In 3rd grade, we are using iPads for spelling work and fluency in reading. Teachers are continuing to use Front Row for differentiation. Front Row is an app that allows teachers to create targeted practice sessions for students on specific domains and standards within Math and Language Arts. Students and teachers enjoy using the app.
Second graders are starting the year learning how to be responsible digital citizens. They understand the difference between public and private information, including personal information that they should never give out. They have also been discussing what makes a good password. They have school-based email accounts and have learned how to use those accounts safely.
We continue to document student learning in math and reading using iPads. Students solve math problems by explaining and illustrating their work using the app Screenchomp. They also record themselves reading and explaining reading comprehension strategies.
We created mimio activities to show and understand place value. The mimio was used to review the body parts of a bird.
We also created interactive Venn Diagram lessons to compare and contrast different types of animals.
We talked about the importance of a “just right” book. I took a picture of one of my student’s journal. She referenced her writing as she shared at the front of the classroom.
Fourth grade have been using the app ScreenChomp to document and assess student understanding in math. The students record themselves drawing and explaining a math problem.
Students have also filmed each other on the iPads reading a book of their choice. This allows teachers to document and assess their fluency; it also allows the students a chance to listen, watch and self-assess their reading.
Second grade lessons are continuing to engage students. The "Pulleys and Simple Machines" unit has really taken off, using videos from Youtube to demonstrate how these things work. Youtube is also being used for phonics and helpful sing-alongs. The classroom sets of computers are used daily, especially for individualized reading, using sites such as Raz-Kids, Bookflix, and Tumblebooks. Virtual math manipulatives are extremely helpful during Math In Focus lessons. The Spanish teachers have been using the computers for an animal research unit.
Pre-First teachers are using technology in a number of new ways. Math and phonics lessons are now being projected using an iPad and Airplay. Students are more engaged with interactive lessons using Mimio whiteboards and projectors. The iPads are being put into students' hands, utilizing the numerous interactive texts on Raz-Kids. Students are able to read and listen to leveled readers on this site, using newly purchased headphone splitters.