Thursday, May 18, 2017

Using Google Drawing in the 21st Century Classroom

Links to Examples:

CUE 2017 Presentation by Nancy Minicozzi and Lisa Nowakowski

The One and Only Ivan Digital Drawings

California State Seal Interactive Learning Activity

Winter Break Posters

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Going Digital with Video Book Reports

You might be looking for a book report refresh that gets the students' work off of paper and out into the world as an authentic publication. I was looking for just that recently when I assigned my fourth graders their historical fiction culminating independent reading book activity. This was their foot in the door to using iMovie on their iPads to produce book report videos.

Historical Fiction Video Book Report Examples

Historical Fiction Book Requirement
Due Tuesday, April 4

Historical Fiction Book Activity Resources

1. Blank Story Map for Historical Fiction (to be done as homework)
2. Rose Blanche Story Map Example
2. Rose Blanche Book Report Script Example (to be done as homework in a Google Doc assigned through student'sGoogle Classroom--the student will need to sign in)
3. Rose Blanche Book Report Poster Example (will be done in class) for classroom historical fiction timeline
4. Rose Blanche Book Report Video Example (will be done in class using the student's story map and script)

iMovie Instructions

iMovie Publication

You can publish student work to your professional YouTube channel through Google Apps for Education. You will want to make a folder to collect these videos. You can change the privacy settings so that only people with the link can view your students' videos.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Google Apps for Education Resources

It's Never Too Late for The Hour of Code

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2016 Computer Science Education Week was December 5-11, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

How to teach one Hour of Code:

Join the movement and introduce a group of students to their hour of computer science with these steps (if you are not able to fit this into your curriculum the week of December 5-9, it can be scheduled for anytime in the school year; the important thing is that all students get this Hour of Code exposure every year):

1)       Watch this how-to video

2)       Choose a tutorial for your hour: provides a variety of fun, hour-long tutorials for students of all ages, created by a variety of partners.

·         Require minimal prep-time for teachers
·         Self-guided - allowing students to work at their own pace and skill-level

·         Are lesson plans that require some advance teacher preparation
·         Are categorized by grade level and by subject (eg Math, English, etc)

3. Videos to inspire students:

·         Why Most Schools Don’t Teach (5min)  
·         The Hour of Code is Here  (2:22min)     
·         Anybody Can Learn   (1:00min)

4. Teachers, share what you did here

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