We have been very fortunate to have some terrific technology in our classroom over the last few weeks. The first thing we received was an interactive whiteboard (called a Smartboard), along with the projection device and laptop that go with it. We can project images from the laptop onto the whiteboard, then touch the whiteboard to move the images on the screen. You can also write directly on the screen using the special pens that come with the board. For our first lesson using the Smartboard, Ms. Birdsall created an interactive Jeopardy game board for us to review for our Science test on habitats and adaptations. Below, you can see the game board and the teams lined up behind their buzzers. The game was a lot of fun, and we are looking forward to using the Smartboard often. It will be in our room for the rest of the year.
The second technology guest star in our room last week was a set of iPads. Our school district has a cart of iPads that schools can borrow, and our school has them for three weeks. On Friday it was our turn to use them and we incorporated them into our Health and Career Education unit on friendship. In partners, we wrote scripts showing how to resolve a fight with a friend. Then we used the app Puppet Pals to create animations of our scripts. Puppet Pals allows you to choose characters and backgrounds for your stories. You can then record your voice and move the characters on the screen to create a digital puppet show. We loved using the iPads and the end results were impressive. Here are some photos of us working.
Here is an example of the types of videos the students made. This one was created by Alta and Madison.
You can find some of the other videos on our Kidblog site. Unfortunately, when some of the videos were uploaded to YouTube, they suddenly had no sound, so those videos aren't posted on Kidblog. Ms. Birdsall is hoping to discover and fix the glitch this week, so stay tuned. Division 9 loves technology!