Archives for Grade 5/6 Teachers

Yolanda-One Year Later by Sarina


Google Earth Tour Builder

Really excited about this! Uses Google Earth, pictures, video, and text to create a presentation.  Very user friendly!

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Working on a demo to describe my teaching career.

Powtoon

A sample of Powtoon used on the Grade 5 website.

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Simple Student Portfolio Idea

Interested? Looking for one or two teachers to trial.

Student Led Conferences

Are you interested in having students organize their work for the student led conferences? The idea is to use a simple Google Doc template to organize and encapsulate student work.

Option 1 Having students organize their work from your specific class. Here is an example from an iLearn student. template
Option 2 A more comprehensive idea is to have each student organize all work from all classes in one place- in essence having a Grade 5/6 portfolio. Here is a rough simple template.
FAQ
1. Why do it with a Google Doc?
a. students have permanent digital record of work
b. looks great
c. everything in one place
d. students are familiar with Docs
2. The work in my class is all done on paper! How can this work with Docs?
Have students select “x” pieces of work. a) Have them scanned at the Photocopy office. More to your resources for students. b) take pictures of work and share.
3. I don’t know how to set it up. /It takes too  much time. /I don’t feel confident setting it up. There is little teacher set up involved. The students are the ones compiling and reflecting. The template can be modified for your class. Only one new Google skill involved.
4. I don’t have time. Again, once you finalize the template, the onus is on the student.

Google Drive Apps and Extensions

Google Drive Extensions/Plugins Worth Considering

DriveTunes: allows you to play audio within Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gmail Attachments to Drive: adds a Save to Drive link to the View and Download options with Gmail attachments

 

 

 

 

Spanning Stats for Google Drive: breaks down what type of files you have stored in Google Drive. Fun to see a visual representation.

 

Cool Teacher Stuff

Check out Mr. Eric’s embedded Homework calendar.

Chunking and popping your text. Here for other ways to make your  blog entries pop. T. Cook

Making your guidelines visible and public. R. O’Regan

Combining science with acting to explain plant cells.

Embedding shared student resources from a Google folder into your blog.

* Are you making you resources available with Google? Much easier thatn uploading Word Docs/PDFs to your blog.

See how teachers are sharing  resources with Students on Google.

See some champions.

 

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TEST YOURSELF: Google Search Expert

Using time efficiently is crucial when online. When researching online one must be skilled at finding the correct information in a timely fashion. Google recently set up a Power Searching course that is free for all to take. It consists of six major topics and lessons within which consist of videos and short follow up quizzes.

For quick help on google shortcuts or using the searchbar dirctly checkout here.

For simple  quick tips, check this out or this.

When you feel confident, you can try the iLearn Master Searcher Ultra Super Examination. See what great a searcher you really are!

This a a review/challenge that iLearn students completed. Can y9u beat their scores?

For a summary of most the skills needed for the quiz, see this older post.

 

Teach Yourself: Google Docs, Chrome, Mac apps and more!

Ever get stuck and not know how to get a task done on your computer? Well, thanks to the following students, you can get clear and concise directions for common tasks you may need to perform. Choose a topic of your choice and the student’s instructions will guide you to success.

How to Get to Google Drive-Maddy 

How to Change Desktop  Picture on a Mac-Camella

How to Sign into the Chrome Browser-Lexi

How to Take a Screenshot-Ari

How to Sign into the Chrome App Store-Travis

How to Find a Mac Application-Reed

How to Use Instant Alpha in Pages-Pari

How to Get to Any Grade 5 Teacher or Class site

How to Rotate a Photo in Pages

How to Keep a Program in the Dock

How to Set Up Hot Corners on a Mac 

 

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Road Sign.egg on Aviary.

TED Ed

Ted Ed makes flipping the classroom a great deal easier! Often times teachers mention (and I know what they mean!) that it is time consuming to produce their own video lessons for students  students. Well, Ted Ed makes this a whole lot easier. They offer an increasing number of the inspirational and informative TED videos as engaging interactive lessons for students. Selected videos are animated, cartoonized, or made more visual in some manner.. The video  lesson includes a follow up questionnaire and additional resources.

The best thing about Ted Ed flipping? Well, it has to be the ability to flip ANY YouTube video. Ted Ed allows the user to to apply your own titles, your own questions, your own resources, and provide your  own link to any  YouTube video lesson you customize-not just the ones on their site.

 

Adolescence, Puberty and Backchanelling

Recently Mrs. Thompson’s Wellness classes have been preparing for the upcoming topic of adolescence and puberty. To battle the giddiness, uncomfortableness and self consciousness that the students feel with this topic, she decided to try Todaysmeet.com, a backchannelling site. This online resource offers the opportunity for students to pose and answer questions all the while :

 

1)  not having to wait for the teacher to call on them

2) not having to feel uncomfortable about the topic

3) not feel that their question is “stupid” or ‘random’

4) with anonymity*

#4 was interesting as Mrs. Thompson decided to give each student a number instead of having the students use their real names.

Students watched a short BrainPop video about Adolescence.

Students when joined a “practice’ room at Todaysmeet.com without instructions or guidelines. This time was used for the students to experiment with the site, get the goofyness worked out, and develop strategies to converse with specific people in the class. Once the excitement  subsided, there was a discussion of how a backchannel worked. Basic guidelines were worked out.

Students posted great questions and answers. Room moderators evolved

naturally. Participation was 100 %.

Post activity the students mentioned that:

-“It helps you if you are really shy”

-“I like it being private.”

“Hard to do as you watched the movie. It was better when we hard time after the film.”

It would be better on laptops so you could seperate yourself from others.

‘I can ask qestions without anybody knowing.”

“Some people get off task.”

“”ou don’t have to try and speak over other people.”

 

 

 

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