Year 2 have been looking at maps and understanding directions and procedural language for their Unit of Inquiry.
Today, some students put this knowledge into practice using the Beebots and the maps we have purchased.
We have spent some of our reward points from Scholastic Book Fairs and we have purchased some Bee Bots. Bee Bots are some programmable robots that are excellent to use across the curriculum (lower primary). These are hassle free ICT tools for supporting the Technologies curriculum as well.
In the JS Staffroom we have the Bee Bots on a world map ready for your explorations. We have ordered more maps – just waiting on delivery!
Bee Bots in action
See this blog post Beebots Downunder for some ideas about how these are being used in classes.
Great for literacy, maths, problem solving and geography! (Perfect for mapping UOI Year 2/3).
We have six Bee Bots and they need names!
Please come and have a play with your class and suggest a name (and reason why).
Post your responses below.
The links and support resources for teaching Programming with Apps for Teachers and Students.
More resources can be found at EdOffICT Programming page.
This prezi is under construction – just an upload of PDF’s at the moment. Will be adding to it soon.
The below thinglink has the links to the apps used in the session and some additional resources.
The following list of ICT tools was created using Edtools.
Term 2 is focused on asking questions and what it means to ask questions.
Sometimes the question is more important than the answer.
What does this mean?
Students have been asked to ask me their questions (about anything) and I will endeavor to find an answer. Part of this process will be also demonstrating my research to find this answer (or answers).
As a PYP school we encourage students to ask their questions and to direct their own inquiry.
One concept based on student questions is the PASSION PROJECT and GENIUS HOUR.
This approach to developing effective questions is often coined as ungoogleable and it is essential that we support students “move beyond the cut and paste“.
DIGGO LINKS QUESTIONING
Read more about PASSION PROJECTS
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FLOTSAM by DAVID WEISNER
This beautiful picture book has stunning images that will fascinate the reader. A story about a boy,the ocean without any words.
Caldecott medal winner.
Scan the QR code below to learn more about this book and author.
Information for teachers.
Beaches. Imagination. Other worlds. Photography. Voyages and travels. Imagination.
Define: What is flotsam?
Navigation: Locate some books also by this author in our library.
See the library staff for your reward :).
WELCOME TO 2013 – SEARCH -ASK – LEARN -CONNECT
BEGINNINGS … We SEARCH…
This year for my orientation to use of the PYP library we are going to use some QR codes. I will have a scavenger hunt for students to orientate themselves but I am also looking for some higher order and creative thinking to be employed.
We will look at what a contemporary library is using the Y chart as a stimulus (looks like, sounds like, feels like) and consider how this is different from the library of the past using the PYP ATTITUDES and PYP LEARNER PROFILE as support materials.
Teachers and students will have a chance to look at the PYP library using the QR CODE.
See the following links for more information.
See the link below for a great example of QR codes being used in a Specialist class (PE).
Finally, this glogster is an excellent introduction to QR codes in education.
“Media maps are workflow storyboards for multimedia products. What do you want to create with your students today?”
This website clearly sets out how to develop a workflow with ICT to support the curriculum.
Simple, yet effective examples that can be applied to the classroom.
Wesley Fryer created the “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” website to accompany and support his eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing.”
Recently I presented about some ways to incorporate Visual Literacy with an iPad at the recent Apps Galore joint Mini-Conference (BCE and Lutheran Education).
These resources can be found here.
iPhone App for the session
Visual Literacy resources (JSSALC wikispaces)
Additionally, the Glean website has some excellent resources to support the development of literacy skills in its various forms.
Glean Learning Tools are free information literacy, data literacy and math teaching tools produced by Public Learning Media, Inc.
Using Bloom’s with ipads and android devices – check out BLOOMIN’ APPS
Kathy Schrock is a well respected educator who is constantly producing fantastic resources for teachers to use in their classrooms.
Check out these resources to use with the iPads (and android). These are based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.