As the year progresses, I will be integrating more technology into our lessons. Soon, Sprague will be getting iPads for the students to use. I love integrating technology to enhance student learning. I know many of you have computers, iPads, and other devices at home. As we learn new websites and apps at school, I will post them here in a blog so you can download them on your own devices and learn how we have been using them at school.
i nigma QR code reader
We have been using this app to view the important people interviews. There are many other free QR code readers that can be downloaded. The students have been very excited about QR codes since this project and many wanted to get QR code readers on their own devices at home. I look forward to using QR codes in the classroom during the year. Below are a couple pictures of the students using this app.
Thanks to the Learning Fund Foundation, our class will have a subscription to IXL next year! This is a website that tracks students' math practice and allows them to increase their math abilities at their own paces. Each student will have their own log in and password, which will be attached to their take home folder. They can feel free to use this website at home, as well as at school. I look forward to introducing this website to the students next week!
Scootpad.com is a great website I found that connects to the common core. Common core are standards that all students are going to be expected to know by the end of the grade they are in. This website allows each student to have their own username so I can keep track of what they need help with specifically. I can log in and see exactly which problems the students got correct and incorrect and help them with any skills they don't know yet. They can also see the problems they get right and wrong. They can earn coins for the hard work that they do. We found that our class is on the leaderboard for the whole country! This website is great because the students can work on it at home, as well. Please let me know if you need your child's username and password again. I hope to have lots of students working on this great website!
Tell Time Lite App
This is an app the students can use to practice telling time to the hour and half hour. Because this is a free version, the app is limited to those times. This is a great way for students to move the clock hands to make sure they are in the correct positions. Check it out!
Mad Math App
I taught some of the students a math fact practice game called Mad Math. This app allows the students to decide what type of problems they are going to practice and how many. I really like this app because although it looks just like flash cards, the app will let you write on it to figure out problems if you need workspace. It also keeps track of how many problems you get correct. I recommend this app for anyone who needs to build their fact fluency.
This week in social studies we were preparing interviews for the important people who work in our school. We are going to be recording these interviews next week using the camera and video camera on the iPads. The students learned how to take pictures and videos this week. If you have any iPads, iPods, or an iPhone at home, please let your child try to take pictures and videos so they feel ready for their interviews next week!
PicCollage is one of my favorite apps because there are so many things for the students to create. The first project we did was make a name collection of a number. The students picked a number between 3 and 12 for their collection. I put out a variety of math materials and they had to create their number in a variety of ways. Each time they created their number with the materials, they took a picture using this app. The app collects the pictures they take. They can also edit their picture by cutting out the parts they want. And they can label their pictures. There are pictures of a few of their collages below. We will be using this app to show many things we learn throughout the year.
We did another math project this week using PicCollage. The students measured different items using rulers. They took pictures of the items next to the rulers. Then, they labeled how many inches each item was. Here are some examples:
The educreations app is the first app I have taught the students how to use. There are some nice features on this app and it is very student friendly. The background of the page can either be blank, have lines, or be a grid. The students can write with their finger or type with the keyboard. They can also record themselves explaining what they did on the page. There will be many ways we can use this app, but I taught them how to use it for their word study activities. They can type or write their categories, draw lines to separate them, and then write or type their words under the right spots. They can also make rainbow words by writing and tracing their words three times, using different colors each time. Another activity is making word ladders. The students write one letter of the word. Then right underneath they write the first two letters, and so on. The word will look like stair steps when they are done. They can also type sentences using the word and change the color of the spelling word or underline it. I look forward to using this app in many educational ways as the year progresses!