Friday, December 12, 2014

Google Forms

In Second Grade, students used Google Form to answer questions about their measurement project.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Goals Posted Using Google

Students in Ms. Heine's class used the Dell Venue tablets to learn to access their own Google Classroom Hive. 

In their Google classroom environment, students can access assignments and discuss class concepts.

 Kids really enjoyed posting their goals on the classroom paper. 
Students posting goals on their classroom newspaper.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Travel Blogs

Fifth Grade TAG students have spent the past three months blogging about the imaginary vacations they took for their Independent Study Project, Travel Passport. Students traveled everywhere from Miami, Florida to Cardiff, Whales to Sydney, Australia! Each student was allotted $10,000 for their adventure. Students had to blog about different aspects of their journey on Kidblog.

Kidblog is a free and secure blogging site. Students have their individual blogs that are housed under the teacher's original blog. Only teachers and students can view and comment on class blog posts. Parents are given a unique code that grants them access to their child's blog.

Enjoy some of the highlights from individual student blogs.

Electronic Glyphs

Third Grade TAG Math students put their multiplication and technology skills to work creating their Turkey Glyphs in Paint.  After solving a collection of multiplication word problems with self-selecting factor pairs, the kids received a mini-lesson on the basics of Paint. The kids used the glyph key to create a turkey in Paint. Each product provided one required element of the turkey. Once they had completed their five required elements, (number of feathers, head shape, body shape, head/body color, and feather colors), the kids got to add their own creative flair. 

Feathers the Turkey
A Turkey Named Pumpkin

Tappy the Turkey


Yolo Turkey

Friday, November 14, 2014

First Graders Start

Quinn  practices adding shapes supports our districts digital learning initiatives with award-winning content, tools, and services. 

The lessons the kids are working on in November are:

  • Select, Drag and Double Click
  • Brushes and Lines
  • Shapes and Fills
  • A,B,C,D,E
  • F,G,H,I,J

The first grade students can go through the lessons at their own pace and must earn at least a 70% in order to continue though the lessons. They can work on this at both home and school.

Mrs. Macias' Class working on lessons
Rebecca in Miss Allen's Class is working on clicking skills.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

First Graders Learn to Format

First Graders Used Word to Create Products for Halloween and Red Ribbon Week
Today the students learned to:
  • use capital letters when they type 
  • only use one space between words
  • highlight text '
  • change the font size, bold and underline words
  • use the undo and redo button
  • insert clipart into a document

 They also learned which fingers to put on the keys so they can find the letters quickly. The more they practice this skill, the better they will become at typing and finding the letters they need on the keyboard.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mrs.Johnson's Kinder Class

During our second computer lesson I used three former students (first graders now) to assist me during our laptop time. 

They helped any student who needed help with "control, alt, delete" and logging in.

It was awesome to have some extra hands in the room. My kids had extra assistance and my 3 former students were able to be leaders to their younger peers. It was a win-win for everyone!:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Research in Second Grade

Our 2nd grade students are using Pebble Go and other online research sites to find facts about their famous American for our Living Museum project.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

See You In the Funny Papers

Fifth Grade TAG Math students have been busy creating ratio comic strips using Bitstrips for Schools. Bitstips is user friendly educational tool. My students had a blast creating their avatars and getting creative with equivalent ratios. The link below will take you to our classroom gallery. Enjoy!

Bitstrips Ratio Comics

It's a Small World After All...

Yes, it's a small world, but small things can be seen bigger through the eyes of the MicroViewer!

Students in Mrs. Collin's Third Grade class got a "close up" view of various items, using the MicroViewer USB Microscope. Using a laptop and this hand-held microviewer, the students were able to make some keen observations. 

Looking up close at items like a rock, feather, circuit board, piece of cloth, or any other item takes on a whole new perspective.

Using the laptop software and the MicroViewer, one can also take pictures and videos of the various items.

Great job, scientists! Keep on making those observations. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

First Grade Publishes Stories

Mrs. Riley's first grade class is doing an awesome job with their composition writing. After they composed an essay on paper, they then went to the laptops, logged in, and began transcribing their work into Microsoft Word. 

They have "mastered" the shift key to put in capital letters - and are punctuating to perfection! What an accomplishment! It's amazing to see how hard they work! 

Here are a few pictures of them as they worked. Great job, First Grade!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Miss Allen's Class Shines the Light

Students in Miss Allen's class learned how to use an online google form. Each student submitted a form (Shine the Light) linked from the Teravista website to recognize students, staff members and parent volunteers around our campus. 

They learned to use the shift key to make a capital letter at the beginning of their sentence and the beginning of their first and last name, to put only one space between words, and click through a form.

Good job filling other's buckets class! These Shine the Light submissions will be published in the weekly news sent out in the Teravista weekly newsletter.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Collaborating in Social Studies Made Easy with Google!

The fourth grade students in Linda Moscovic's class are doing an awesome job with their Native American Projects. After planning their content, students are able to continue working with their partner from home, since they have both have editing rights.

Students have never been so excited to hear that they can work on this from home - especially when both partners are on at the same time and working.
Once projects are completed, everyone will share their particular tribe with the class. Students may also entertain questions and answers from the audience. They can also enable comments from the class so that they can get feedback from the class. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kindergarten Logs In and...


Mrs.Schmidt's Kindergarten class have been practicing logging into the computers for a few weeks now, and it shows! They are able to supply the user name and password almost without looking! 

Amazing how quickly they can learn those! Good thing, because in today's world of user names and passwords, it is really important to get it right! 

