Chicago 2015 Video

One of our fifth graders, Jake, came up with the great idea of collecting photos that the students took during the Chicago trip using our Edmodo community, and then creating a music video out of them using Animoto. We worked together during several recesses to build the video. He did a great job! We hope you enjoy watching it!

President Wiki Work – Fifth Grade

In fifth grade, we have spent several months working on a president research project. After learning about how to evaluate websites and how to use key words to search, students worked with a partner to research and build a webpage about a U.S. President. They tricky part of this assignment is that the students collaborated on this project using virtual discussion tools and never worked face to face! Our wiki pages are almost finished and we will do final touches and edits this coming week. Here is a link where you can check them out:

President Wiki 2015





Problem Solving/Coding Apps

As a part of our Problem Solving unit in fourth grade, students worked with a partner using their choice of several problem solving or coding apps on iPads. They were given no instruction on how to use the apps. They needed to learn by reading directions, trial and error, and logic to solve the levels for each puzzle.  Here are the apps that we used:

Lightbot One Hour Coding (currently free) – a coding puzzle game with light up tiles

Cargo-Bot (currently free) – a coding puzzle game where you program a robot to move crates

Move the Turtle (currently $2.99) – simple coding using command blocks, similar to Logo or Scratch

Daisy the Dino (currently free) – easy drag and drop coding


I love watching the thought process that happens while students are using these apps and hearing the cheers when they succeed to solve a level!  These were great apps to go along with our Sphero activities!

Teacher Appreciation Emails

For Teacher Appreciation Week this week, the first and second graders used our iPads to send emails to their teachers to tell them thank you. For many of the students it was the first time that they sent an email. It was a great chance to learn a little bit about email, but also to remind students about some safety rules including that they should not send emails without their parents’ permission. Students also learned some tricks for typing on the iPads, including how to capitalize and delete.


You can tell the students were really concentrating on their messages!


A few students needed to know how to spell some words, so they asked my Apple Watch to spell the word for them.

My favorite message – “You have great nail polish.”



Biography Poem Word Clouds – Fourth Grade

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The fourth graders have been working on poetry in Mrs. Swanson’s class during the month of April. Recently, I brought the iPads into their classes, and Mrs. Swanson and I worked together with the students to create word clouds to go with their biography poems. We used the ABCya Word Cloud app (which currently is free on iTunes). They turned out great and are on display along with their poetry in the hall upstairs – be sure to check them out!

Here is a gallery showing their word clouds – click on each image to see it full screen:

Third Grade Wax Museum Signs

The third graders did an amazing job on their Michigan Wax Museum presentations. I hope you noticed the beautiful signs that they created using Print Shop in the computer lab to be a part of their displays


First Flower Faces 2015

These happy flower faces were made by the first graders using Photobooth and KidPix! They used a number of new skills to make them including:

Taking a photo of themselves using a webcam

Saving/exporting the photo

Opening/importing the photo

Using an eraser tool and the undo button to erase a background

Using a textured drawing tool and a fill bucket

I created the video of their pictures using the Animoto app.

Sphero Lesson Self Reflections 2015

Here are the spreadsheets/graphs created by each class showing the data we collected while using our Spheros:

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Students, I want you to leave a comment on our blog reflecting on the Sphero activity. Remember, no last names. Write several sentences telling me:

1. What did you like about using the Spheros? What did you learn about using them?

2. What things were tricky about using the Spheros? How did you solve your problems with using them?

3. How did you have to use math while you did the Target Practice activity?

4. What is an idea of something you would like to learn how to do using the Sphero (a trick you would like to make it do)? Be creative!

Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)

Kindergarten Computer Gardens!

Today the kindergarten students used KidPix in the computer lab to make their creativity bloom! They used textured paintbrushes (which we fondly call the “wacky brush”) with the mouse to digitally paint some beautiful flower gardens. Watch the video to enjoy seeing the students with their masterpieces!

First Grade Faces Stories

These videos give you a quick look at the wonderful stories that the first graders recently finished writing and illustrating using Kidpix. I’m proud of how they can follow multiple directions on their own and their creative drawing and writing skills!