Tech Takeout @ Crestview

The Tech Takeout crew is continuing our 5 Schools, 5 Days week long extravaganza of fun! Today was day two and it was a blast! We headed over to Crestview Elementary and focused on fractions in third grade.

Opening Activity: It is that time of year….REVIEW TIME! I know many of you have been using the student response system, Kahoot! Are you ready to change things up a bit?

Recently we tried out a similar student response system, Quizizz, and it proved to be a great alternative to Kahoot.

For a more in depth look at Quizizz check out Julie Smith’s awesome blog post!

Sarah Green and Stephanie Wright led a group of fraction secret agents. The students used Pixie to decode a picture representing a fraction as well as one of the one of the addends. The students had to use their detective skills to decode the fractions and figure out the missing addend. This activity is great for critical thinking, adding fractions, and equivalent fractions! Once the students finished decoding, they created their own slide for other students to decode.

Julie Smith and Karen Hues used Pixie on the iPads to help make connections to fractions a real world experience. Students used the iPads and the app, Pixie, to create a digital book. The students drew the numerical representation of the fraction and then recorded their voice explaining the fraction. The students exported their Pixie slides as a movie to the camera roll and then uploaded them using the Google Work Collector.

Fractions Around Us from Julie on Vimeo.

Jessica Robinson and Gina Browne had students create word problems about Greece using fractions in Powerpoint. Students were provided a sample word problem and were taught how to animate the slide. After animating the slide, the students recorded their voices on an answer slide where they identified the numerator and denominator. After guided practice, students were challenged to create their own word problems about Greece. They had a variety of clipart to choose from and did a great job demonstrating understanding of how Powerpoint features worked while creating their awesome word problems!

Jim Covais and Matt Caratachea took fraction war and put a tech spin on it. The students were provided with fraction cards. Each pair of students opened a template on Google Slides and used this to display the fractions that they randomly chose. The students used the manipulatives on the bottom of the screen to prove which player won. Since the students were using Google Slides they were able to work simultaneously and collaboratively. This is a great way to take a simple idea and elevate it using technology. Check out some screenshots of student work, and make sure to click on the template link above and make a copy of the template that we used! Once the students finished playing war they logged into their Google accounts and one student from each pair started a new Google Drawing. The drawings were then shared with

From April 21, 2015

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Tech Takeout @ Lakeside

This week is our 5 Schools, 5 Days with Tech Takeout. The Tech Takeout crew is going to a different school every day and working on specific skills with students. Today was our first day and we kicked off 5 Schools, 5 Days at Lakeside Elementary School. We were so excited to work with the fourth graders there on their geometry skills.

Opening Activity: It is that time of year….REVIEW TIME! I know many of you have been using the student response system, Kahoot! Are you ready to change things up a bit?

Recently we tried out a similar student response system, Quizizz, and it proved to be a great alternative to Kahoot.

For a more in depth look at Quizizz check out Julie Smith’s awesome blog post!

Jim Covais and Matt Caratachea had the students use iPads and the Educreations app to show off what they know about geometry. Using Educreations the students created riddles about different polygons. After choosing a particular polygon the students recorded themselves asking questions about their shape. These questions focused on the vocabulary that the students must know including angles, vertices, intersection, parallel, and perpendicular. Once the students had their questions recorded they found a picture of their polygon in the classroom and took a picture. They put the shape picture on a new slide in Educreations and recorded their voice saying the name of the polygon. Check out some of their work below:

Jessica Robinson and Julie Smith used Windows Movie Maker and the Dell Webcam to make geometric MOVEies. The fourth grade teachers at Lakeside Elementary really wanted a heavy focus on the vocabulary, so Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Smith wanted to get the students up and moving while showing off what they know. The students recorded videos of themselves acting out the important geometric vocabulary terms (point, line, line segment, ray, parallel lines and perpendicular/intersecting lines) using the Dell Webcam. Once the students had the different clips recorded they used Windows Movie Maker to put them together into a complete movie. These are great tools because not only were the movies fun to make, but they can be used to help the entire class review before their SOL test which is coming up quick!

Lakeside Geometry Movie from Jessica Robinson on Vimeo.

