Kahoot Tech Review for Second and Third Grade

Students, use this link and follow teacher directions to login to the Kahoot game:

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Back to School Tech Review with Quizizz and Recap

Welcome back to tech class! This week we used 2 new fun activities with 4th and 5th grade to review our technology policy with students.

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We began class with an exciting review game using Quizizz. Quizizz is similar to Kahoot. You can build multiple choice review games for student use. Students enjoyed the self paced game and the funny animal memes in between questions that told them if they were right or wrong.

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Quizizz is a free platform for educational use. It can be used on a computer or any mobile device – you do not need to download an app, just connect to the Quizizz login webpage and type in a game code supplied by the teacher. I liked that the answer choices to each question are written on the choice buttons (different than Kahoot) and the ability to set up memes in between questions. Scores for the games are recorded for the teacher. Since the game was self paced, we were not able to discuss each question individually, but at the end of the game we looked at the questions where there were a number of errors and discussed the answers. There may be a way to run the game one question at a time (similar to Kahoot), but I did not find that option.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 10.43.31 AM 8-27-16When we finished our Quizizz game, we tried out another new app called Recap to use for setting a technology goal for the school year. Recap is a free app on the iPad. Teachers can set up a free account and use their computer to record a text/video prompt for students’ responses. Students use the app (or online login) by adding a pin code, tapping on their name, listening to the prompt, and then recording a short video response. Students also can use a thumbs up system at the end of the video as an exit ticket for the teacher to show if they “get it!”

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I was very impressed with how easy this app was to set up and use.  I did have to enter each student name for each class into my account, but I was able to do that quickly. I found that the Chrome browser worked best on the Mac for recording the teacher video, but that may just be due to some settings on my laptop. It only took about 10 minutes to get the entire class logged into Recap on their iPads and record the videos. I am able to view their videos on my laptop in my account. I can see this app being very effective for reflection questions, prediction, retelling, and exit tickets.

Thanks fourth and fifth graders for a great start to Tech Class!

 

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Unboxing the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Printer

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Over the summer, I received the exciting news that I had been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the upcoming school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer along with 10 spools of filament as a part of this program. Over the past year or so, I have been following how Steve Dickie, Steve Clark, and Anthony Johnson have been using 3D printers with their students and have been inspired by the creative learning experiences they have shared. I have never used a 3D printer, so I can’t wait to start exploring and learning along side of our students.

Our printer arrived yesterday, and I was excited to take a look at it! Here are some unboxing photos!

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Our students are going to love having different colors of filament to use in their designs!

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One of the things that I am planning to do is to explore ways to merge collaborative writing with 3D printing. Think Flat Stanley goes 3D Digital! Here is my application video which will let you see a few of my ideas on how I hope to use the printer:

My students and I are so blessed to have this opportunity to learn new things and share with others! Stay tuned to follow our 3D learning journey!

 

Fifth Grade Technology Reflection

Think back over all things you have done with computers or iPads during the time you have been at SCS Elementary School. Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences reflecting on the following questions:

What was your favorite project or activity in technology class?

What was the most valuable/helpful thing that you learned in technology class?

What is one thing you would like to learn to do using technology in the future?

When you are done with your commnet, you may have your choice of these activities:

  • Work on your wiki (not required)
  • Garageband
  • Learning Links – only do games that are specifically named
  • Kidpix or Print Shop (print one thing)

 

 

Poetry 2016 from Mrs. Garner’s First Graders

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I’m delighted to share that a collection of poetry, created by the first grade students in Mrs. Garner’s class, has been published and is now available for free download on 51 iTunes stores all over the world! The students wrote, illustrated, and narrated the poems using the Book Creator app. Mrs. Garner worked with her students to write and illustrate the poetry and to put the book together, assisted by Miss Bosch with the publication process. You will enjoy seeing and listening to all their cute and clever poems.

For iPhone, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with the free iBooks app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Here is the link to download the book:

Poems 2016 by Mrs. Garner’s First Graders

For other devices: If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or an Apple Computer, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below.  On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file.  If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files.  (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.) Here is the link to the epub file:

First Grade Poems ePub file

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Book Creator is currently available for $4.99 US for iOS. There is a lite version which will let you try out the app and create one book. It also is available for Android and Windows.

We have been excited to share our books with family and friends, but we are hoping that we can connect with even a wider “Authentic Audience” around the world.  We would love for other students and classes to download our book.  If you do, could you please leave us a comment so we can know who has been reading our books!

Build Your Wild Self

The second grade students recently enjoyed using using the Build Your Wild Self website to generate crazy avatar creatures of themselves. It was fun for them to work through all the different features to customize their characters. Here are a few examples of what they created:

First Grade Teacher Appreciation eMails


This week was filled with treats and surprises for the teachers. During technology class today, the first-graders wrote email messages to their teachers on our iPads. They told their teachers thank you for all the things that they appreciated about them. For many students this was the first time ever sending an email. The teachers were really surprised to get their messages!

First Faces 2016

The first graders recently created self portraits and stories about themselves. In this project, they needed to use multiple tools to create their pictures and needed to create and format a text box to type in. Here is a gallery of their portraits. Click on an image to view it full sized!

Fourth Grade Short Stories Collections Now on iTunes

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I’m delighted to share that the story collections, created by our fourth grade students in Mrs. Swanson’s language arts classes, are now available for free download on 51 iTunes stores all over the world! Each student wrote and typed a story, created illustrations, and recorded the audio narrations. The stories are combined together into a separate volume for each class. This was a major project and required many days of work by each student to create a professional looking story for our collection. I am so proud of the students’ amazing work!

For iPhone, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with the free iBooks app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Here are the links to download the books:

Swanson Story Collection

Steer Story Collection

For other devices: If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below.  On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file.  If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files.  (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.) Here is the link to the epub file:

Swanson Story Collection epub file

Steer Story Collection epub file

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT:

Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their colorful illustrations. Drawing Pad is one of my favorite apps for students to use to create digital drawings. It currently is $1.99 on the US iTunes store.

After creating the pictures, students added them into the wonderful Book Creator app and then typed the text of each story. When the writing and illustrations were combined and completed, each student made an audio recording of their story using the recording tools in Book Creator.

Book Creator is currently available for $4.99 US for iOS. There is a lite version which will let you try out the app and create one book. It also is available for Android and Windows.

We have been excited to share our books with family and friends, but we are hoping that we can connect with even a wider “Authentic Audience” around the world.  We would love for other students and classes to download our book.  If you do, could you please leave us a comment so we can know who has been reading our books!

 

 

Sphero Problem Solving – Reflect

Here is the data from the spreadsheets showing how accurately you were able to steer your Sphero:

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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.)