what they have learned.



Kinder Loves Computer Lab time

Our Kinder Classes love coming to the computer lab and learning on Starfall.  They are all very engaged while they work on their numbers and letters using fun activities.



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

4th grade classes learned to use Prezi

Our 4th grade classes learned to use Prezi.com as a presentation tool for a project on the life cycle of animals.  The really seemed to enjoy it and caught on fast to the new format.




Friday, May 8, 2015

K-2 classes use iPads and Kahoot for Armadillo Readers Choice Voting in the Library

Mrs. Fournier our Librarian and students used iPads (courtesy of Ms. Bell, our lovely art teacher with a NextGen classroom) to scan a QR code and vote for their favorite book. Then, they used the iPads to play a Kahoot where students answer 2 questions from each of the 10 Armadillo books, and the student with the fastest, most correct responses wins from each K-2 class.





Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5th Grade Storybird

Mrs. Lavender's 5th grade students have been using Storybird to work on their writing skills.  They get to pick pictures that they then write a story about.  Mrs. Lavender says her students are loving it and that some have already written over 6 stories.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

2nd Grade Skype's with book Illustrator

2nd Grade cooking "blackberry fool" and Skyping with illustrator Sophie Blackall as part of our A FINE DESSERT book study!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Mrs. Yeager's 2nd Grade Class using Kahoot

Mrs. Yeager's 2nd Grade class used Kahoot to review what they had learned about the water cycle and weather.  The students said they had a blast and that Kahoot really helps them remember the material.  It has become their new favorite review!!!


4th and 1st grade Buddy writing project

Mrs. Talley's 4th grade class worked with Mrs. San Miguel's 1st grade class to write short stories.  They used the website Storybird.com to create short stories.  On this site, the "buddies" picked background pictures from the website and then created a story to go along with the pictures.  The students loved it and it was a great way for them to work on their creative writing.  Our 1st grades loved working with their "Buddies"






Wednesday, March 4, 2015

4th graders learning about the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on Texas

Our 4th graders took notes from an ActivInspire Flipchart and then reviewed the materials using Kahoot.  The kids loved the Kahoot and really got into the lesson.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mrs. Yeager's 2nd grade class using the computer lab to help them learn the Continents and Oceans



Mrs. Yeager's class used several websites to learn about the Continents and Oceans and then played games online to reinforce what they had learned in class.  The students had a blast and learned a lot.
They even got to create their own map of the world!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Ms. Sayaovong's 2nd Grade class

Ms. Sayaovong's 2nd Grade class used Pebblego.com to research their topics and then they created interactive timelines online.  The kids really seemed to enjoy it and said they felt like it helped them better understand their topics.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Mrs. Albin's Kinder class using the Active Slates

Mrs. Albin and her class love to use the Active Slates to help her friends interact with lessons for that day.  Her Kinder friends are getting pretty good at using the slate for different tasks.