Sarah Green, Karen Hues, and Stephanie Wright had the students programming using Scratch for their station, and using the MaKeyMaKeys to control the programs the students made. The students used the X-Y grid backdrop on Scratch and programmed a sprite of their choosing to flip, slide, and turn over the X or Y axis. Once the students programmed their sprite to flip, slide, or turn they recorded their voice describing the transformation. While the students were coding they made sure to use the arrow keys to control their sprite. They did this because the students used the MaKeyMaKeys to control their sprite.

Julie Franklin led a station where the students created polygons using online geoboards. First the students went to Math Playground to create their multiple examples of polygons. Once the students created their polyon they saved them to their desktop and headed over to Szoter to label their polygons and create a collage with their images. The students had a blast making their polygons and smashing the pictures using the online photo editor Szoter.

Concept of Word with Puppet Pal Edu

One great app for teaching concept of word is Puppet Pal Edu. With this app, students can take a picture of their writing, select an icon to appear when they tap on each word, and read their writing as they tap on each word with their finger. This “I Love Me” book was created after Mrs. Milwit’s Kindergarten class read The Ugly Duckling. They talked about how the Ugly Duckling did not give up on himself and focused on what he did love about himself (how fast he could swim). Each student wrote a journal entry about what they love about themselves. Then they used the Puppet Pal Edu app to read their writing aloud as they track with the heart. Here is their finished class book!

I Love Me from Karen Hues on Vimeo.

Scratch & Makey Makey’s

As part of our Tech Takeout at Baker Elementary on Friday, the students learned some basic computer programming in Scratch. They had a great time practicing their measurement skills while computer programming to make their characters come to life.  When they were finished, they were able to hook up the makey makey to their project and see how it plays with the game controller.  Check out some of the great finished examples:

 
For this first game, click on the green flag. Then push the down arrow and then the up arrow and repeat to see him dribble the basketball. To try again, refresh your page.

For this game, click on the green flag. Then push the up arrow and watch him shoot a basket! To try again, refresh your page.

For this game, click on the green flag. Then push the right arrow key to watch him throw the baseball! To try again, refresh your page.

Tech Takeout @ Baker Elementary

Friday the #TechTakeout crew had the great opportunity of taking over 4th grade at Baker Elementary School! Math has been one of the focus areas of the school so we decided to bring the math in our activities. We had such a great day filled with fun hands on technology infused stations.

The instructional technology team just received a bunch of new tools called MaKeyMakeys. Over the summer we will be able to spend more time with them to develop some rich curriculum connections. However, we have been doing our best to bring them into schools as soon as we can to get some hands on experiences rolling. Mrs. Hues brought the MaKeyMakeys to Baker today to have the kids work on measurement.

Mrs. Hues had the students use Scratch to interact with the MaKeyMaKeys. The students selected a background on Scratch and two sprites.

The students used the first sprite to act as the starting point. The students programmed the second sprite to move with the arrow keys. Each student was given a length either in inches or centimeters and they were challenged to move the second sprite that distance. In Scratch while programming you make items move in steps, so the students had to use estimation skills to reach their goal. When they finished the programming the students plugged the MaKeyMaKeys in to control their new Scratch game.

Check out one of their finished samples. To play, click the green flag. Then push the up arrow to watch him make a basket. To try again, refresh this page.


Mrs. Browne and Mr. Favale used a tool called Nearpod in their station. Nearpod is a great website that teachers can use to construct presentations or polls. Teachers can deliver instruction to students by pushing content out to multiple devices at once. Mr. Favale and Mrs. Browne controlled the presentations from a computer while students followed along on their own computer. The great thing about Nearpod is that students and teacher could also use any iOS device.

The students participated in an activity together covering various measurement topics. The students were answering questions on Nearpod, having conversations about measurement, and even drew pictures within Nearpod! Mr. Favale created the activity, but a great thing about Nearpod is that lessons that have already been created can be tweaked by teachers or you can create your own resources.


Ms. Wright and Mr. Clough used an awesome website called CheckThis for their activity. The students began the lesson by choosing items to weigh. Once the student selected their item they then used a balance to measure the mass of the item. After they knew the actual mass the students were ready to head over to CheckThis to make their own website!

