Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Animal Research Goes Next-Gen

LME first graders have been learning about the IIM research process, and our teachers have made the iPads a big part of this process. Some classes have been using the iPads to do research using Brainpop Jr. and PebbleGo. Others have used apps such as Toontastic and Chatterpix Kids to present their information.

Many of the final products will be on display at Pride Night, but here's a sampling of the awesome work these students did:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2D Shapes with Chatterpix!

First graders are showing what they know about 2-dimensional shapes this week using iPads and the free app Chatterpix Kids! Chatterpix Kids lets you create a "mouth" on a photo and then record yourself talking to animate that object speaking with your voice.

Working on the script

Putting filters on the photo

Scripting, using complete sentences!

Working with rectangles!

First the students did a shape walk to find real-life examples of 2D shapes at our school. They used the iPad cameras to take photos of these shapes. Once the photos were complete, they wrote out a quick script of what the shape should say about itself. Then they imported their favorite photo, narrated their information, and then decorated their shape with the fun stickers included in the app.

The kids had TONS of fun creating this project! Can't wait to see the finished products!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sight Word Photography by the Moonbeams!

Mrs. Miranda's kindergarten class is studying sight words, and decided to create a fun slideshow of photographs to help them become proficient at reading them!

The students created notecards with sight words on them, then photographed the words using their brand-new class digital camera. Mrs. Miranda then compiled the photographs into one Powerpoint presentation, which she then shared with the parents via Google Drive. The end result was both useful and adorable!

Here are a couple of snapshots from the presentation (although the best ones were the photos with smiling students in them!)

What a great way to combine literacy and technology!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hour of Code!

Laurel Mountain students did a fabulous job of coding during the Hour of Code event! Everyone celebrated Computer Science Education Week by programming, solving coding puzzles, or writing code.

Mr. Jurecka introduced Lightbot to students using the library's iPads during his library lessons. TAG teachers Mrs. Shrull and Mrs. Ferriola incorporated coding and introduced binary into their Hour of Code lessons. Even Kindergarten participated by using iPads to solve coding puzzles using Lightbot, Kodable, and the Foos!

Way to go, Lions!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Second Grade Goes Google

LME's second graders are so excited to start using their Google Accounts! 

The students have learned a LOT in the last few weeks. They know:
  • how to log into their accounts
  • what services come with their accounts
  • what Drive is and why it's useful
  • how to organize files in Drive
  • where to find files that someone shares with them
  • how to create a document in Docs
  • how to use the tools in Docs
  • how to add new fonts
  • how to properly log out of a shared computer
Whew! That's a lot to learn, and they've done a fantastic job of catching on! We can't wait to see how these new Google accounts will be used in their lessons. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stop Motion Animation

Recently Mrs. Trejo's Treefrogs completed an interest survey, and many of the Treefrogs are interested in making movies. Mrs. Trejo, Mrs. Kownacki and Mrs. Sara Richards helped the Treefrogs create some stop-motion animated movies using our Next Gen iPads and the Lego Movie Maker app.

The students were given two choices for movie topics: converting fractions to mixed numbers or showing the effects of weathering and erosion. They were given one hour and some playdoh, and worked with partners to create a masterpiece.

The final products were great! The students were really creative and focused on their projects. When the movies were completed, we were able to upload them from the iPads to the students' Google Drive folders for easy sharing.

Way to go, Treefrogs, and thank you to Mrs. Trejo and Mrs. Kownacki for taking a risk and trying something new and out of the box!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Enrichment Clusters - Full of Technology!

Every year, LME students are asked about their interests and passions so that we can incorporate those things into our lessons and activities. This Schoowide Enrichment Model is one of the best things about Laurel Mountain. Inevitably, those interest surveys show a huge amount of students who love to learn about and with technology!

Enrichment Clusters, which happen each Friday, are one part of the SEM model. For our 4th and 5th graders, those clusters have begun! The students are so excited to attend their cluster meetings each Friday morning.

Take a look at these Enrichment Cluster topics. So many of them will use technology, even if it's not included in the description, because LME students and staff do an excellent job of using technology as a learning tool!

Join us on December 12 for our Showcase, where you can see the amazing products our students produce during these Enrichment Clusters!