Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Not At ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in better use of technology in education. The jam packed conference this year was held is San Antonio, Texas.

As a member of the private google+ community (1,969 members) I discovered the group NOT AT ISTE17.  I soon was involved in all things ISTE but from home.
I loved the challenges posted daily.

First challenge was to create an introduction badge with ribbons.
I plan on using this idea with students in the fall using google drawings.

Live streaming made me feel like I was right there as I learned new things in the tech field.  How inspiring!



I was even a winner of a door prize while at home!



Another challenge was to connect with someone who was attending ISTE.  I sent MASS CUE president elect, Rayna Freedman a twitter request and she so quickly and kindly obliged.

Getting ready for my workshop


Thank you to everyone in the google community and everyone in the tweeter #notatiste17 feed.
I has been a blast learning along with you.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Nonfiction Text Features

What do you know about nonfiction text features?

Click on the chart below to see a nonfiction slide show from Teaching Made Practical.



Mrs. Corliss' class jumped right into many nonfiction books and would like to share what they have learned.
Click on the short videos below:


Caden
Addison
Molly
Ayla
Liam
Delaney
Nico
Elise
Ella
Lance
Emma
Max
Jamason
Olivia
Joseph
Kaleigh
Mason
Seri
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.5
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

All About Us in a Word

Using the site tagul.com, students in Mrs. Surprise's class made word clouds all about themselves. Working in a google doc the students were tasked with compiling a list of at least 10 words about themselves. Even the chosen shapes gives you a peek into their personalities.






Tech Tip:
These word clouds make a great cover for student's portfolios.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

It's a Mystery!

It's a Mystery!
Mrs. Boucher's fifth grade class has been studying and enjoying the genre of mysteries. The elements of a mystery are character, setting, plot, clues, distractions, and structure.
Working in small groups, students wrote their own mysteries in a shared google doc to include all the elements of mysteries. After editing, the stories were transferred to a shared google slides where pictures were added for the final version.

The Crime Scenes were all set up around Proctor School!


Click on the stories below. 
Can you solve the mystery before you get to the end?










Wednesday, June 7, 2017

BioPoems

What do you get when you mix research, poetry, green screen, and chatterpix?
A FUN CREATIVE project!

Mrs. Surprise's Third Grade Class have been reading biographies and learning more about a famous person. This research led to writing a BioPoem.

The next step was to draw a Bobble Head style picture of the person.
Using the iPad camera, pictures were taken on a green paper background ready for the DoInk GreenScreen app.

The Chattepix app gave voice to these famous people.

Click on the videos below to learn more from our research.

Tech Tip:

Free Template for BioPoem from Teachers Pay Teachers

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Screencastify

HelpDesk students have been exploring the google extension Screencastify

"Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. Screencastify is the easiest way to Record, Edit, Annotate, Store, and Share video screen captures. Record a specific tab, or your whole desktop at the click of a button. And your whole experience is synced with your G-Suite."

Ava reviews her recording.


In the video below Ava uses screencastify to teach others how to organize their google drive.


Try using screencastify and share your video with others.

Tech Tip:
First add the extension screencastify to your google chrome account.
You will be prompted to allow the microphone and webcam.
Allow your videos to be synced to google for easy access.
When you are on the TAB view, you will have access to the other tools for recording.



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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nonfiction Books by Mrs. Ford's Class

Students in Mrs. Ford's Second Grade Class have become published authors! They read, researched and wrote their very own nonfiction books. Included in each book along with the great writing, readers will find a Table of Contents, Index, and Glossary.


After the books were completed, students then used the iPad camera and recorded a Book Talk to give the reader a little information about the creation of the book.



Click on the videos below to hear their Book Talks.
Visit Mrs. Ford's Class and ask to read one of these award winning nonfiction books.

Ada
Lucas
Molly
Caleb
Sadie
Soren
Anna
JJ
Brooke
Danielle
Jack
Elise
Gwyneth
Jackson
Kiera
Jake
Nadia
Leo

As an added feature we created QR codes for each book talk and added that to the back of the nonfiction books. Now readers can not only read the book but hear the author give some background information.


Tech Tip:
All Book Talks were saved to google drive.
The google QR Code Extension was used to create the QR codes.

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