IXL is a comprehensive, standards-aligned math practice program offering unlimited problems in thousands of skills. One of the best things about IXL is that students can access it from school and from home!
Ms. Lyle's fourth graders spent time doing independent research using the Independent Investigation Method and created personal projects to share their findings. Cody spent a lot of time learning about electricity and shared the information he gained in the form of a PowerPoint Presentation. However, this was a PowerPoint with a fun twist! Great Oaks has Mouse Mischief hardware that allows for multiple wireless computer mice to be used at once.
Cody incorporated Mini Pop Quizzes throughout his presentation that checked his classmates' understanding of the material as it progressed. At the end there was a more comprehensive test. The program provides immediate feedback as to each student or group's answer selections once everyone has responded.
Using seven mice in this activity allowed small groups of 2-3 students to talk about the material before selecting answers. Cody was impressed with their results. "They pretty much all got 100s," he told me. I suggested that he must have taught them well.
Keeping learning fun out in the Cottages!
Mrs. DeVeny's class started working with the Dell Latitude Netbooks and Lego WeDo Kits. Lego WeDo teaches students basic programming skills while incorporating the fun of Lego. Students build simple and complex machines with Lego pieces. Gears, motors and bricks fit together and spin, tilt, respond to keystrokes, timing and more as dictated by student created programs built using the software's dashboard tools.
Ms. Chappelle's fourth grade class is using SpellingCity.com on the Dell Latitude 2110s in their classroom. SpellingCity's mission is to provide an efficient game-based study of literacy skills using any word list. Utilizing this website allows the teacher to differentiate instruction by providing students with individualized lists and self-paced practice and progress. The web-site provides spelling and vocabulary support that is engaging and effective.
Mrs. Chiriboga's fourth grade class researched Native American Tribes that lived in Texas and created PowerPoint Presentations to share. Students supported their research and writing with complementary images and engaging layouts within the presentations. PowerPoint requires that students master saving and retrieving files as well as choosing appropriate formats for intended audiences.
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. 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.