Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The World Would Be a Better Place...

Have you thought about what you can do to make the world a better place?  Fourth grade is contemplating how they can impact the world in a positive way.  They are using Google Docs to create new written pieces and share their ideas with their classmates and teacher.  They can choose to enter the PTA Reflections contest with their master pieces.

We hope they discover that the world will be a better place if we can all share our ideas in a productive, safe manner.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fourth grade collaborating in Social Studies

Welcome to our second student blogger!  Connor is in Mrs. Germany's class. In Mrs. Platte's class the students worked in groups to learn about Native American tribes.  Connor documented their work through pictures and captions. Enjoy!

Today we worked on a project about Native Americans in S.S. and printing out pictures. Everyone worked on a different project.

We worked on a work sheet using a website on the internet.

We had fun working in groups and using google chrome’s drive

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fourth grader tells us how she uses technology in her life.

This year, we are starting a technology blogging club where students can write about how they use technology in their lives.  The goal is to allow our students to analyze their own technology use and connect with the world outside of our campus in an authentic way.  Our first entry is from Baovy, a fourth grader in Mr. Bilski's class.  Below are her words:

Hi my name is Baovy and I am going to tell you about how we use technology in our life.My mom works with a computer as a job.And my teacher uses the internet to show us learning videos. We use the computer to play learning games. Then we can do things for fun like playing games.

Friday, October 3, 2014

No More Boring Morning Routines

The whiteboard assignments greeting students every morning--simple and impersonal but the only way teachers had to communicate those important morning jobs and information.  But one fifth grade teacher has found a way to break that cycle!  Lori Corbett writes the following about her class:
When the students enter the classroom, they read my daily  Edmodo post/message on the screen. The messages may contain things happening that particular day, journal response topics, as well as directions for them to complete. The kids later type their responses  after logging into their Edmodo accounts during the school day or when they get home. They seem to enjoy seeing how their peers responded.
Students are able to interact with Miss Corbett and each other in a way they couldn't before technology came along. By using Edmodo, Miss Corbett's students are seeing how people can collaborate in a business setting and helping each other to seek first to understand and then be understood.  Way to go Miss. Corbett's class for such amazing work!