OODLES OF TOOL(TLES)
Ms. Gibson's 5th Grade Class
OUR TAKE OFF INTO TECHNOLOGY
This newsletter is to inform you of the technological tools that we will be using in our 5th grade class this year! I am excited to see what new learning opportunities these tools will bring us through communication and collaboration! I am entrusting your students with the use of technology in the classroom in hopes that it will stimulate interest in the topics, discussions and overall learning of new things!
This application and website is perfect for helping you learn in our classroom! It contains a huge range of topics that we will be covering in our class this year. Brain Pop's topics range from global warming to the art of Frida Kahlo. How it works? The program has multitudes of animated videos to teach you about the topic in just a few quick minutes in an easy to understand way. After you watch the video you can take a review quiz to ensure that you retained the information you learned! This is a vital tool in communicating in the classroom because I will be able to see if you are learning what you need to be based on your quiz scores. In our class we will be using this quite a bit to learn about many creative topics, and I suggest you use it at home or anywhere to review topics before your tests.
Top Hat is an application that I am so excited about using in this class! As 5th graders, I trust that you will be able to use your phone in a responsible way to learn in our classroom and this is the coolest way to do it! Top Hat is a way for us to have interactive lecture experiences and increase engagement in our classroom! AKA I want you to have fun and not be BORED! How it will work? All of you will download the application and then while I am teaching I will ask questions that you will be able to talk with your classmates, collaborate and answer on your phone! This opens up an easy way for me to track your progress!
Classting is the perfect way for us to become best friends! This application is going revolutionize the way that we communicate and collaborate with each other! It is the best of both worlds. I can send you all reminders, announcements, and you can ask me anonymous questions. We can also share photos with each other and educational material as well as create a classroom community page for you to communicate after class! Overall, this app will create a safe and private space for our class to communicate and collaborate.