Monday, March 12, 2018

iPad: Week 20 - Daily Wonder

As I look through the Daily Wonder App, which places a focus on kindness, I wanted to see what I could use this for in my classroom. Here are a few ideas that I came up with to build a better classroom community: 
  • Journal prompts – display or write the daily wonder on the board. Have the students journal each day either virtually or on paper about the prompt (quote). Collect it weekly as a completion grade – this is great for check it at the end of each quarter and spot check for 2-3 entries completed.
  • Quote of the day – explain what this quote means to you or how it can change the way that you act today/think moving forward
  • Class Discussion – use these quotes as you see fit to engage the class in discussion. I always love to hear what the quotes mean to each students, so have them share. You could pick a different student to read the quote each day and share what it means to them, or you could read it and just popcorn the students answers
  • #Choosekind weekly tip – have the students complete this each week as part of a grade or a challenge. For my students, we made ‘kind’ posters, and they got to write the date they completed each challenge. We are trying to see how can be “most kind” this year. 

You can get more information and my resource for the Daily Wonder app here

Happy Wondering,

Monday, February 26, 2018

iPad: Week 18 - Pages

Pages is similar to Microsoft Word in the fact that it is mainly used for lists, papers, and jotting down notes. Though it is simplistic in its design, there are lots of great ways to use Pages in the classroom. I love to use it to have the students write a quick paragraph about their weekend, or for them to answer a journal question. Another fun way is to have them make a list of their goals for the new year or a timetable of their morning routine. It is a great way to have students use a little bit of technology, and super easy for them to share anything that they create with you via Air Drop or Seesaw. 

For 3 projects to complete in Pages, as well as a cheat sheet for Pages to help students navigate it, check out the resource available in my TpT store

Happy Exploring,

Monday, February 19, 2018

iPad: Week 17 - Numbers

Shout out to Numbers for making Excel sit down for a second. My first graders have navigated Numbers so much easier than they have Excel. I'm not sure if it is the layout or the look or that it's on an iPad or what, but wow! They blow me away with how quickly they can pick some of these things up. 

Numbers is fabulous because it is a virtual storage for all sorts of data for you - and the best part - it does most of the calculations for you if you know how to. Seriously y'all, teach your kids how to use numbers. Every year for Science Fair, I watch our high school students STRUGGLE with how to make graphs and charts from their data. Teach them young using Numbers (or Excel, too) about inputting their data and creating charts & graphs. I PROMISE they will be thankful to you one day! 

If Excel or Numbers are overwhelming to you, I have a quick little cheat sheet, as well as a project or two up my sleeve to take the intense knowledge of the content out of it and allow your students to learn this program easily. Just click here to download my resource for only $1 from my TpT store!

Happy Graphing,

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

President's Day Online Resources

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite online Presidents Day activities that my students enjoy each year! These are all kid-friendly websites and most of them are free of any ads. Some are educational and others are just fun for early finishers!

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy President's Day!
- Mrs. Tech

**If you are looking to have students learn about all of the different presidents, make sure to check out my Presidents of the US Webquest, Presidents of the US I Have Who Has or if they just want to learn about the history of Presidents Day, check out my President's Day Webquest

Presidents Day Coloring Pages

Monday, February 12, 2018

iPad: Week 16 - ChatterPix

ChatterPix is an app that I use with my students for character talk. I love to hear the characteristics of main characters of a book from a student perspective.

ChatterPix allows students to take a picture of a character (or take a picture of a drawing) and give the character a voice. They simply draw a line where their mouth is, and then records a 30 second video as the character. I typically have my students summarize the characteristics of a character in 30 seconds.

Another way I have used ChatterPix is to have students take a picture of themselves, and then use ChatterPix to explain their standing on a topic we are discussing in class.

This is just a fun way for the to share an opinion or a summary of a character in a way that you can reflect on later.

Have you ever used ChatterPix? Let me know in the comments below. 
- Hilary 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

iPad: Week 15 - TeleStory

Telestory is SUCH a fun app to use in the classroom for weather reports or classroom updates. We do morning announcements at our school, but only in High School. My Middle School kids really wanted to try out announcements so we used this app originally to start with them. 

Basically, you can make cue cards, choose disguises, and record yourself doing weather, sports, news anchor or top stories. It is a great way to have students begin the recording and video process. It is also great for video awareness and public speaking. Using an app like this helps reinforce these skills while also allowing the students to create & have fun! 

If you are interested in more TeleStory projects or a simple how-to, check out this resource in my store for only $1! 

Happy creating,

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

100th Day of School Online Resources

It's that time of year again! I love school, but what a celebration 100 days is. That means we're over halfway through and so I wanted to share with you some of my favorite online 100th Day of School activities that my students enjoy each year! These are all kid-friendly websites and most of them are free of any ads. Some are educational and others are just fun for early finishers or 100th Day Parties!

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!

80 days left?
- Mrs. Tech

**Originally Posted 2/2016 on MrsTechs Blog