Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mr. Gauthier uses Google Docs to provide feedback to students in Writers Workship.




Mr. Gauthier is always looking for ways to integrate technology in the classroom without losing the authenticity of readers and writers workshop. While students are typing their essays in a google document after sharing it with me, I post comments in their writing that address something they have done well on and something to focus on. Students are able to make the corrections and ask questions back. When I inquired about the success of this approach with the students there was the consensus that they enjoy this because it is less intimidating for them to receive feedback in this manner and the students are able to ask questions without feeling like anyone else is hearing their questions.











Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mr. Babbs' Class Learns with Nearpod

With so many tech tools out there for students, it is sometimes difficult to find the best of the best. Mr. Babbs must have an eye for quality. His class used the great Nearpod app last week. What is Nearpod?

Mr. Babbs explains, "Nearpod allows students to have their own personal copy of a presentation right in front of them using any device. You create a presentation in Nearpod or upload your own from a Powerpoint or PDF. Then you can add interactive elements such as quizzes, surveys, short response and even draw it. Once the presentation is complete, teachers are able to download a report that contains all the student responses. Also, you can assign a Nearpod in homework mode, where the student paces themselves through the presentation. This is great for students who were absent or a flipped classroom."

It was easy to see how much students enjoyed being so involved in a lesson. Check out some pictures of his class in action below. And if you want more info on nearpod, the is an introduction video is at the bottom of this post.








Wednesday, February 18, 2015

8th Graders use Elements 4-D app



8th Graders use Elements 4-D app to study chemical reactions between elements.

Texas History Class Uses ComicHeads app



Mr. Kaiser's 7th Grade Texas History class used ComicHeads app to illustrate the impact of the Civil War on Texas.