Once logged in, they navigated to Starfall and completed the "build a Gingerbread Man" activity. That is a favorite story of all Kindergartners! It is fun to make their own Gingerbread Men!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Edmodo for Enrichment

Every Thursday, I have the privilege of working with a collection of amazing 4th Graders. The group is working on a cross-curricular project/technology project that has them learning about people that had an impact on the Civil Rights Movement.

Currently, the kids are working in Edmodo and their Google Drive. They have connected their Google Drives to their Edmodo accounts and so they have multiple way to access their working documents. All assignments are emailed to the students and posted in Edmodo. The kids access the information through the Edmodo Folders that I created for research purposes. After doing some information gathering, the students respond in writing via Edmodo posts and Google Documents. They share their work with their peers and their teachers.

Student discussion thread discussing and analyzing a poem that was written by an one of the enrichment group participants 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trading Cards - Get Information Fast!

The 5th grade students have been working on a biography project.

Students researched their selected leader using expository texts.

Next, students researched the same person on MackinVIA using online databases. 
Our students now have access to these databases with one easy login. With just one login, users can view, utilize, and manage all of their eResources.

Students then went to Read,Write, Think site and created their Trading Cards, using Trading Card Creator. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Second graders use a digital microscope to compare and contrast properties of various matter.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mrs. Timson's Class uses technology in various forms for Tiger Time.  Here is an example of the Tiger Time menu implemented in class.

Students are able to select an item, such as iStation. IStation is a comprehensive computer-based reading program that maximizes students’ reading fluency, comprehension and retention, and academic success. Think Through Math is a math instruction that supports students with an online tutor. As students progress through the learning pathways, if they need help, there is someone assigned to assist with their work. Edmodo is an online networking community for teachers and students. Think Facebook, but in a safe and controlled environment. Stemscopes is an online science curriculum program that provides hands-on inquiry activities, assessments, and problem based learning. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

First Grade- Miss Allen and Miss Schlaudt's Classes Publish Their First Writing Piece

The students in Miss Allen and Miss Schlaudt's first grade classes used creative thinking and innovative processes to develop digital products. They created products using word processing software on Microsoft Word and Kidspiration to type their stories from their writing journal. The students communicated to each other the process they went through to publish their final copy. The students are learning to save their documents into folders and print final copies.

First Graders Log Into the Computer and Get Used to Using Computers

The students in first grade have been working hard to become more efficient at logging into the computers. Each class spent time memorizing their user name and passwords, so they can get onto the computers at school to adhere to the acceptable use policies. Whenever a student logs in, they must use their own user name and password. Once logged in they have been working on getting on to safe websites, and keyboarding techniques.  Way to go first graders!

In first grade the students will work on the following Technology TEKS:

(b)  Knowledge and skills.
(1)  Creativity and innovation. The student uses creative thinking and innovative processes to construct knowledge and develop digital products. The student is expected to:
(A)  apply prior knowledge to develop new ideas, products, and processes;
(B)  create original products using a variety of resources;
(C)  explore virtual environments, simulations, models, and programming languages to enhance learning;
(D)  create and execute steps to accomplish a task; and
(E)  evaluate and modify steps to accomplish a task.
(2)  Communication and collaboration. The student collaborates and communicates both locally and globally using digital tools and resources to reinforce and promote learning. The student is expected to:
(A)  use communication tools that allow for anytime, anywhere access to interact, collaborate, or publish with peers locally and globally;
(B)  participate in digital environments to develop cultural understanding by interacting with learners of multiple cultures;
(C)  format digital information, including font attributes, color, white space, graphics, and animation, for a defined audience and communication medium; and
(D)  select, store, and deliver products using a variety of media, formats, devices, and virtual environments.

(3)  Research and information fluency. The student acquires and evaluates digital content. The student is expected to:
(A)  use search strategies to access information to guide inquiry;
(B)  use research skills to build a knowledge base regarding a topic, task, or assignment; and
(C)  evaluate the usefulness of acquired digital content.
(4)  Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student applies critical-thinking skills to solve problems, guide research, and evaluate projects using digital tools and resources. The student is expected to:
(A)  identify what is known and unknown and what needs to be known regarding a problem and explain the steps to solve the problem;
(B)  evaluate the appropriateness of a digital tool to achieve the desired product;
(C)  evaluate products prior to final submission; and
(D)  collect, analyze, and represent data using tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, graphic organizers, charts, multimedia, simulations, models, and programming languages.

(5)  Digital citizenship. The student practices safe, responsible, legal, and ethical behavior while using digital tools and resources. The student is expected to:
(A)  adhere to acceptable use policies reflecting appropriate behavior in a digital environment;
(B)  comply with acceptable digital safety rules, fair use guidelines, and copyright laws; and
(C)  practice the responsible use of digital information regarding intellectual property, including software, text, images, audio, and video.

(6)  Technology operations and concepts. The student demonstrates knowledge and appropriate use of technology systems, concepts, and operations. The student is expected to:
(A)  use appropriate terminology regarding basic hardware, software applications, programs, networking, virtual environments, and emerging technologies;
(B)  use appropriate digital tools and resources for storage, access, file management, collaboration, and designing solutions to problems;
(C)  perform basic software application functions, including opening an application and creating, modifying, printing, and saving files;
(D)  use a variety of input, output, and storage devices;
(E)  use proper keyboarding techniques such as ergonomically correct hand and body positions appropriate for Kindergarten-Grade 2 learning;
(F)  demonstrate keyboarding techniques for operating the alphabetic, numeric, punctuation, and symbol keys appropriate for Kindergarten-Grade 2 learning; and
(G)  use the help feature online and in applications.