Personal Management ESLR

Not only is SIS a institution of academics, it also instills expected student learning results (ESLRs). There are five ESLRs that students are to demonstrate effectively through out the year.

  • Communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate personal management
  • Work collaboratively
  • Be a complex thinker
  • Demonstrate global citizenship.

In the clip below, you will find a wonderful demonstration of how grade two students expresses their comprehension of elearning personal management.

 Footage, directed and captured by grade two students.



Terrific Twitter Clients

Now that the tweet is out on the possible professional uses of Twitter, here are some great clients that will allow you to personalize your experience.

Twitter (OSX/iOS/Android) – Basic client for Twitter.  Multiple accounts available, but pretty simple user interface.

TweetDeck (OSX/iOS/Android) – Allows for integration of multiple accounts, both Twitter and Facebook. Easy tracking of searches and lists.

Twitterrific (iOS) – Allows for multiple accounts and has a very nice, customizable layout.  Easy to manage lists and searches.

TweetBot (OSX/iOS) – Multiple columns with easily managed lists that can be made as timelines.

Falcon Pro (Android) – Very fast client for Android users.  Also check out Falcon widget to get your timeline on home screen.

Discovering People to Follow:

DiscovrPeople (iOS) – Cool interface to connect with users on Twitter.

Twitter4Teachers – Website that organizes Twitter users based on educational discipline.

Check out what they’re saying:


1:1 iPads for Grades 4 through 6

It’s been both an exciting and hectic week @ SIS!  Over the last few days every student in grades 4 through 6 has been issued a personally managed iPad to support their learning.  Even though it’s only been a few days we’ve already seen students using their new devices in both thoughtful and imaginative ways.  Mind-mapping tools like Popplet have become very popular while other students have begun documenting and sharing their learning with apps like Skitch and Evernote.  We look forward to working with both students and teachers over the coming months as they continue on their journey with the iPad.  It’s an exciting time to be a learner @ SIS!

Basic iPad Workflow

IMG_8407With the integration of iPads at SIS, a basic iPad workflow needs to be established. At this point in time, most students have only a few free apps; however, several options for distributing and collecting assignments are available:


Distribution of Assignments and Assessments:

Collection of Student Work:

  • Have the students respond to work on the SIS wiki.
  • Have the students attach the assignment in an email.
  • Have the students post their responses to assignments on the WordPress Blog.
  • Have the students share the file/folder back with you using a shared network drive that you will be able access:

Dropbox: If you want students to edit material and return it to you, they will need to set-up a Dropbox account. Click here for complete directions on how to set-up a Dropbox account.

DROPitTOme (limited to sending pictures and video on the iPad): This is a connected feature of Dropbox and will allow students to drop an assignment in your drop box folder through clicking on a link and entering a password. On a laptop, all types of files can be uploaded, but on the iPad the file choices are limited to items saved to the camera roll or photo stream. This is a great option for media assignments (Popplets can be saved as jpegs or even have the students take a screen shot of short written work, or have them record a video response) This is my Dropittome link: Upload code: sistechnology. Give it a try from your iPad and see how easy it is. Click here complete directions on how to set-up a DROPitTOme account.

Evernote:  If you have an Evernote account, you can set-up specific assignment folders to which the students can email the assignments directly by using your special evernote email address and a designated tag in the subject line. Video files, audio files, pictures and documents can all be emailed directly into designated folders. See here for more complete instructions.

One of my first assignments after the iPad rollout was to show the students how to send a variety of class assignments to me. Check out my detailed assignment here.

~ Katie Kruse

Workshops for Parents

Our second coffee workshop for parents will be held 8:30AM, Wed 12 December @ Parkside Campus.

Come along if you want to learn more about the iPad and how you can support your child’s learning.

These sessions are designed to be responsive to the needs of parents so bring your questions with you!

iPad expectations for students

Here are a few key points regarding your iPad use at home and school.  

1. Charge your iPad every night.  It should have 100% charge when you bring it to school each day.  An uncharged iPad means you’re not ready to participate in learning.

2. Talk to your parent or guardian each night about how you’re using the iPad.  Show them the apps you are using and what you have created in class.  Your Apple ID and email password must be shared with your parents/guardian.

3. Take care of your iPad!  Always hold it carefully with two hands.  Take care when placing your bag down.  Never leave your iPad unattended – it’s 100% your responsibility.

4. You are not to use your iPad at recess or lunch times.  There may be times in the future that this is allowed but not at this stage.

5. Only install apps as designated by your teacher or parent.  This may change in the future once we are sure you’re using your iPad effectively.

Your teacher(s) and parents may have some additional rules about iPad usage.  You must adhere to these at all times.  The iPad is a powerful learning tool when used correctly and we want to ensure all students are making the most of their device.

Fishies and Feeders

With all of the great technology at our fingertips, it is very easy to lose a student to possible “distractions” available to them.  Sometimes, very structured activities are needed to engage every learner during classroom activities.

Elizabeth Cho-Young, Dorie MacCormack and Joe Sweeney all recently explored an in-class activity that required complete student participation, while giving students the flexibility of individualized engagement.

Using Google Docs and student blogs, students underwent the following process that hit higher order research, writing, and  discussion skills.  Check out the Keynote below:





Thanks to @jutecht for such a great idea!