Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fulp's Flashy Fish Explore Literature with the Web

Fulp's second grade students are exploring literature using interactive websites.  Recently, they used Book Flix, an interactive website that pairs a nonfiction book with a fiction book. Students responded to the main idea and found details in both books.  Students of all abilities are able to access the same books because Book Flix will read the text aloud.  They have also used the new interactive features of Reading A-Z, another online resource.  The students were able to annotate over the text using the website and the projector in their room.  The students used the site for procedural texts.  Way to go Flashy Fish! We are so impressed with how you are using Web 2.0 tools to improve your reading skills!

Bartholomew's Bats Explore Science Through StemScopes

Mrs. Bartholomew's fourth graders have been using StemScopes, an online science resource created by Rice University this year.  According to Mrs. Bartholomew, "We have fun with Webquests, interactive experiments, science rock songs, and more."  Mrs. Bartholomew has added activities to "buckets" inside of StemScopes Students are able to access their teacher's accounts at home and at school so they have more time to explore and learn cool science concepts.

Several people have asked for the link to the website.  You can find it linked under the Forest Creek website For Students page. Here is the direct link also:  Students have logins from their teacher.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Alvarez's Fifth Grade Students Moodle

This year, Round Rock ISD is opening their Moodle to elementary students.  Moodle is an online learning management system that "provide(s) teachers and students with Web-Enhanced instructional capabilities."  Mr. Alvarez attended a multi-day Moodle academy this summer to prepare to incorporate this interactive tool in his classroom this year.  According to Mr. Alvarez, "Moodle is an on-line extension of the work the kids and I do in class.   Kids do "Moodle Multiplication" a timed multiplication practice which records accuracy and fluency.  I also post classwork and homework assignments kids/parents can download and print.  Recently, I added links to Youtube demonstrating methods for multiplication."  Mr. Alvarez is incorporating interactive internet activities to enhance his instruction. Congratulations to Mr. Alvarez for finding interactive ways to make learning multiplication math fun and interesting.

Kaynes' Kinkajous create Photostories

Mrs. Kaynes' Third Grade Class learned how to use a variety of technology. First they took pictures with digital cameras and learned how to save the pictures to the shared folder. They then imported the pictures into Photostory and created slide transitions. They wrote a script about how we use writing everyday and recorded their voices to match with their pictures of writing. It was a fun way to combine the real life connection of daily writing with technology. We are looking forward to creating more Photostories in class!