If someone had told me about this while I was still in the classroom, you can bet that I would have been using it! Flubaroo is a tool created to grade work that is submitted through a Google Form. Yep, I said it, created to grade work. Eeeeeeeee, so exciting!
Such a time-saver and makes collecting data easy!
A third grade teacher recently came to me wanting something her students could delve into for the month of October. We came up with the idea of skeletons. The next piece was figuring out WHAT to do.
At the #gafesummit in KC this summer, Kasey Bell (Shake Up Learning) had these awesome Tic-Tac-Toe boards she used for training sessions with teachers. Now, don't get me wrong, I totally know how to make a tic-tac-toe board for student use, but she really talked about how to make it beneficial to the teacher. There are two L's on a tic-tac-toe board.
Boxes 1, 2, 3, and 4 are all exploratory boxes. This is where students get their information. They can research, look at links, or anything else.
Box 5 can either be a required activity all students need or it can be a free choice of whatever the students want it to be that pertains to the activity.
Boxes 6-9 are all "creation" boxes. This is where they can choose the activity that best fits what they want to produce. Many students will start with this box and work backward, which is fine. This is a way for students to have choice in what they create, but they are going to end up with a similar experience.
We talked about how each of the activities will have a set of guidelines that are basically the same, but the presentation will be different. I like how the teacher worked to create presentations that accessed all her learners. She is going to place this into her Google Classroom and get started on it this week. We are looking at this being about a 1.5-2 week activity.
This page was created in Google Docs. I then did File > Publish to the Web. For this, I am embedding it on my blog. You can also use the web address and link it. However you want! Feel free to modify and make it how you would like to use it!
A teacher wanted to have her students retell the stories they were reading by doing videos. As I set off to find something brilliant for them to use, I found Toontastic from our high school Spanish teacher, Mrs. Vollrath. She talked about how she had her high schoolers use them for storytelling when practicing their Spanish.
After downloading the app, I was pleasantly surprised by how awesome it was! The app lets students pick from an array of different settings and characters. It also emphasizes the story arc. I knew this was going to be a great app for what we were going to do.
The students had such an excellent time recording these! It was so easy to use and the kids liked getting to personalize their videos. They were so PROUD of their videos! Check them out here!
Reasons I love Toontastic
As I mentioned in a previous post a student teacher and I have started doing a modified "Genius Hour" with a second grade group. I say modified because they are getting more than the hour a week to work. It is more like 2.5 hours on an average week. We have lovingly started calling it their "Passion Projects".
Yesterday was the first day of them really exploring their passions. They got to sit down and web out their thoughts and put down what they were passionate about, no matter what it was. The students were so excited by this simple activity! Moans and groans came from the crowd when it was time to stop for the day. It was music to my ears because that signaled PASSION for their thoughts!
Here's the plan, Stan! For today we have a lot to get done. Students are going to come in and share their passions with a couple of friends and then will get a chance to revisit their sheets. After that, we are turning to Wonderopolis to show students how topics can be narrowed down. I am hoping for some "AHA" moments today! Before we leave, students are going to generate some "I wonders" about their passions.
All of this leads into students making their Wonder Walls tomorrow (yes, pics to follow!) and getting their decisions made to start their project proposal! EEEK! So excited! Follow our progress on Twitter @nschwartztech!
This week I am working with a student teacher to get started with Genius Hour. Now, I am going to preface this with stating that this is NOT a traditional Genius Hour. Where students typically get an hour/week, these students are getting about 30 minutes/day. I have been calling this their "Passion Project" instead.
Yesterday we started by talking about what Genius Hour is by sharing this video.
Throughout the video, we paused and discussed it, and the kids' excitement grew. We then talked about the 3 requirements to our time: research, creating, and presenting. Lastly, students worked together to come up with our "Passion Project Guidelines". These are kind of the rules to working each day. They came up with some great ones: focus on your project, keep voices at a level 1.5 (good for collaborating, but not enough to distract someone), and listen to each other and the teachers were just a few.
I can't wait to talk today about what a passion is and allow them to start brainstorming! So excited!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom