Ms. Smith's class was the first fifth grade class to participate in KGOE this year. One of the responsibilities of the KGOE participants it to create special reports for the school-wide broadcast. Special reports include interviews, book trailers and other media driven presentations that interest the students. Ms. Grindle, our school librarian, is instrumental in organizing KGOE and helping to make sure all students are successful with the technology. This group of students worked with Animoto, Bloggie cameras, and Windows Movie Maker and created many quality presentations that were shared through the school's morning news broadcast - KGOE.
Ms. Eichel's fourth grade class spent time reviewing science concepts on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard in her classroom not long ago. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard allows teachers to deliver dynamic lessons, write notes in digital ink and save their work with the touch of a finger. It can also create a higher level of engagement with students as the whiteboard is transformed into a touch screen that provides immediate feedback to their input.
Ms. Galyon's second grade class published their Spider diamante poems in Microsoft Word. The students gained word processing skills such as centering text and changing font size and type for a specific purpose. Diamante poetry also requires language and grammar skills including knowledge of many parts of speech, such as nouns, adjectives, verbs, and phrases. The students collaborated with their fifth grade buddies to write the poems and then published them on their own.
Susan Rantz's third grade class spent some time in the computer lab using The LEGO® Education WeDo Robotics Construction Sets. LEGO WeDo is an easy-to-use set that introduces young students to robotics. Using the kits and software, students build and program models that include working motors and sensors. Through these experiences children explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as language and literacy. And I think they have a little fun while they're at it.
Ms. Havrda's fourth grade class created riddles that incorporated their knowledge of the different states of matter. They were given a rubric and asked to create a PowerPoint presentation. The rubric detailed specific science, language arts and technology requirements and included bonus points for creativity as well.