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Setting a Good Example with Grammatically Correct Report Comments

Posted by ssweeney on October 19, 2015

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When writing up her report comments Rae found the tool Grammarly (https://www.grammarly.com/), which Dale had recommended to her, to be very helpful.  An extension on your Chrome Browser, this tool helped assure that her spelling and grammar were on pare for her interim report comments prior to sharing them with parents and students.

How does it work?  Grammarly is a free tool that asks you to sign in.  Once you have signed in, it will check up on all of your online writing, whether it is an email in Zimbra or comment writing in ManageBac.  If it is happening in your Chrome Browser, Grammarly will give you the instant feedback you need to avoid embarrassment.

Aside from helping you look good as a professional, how else can Grammarly be integrated into the classroom to improve the student learning experience?

GETTING STARTED

  • Open Chrome Browser
  • Visit https://www.grammarly.com/
  • Click on the red “Get Grammarly its free” button in the top right corner
  • Accept “Add Extension”
  • Create your free account
  • Follow the steps in their welcome tutorial to learn more

Listening Centers; QR Codes in Action

Posted by cpuppo on September 25, 2015

Early readers in the Elementary School are developing their skills by taking advantage of YouTube videos  in a child friendly, safe way.

Isolate content from YouTube taking away advertisement and suggested videos and make it accesible for you students following three simple steps:

  1. Copy url from youtube into Safe Share TV and generate safe link.
  2. Copy the video’s “safe link” onto a QR Code generator
  3. Print the qr code and make it available for the kids to listen/watch video from an iPad with a qr code reader app.

 

Helping to Clear the Murky Waters of Copyright & Fair Use in Education

Posted by ssweeney on September 9, 2015

copyrightIt is our job as educators to not only know about these laws, but to also teach about them in our classrooms.  The idea of copyright is a very good one.  Who wouldn’t want to protect their rights to something they have created?  However as teachers we can’t afford to pay for every item we would like to use for educational purposes, nor can we expect students to pay for everything they would like to implement into a project.  Luckily, fair use was established to help with these situation in the field of education.  Theproblem is that this gift is often a curse, because there is no one clear answer when it come to the rules of fair use in education.

A great place to start building your understanding of what is right and wrong with fair use is to print off the Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines for Teacherswhich is published online by Tech & Learning

Your next stop should be the website Education World which published a series of five articles that do a fabulous job of explaining copyright and fair use in education.   I highly recommend that you take the time to read them, especially Part 4: Applying Fair Use to New Technologies.

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright and Fair Use
Part 1: Copyrights and Copying Wrongs
Part 2: Is Fair Use a License to Steal?
Part 3: Copyright Law and New Technologies
Part 4: Applying Fair Use to New Technologies
Part 5: District Liability and Teaching Responsibility

Finally here are a few resources you and your students can use to avoid breaking copyright.  These are resources that are either classified as public domain or they are royalty free.

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Music

This post was originally posted by the same author on http://www.asfmtech.org

Story Telling – Using Book Creator

Posted by abuckley on August 31, 2015
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Book Creator for iPad

By: Red Jumper Limited

GRADE LEVEL: 1st Grade

OBJECTIVE:  Students will crate an electronic book using “Book Creator” to describe themselves.  

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY: One of the first grade teachers created a template for the kids to fill in. Then the template was shared to all the ipads through AirDrop.   

Template example

BOOK CREATOR 1 BOOK CREATOR 2 IMG_0025 BOOK CREATOR 4
BOOK CREATOR 5 BOOK CREATOR 6 BOOK CREATOR 7 BOOK CREATOR 8
BOOK CREATOR 9 BOOK CREATOR 10

 

  • As a whole class. the book was presented and every slide was shown. (The teacher made a book about herself as an example)
  • The class was divided in 5 tables. One Ipad was assigned per table.  While the whole class works on something else, one student per table worked on their electronic book. As soon as that student is finished, the ipad went to another team mate (5 students working on ipads at the same time)

 

How does book creator works?

Examples of hoy to use

 

 

 

 

Weebly e-Portfolios Guidelines

Posted by abuckley on August 12, 2015

LOGIN: student.weebly.com

WORK FROM PREVIOUS YEARS SHOULD NOT BE EDITED OR DELETED. WORK FROM PREVIOUS YEARS NEEDS TO REMAIN AS IS.

Posts

Every Post should be CATEGORIZED or Tagged:

1. Grade level

2. an ATTRIBUTE or ATTITUDE related to the entry

 

PYP ATTITUDES

  • Confidence
  • Appreciation
  • Empathy
  • Cooperation
  • Respect
  • Independence
  • Tolerance
  • Commitment
  • Creativity
  • Integrity
  • Curiosity
  • Enthusiasm

PYP ATTRIBUTES

  • Knowledgeable
  • Inquirer
  • Risk-Taker
  • Communicator
  • Reflective
  • Thinker
  • Open-Minded
  • Balanced
  • Caring
  • Principled

Site Map Structure

 

Weebly

All student portfolios from EC3 – G5 will follow the structure above

Please note that some pages are STANDARD PAGES but that most are BLOG PAGES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WEEBLY GO TO:

Weebly How to

Primary School Technology Program Web Page