Decimal Addition & Subtraction in Educreations

These 5th Grade students used on the laptops last week to show how to solve order of operations problems. They enjoyed it so much that the classroom teacher and I decided to try to use the same resource for adding and subtracting decimals. By using Educreations, the teacher can see and hear the student’s thought process as they are solving these problems. If they are making a mistake, it’s much easier to identify where the error occurred and be able to address the issue before they make the mistake on a quiz or test. Today I noticed that several students went back to watch their recording and while watching themselves, they realized a mistake they had made and self-corrected.

SCA Voting using Google Forms

It’s that time of year when many schools are electing officers for the SCA. Rather than doing a lot of coding in Quia, you may want to consider using a Google Form. With Google Forms, you can insert an image before the question. In the image, include each students picture and name. You can line up the pictures and add names in Word, Powerpoint, Google Doc, etc. and then using the snipping tool to take a snip to insert onto the form. Then set the answer choices as multiple choice so each student only gets to vote one time for each office. With Google Forms, you can wait to enable voting until after the candidates have given their speeches and then disable voting again at the end of the day so you can pull the results and determine the winners. The votes will be collected on a Google Spreadsheet that is associated with your Google Form. It provides bar graphs, pie graphs, percentages, and more that will help you easily determine the SCA winners.

Word Study in Google Presentation

This 3rd grade class is using Google Presentation to complete their word study sorts. The students log into their Google account and create a new presentation. Then they click to create a new text box and type one of their words. They will make a new text box for each word and the category headings.

Once the words and categories are typed, the student can go back and sort their words. They can even change the font color to show the feature in each word. Each week the students will create a new slide for their word study words, so by the end of the year, their word study Google presentation will have all the words and features they have worked on this year. Here is a finished example of their first week of words:

Gallon Girl

The students used Google Draw to create a creature that demonstrated their understand of liquid measurement. They were allowed to choose any shapes they wanted, they just had to make sure to create a key and use the correct number of shapes to show 4 quarts in a gallon, 16 cups in a gallon, etc. Once their Gallon Person was created, they used the camera tool in Google Draw to take a picture of themselves and crop the image.

Fall Patterns on Pixie App

Video Oct 02, 10 35 58 AM from Karen Hues on Vimeo.

In this lesson, Kindergarten students practiced searching through the database of Stikers in Pixie to locate fall pictures to use in their pattern. The students created a pattern, labeled the pattern with the paint tools, and then recorded their voice to explain their pattern. After the pattern and recording were complete, the students went to “Send” and “exported their video.” This sends the completed video to the camera roll, which can then be sent to dropbox or Google Drive.

Getting Started with Google Drive in Your Classroom

At this point, I have helped all 5th, 4th, and most 3rd grade classes get set up in Google Drive. I would love to help 2nd, 1st, and KG as well, so just sign up whenever you are ready. Attached are the directions for getting your students logged in, creating a folder, and sharing a folder in drive. These directions also have a link that will go over how the teacher can create a templates folder and share with their class. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like assistance in setting up your class in Google Drive.

Order of Operations in Educreations

In preparation for this lesson, the teacher went to and created an account. Upon doing so, he was provided with a class code. When the students went to the site, they clicked on register as a student and typed in the class code when making their account. This way, all of the recordings they make will be saved to the teacher’s class page, so he can easily view and share them. The students used their computer log in information as their username and password so they would not have to remember a separate log in.

In small group rotations, students grabbed a laptop and an order of operations problem and took them back to their desk. That way there wasn’t as much chatter in the background while students were recording. The rest of the class was working on some order of operations problems on a worksheet while they waited for their turn.

The students wrote out the problem in educreations, and then pressed record. While they were recording, they used the different colored pen tools to explain how they would go about solving this problem. This is a great way for the teacher to see where the students are making mistakes. He can also use examples where the student’s got it correct and post it on a blog as a model for how to solve an order of operations problem. There were a couple of problems that the students were having trouble with on their math worksheet, so I encouraged them to choose a problem that they struggled with and use educreations to explain how to solve the problem.

Plate Tectonics in Google Maps

A 5th grade teacher approached me with an idea to introduce tectonic plates to her students. In the past, she had the students plot the coordinates on an overhead sheet with the world map on it. Then they would lay the overhead sheets on top of one another and see where the volcanoes and earthquakes occurred and see where the tectonic plates are located. After planning together, we realized that Google Maps would have the same effect, with more student engagement and collaboration.

In preparation for this lesson, the teacher created a Google Map with 5 layers on that one map, and then she shared the map with her student’s Henrico Google accounts. When the students went to the apps and clicked on Maps, they were able to locate the map that was shared with them. Within the classroom the students were divided into 5 groups as well. Everyone had a role within the group and they rotated jobs. One student called out the given longitude and latitude. Another student plotted this point on the paper map, while another student plotted the point on the Google Map. They worked together as a team to ensure that the pins on the map were in the correct location based on the longitude and latitude on the paper map. The students were plotting the given data, not realizing that the points they were plotting were the longitude and latitude of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that have occurred.

Once all the groups have plotted their points (black pins for earthquakes and red pins for volcanoes), the students will be able to see all of the plots for all 5 groups and better be able to see patterns with the data. This will help students to realize that these are tectonic plates. What a great intro to their study of the Earth’s boundaries!

Here is their finished map.

Here are step by step directions for getting started with Google Maps.

Position Words in Pixie

In math, the students have been working on position words (above, below, next to, etc.). To familiarize the students with the new Pixie app, the students created a fall scene by following verbal directions which included the position words they have been working on. Here is the script I used for this lesson. You can change it up to meet the needs of your students. Here is a finished student sample.

Repeating and Growing Patterns in Educreations

The students had a lot of fun creating repeating and growing patterns and explaining their thought process using the voice recorder and pen tool in the Educreations app. Prior to the lesson, the classroom teacher made baskets for each team with a variety of manipulatives that they could use to make a pattern. She also created an Educreations account and signed into her account on the iPads so that her students could easily save and share their work.

After the students created a pattern at their desk, their teacher and I went around with the iPads and showed them how to record and draw in Educreations. After showing one student, I then asked that student to take the iPad and walk their neighbor through the steps of recording in this app. This way it was like having 2 additional instructors in the room and it was helping the students who were training their classmates to retain that information. As we got going, other students had an opportunity to teach their classmates and really seemed to love that responsibility.

In addition, their understanding of patterns grew because as they were recording, they would be writing on their pattern and notice a place where what they were saying and what the pattern showed were not matching up. They would stop the recording, update their pattern and then re-record. Some students created repeated patterns and others opted for growing patterns. They did an awesome job. Here are some of their recordings: