Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fun Writing, Math and Science Halloween Activities

October is a fun month! 

Chatterpix Kids is a great app that allows student to use their own voice to make things come to life. I also love it for fluency practice. You only get 30 seconds! Write a poem, short story, but do it in 30!

First up . . . Monster Mash!
We often say that our students need to have fun, but so do our teachers! Cristie, one of the Instructional Coaches and I met with our second grade team for a Play Dough Monster activity. We brought play dough, google eyes, chenille rods (aka-pipe cleaners) and beads. We asked each teacher to make a monster! Too much fun!

We talked with the team about creating a writing assignment geared to where they were with their students. Verbs . . . Monsters in Action! Adjectives . . . Describe your Monster! BME! Sequencing...

I've written before about the importance of having students write a script prior to recording. A script allows students to practice fluency and inflection.
Only 30 seconds . . . be sure to add emotion!
Click here or on the image to see an example.

Next up!
Monster Money and Problem Solving!
Keeping with the monster theme, we shared how students could take a set of coins, write a word problem using a script and record using Chatterpix.
Upload the video to your Google Drive.
Create a QR Code using the URL and post the finished products around the room. Students record their answer on the recording sheet and lift the flap to check their answer.

Create any kind of problem solving question! Subtraction! Perimeter! Area!
Click here or on the image to see an example.

Pumpkin Poetry!
I love the app Carve a Pumpkin! Have students write a poem about a Jack-o-Lantern.
Practice reading it . . . fluency!
Carve a pumpkin! Record using Chatterpix!
Click {here} for the Pumpkin Carving sheet.

Storybird Educator
I love this site! 
Storybird is a fun site that “lets anyone make visual stories in seconds.” Artists have created a lot of images especially for the site, and writers then use those images to inspire new stories.
Post the links on your class webpage so other students (and parents) can read all the stories. 
You can also create a QR code for students to access the story. There is even an embed code!

Augmented Reality!
The Quiver app, formerly known as ColAR mix, has dancing 3D pumpkins. Students can color the sheet and write a story about their pumpkins. Hover the app over the sheet and watch the pumpkins come to life!

The science of candy! Be a chemist and learn about transforming matter from one state to another!
This fun website that compares the amount a heat that is needed to create candy. 

Story Time!
"It's Halloween night, and creatures and critters from near and far are starting to gather outside the front door. And now here comes a whole army of monsters, on broomsticks, buses, and bikes, all clamoring in the darkness. What is it they want? Are they coming for you?"
This is a fun series. There are books across the US. Click {here} to see if your state has a book." ~Amazon
Not just Texas . . . find a scare in your town!

Click {here} for a previous Tech or Treat post! 
Hope you enjoy the tech or treats!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Currently - October

It's Farley's Currently linky time!!!!

Listening - I just dropped the daughter off at 6:30am cross country practice, so the only sound in the house is that of the dogs crunching on their breakfast and me typing away!

Loving - Every day I get to work with amazing educators. I'm very lucky that my role is one where I support teachers in the classroom with integrating technology . . . really just best practices. I love that my role is not tied to me evaluating them . . . just supporting! 

Thinking - Working out is much more fun with a buddy! Thanks, Alma!

Wanting - There are some super cute ankle boots out there . . . brown, black  . . . really want some leopard ones!

Needing/Boo-tiful - Cut and Color!!!! Badly! All it takes is a phone call to make that happen! Why can't I?!! Ug! No more excuses!

One more thing . . . my shameless plug at the end.
Texas teachers! Great FREE PD opportunity in San Antonio! Tech Field Day at the Region 20 Service Center co-hosted by the TCEA Area 20 Director . . . that's me!
Also, looking for presenters!
Join us!

Hop on over to Farley's blog to see what others are Currently doing!

Have a boo-tiful Friday!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tech Field Day

Texas teachers and all other teachers that might like to make a trip to the Alamo city . . . I am super excited to share with you the FIRST TCEA Area 20 Tech Field Day!

There is NO FEE for this event! So that makes it FREE! Who doesn't love free?

Who is this for?
Teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff and anyone who is interested in finding out more about the integration of technology in education.

Currently, we are looking for presenters Topic strands to be addressed include:
Google Apps
Web 2.0 Tools
Global Communications

Registration is now open! Join us!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FlipQuiz Me

FlipQuiz Me is a great site for creating fun reviews for students in a gameshow format. Boards are quick and easy to create. 

There is a free version and a Pro version.

Creating your board is simple . . . give it a title . . . create your categories . . . add the questions/answers!

You can add an image using a URL. Also,  you can add a hyperlink. This link could send students out to a site that has a bit more information on the topic.

There is a search feature for boards that are created by other educators.

Create an account to save all the boards you create. You can share the board with your students by posting a URL or the board can be embedded in your class webpage.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Talk Like a Pirate Day & App Smashing

Give me a patch, a parrot on my shoulder and I'm ready to write about my swashbuckling adventure! September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate DayWho doesn't love talking like a pirate?!

I love creative ways that encourage students to write!

Pirate Cam (4+) is a great app that allows student to add pirate props to their own picture.
What a perfect way to engage student on Talk Like a Pirate Day!
"Wear a tricorn hat, put on a pirate beard, hide one eye behind the skull patch, and standing on a sailing ship on the sea. Jack Sparrow is suddenly reborn with his Black Pearl!
Put your friend into a frame full of skull and ghost and send him to the terrible hell. Then share your masterpiece on Facebook and let everyone laugh at your tricks."

Here are a few fun pirate books to read to your students!

Have students write about their adventures or describe their picture.
Click {here} for free writing pages in English and in Spanish.

Put it all together for some App Smashing!
Write - record - and share!
I love this part because it really is a great way to work on fluency. Have students practice reading their writing piece with a partner before they record. 

You will need 3 apps for this project

Click on the image to get a free copy of the app smashing guiding card. 

Shiver me timbers . . . this is going to be sooo fun!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

International Dot Day & Augmented Reality

September 15th is International Dot Day!
International Dot Day is a global celebration based on Peter Reynolds' book, The Dot. Join the Dot Club to get great resources to use with your class.

The Dot is a great book for talking about growth mindset. 
Take this fabulous book, mix in some augmented reality, using the Quiver app (formerly know as colAR Mix) and get some highly engaged students! 

Have students write about how they will leave their mark on their classroom . . . school or the world!
Download the sheet and have students decorate the dot. They can draw pictures depicting how they will leave their mark.
Use the app Quiver to bring the dot to life.

Connect with other educators with Skype in the Classroom.
Click {here} for more information from The Busy Librarian.
Connect with other classrooms using the hashtags #DotDay#Makeyourmark

Here is a past post about International Dot Day.