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Week of 1/4/16 Tech Tips and Tidbits

posted Jan 3, 2016, 12:28 PM by Melisa Scott
Welcome Back! I hope everyone enjoyed their well-deserved break and are ready for a great 2016! With a new year comes new ideas and plans. How will you integrate technology in a new way in your classroom? Have a thought or a topic but aren't sure how to weave technology into it? Let me know and we can make it happen! 

Makerspace Update: Thanks to the generosity of the PTO, our Makerspace will now include sets of Legos and K'Nex both of which are great for creativity, engineering, and designing. I'm in the process of constructing a Lego table which will also be included in the space. Stay tuned for more information!

Tech Spotlight:
There was some amazing work happening with iPads before the break in December. One third grade finished their narrative writing. Students created rough drafts using Google Docs. Each rough draft was shared with the classroom teacher who used the app to ask/type leading questions as a way for students to revise their work. Students then copied and pasted their final drafts from Docs to Book Creator and added illustrations using Hello! Color Pencil for a complete, published book. Using Google Docs is a great way to collaborate and edit with students without having to physically look at each individual iPad and then the transfer to Book Creator is simple! A fourth grade did character studies based on an independent reading book of the student's choice. Students used three apps to showcase their work: Word Cloud to show character traits, Notability to show character conflict, and Google Slides to show a timeline of how the character changed from the beginning of the book to the end. All three pieces are now saved into a folder in Google Drive for digital portfolios.