I am forever getting great stuff from folks in my PLN. Two websites that I was introduced to recently are interesting: This first one – Kidblog looks promising and will need to be sanctioned by OITMS before anyone uses it. The premise is the same as classblogmeister – simple safe blogging for students. Instructional blogging – like writing prompts, journal entries and literature circles. The interface of the Kidblog platform is clean, slick and updated. I haven’t played with it at all to see if it has the same features as the blogmeister. We’ll have to see…
The other site is Carrotsticks.com – it’s a math game. It’s very cute and just for practice in basic math facts. The only part that is free is the addition part, but I played and had fun. “competed with two other kids” and even had a progress report and achievement certificate sent to “my parents” email address. I think there may be some real use for this in a classroom setting.
Sharon McGlone, TRT at Booker T in Norfolk, is presenting.
Things that help:
TRT gives overview to students
TRT creates samples when planning with the teacher
students practiced in diads
Rubrics given to students before they were assessed
Teacher training is key
refer to podcasts as “audio files” to increase teacher comfort
Students in groups worked best
be careful about identifying students when putting their projects on the web
sometimes you may need to use a file converter depending on your intended application
Using recordings to improve student oral language – Oral assessments every 4 weeks
Students were able to listen to themselves and classmates while creating their projects once files were posted on the web. Students self selected conversational topics.
Students work is posted on the web as part of a student portfolio and for comparison of student fluency. After students learned to record themselves – they did extensions. Research a topic and then record themselves talking about it. Students got excited. Shy students were more apt to participate. Additional project extensions include creating a slideshow (PPT, moviemaker, photo story) and using the student audio files with pictures. Students can make wordles out of their speeches out of their topics. Students wanted to reread or recreate their readings to help with the timing when using the file for projects.
It’s the school motto at Brighton, but I’ve been on the periphery most of the year. Today I was able to make a significant contribution. Our third grade special education teacher has been looking for some activities for her grade level assesment students to complete as evidence that they have mastered specific SOL. I got wind of the request yesterday and was able to leave some activities in her folder for the students to complete. Of course I did not realize at the time that I had used a program that she was not familiar with, so I spent some time in the lab today with her and her students leading them through the activities…it feels great to be a part of the team.