At the beginning of this school year, we were blessed with a donation of an Osmo interactive learning system for our iPads. Today I stopped in Mrs. Garner’s class to see the first graders using the Osmo in one of their learning stations to practice short vowel sounds. This amazing tool uses a camera to read the letter tiles that are placed in front of it. Activities include letters, numbers, tangrams, and more! I can tell OSMO is going to be a favorite center for the students and will be a great way to practice their skills!
More information on OSMO is here: http://amzn.to/2cFeorH
Parents, note, this might be a great Christmas present for your child!
The second grade classes are off to a great start in technology class this year. We watched this video from PBS to learn a little bit about the beautiful coral reefs that God has created:
What are Corals?
Then we used KidPix to design our own ocean reefs. In this lesson we reviewed a variety of skills including using drawing tools, paint bucket fill tools, adding/editing graphics, and writing in a text box. We also learned to undo mistakes and save and open our files.
Here are the videos showing the ocean reefs that the students designed:
Mrs. Nesbitt’s Class
Mrs. Bennefield’s Class
Thursday was the first day that Miss Bosch brought the iPads into the preschool. Before using the iPads, the students met Paddy the iPad frog and watched this video where Paddy talked about how to take care of the iPads.
Our first iPad activity was doing some puzzle apps. Students worked through simple to more complex puzzles and moved from large to smaller pieces. This was a great way to help students strengthen fine motor skills along with learning to use forward and home keys within an app!
Using a mouse is a challenging skill to learn! Because many families use tablets with young students these days, many students have never used a mouse before coming to the computer lab. We do a variety of “games” to practice using the mouse to improve their fine motor control and to learn to click between buttons on the screen. On Friday the first grade students played the “Can You Draw?” game. (We use KidPix software for many of lessons for early learners.)
Can you draw a red dog with a blue hat?
Can you draw a green cat with a purple umbrella?
Can you draw a yellow car with blue wheels?
Our fifth graders always enjoy using the webcam to take photos! They dropped the pictures into Comic Life and added cool filters to their faces. Finally, they added speech bubbles sharing some of their goals and hopes for the new school year. Skills covered in this lesson included opening and saving files, using the undo command, working between two windows/applications, adding and editing text, and creative use of filters. Here are a few examples of their work!