Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ways we have used the wireless devices this fall

Since the beginning of school, the students who have brought in a wireless device have found multiple ways to use them to their advantage. Here is a list of ways the childrne have used their devices:

  • word processing
  • definition quick look up 
  • author look up prior to reading a picture book about Jackie Robinson
  • inflation convertor (a babysitter was paid $.30 in 1947. What would that be in 2011?)
  • Chinese New Year Webhunt
  • A student left a packet at home and typed the answers on the ipad. She had the answers and went home to write them in the packet that night ot get caught up.
  • images of Jackie Robinson
  • Timer 
  • note taking
  • easy bib in Google Docs on device, while creating a research project on laptop form school
  • Google Docs to save an assignment that was worked on in class- the child was able to then work on it at home that night

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Guest WiFI

Guest WiFi Dialogue

As you know, the children are now able to bring in an electric device to our reading class, if they choose. Hopefully you saw the letter that explains this new policy. My fourth grade and fifth grade classes are piloting this opprtunity to see if there are advantages to this policy. Eventually the entire school and district will open this possibilty to all students. In the first week of school some of the children brought ipads, ipods and net books.They were used to set alarms, look up a word quickly, to word process, find an image (fig), research Jackie Robinson and compare answers with a partner and they explored Many children used the lap tops, as well, to do the same thing. What I noticed was a great deal of enthusiasm in the children using the wireless devices. I also noticed that the children could do the activities at a quicker pace. It takes a few minutes to get the laptops and to log into their accounts. In the end everyone was successful in completing the tasks, reguardless of the time it took. I welcome you thoughts and questions.