Within CheckThis the students were able to take a picture of themselves holding their item. They then created a poll under the picture asking the weight of their item. At the bottom of each website the students took a second picture of themselves holding a piece of paper with the correct weight.

Mr. Clough and Ms. Wright made sure to grab the address of each website so that they can share them with the four teachers we worked with today. When the students visit the websites they can answer the question and then scroll down to see the correct answer.


Mr. Covais and Mr. Caratachea had the students using Google Earth to measure the perimeter of historical sites aligned with fourth grade SOLs. First the students opened up Google Earth. Once Google Earth was opened the students went to the student server where they could drag a .kmz file onto Google Earth to take them to specific places. The first place that we traveled to was Jamestown. After Jamestown was located the students used the ruler tool to measure the three sides of the Jamestown fort.

The students then added the length of the three sides and posted their findings on a collaborative Padlet Wall.

After the students posted to the Padlet wall for their group they were able to repeat the activity and measure Mount Vernon, St. John’s Church, and some groups even had time to measure Baker Elementary!

Click Here to download the files of the different locations we visited! https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4thAHi0_7bDSl9xd2RNTnROaTA&usp=sharing


Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Green’s groups started by signing into their Google accounts. They then opened a blank document in Google Drawing and worked to create their own Gallon Girl, Gallon Guy or Gallon Man! Students used the shape tool to create various representations for the gallon, quarts, pints and cups. Each child changed their shape colors and added a key to their drawing as well. Finally they used the webcam to take a selfie and insert their own image into their drawing.

Check out some of their creations:


Here are some pictures from our day at Baker Elementary:

Skyping with Bruce Strickrott

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I had the pleasure of sitting in on a Skype session with a 5th Grade class at Trevvett.  They Skyped with Bruce Strickrott, the Alvin Manager at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.  The students had researched all about Bruce and his career and were prepared with some excellent questions to further their understanding of their oceans unit and their Underwater Human Environment Project.

We learned so much!  Here are some of the highlights:

– Alvin is the deepest diving submarine in the world and can stay under for 3.5 days, though their trips are usually day trips from 8am-5pm.
– They average 3 new species per dive.  One new specie was even named after Bruce.  Check out the Eptatretus strickrotti
– Using the Alvin, they have discovered brine lakes on the bottom of the ocean floor.
– Usually animals are scared of the Alvin and get out of the way, but it has been attacked twice by swordfish.
– The grossest thing he’s ever seen is a hagfish feasting on a dead whale on the bottom of the ocean.  Check out these hagfish and see why.
– The windows on the Alvin are cone shaped to prevent the pressure at the bottom of the ocean from crushing the submarine.  It can dive down to 14,764 ft.  Under the sea, there are 6800 lbs of pressure per square inch pressing on the Alvin.
– They have to take the right amount of oxygen tanks down for each dive and scrub the carbon dioxide off of the Alvin to keep the conditions right for humans to be at the bottom of the ocean inside the Alvin.
– If they start their dive near the equator, the water temperature is around 95 degrees.  However, when they reach the bottom of the ocean floor, it is 2 degrees above freezing, so they take layers of clothes to bundle up in and have special sleeping bags designed to keep them warm.

It was such an authentic experience and such an exciting way to learn more about the ocean!  You can download Skype from the Software Center and get your class chatting with an expert to enhance your curriculum.

Readability Level in Word

One great resource for improving writing is the Readability Level in Word.  It just requires a quick setting change in Word.  Open Word and go to File — Options — Proofing.  From there turn on “Show Readability Statistics.”

Readability

Then your students can type in Word.  After they are done, go to Spell Check and when the spell check is complete the Flesch-Kincaid readability statistics will appear.  This could be a great way to track student’s growth in writing over the course of the year and encourage them to spice up their adjectives and vocabulary to earn a higher readability level.

ReadabilityStatistics

Food Fractions

Breakfast FractionsThis is a quick example of how you can relate fractions to a Kindergartner’s world. Using the Story Kit app, the students can take pictures of the food items and then write on top of the picture. They can also record their voice explaining each page. The finished product can be e-mailed out with the help of your ITRT. Story Kit provides a link to the finished product. There are also other alternative apps on the K/1 image that are easier to pull your story from, such as Book Creator.

