We are learning that nouns may be people, places, or things (animals). We went to the Computer Lab and used Word to write about nouns using this pattern: My name is (person) and I am from (place). I like (thing) and (thing). Notice the alliteration too. The children continue to learn more features of Word and have gained greater independence.
We look forward to using our actiVotes. ActiVotes are part of a fun learner response system used for assessment and polls on the activboard. Everyone has the opportunity to participate simultaneously and the teacher can choose how the results are displayed. Children have instant feedback and teachers can track progress and download the data into a spreadsheet. When we watch a Brain Pop video, there is always a quiz following the video to test our recall and understanding of the information that was presented. What a great tool to engage everyone in the learning process!
A side note: Brain Pop Jr. is available as an app on your iPad.
KRCS gave each teacher an i Pad prior to the end of school. The technology department wanted us to “play” with the i Pads this summer, so we can use them confidently with our students this coming year. We had several training sessions before school was out and there is an optional workshop next week.
One of my favorite new apps is appsgonefree. Each day a few apps go free for a short time to build a greater fan base. I have found several word games that I wanted to share with you. The first app is Dabble. It is also a board game. After you are given random letters, you have five minutes to create a two, three, four, five, and six letter word. I used my knowledge of phonics to create words. For example, “qu” and “ex” are often found together in words. I looked for “ing,” digraphs (sh, ch, and th), and vowel teams (ai, oi, ee, ea). Also, every word and syllable contains a vowel.
The other two apps are Word Grind and Bubble in Paradise. In each of these apps, letters appear and you score by combining them to form words. All three are fun and a great way to practice spelling skills. (I did have to turn the music off because I found it distracting.)
Have you found any great new educational apps? Leave a comment to tell us your favorites.
Did you know that you can click on the cluster map to the right of the posts to see from where people have been visiting our blog? The two hits from Africa have been from Steven’s dad while he was on a layover from a flight to Nigeria and Dylan’s family when they were visiting family in South Africa. We have been learning geography as we find these places on the map. The N/A hits are usually from cell phones. Where will the blog go next?
What is a 21st Century teacher? This topic is being debated in the world of education today. At KRCS, we believe that within the context of mastering core subjects, 21st century learning includes:
1. Global awareness
2. Creativity and innovation
3. Critical thinking and problem solving
4. Collaboration and communication
5. Information media and technology skills
6. Life and career skills
Any thoughts? Leave a comment.