Monday, April 28, 2014

Having a Rootin' Tootin' Time Kahoot'in

Third grade teacher, Amy Timson, had all the third graders for a "technology day" during their grade level's Rotation Day. She had prepared several Kahoots for them to do.

What is Kahoot? Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system. Students logged into their laptops and entered the "pin" number of the game. Mrs. Timson had prepared all the questions for the game so that the students could review their Science unit.

Once they entered the pin number, they could put in their nickname or their real name - and the fun began.

Mrs. Timson would reveal a question, students had a time limit to respond, and the first correct responders' names were displayed.  There is really cool sounding music that plays while taking responses, that builds up the excitement.  Kahoot kept track of the scores, and displayed who the top scorers were -  after each question and for the entire game. This made for quite a competition!
Time flew by, and left them asking for more work!

Friday, April 11, 2014

First Grade Compositions using Word!

This young writer is carefully editing her story.
     First grade students in Sunny Schlaudt's classroom have been composing stories using Microsoft Word. They have all logged in successfully, opened the Microsoft Word program, supplied a title, and composed their stories! They have also used correct keyboarding techniques to correctly capitalize words and punctuate sentences.

Using the 7 Habits, these writers
 begin with the end in mind.

As you can tell, these authors are pleased with their products!

They are fulfilling their Language Arts TEKS (19 Writing/Expository and Procedural Texts)  as they write their compositions. In addition, the Technology TEKS is being met. (6c. perform basic software application functions, including opening an application and creating, modifying, printing, and saving files.)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gathering Information and Reporting Findings! Grade 2 Research Projects!

Students in Grade 2 researched various animals. This was a collaborative project, done in conjunction with the librarian, Ami Uselman. Students reported to the library for an introduction to research and research tools. They used the various resources, including both print and online resources. 

Conducting research using Pebble Go 

Students researched unanswered questions, such as animal habitats, adaptations, and other characteristics. After taking notes on their animals, noting various facts to put into their research project. 

After completing the research, the students  compiled their findings into a PowerPoint or Google Presentation. Using a template provided for them, each student created their presentations, enriched with clip art or video. When they finished the written research, they enhanced their projects with backgrounds and transitions. 

Synergizing to create presentation

Databases used were the Teravista Research Resource Subscription databases, World Book Online (Kids), Britannica, and  Capstone's Pebble Go 

When the students finish their projects, look for them to be posted on another blog! I can't wait!

Following instructions on how to create the Presentation
Students plan to share their projects in the classroom, presenting their animal and its facts.

Just think how much they will learn from each other!