Leaf Art again! Sorry folks!

I am fiddling with this blog and seriously considering going to Weebly, after hearing Mrs. Hikichi talk about it, and seeing some of the things she has done.  Here is one last effort to make a gallery of our leaf art!  Technology requires patience and it’s only by trying things that we learn.  🙂

A new school year is full of possibilities

I am late getting my blog going again this year, and the reason is due to my typical indecisiveness.  I was going to switch to a different blogging site, and I tinkered with it a little, but it didn’t really click with me and I ended up feeling stuck.  The thing that has me moving now is that I feel really inspired after spending an evening with some dynamic people, talking about digital literacy and engaging learners today. The keynote speaker, Antonio Vendramin, gave real legitimacy to what many teachers feel excited about already, making learning in our classrooms a more engaging, student centred, creative, endeavour.  Technology can help us do this, but we need to make the leap, and take some chances.  I look forward to trying some new things.  I know my students will teach me a lot!

Haiku Deck

My students have been using Haiku Deck lately, as a fabulous way to both enhance their own understanding of material we are studying, as well as to demonstrate learning.   Haiku Deck is an app on our school iPads which helps students create simplified presentations on any topic they like.  For example, we worked with our little buddies to make alphabet books, or decks, as they are called.  In socials my grade 4 students made decks on the explorers and my grade 5’s made them on Quebec. Today we used them in science to review material from the first chapters of the units we are now learning about.  For the 4’s this meant creating a deck on the properties of light and for the 5’s, force and friction. I find it is an excellent tool for students with different learning styles to be able to showcase their knowledge with pride.  It also helps students retain the material they are learning, as they spend time creating a presentation that requires them to have an understanding before they begin.  It’s a great way to prepare for a test too! I was super happy with the results from today.  All the completed ones were uploaded to the website, and then I can review the students’ work at home.  One hitch….most students did not put their names on them, and Josh K seemed to show up as the name on more than one.  I know how to fix this though!  🙂  Check out a couple of decks here.  The first is by Hannah, the second by Newton, and the third is by Eric.

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/P00wv4C4O4/force-and-friction

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/2eRiAJ8BiS/force–friction

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/926VjYkNIS/natural-light

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We have been busy in our classroom!

Division 5 has been working hard this spring.  I have received most of the poetry projects we have been working on and they look fantastic.  My grade 4/5 class has written odes, haikus, diamantes, and bio poems.  They also wrote a poem about their favourite colour and described it based on the five senses.  There are some very creative kids in my class!  In social studies we have been doing the explorers and New France.   One of the more engaging activities we did with this was use an app on the ipads called Haiku Deck to create really cool presentations.  It was a neat way to demonstrate their knowledge.  Next week we are going to teach this app to our kindergarten little buddies.  Below is a picture of a caravel.  The students each wrote a paragraph about an explorer and sketched a picture too!  This is the type of ship John Cabot would have sailed on to reach Canada.

A Caravel ship

A Caravel ship

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