Thursday, November 20, 2014

PicCollage App as a Formative Assessment? You Betcha'!

3rd grade teachers utilized the app, PicCollage, as a formative
Pre-Assessment on Text Features
assessment on the topic of Text Features. For the pre-assessment, students took photos and labeled 6 forms of text features (caption, subtitle, glossary, index, diagrams, keywords) using the app, PicCollage. The pre-assessments were upload to Dropbox to view and the teachers used these to guide/adapt/modify their instructional teaching according to the student's learning needs and styles.

Throughout the length of the lesson, the teachers presented information/strategies to help their students learn the material through cooperative small groups. Each group had a nonfiction text with all six text feature represented. In conjunction with the active engagement sheet - (see photo below) - each student matched the text feature term with the definition and then cooperatively located the text feature in a nonfiction book.

Active Engagement Group Sheet
The teachers checked for understanding and provided immediately feedback/reteach allowing the students to attempt again. At the closing of the lesson, students gathered together to discuss the importance of text features and which helped them the most and why.

For the final formative assessment, students will recreated another PicCollage showing their knowledge/understanding of text features.

Peace, Kiki

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Move over Elf on the Shelf, Here comes Hide-and-Hug Olaf!

Let the inferencing begin!
 Olaf won't let Ohio winter weather get me down!
2 years of Elf on the Shelf in the Classroom was a blast, but I was so happy to find Olaf @ Walmart tonight! It will be a fun new way to get through the winter months and Holidays!

Olaf's Tag so no one else touches him! 
He will be hiding in our big building. 
Students will read clues to find him each morning! 
Clue #1
We found clue words and used what we knew to make predictions.  Water fountain, Teacher Lounge Refrigerator,

Milk Cooler, Pepsi Cooler. Water Fountain and Teacher Lounge were ruled out because they did not match all the clues! 

The vote was 18 milk cooler and 3 Pepsi Cooler! Great predictions Team Newell!

              What would I do without YouTube? 
                   There are so many videos to support and advance learning! The power of YouTube is activated when you have a clear idea of how a specific video clip can be used to introduce a concept or theme, spark a discussion, or serve as a writing prompt! 
Click HERE to read 10 ways to use YouTube in your classroom!    


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Produce, Rearrange, Expand Sentences FREEBIE and Teaching with YouTube

It's a snow day in Ohio!
Time to create printables!
A second grader in Ohio must be able to:


 Great videos to use while teaching sentences!






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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Go CHROME! FREE Apps and EXTENSIONS for Differentiation!

Is this you? 
No Smart Board or Interact White Board?
No iPads or Nexus Tablets? 
Don't worry- you can still find plenty of FREE apps and extensions @ the CHROME Web Store to differentiate and to enrich student learning!
All you need is Google Chrome Browser, a projector and a laptop/Chromebook! 
What is the Google Chrome Store? 
The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where you can find a wide range of extensions, themes, and apps designed for the Google Chrome browser. 

How do I find the store? 
Of course you can "Google it", but you can click on the Apps Icon on the top left hand side of your CHROME Browser to access the Chrome Store. 

Here are a few FREE apps that we have been using in our 2nd grade classroom! 
There are million so have fun shopping right away!  

You can also purchase extensions at the Chrome Store. 
What is an extension? 
 Extensions are extra features and functionality that you can easily add to Google Chrome. By using extensions, you can customize Google Chrome with features you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don't use.


Here are my extensions!

Do you have a favorite APP or EXTENSION? 
If so, please share!!! 
I would love to try it out!
 Go Chrome... 

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

SafeShare.TV + QR Code Smash!

I stopped by our Kindergarten wing yesterday, and saw something so cool that I had to investigate!

One of our kindergarten teachers found a QR Code listening center on Teachers Pay Teachers for Thanksgiving stories, and the QR codes linked to videos of the stories. The students scanned the QR code and listened to the story as the video followed the pages and words. They were loving it!

One thing I noticed is that the videos were actually from YouTube, but were on a site called SafeShare.TV. On this site, you can put in a link to a YouTube video, and it will block out everything else around the video on a unique link.. even the ad that plays before it! Pretty nifty!

To test it out, I found the video on YouTube for Duck for President

Then, I pasted the link into SafeShare.TV and clicked the Generate Safe Link button.

You can also click on Customize Video to choose just a portion or clip from the video to share on your link:

And voila! Your video is complete!

So the next step would be to create the QR Code that links to the video. That's easy to do on Just copy/paste the SafeShare.TV link that you made into the Website URL box:

Then click on Download QR Code and you can put it onto any worksheet, poster, or even just your SmartBoard for students to scan and watch! 
Try testing this QR Code by using a QR Reader app, like Scan. Enjoy!


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Creating Online Comic Books

Creating online comic books with kids - website suggestion & ideas on how to utilize in your classroom - from Raki's Rad Resources. Have you ever had your students create online comic books?  My son recently used Pixton to create a comic book summary of a book he read.  Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources for more information and some specific ways to integrate this into your classroom.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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