Shadows in YakIt Kids App

These Kindergarten students have been excited about shadows this week. On Monday, they learned about the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, and talked about how shadows are made. On Tuesday, the teacher constructed a KWL chart on the board and the students discussed what they already knew about shadows and what they wanted to know. The teacher read What Makes a Shadow? by Clyde Robert Bulla, Illustrated by June Otani to help answer the questions they had about shadows. Then the students went on the playground with the iPads and the teacher took a picture of each student with their shadows. When they got back to the room, the teacher and I pulled small groups to bring their shadows to life. We used the YakIt Kids app to add eyes and a mouth to their shadow. We also added a sun in the picture to reinforce the idea that shadows are created when light is blocked by an object. Finally they recorded their voice to make their shadows talk about what they had learned. The finished products were easily saved to the camera roll and the teacher used Dropbox to transfer them to her computer. Check out a few of their finished videos!

Meet My Shadow from Karen Hues on Vimeo.

Tech Takeout @ Adams Elementary

Last Friday the #TechTakeout crew went to Adams Elementary to do some awesome technology lessons with the fourth graders. As a group we planned four different interactive math stations for the students using digital tools such as Google Earth, Google Draw, CheckThis, and ActivInspire flipcharts. Everyone had a blast throughout the day! Check out what we did below. Keep your eye out for us Glen Lea, because we are coming your way next!


Mr. Covais and Mr. Caratachea had the students using Google Earth to measure the perimeter of historical sites aligned with fourth grade SOLs. First the students opened up Google Earth. Once Google Earth was opened the students went to the student server where they could drag a .kmz file onto Google Earth to take them to specific places. The first place that we traveled to was Jamestown. After Jamestown was located the students used the ruler tool to measure the three sides of the Jamestown fort.

The students then added the length of the three sides and posted their findings on a collaborative Padlet Wall.

After the students posted to the Padlet wall they were able to repeat the activity and measure Mount Vernon, St. John’s Church, and some groups even had time to measure Adams Elementary!

Click Here to download the files of the different locations we visited!


Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Robinson’s groups started by signing into their Google accounts. We then opened a blank document in Google Drawing and worked to create our own Gallon Girl, Gallon Guy or Gallon Man! Students used the shape tool to create various representations for the gallon, quarts, pints and cups. Each child changed their shape colors and added a key to their drawing as well. Finally they used the webcam to take a selfie and insert their own image into their drawing.

Check out some of their creations:


Mrs. Hues made an ActivInspire flipchart focusing on elapsed time. Elapsed time is always a tricky concept, so this was an awesome activity for these fourth graders! The students were able to use the interactive clocks within the flipchart to find how much time had passed between two events. On each slide, there was a sound recording with an elapsed time scenario, They listened to, and filled in the important information (start time, stop time, etc.). Then the students used the interactive clock to solve the problem.

While the student at the board was working through the problem, the other students had whiteboards and used whatever strategies they preferred to solve the problem.

When the students finished they looked at all of the final answers and shared the different ways that they arrived at the same answer, as well as figuring out where mistakes were made. The best part of the lesson was when another student perfectly explained the method that works for him and the other students benefited from seeing him work out the problem in this way. True collaboration and communication in action!


Ms. Wright and Mr. Clough used an awesome website called CheckThis for their activity. The students began the lesson by choosing items to weigh. Once the student selected their item they then used a balance to measure the mass of the item. After they knew the actual mass the students were ready to head over to CheckThis to make their own website!

Within CheckThis the students were able to take a picture of themselves holding their item. They then created a poll under the picture asking the weight of their item. At the bottom of each website the students took a second picture of themselves holding a piece of paper with the correct weight.

Mr. Clough and Ms. Wright made sure to grab the address of each website so that they can share them with the four teachers we worked with today. When the students visit the websites they can answer the question and then scroll down to see the correct answer.

Check out there awesome websites!


HUGE shoutout to Mrs. Browne and Mr. Favale for hanging with us at Adams and helping out too!

Check out all the fun we had!

#TechTakeout at Adams (01/2015) by Slidely Slideshow