Despite the end of the school year looming nearby it doesn't deter me from trying new things in my classroom. Last week my students and I tried a new web based tool called Padlet. Padlet is a collaboration tool that my students instantly fell in love with. We shared knowledge about animal adaptations, and Padlet provided a medium for every kid at every level the power to share. This is what I love about integrating technology; the ability to empower all students and giving them a chance for their voice to be heard. So, take advantage of the these last few weeks of school and try something new. Let yourself step out of your comfort zone, and show your students that you're willing to learn alongside them.
I have recently discovered an amazing online discussion tool called Flipgrid. It has changed the way I have students collaborate and share thoughts. The most significant impact I've seen is how it has given a voice to students that have been too timid or shy to share. One student in particular never participated in whole class discussions. Even one on one the student struggled to talk about their thinking or feelings. The first time I used Flipgrid we reflected on how compassion led to innovation by watching a video on how 3D printers have been used to create prosthetics for those who can't afford it. I was blown away by the insightful responses, and that timid student was timid no more. I've done a few more Flipgrid reflections and yesterday that same timid student spoke up during a whole class discussion for the first time. It caught me by surprise to see her raise her hand and be willing to share in front of everybody. It proved to me that Flipgrid gave her the confidence to open up in class. I know that opinions vary on technology use by children, but with the right tools and teaching it can be utilized in the most amazing way.
elink is an all-in-one content tool that publishes content in minutes! 5th grade created their own elink pages with images that represented them. They then shared those pages electronically and students got to learn about each other within minutes! Amazing!
3rd Grade gets their first taste of Plicker. This is a free online tool teachers can use to collect quick, real time data on their students. It's a computer response tool that only needs a quick print of student card and a smartphone!
Once again Mrs. Ambrose is outdoing herself with her innovative approach to student vocabulary notebooks. She is using Google Docs to create a digital vocabulary book that students can access in school and at home!
Mrs. Ambrose is already integrating technology into her classroom the first week of school! Students this week explored a digital portfolio platform called Seesaw and a collaborative response resource AnswerGarden. Great job Mrs. Ambrose!
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.
Ms. De Los Santos
I'm not just a 3rd grade teacher; 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.