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Tips for 1:1 iPad Integration - November 18, 2014

An App and a Snack

Everyone come join me! What we are covering this week works for ALL grade levels! And I baked some caramel apple cupcakes for you!!

An App & A Snack gets super-sized this week! Today we will start out by looking at Kid Blog. Mrs. Green and I saw a presentation about this at Ed Tech, and we would really like to have school-wide participation! This is a totally free, totally safe way for kids to blog and share their writing, photos, videos, etc online to a real audience. Come join us as we set up our classes and start thinking about ways we can use this site to collaborate across grade levels!

After we finish with KidBlog, I will be showing you First in Math. We won a school-wide subscription at Ed Tech with our TIPS Award. I know you would all agree that our kids are not very good at their basic math facts. If so, this is the perfect solution. First in Math is web-based, game-like, and reinforces basic skills. Please come and learn all about this new learning tool for our kids that requires NO WORK on your part!!

FALLing into STEM

Don't forget that this Friday, November 21 is our second STEM focused day. This month we will focus on FALLing into STEM projects which include anything that flies or falls.

Below is the link to the Dropbox folder of lesson ideas that fit this theme. Feel free to take parts of these lessons and make them fit your students. Please let me know if I can help your grade level make plans or even gather materials. I'm also happy to help you figure out how to use the iPads in your lesson. There are suggested grade levels on all of the lessons, but we can certainly adapt them up or down to fit all of you.

I also have plenty of materials in my room - egg cartons, cardboard, straws, foil, etc. If you need something for your activity, check with me before you go out to buy it!

An Hour of Code is Coming!

Last year we had several classes who participated in the Hour of Code in December. What is the Hour of Code you ask, well here is the answer straight from their website: "Launched in 2013,® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra."

I have already gotten commitments from grades 2-5 to participate. We are still hoping to go school-wide. That means we are waiting on you, kindergarten and first grade teachers. Let me know what I can do to help you feel better about committing an hour of your day on Monday, December 8.

Although the Hour of Code challenge stretches for the entire week, we will be focusing our efforts on Monday, December 8. The district is working to get volunteers from the community to come in and work with the kids. We might also get some teachers and students from Daniel Morgan to come over and join us!

Check out this link for more information:

Digital Citizenship

A big thanks goes out to all of you who have updated me on your digital citizenship lessons in the past week. If you have not done so, please let me know where you are in your quest to teach 4 lessons before we go home for Christmas break.

Just in case you forgot, the new lessons I am recommending this month deal with giving out personal information online. We know that kids will likely be getting new devices over the holidays, and we want to be sure they are safe. For grades K-2, try out Keep it Private, and for grades 3-5 try Private & Personal Information.

And one more time, just in case you are behind, here are the other lessons I have suggested this year. K-2: for August, Going Places Safely or Staying Safe Online; for September, My Creative Work; and for October, ABC Searching or Using Keywords. 3-5: for August, Rings of Responsibility or Talking Safe Online; for September, Whose Is It, Anyway; and for October, The Key to Keywords.

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