Sixth graders were working on Cyber Safety this week. Charlene, the K-5 tech coach, presented information on Internet safety. The students then created posters using Google Drawing. It was amazing what students were able to do with Google Drawing - some created memes, while others created informational posters using shapes, word art, etc. It was so fun to see their creativity. Google Drawing is an awesome tool that you can use in a variety of ways. Let me know if you would like to use this tool in your classroom!
Beth Thomas (GFHS science teacher) does an interactive lab with students where they have to engineer the best cereal box - all sorts of scientific elements must be considered - volume, surface area, use of materials, creativity, etc. First, students brainstormed their ideas, then they created a scaled down prototype. From there they had to tweak and make their boxes even better before each group designed their final cereal box. In the end, each student had to create a Google Slideshow highlighting their process (check out student examples below), and write a persuasive essay using Google Docs selling their box as the best! We used Google Classroom to distribute these shared items with the students. I love Google Classroom - it streamlines the process of sharing Google items with students. It also creates a folder in the teacher's Google Drive so everything is organized in that folder (i.e. period 2 projects are automatically named with the project and student's name and filed into the "Period 2" folder inside the "Classroom" folder). Check out this video if you would like to see how Google Classroom works, and email me if you would like me to help you gets started with it in your classroom. Google Classroom 101 Video
This week Charlene and I worked with teachers at East Middle School in developing Team and other resource notebooks using the OneNote class notebook. All students and staff have the ability to create a OneNote class notebook (login to Office 365 and click on the link that says "Create a OneNote Class Notebook". This could really be a game changer in how agendas, meeting notes, and resources are shared - not to mention the money that could be saved on having to print all those handouts! :-) We are just getting them going at East, but will keep you posted on the progress. In the meantime, check out this Office Blog on how one school is using using both Staff and Student OneNote notebooks. (link: https://blogs.office.com/2015/05/07/onenote-class-notebooks-have-redefined-the-instruction-at-my-school/)
Secondary Technology Integration Coach for GFPS. Former high-school history and psychology teacher. Montana native, and avid user of ed-tech!