Monday, March 26, 2012

Skype Friday

Friday, March 23rd, was a great Skyping day!

Mexico

In the morning 8th graders met other 8th graders from Mexico. They live in the city of Aguascalientes and go to Valledefiladelfia:  http://valledefiladelfia.com/.

The students were excited to meet each other and wanted to know what kind of music they listened to and what kind of cell phones they used!  The students from Mexico were able to use their cell phones for academics and our students were a bit jealous!
8th Grade Students from Mexico 

Florida

The 5th graders met other 5th graders from Hendricks Day School in Jacksonville, Florida.  They talked about the weather and great vacation spots in Florida and Chicago.  The students have started blogging with each other and wanted to see who they were actually blogging! Mr. Meyers is the technology teacher and we got to know each other through the Digiteen project.


                                               


 This was the first time the students from Florida used Skype to communicate with another classroom.  They were very excited!

Our 5th grade blog address:  http://kidblog.org/5thGradeAllenComputers/
Their blog addresses:  http://kidblog.org/2011-12Class/ and http://kidblog.org/MrsARamirezsClass/.

Mexico AGAIN!


The 4th graders had the opportunity to speak with students from the same school in Mexico, Valledefiladelfia.  The students were 3rd graders and they asked what sports they liked (soccer or futbol) and compare their favorite subjects.
My Skype chat with Mr. Jacque, 3rd grade English 
and Middle School Teacher

This was a great experience and a step towards future collaborations!






Saturday, March 10, 2012

Google Chromebooks are Traveling!



Since December the junior high students have been using the new Google Chromebooks for research, typing papers, and creating presentations in the comfort of their own rooms.  Lately, the lower grades have been able to use them as well.





How fun it is to see the second graders use the Chromebooks in their classrooms!  They were thrilled to be in their own room instead of the lab (bitter sweet)!





 It's just as thrilling to see the 5th graders use them in small group research projects.  They were able to stay in their own rooms, move around, and have access to the other supplies they needed.  

















Although not in their own rooms, Early Childhood and Kindergarten were able to use them when the lab was needed for junior high special projects.

Soon the 3rd graders will use them as well!  They are participating in A Week in the Life, a Flat Classroom Project to find similarities, differences, and connections with students all over the globe.

Next are 1st and 4th grades!  Won't be long!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Landmark Games!

If you were given 3 clues a week for 3 weeks to locate a landmark (big or small) somewhere in the world, would you be able to find it?  The 5th and 7th grades are participating in the Landmark Games the past 3 weeks, trying to locate over 40 world-wide landmarks.

Classrooms from Russia, Lebanon, United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Czech Republic, and England decide on a landmark and create 9 clues (ranging in difficulty) to submit to the other classrooms weekly.  Students get one chance a week to ask a yes/no question to lead them closer to the target landmark.

See the list of participants and where they are from here.

Students used maps, globes, Internet searches and their own ingenuity to research 4-5 landmarks per small group.  The 5th graders wrote their own emails using a class email account while the 7th graders used their Google Apps for Ed accounts to ask the yes/no questions at the end of each week.

4 classrooms - 42 landmarks

Will they find them all?

We'll know March 15th!