instead of a grading weekend? Ms. Bailey in 4th grade is using the app Socrative to help with grading load and with formative and summative assessment. Instead of hand-grading each paper for their Reading Street weekly review, she used Socrative to grade her papers. Not only has this left her with more time to enjoy her weekend BUT, most importantly, it has enabled her to receive immediate feedback and address student misconceptions in the moment! No need to wait til Monday. Powerful stuff!
Ms. Fromberg in third grade and Ms. Purdy in kindergarten teamed up to help Kinders learn the ScribblePress app for an upcoming book they are going to be working on. It's a sweet thing to observe students learning from their peers and from older students. I wasn't lucky enough to be in the room but Ms. Purdy shared these pictures! Enjoy.
Thank you to Ms. Purdy for inviting me in to her classroom to work with students on Pic Collage and the Google app. Five students, and myself, headed to the Spark Lounge for some iLearning. First we talked about how to search for an image. I decided it was easier to use the Google app as they didn't have iFiles set up, so under close supervision, we searched for images that represented Thanksgiving. We learned how to save to our camera roll by pressing and holding the picture, letting go, and then pressing 'Save Image'. We opened up Pic Collage and chose a layout and inserted our pictures. After that we used the Text tool to label. The outcome was super! They learned a lot of technology skills but we also had a great lesson applying their spelling strategies and phonics skills.
It's been exciting to watch my third grade team and their students engage with the Lego StoryStarter kits. I mentioned in a previous post that they were just starting on their journey and now I am pleased to announce we have some final products! On working with the students I was amazed by their tenacity; their flexibility and their ability to problem solve on their own on in small groups. We often don't tackle things with students because we don't know how it works. This is an excellent example of letting students take the lead and giving yourself permission to be a learner in the process.
Subtext is a free iPad app that allows classroom groups to exchange ideas in the pages of digital texts. You can also layer in enrichment materials, assignments and quizzes—opening up almost limitless opportunities to engage students and foster analysis and writing skills.