Thursday, November 6, 2014

(October) Individual Blog Post

(October) Individual Blog Post
This was an amazing month for our work with computers. We created a Student Led Conference Presentation. The students then made copies and went in to the slides to make them their own. They added personal assessment data, links to their writing, links to the reading assignments, as well as color-coding words they are working on in word study. The students then used their presentations at their Student-Led Parent/Teacher Conferences, and via Smartboards, shared their work with their parents. I had 100% attendance by both parents and students, and I think it was because we had the students so involved. Their presentation skills need a little work, but they were so proud to let their parents know of all they have been doing. Most impressive were some of my bilingual students who translated as they presented, giving their parents a direct- clear picture of their work at school.

This month we also used the computers to create some short mystery/fiction stories inspired by Harris Burdick Mysteries. The students logged on to the Burdick Website to look at the pictures and chose one to download and create a story about. They were very excited to create and share these pieces, and the technology definitely played a role in their enthusiasm.

(September) Blog Post

(September) Individual Blog Post
We put our first Integrated Theme Test (ITT) for our reading program online and it worked quite well. We decided at our reading planning meeting, that taking our ITTs on the computer would be great practice for the PARCC assessments in the Spring, so we typed it up and linked it to our website. The students then made a copy of it, took the assessment, and shared their work. No paper! I then read and scored them, leaving students comments. It went very smoothly and we intend to do our other ITTs a similar way.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Getting to Know our Computers! (August Individual Blog Post)

My class has spent quite a bit of time on the computers the first month. We can all log in to Google Docs and Discovery Education fairly quickly and efficiently. In addition, we have bookmarked the Inspired Writing Page, Field Website, and Class Website. We have explored these sites to see what is available to us. We have also opened and made copies of two different plans- the story worm and a bubble map. We used our story worm to summarize the shared reading story we had just finished. We used the bubble map to brainstorm Summer ideas for writing topics. I think this time we’ve spent on nuts and bolts will help us greatly when we actually try to use these tools to advance our learning.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A day full of new technology learning!! Crazy, yet fun!