Nicki Ruthai presented Kidblog.org on our second day of professional learning here at SIS. She has been using Kidblog in her classroom for several years and has found it to be a powerful tool for her students. Here is what she as to say about it.
“I use Kidblog to show case learning in my classroom and as an ePortfolio. What is special about Kidblog is how I am able to connect with other classrooms around the world. It so happens a lot of the schools that I have connected my class with are actually executing some of same exact units and concepts.
“This didn’t happen over night, I used Twitter as well as the hashtag #comments4kids to have students from other schools comment on my learners’ work. My students are actively engaged in their blogs and are always excited to read and view the number of comments they have on their posts. It’s a process, whatever platform you are using, Macbook Pro, PC, or mobile device it is important to set precedents when blogging. I also taught my students how to comment on other students work, whether in my class or another school around the world. I really feel it can be used at all grade levels, it really has made each of my students work personal and authentic. ”
If you have any questions about KidBlog.org, feel free to connect with Nicki Ruthai or just visit her Kidblog or class twitter account to view the powers at hand.
Kristin Mikulka has been facilitating a biome project in her 6th grade science classes for several years. This year, the project was enhanced by the integration of iPads at SIS. The students were both creative and resourceful!
One of the more challenging projects was undertaken by Jennie Guo who wanted to create a virtual museum that was sharable on the iPad. Here is Jennie explaining her Biome project which used Google Sketch-up and then the app Sight Space:
Other submission examples:
Moritz Friebe got creative with his project by incorporating drama and rap into an iMovie for his Biome project.
Terry Pi’s biome project on the wetland also used iMovie and succeeded in informing while entertaining.
With so much technology at SIS, staff members can’t do it all.
Apple Distinguished Learners Bamboo Program, better known as ADL at SIS is a program for students who want to have a leadership role through technology and learning. Students who applied and got accepted into the program will be taught a number of valuable skills besides using technology in their classroom. This extracurricular program has just begun at the elementary school with grades four and five students, but has already been up and running at the high school. The current members of the high school ADL program are working towards becoming SIS Apple Genius.
The power of the program is endless in the fact students are pushed to make the program their own. Students will be going through a number of assessments of technology and learning as well. At the elementary level and soon to be in the near future at the middle school, ADL participants will be learning the ins and out of the iPad and Macbook Pro and the powers of iOS/OSX ecosystem. Participants will use the SAMR model to redefine their education. They will use these skills to help teachers and peers troubleshoot devices issues, along with offering sound pedagogical app suggestions.
What sets this program apart from other technology programs at other schools around the world is that we are putting student eCoaches into the classroom. For more details about the program click on the image image below.
One of our Kindergarten teachers, Carlene Hamley, is leveraging Twitter in her classroom in a variety of ways. Not only is she improving classroom transparency and augmenting writers workshop but also exposing her students to collaboration on a global scale. Brilliant, practical stuff. Get into the nitty gritty of some great teaching and learning here.
Students in the 6th grade Tech for Learning class developed posters to reflect their learning about topics related to media use. A variety of apps were used: Vizualize, Keynote, Scrap Pad and Pages. The students also made short videos in iMovie demonstrating the main point of the poster. These movies will be attached to the posters via Aurasma. Come check them out!
This is a fantastic example of how students can showcase their learning in new ways during Writer’s Workshop. This exemplar created by one of Frank Machinello’s grade 1 students demonstrates what is possible when we give all students the chance to succeed. Just beautiful.
It’s amazing how our lower elementary grade levels here at SIS are making their literacy come to life. Really, it’s such a simple tool, but its effectiveness is beyond anything else and to some extent it has redefined the readers & writers workshop model. By clicking on the image below, a short clip will reveal how many families and friends are contributing to our student’s literacy units here at SIS.