Ms. B and Mrs Barr attended the SXSWedu tech conference.
Ms. B's advanced groups made great progress on their automatas, we had many machines near completion.
We had the Discovery Dome on loan from the AISD Science Resource Center. All students had the opportunity to visit the dome and watch a science video on a 360 degree screen.
Students also had the opportunity to participate in Maker Stations. This time they were creating animals using hearts for Valentine's Day.
In our tech classes this month, 1st and 2nd grades worked on word processing skills. 3rd - 4th grades were coding.
Students in Ms. B's advanced groups continued working on their automatas.
5th grade used SeeSaw to explore the Greek and Latin roots of words.
We are getting back into the swing of things after the holidays. Ms. B's advanced group began a new STEM project in conjunction with the EdExchange program through the Thinkery. They are building automata, which are machines that don't use batteries. They are having to problem solve and figure out how to build thier own machine by looking at models.
This week was Maker Week in the library. I had 6 stations set up for students to explore building things. They had to use creativity and problem solving to decide what to build and how to build it. There were some pretty amazing designs.
It was tech week in the library. 3rd and 4th grades practiced accessing online books through Myon.com. 1st grade practiced for the up-comming Hour of Code. 2nd graders logged into their cloud accounts and began transcribing their original poems into a Google doc.
Some of the small group students that I worked with had the final launch of thier parachute designs. They had to design a parachute for a gummy bear that had a safe seat with a view and a ride that lasted a long time. After much experimentation, we had the final launch.
It was tech week in the library this week. Students in 2nd - 4th grades practiced logging into MyOn.com an online reading site that recommends books on students' reading levels and tracks the amount of reading that they are doing. (They can even use it from home and count it on their reading logs) Students in Kinder were challenged to log on to the laptops by themselves - there were quite a few successes! Then they had time to practice reading and math skills on Starfall.com. 1st grade classes began with an unplugged activity on sequencing and looping. Then they practiced coding algorithms using Code.org.
4th grade classes were using online resources to research Native American tribes.
This week students in 3rd - 5th grades continued to use Google Classroom to receive and complete assignments. Students in third grade had the opportunity to explain and showcase their math work using the ShowMe App. Click here for an example: www.showme.com/sh/?h=S7hp0W8
Students in 5th grade used district supplied online resources to research presidential candidates and important issues during this election.
4th grade students practiced math skills using Reflex Math.
This week was maker space days in the library. All grade levels came to the library where students were able to choose a maker station. All of the stations this time were tapping into the students creativity and allowed them to make monsters using a variety of materials. PreK and 5th grade used the time to meet with their buddies and create. Some 4th and 5th graders assisted younger students with directions and in their creations.
It was tech week in the library this week. Students in K began learning how to log on to the laptop and then were able to go to Starfall.com to practice reading and math skills. Students in 1st -4th grades reviewed algorithms and programs from our last unplugged tech lesson and then were able to practice using them through moving a character through a maze using algorithms on code.org.
In the classroom, 4th grade students practiced math skills.
5th Grade students participated in the Travis County Mock Election by casting thier ballots through surveymonkey.com.
This week in tech, students were using technology in all areas.
PreK students used the computer to practice recognizing shapes and patterns.
5th Grade students continued researching the answers to their voting questions. They also registered to vote in the up-coming Mock Election using a Google form.
I'm not only our school librarian, but I'm also our technology coach. This year I will highlight some of the little things that we do that contribute to making our campus great.