First graders got a chance to use the Audioboo app on the iPad to read and record a review about their favorite Dr.Seuss book or they chose a book from the library to read aloud. Click on the class recordings to listen:
In kindergarten, we have been experimenting with our iPads. Students have learned how to hold an iPad properly and how to share it with their friends. They've also learned how to take pictures and how to use an app called DoodleBuddy. In library we read a story called Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. In this story, a little girl stumbles upon a box that is filled with yarn, so she begins to knit for her friends and her family and eventually even for her house and pet dog. I asked kindergarten students to take pictures and create their own knitting creations using DoodleBuddy. This project allowed students to demonstrate their understanding of the text read aloud through media and answering questions about the key details in the story as well as an opportunity to collaborate and show the responsible use of technology in the classroom.
Fifth graders studied a variety of biomes in their science class. The fifth grade science teacher and I coordinated to create a unit, where students would take notes in the classroom using books and then they would use the Encyclopedia Britannica database in the library to research an assigned biome, such as the tundra or desert.
After research was completed, students took their notes and created Animotos using the facts that they had gathered as well as photos from Pics4Learning. This project fulfilled a number of technology standards and it also fulfilled several common core standards, such as conducting research to build knowledge on a topic (W.5.7) and then presenting that information in a multimedia presentation.Here are some wonderful Animotos that the students created.
In first grade, students read Caldecott Medal books during the month of January. As explained to students, the Caldecott is given each year to an artist, who creates the most distinguised picture book. We read two classic Caldecotts: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Students were asked what they would do on a snowy day. They wrote a sentence about their activity and then illustrated it using Kerpoof.com.
Students discovered in Snowflake Bentley that no two snowflakes are alike. They created their own snowflakes using the following website: http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/
These projects allowed students to demonstrate the following standards:
-Proficiency in the use of computers and applications.
-Ability to communicate and collaborate via technology.
-Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts and feelings.
For the past month, kindergarten students have been listening to all of kinds of stories by Mo Willems, such as Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, Should I Share My Ice Cream (An Elephant & Piggie Book), Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, That Is Not a Good Idea!, and Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! We even explored the Mo Willems website (http://www.gomo.net/page.php?name=Home), which has all kinds of wacky games and we watched an interview with the author (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnLqoZvrMfw). Students absolutely loved hearing Mo's stories and created their own version of Knuffle Bunny.
We talked about how Mo Willems first takes a photograph of his surroundings and then he draws on top of the photograph in order to make the illustrations for Knuffle Bunny. Students then used cameras and iPads to take pictures of anything they wanted in the library.
As you can probably tell, the kiddos were having a blast taking pictures. I uploaded the pictures onto Little Bird Tales and then the students drew on top of the images.Here are the links to the e-books that were created.
Ms. Cole's Class
Mrs. Kasparian's Class
Mrs. Marciano's Classes
One of the kiddos was so inspired by our project that he actually made one at home using his own camera and markers. Take a look at Noah's wonderful piece of art!
This month's Lunch Bunch Book Club selection is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. It's the story of Ivan, a gorilla, who lives in the Big Top Mall. Ivan has lived there all of his life and he seems to be okay with living in his cage until a young elephant, Ruby, comes along and then Ivan begins to see that he has to make a better life for the both of them. This book is based on a true story and it has won the Newbery Medal. Check out the book trailer:
And here's a glimpse of the real Ivan...
Students in 4th and 5th grade learn all about Internet Safety in the library. After viewing several Internet safety cartoons, such as Professor Garfield's Cyberbullying (http://www.professorgarfield.org/learning_lab/cyberbullying.html) and BrainPopJr. (http://www.brainpopjr.com/artsandtechnology/technology/internetsafety/), we discussed all the rules on how to be safe online. Students then created their own Internet safety animations. Here's a sample of a couple of our animations:
Molly & Shaun's Video
Craig & Emily's Video
Students learned some key rules about being safe online, such as never giving out personal information or passwords and telling a trusted adult if they are being cyberbullied.
Killam now has a book club! Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are invited to join in on the discussion every month during lunch. Previous reads include: The Indian in the Cupboard and The Trouble with Chickens. This month's selection is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Please see me for details!