Sunday, August 31, 2014

Technology Accounts to Set Up for your Students

  Technology accounts to set up for students at the beginning of the school year.  Setting up accounts at the beginning of the year makes the rest of the year's technology go much smoother. Trying to decide what technology accounts to set up for your students this school year?  Trying to decide whether to set up accounts yourself or let students do it?  For tips and hints to answer these questions and more, stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Can Students Use YouTube to Do Research?

 Look at these pictures of my students – they are all on YouTube, but they are…researching?  Can that be right? 

Educational videos from YouTube can provide quality research tools in the classroom - find out details from Raki's Rad Resources.

 Yep, that’s right – these students we researched famous Astronomers for our Historical Scientists Project and deserts of the world for our virtual desert field trip project during our Desert Science Unit.

Do you ever use video as a research methodology for your students?  Stop by Raki’s Rad Resources for some suggestions at how to start – including recommended YouTube Channels.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 







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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tangible Play with OSMO!

Have you heard of OSMO?  It is a simple, but amazing way to interact with your iPad.  Check out this video!

I was lucky enough to get mine this week and am in LOVE!

You can pre-order them at a special price now.  I am happy to report it really is as amazing as it looks.  Find out more about my experience with my OSMO on my blog Technology with Class.  I think you will be just as amazed as I was!


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 





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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 




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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Digital Listening Center

Last year we used a digital listening center with our 2nd graders.  Here is a LINK to the amazing website that we used.  I went through the site and wrote down all of the book titles, then searched for them within our AR software and wrote down the quiz numbers for the ones available.  Then I created a series of listening center recording sheets for the kids to use that included the name of the story and the category it was listed under on the website for easy access, the AR quiz number, AR points, AR grade, and a place to circle fiction or non-fiction.  They took their recording sheet to the computer, selected a story to listen to, then took the AR test.  The kids learned an awful lot about web page organization and using a chart, while at the same time improving their listening comprehension skills.  They had a "fun" space also with one of the cute video songs that is available on the site. HERE is a link to one of the charts; if you take a look it will make sense. We currently have 8 different charts and I plan to add more this year.  You could easily download this chart and change it to fit your needs. It took most kids 5 days to finish one chart.  The recording sheets were printed on different colored paper, and the kids kept up with them in a folder. They were super excited to complete one and then get a new one, and then the others couldn't wait to get the "blue one" too.  I added the site to our start page - post HERE to find out about our start page - which is the home page when they click on the web browser, so this made it easy for them to access.  The reward was watching AR points increase and learning to enjoy books in a different way - digitally. It took about 2 - 3 weeks to completely train the kids.  Yes, they would click on a story that was not on the sheet, yes they would have trouble finding the right book, but after 3 weeks they were pretty good at doing it themselves.  It just takes a lot of watching, re-directing and being consistent with expectations those first few weeks for them to become independent.  They really enjoyed this center.  It was definitely worth the time and effort.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Do you know of another site that has great stories for kids to listen to - besides Storyline Online - please share if you do!!

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