Saturday, April 25, 2015

March Lab Fun!

March 2015 

March was another snowy month - but no snow days!  This is a picture of one of our parking lots.  You can see the flakes falling.


ECP/Kindergarten

The Early Childhood students were able to skype with a class from North Carolina.  They shared songs and what they like to do during "play time" - which is also "work time".  



The Kindergarten students continued to learn different games on Sumdog. There are about 20 games to choose, so they learned 3-4 at a time.


Grade 1

The first grade students continued their "unplugged" #codingchallenge creating boards to add up to 10.



They also deciphered the challenges from our partners in Taiwan.

This is another unplugged #codingchallenge board that we sent to our friends.


This was a challenge we deciphered!  We found two ways to jump and add to 10.



Grade 2


In March, the second graders continued to work on their Animal Google Presentations.  They learned custom animation and transitions as well as changing the theme and background.  They added photos and information to their slides too!

Grade 3

The third graders continued to share and learn about their partners in A Week in the Life Project.  The teachers meet online weekly to learn what to do with their students and talk about tools and activities they can do as well.



Grade 4

The students played a variety of educational games this month:
Online Typing GamesDigital Etiquette GamesGeoGuessrEcoKids Games

Grade 5

The students began a new project, How Big is the Earth.  They also viewed 7th grade presentations.

A small group of 5th graders continued to work on the Global Virtual Contest.  One group was able to Skype with Taiwan and South Africa.


Grade 6

Draw/Describe Project:  The 6th graders commented on their partner's pages after they wrote their descriptions and drew portraits of their partners. 

Grade 7

The seventh graders presented their Digital Citizenship presentations for Digiteen to the 5th graders.  

Grade 8

The 8th graders continued their Blogging Challenges as well as improving their typing skills using Typing Club.

Other

I participated in a with ISTE and Julie Lindsay, Getting Started with Connected Learning and Global Collaboration.  We shared our experiences about global learning.



Look for events from April...soon!


Lab Activities

February, 2015 

Beginning the month with a snow day wasn't the highlight of the month, but it was exciting!
This picture was taken from my front yard.



ECP/Kindergarten

The Early Childhood students continued their quest playing ABCMouse while the Kindergarten students learned a new program, Sumdog.  They practiced their math skills while playing against other students around the world including their classmates.  
Kindergarteners playing Sumdog

Grade 1

The first graders began an "unplugged" #codingchallenge with a class from Taiwan (https://twitter.com/PanaAsavavatana) and Massachusetts (https://twitter.com/phoenixschool).   The class would create rhyming words, arrange them, and tweet the picture to the other classes.  We, in turn, would try to figure out the pattern.  It's been a fun adventure!


Grade 2

Animal Research Project
The second graders chose an animal to research.  Then they searched for facts using the Custom Search Engine I created.  Once they found their facts they used Google Slides to create a presentation.  They did an amazing job on their presentations! 

Grade 3

The third graders began A Week in the Life Project but introducing themselves using Vocaroo and downloading them to the Edmodo AWL group.  After they enjoyed exploring the Build with Chrome Lego Site.




Grade 4

The fourth graders learned how to create bar graphs using Google Spreadsheets.  They also explored Adventure games with NetSmartz.

Grade 5

The fifth graders explored the website, Zeal, practicing math and language arts concepts.  A smaller group of students worked the the Global Virtual Website Contest.



Grade 6

The sixth graders created facial descriptions for the Draw/Describe Kidlink Project.  In Art, they drew portraits of the descriptions they received from their global partners.  After, they were all posted on the site.

The students also participated in a summit, listening and learning about digital citizenship and the Digiteen/Digitween Project.  Students from Ohio and Wisconsin presented while they watched and listened.



Grade 7

The seventh graders finished their Digiteen/Digiteen digital citizenship projects using Powtoon or Google Slides.  They also collaborated via Edmodo with their global partners.

Grade 8

The eighth graders began their blogging challenge with students from all over the world.  

Thank you for reading!  Look for more activities in March!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

This Month in the Lab!

January, 2015

This month students continued with projects, typing, coding, learning about Google Apps for EDU, and others!

ECP/Kindergarten

 The Preschool and Kindergarten students explored the Zoo and the Farm with ABCMouse.  Kindergartners also took care of the pets they purchased.  They are having fun and learning at the same time - love it!




Grade 1

First graders learned about the parts of a computer as well as coding and math games:

CODE
Typing Games
Sumdog


Grade 2



Second graders used Google Docs to type a poem about Jack Frost.


Grade 3


Third graders helped each other learn code.


They also created stop-motion videos using ABCYa Animation.


Grade 4


Fourth graders participated in a mystery Skype with students from Oklahoma.  Our notetakers did a great job!


Grade 5

Fifth graders voted on a theme for the Global Virtual Contest.  They will be working on the site with their global partners.


Grade 6


Sixth graders learned about storms with Mr. Karnoscak in Mrs. Gambino's class!
They also worked on typing skills and they learned about Google Slides using Synergyse.


Grade 7


Seventh graders continued to work on their projects for Digiteen.  They used Powtoon or Google Slides to create their Action Projects.
Action Project Page


Grade 8

Eighth graders continued working on Synergyse Google Slides, typing skills, and technology assessments.  They will also comment on their Quad-blog partners:
Mrs. Sargentkidblog.org/PhoenixKidsGrade 7/8/ Age 11 - 13
Mrs. Heywoodhttp://sjcposlib.edublogs.org/1ms-bloggers/Grade 7/8/ Age 11 - 13
Mrs. AllenMrs. Schertz Homeroom Blog
Ms. Hendricks Homeroom Blog
Grade 8/ Age 13-14
Mrs. Wisneskihttp://kidblog.org/MrsWisneski1stHour-3/Grade 6/ Age 11-12

Happy Connecting!

Friday, December 19, 2014

This Week in the Lab!

Week of December 15, 2014 

The week was mostly dedicated to projects, coding, mystery location, and Christmas games!

ECP/Kindergarten

The students played Christmas games on ABCMouse and enjoyed spending their tickets to decorate their rooms!
This is a Kindergartener's room 

Kindergarten

Skype Interaction

The students shared songs, weather, and school information with Edward E Taylor School in South Carolina.  They were excited to see another Kindergarten classroom!
Mrs. Kaput's class 

Mrs. Buhr's class

Grades 1-4

The students continued on their learning paths in coding and also had time to play some fun Christmas games:

Grade 5

Due to Confessions, I only saw one of the classes for 20 minutes.  They were able to vote on a topic for the Global Virtual Classroom Contest and play Christmas games as well.

Grade 6

The 6th graders finished their Diamonte Poems and shared it with the students in the Kidlink Project.  They also played some Christmas games.

Mystery Location

One of the 6th grade classes had a mystery location interaction with a class from William Davies Middle School in New Jersey.  They asked yes/no questions to figure out what state they lived in.  Here are the notes from the interaction.  This is the blog post from their tech teacher!  She also made this video:  

This is what the students from New Jersey saw.  

We liked the robot in their classroom!

The students from New Jersey were a 6th grade STEM class, newly formed!  

Grade 7

7th graders worked on The Digiteen Project, finishing their assignments and working on their Action Projects.  They will present to 6th graders in January.

Students in 7B had a skype interaction with students from Jonesville Middle School in Madison, WI.  They shared their Action Projects and learned a little bit about each other's schools and fun things to do!


Grade 8

The 8th graders worked on their typing skills using Typing Club and also worked on Diocesan Assessments.  If there was time, they played a few Christmas games as well.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!