So this year, I have had to let go of blogging our student work. There just were too many new things to navigate including teaching in person and online, posting to Seesaw and Google Classroom, keeping iPads clean and hauling them from class to class, and just the uncertainty of what each day might bring. But our elementary students were awesome and did some amazing work on our iPads this year. Because of the nature of not knowing which students would be in person or at home, projects had to be short and had to have options for students to do at home if they didn’t have an iPad.
One of our first challenges was finding a way for students to safely share iPads for our classes. Did you know an iPad will work inside of a Ziplock bag? So each student had their own zip lock and I would place the iPad into the bag for each class. The hope was that any germs would stay on the plastic bag and their hands, sneezes, and other germs would never touch the iPad. We discovered even our Apple Pencils would work over top of a plastic bag.
Here is an overview and a few examples of some activities that the students worked on.
We also spent several weeks using Code Spark Academy to learn about coding and problem solving skills. They learned about loops and if/then statements and discovered some of the basics of how their favorite games are developed.
These are only a few of the things we worked on this year. They students rose to the challenges of this year and did some amazing work! I am proud of them! I hope you all have a great summer!
Hi Students! Your assignment this week is to use one of these online links to read a story or magazine or do a reading activity. They are grouped by the suggested grade level but you may do any link that as long as you understand what you are doing. If they don’t work, you may use any website or app that lets you do a reading activity.
NOTE: MANY OF THESE LINKS WILL NOT WORK ON AN IPAD OR PHONE, YOU MUST USE A COMPUTER!
LEAVE A COMMENT WHEN DONE: Older students, when you are done, I would love it if you would leave a comment for me. (You might need to ask a parent or grown-up to help you.) Look up in the top right corner by the title of this post and click on the comments button. Use your FIRST NAME only – no last names, email, or website. Tell me what story/activity you read/did or how you are using technology to help you learn (or just say hello)!
Finally, here is a funny video for you! I was trying to make a video for Reading Month where I was a mystery reader behind a “mask.” It didn’t quite work out like I planned! Enjoy!
I miss you all and I am praying for you! Take care! Miss Bosch
Technology Class Activity: Use our Learning Links Page and a computer to do some of our Learning Links on a computer (if you can, they might not work on your iPad or phone). Here are the links to some pages at our Learning Links Page:
Once our research was finished, students used Word to type a first draft of their report. For many, this was the first time using an adult word processing program and it was a great chance to use their skills from Type to Learn! We focused on writing in sentences with capital letters, periods, and correct spacing. Each student wrote several indented paragraphs for their report. We printed the first draft, then students made corrections based on teacher feedback. (Note: the reports are in their computer lab folder which will be sent home at the end of the year.)
Once the reports were finished, the creative fun began! Students were challenged to use Minecraft to design a habitat for their animal based on the facts that they researched. This was a great opportunity for students to use and transfer their knowledge into a new context. My Minecraft expert students helped their classmates. I was impressed with how the third graders put their designs together and how they applied the facts that they learned!
Fourth and Fifth grade classes have been using webcams and PhotoBooth software to take some fun and wacky pictures of themselves that can be used in a Comic Life project. Here are a few photos of the students taking their photos:
After the students took their photos, we opened Comic Life. Students learned how to drag and drop the photos between two windows. We also reviewed how to save files, use the undo command, and we are now exploring ways to add effects and text into their comics.
Many kindergarten students have a lot of experience with using touch skills on tablets, but limited experience using a computer mouse. Recently, we have been working on developing clicking and dragging skills using some online games. Students are also learning to navigate back and forth through our links on Learning Links and also learning to scroll up and down. Here is what we did during our lesson on Friday.
This past week the first graders were introduced to some online games that I call “Don’t Give Up Games.” Each of these games has features that require them to work with perseverance to complete tasks or levels that get progressively harder. Students also continued to refine their mouse skills and their ability to navigate websites during this lesson.
Mouse Control is a game with levels that progressively get harder as students use the mouse to roll over, click, and drag. Students enjoy the funny mouse voice that gives directions for each level.
Pack a Picnic is a Berenstain Bears game from PBS. Students have to search for objects by clicking on doors, drawers, and containers. Sometimes the objects are hard to find. One student could not find where the cookies were hidden. She returned to the game later in the class, and proudly let me know when she found them hidden in a cookie jar!
Ballistic Biscuit has been a favorite game with my students throughout the years. Students need to control their mouse to keep their tube from hitting objects in the water. Students never tire of trying over and over to reach the higher levels and get points.
The Maze game presents the students with harder and harder mazes which they work through by clicking the rocket forward. They have to be very observant and focused to find the correct paths.
This series of online activities is a great way to talk with students about how their skills will grow as they keep practicing and trying. We will be starting to do some keyboarding games next week, and we will draw parallels between these “fun” games and the challenges that beginning keyboarding sometimes presents to early learners.