Twitter and a Kindergarten Classroom

3389655485_c981a3e973Carlene Hamley’s kindergarten class has been using Twitter to enhance classroom discussions, make connections around the world and provide an authentic audience for writing workshop. Through their class Twitter account, @KC5105, Ms. Hamley and her students have made connections with classrooms and individuals within the SIS community and beyond. They check tweets on a regular basis to find out what is happening out beyond their classroom which leads to relevant and meaningful discussions among students and with their Twitter followers. Tweeting has also been incorporated into daily writing workshop sessions, as seen in the video below.

Posts about using Twitter in the Kindergarten Classroom by Carlene Hamley

Twitter in KC: How and Why
Tweet, Tweetered, Twittered…We are in KC!!
It Started with a Tweet!

Creating an iTunes U Course to Augment Classroom Activities

For the past two years Doug Grezeszak has been developing iTunes U courses to help deliver curriculum to his IB Chemistry students.  Although the ease of delivering this anytime, anywhere class has rested simply on the accessibility to iOS devices, the organization of these classes has evolved continuously as Doug worked through the process of aggregating resources and opening up his classes for true independently driven learning.  Although Doug and Lori are heading back to enjoy retirement, Doug is excited to keep connected with learning through writing more iTunes U courses.  If you have any questions, he’s definitely the one to get in touch with.  He’s been nice enough to create a short outline of how he organizes his Chemistry courses.  Thanks Doug, enjoy Florida!

“I usually don’t watch the videos, but I like having the reading for each topic organized” – Jessica P

“I like it, it helps me organize the information easier” – Rachel

“Everything is organized by benchmark, and all the resources for each benchmark are right there for you” – Josh R

Stay FITT This Summer

As the school year comes to a close and we spend time reflecting on different lessons and projects this year, it is important to remember that our students are learning all of the time.  Learning doesn’t simply finish with the end of the academic year, and this is especially true when it comes to physical education.  With so many of our HS students taking part in Knoflick FITT this past year, Colleen is continuing the challenge through the summer:

Post Your Pushups Around The World!

Join our P.E. students this summer by taking part in the Summer FITT Challenge.  All you have to do take part is to take a picture or short video of yourself doing pushups with a geographical landmark in the background and post it to the Knoflick FITT page.  We want to see where in the world you are working out.  Students have already been abuzz about where they will be and what pictures they will capture.  John Burns will being doing pushups at the renowned Gold Coast beach in Brisbane.

Here are just a few of the great reflections that Colleen has received from students as they thought back upon this year-long project.

Dabin Song’s PE Radio Show

Not another iMovie

There are so many ways to have your students showcase their learning through the iPad. One particular summative project is to have your students film their learning. Miss Lauder has been having her students do this particular process, but has a twist on how it can be more relevant to your students’ learning.
“In the past I typically steered my students summative project to showcase their learning by making a quick film clip that I and / or their peers could watch in class. Whether it was myself assessing their film or peers, the learning that they captured was the same. This process soon became very bland, so I decided to infuse students’ summative assessment projects with empathy and design to get better overall showcasing of learning. 
Students were put into groups and given a biomolecule (carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, vitamins and minerals, proteins) to study. Once in their groups they researched their biomolecule and followed the rubric to finalize their film. This can easily be integrated in your classroom, where the focus is researching a topic to meet a specific standard or even a topic that the students want to learn themselves.” 

Calculating my Future

Making learning relevant in Sarah Qavi’s room. “Its really easy” 😉

What is an everyday math objective that your students must meet?
They have to apply themselves and I feel I give them enough reason and relevant content that they want to learn the current standard.
How do you differentiate instruction for your learners?
It’s really easy. I do a flip classroom, mainly  through Educreations, depending on content, I also use Khan Academy. The students watch the lesson at home, the following day they come back to class and apply their learning.  
During every math class I set up stations, they are typically the following:
Art station- art of math ~ graphical representation.  
Technology station – math and technology – i.e. Google Earth for coordinates. 
Consultation station – 1v1 facilitated with me to check for understanding
Game situation station – games, cards, board games and dice.  
Application station – time to implement their learning into a project. 
Complex thinking station – This is for students who show exemplary standard of that particular math strand we are currently working on.
How do you assess your students?
During my consultation station, I am able to assess where my students are in the current math unit. From there I can keep them or have them stay longer with me for further coaching. Those that move on, apply their learning to the application station.
How do you make this relevant and have your students autonomously apply themselves to learn specific math standards?
There are plenty of resources online to make mathematics relevant… but is it really relevant. To me that answer is no because it depends on location, meaning, in what city are you currently teaching your students? The reason is, I teach at an international school, I am exposed to traveling to many countries, eating a variety of foods and use many different currencies. I easily apply what I go through on an everyday basis and on holiday with the math standard I teach in class. This is what makes learning math relevant to my students because they too are going through the same experiences. With obvious different twist, this could be applied to any subject.
What are examples of this in your classroom?
The system of math, in particular systems of equations and inequalities. I applied this to budgeting a trip. All my students travel so this easily resinates with them.
Another example that I have students meet the standard of percents, mark ups, simple interest, compound interest and rates. The summative assessment I give my students to complete is a project called “University, managing finances.” The project is completely directed at them in regards to what university they currently see themselves attending and living on their own after they graduate high school. As mention before, project requires the students to apply percents, mark ups, simple interest, compound internets and rates. I receive a lot of positive parent feed back on this project because it’s an easy talking piece at home that both parent and child can have a constructive conversation about.
Resources:      University Project           Student’s Project

Publishing for Enjoyment

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9th and 10th grade students have been busy this year!!!  Clayton Dowty’s English classes have written poems, short stories, graphic novels, book review, video essays and articles.  Although each of these assignments allowed students to demonstrate their creativity in different ways, it also taught the writing conventions used by each of these different genres.

When it came to writing and editing these different works, students were free to use their own applications to facilitate this process.  Some used video to show off their work, others used podcasts and audiobooks, while some chose to use their art skills to animate their own graphic novels.  The products were not only creative, but varied in their format. For their final project of the year, these students were asked to find a way to share out these prolific works.  They decided to create an online publishing forum. (This is a work in progress)

A message from the 9th and 10th graders:

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Documenting Plant Growth in the ECLC2 Garden

For ECLC2’s Garden Project, teacher Cheryl Uy’s students utilized the camera, a photo annotation app and a digital notebook on shared iPads to document their observations of their own plant in the classroom garden. The digital notebooks became a showcase of the students’ pre-literacy, pre-math (measurement & patterns) and observation skills. Cheryl shared that she choose the Paper Desk app for their digital notebooks because “it support our differentiated classroom. The children who are not ready to write/type use the audio function. They record their observations instead of writing.”

Cheryl’s class, the Super Dolphins, developed a routine to document the growth of their plants. Once a week, students would

> Measure the growth of their plant using pre-cut colored straws (to develop patterns).
> Take a photo of their plant with the iPad and then used a photo annotating app to add their name and the date to the photo.
> Open their individual digital notebook in Paper Desk and create a new page. Students then imported their photo into a new page in the notebook and then recorded information including the number of straws, patterns they used and number of leaves. Students could record the information using a stylus, the keyboard or an audio recording.

Cheryl remarked that students were eventually able to complete the tasks independently or with minimal support.

Check out the video below to see students in action!