Category Archives: Elementary

Welcome iPad Learning Walk

On March 12, several teachers and Administrators from Anderson 1, Greenwood County and Greenville Schools came to observe the Welcome Elementary students and teachers in their 1:1 iPad environment.  We called it an iPad Learning Walk. The visitors were excited and extremely complimentary of the lessons they observed in the classrooms.

We created a survey to gather feedback and here are the results about a few things they learned on the walk:

  • how independent the students were
  • how well Related Arts were using the iPads
  • how well K5 and 1st grade use the iPad
  • how each class differentiated instruction
  • how knowledgeable the student leaders were
  • how useful the iPads were in every subject
  • how effective the use of Air Server was
  • how crucial it is to have an expert on site
  • how well the students behaved and were engage
  • how the classroom flowed and was differentiated
  • how much the students love the iPads
  • how feedback is generated for each student
  • how important it is to have a strong foundation and implementation BEFORE putting iPads in teachers/students’ hands
  • how an iPad classroom operates
  • how a number of apps worked across the various grade levels
  • how important teacher training and follow up is
  • how to limit apps

The apps they were most interested in were: Explain EverythingBook Creator, EdmodoDiscovery Education Science TechbookRaz Kids A-Z, HMH App for leveled readers, the ability to mirror using  Air Server, the usefulness of QR Codes, and the features of Padlet website.

For a list of apps and activities that students were using click here. Welcome iPad Learning Walk Activities (Responses)

iMovie Training

iMovie Tutorials will be posted here for the Welcome Training.

Click here to view: Kathy Schrock’s Blog about creating iMovie Trailers

Here are PDFs for students to use to write their script using a paper story board. You will need to scroll down to the bottom of his website and you can download the PDFs so the students can write on them.  Story Board for pre-writing  

Essential Question:  Why should students be taught to use technology to publish writing and research findings?

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

iMovie Guide,s,FFFFFF&chs=380x380&cht=qr&chld=|1&

Making a trailer Part 1

Making a trailer Part 2

Here are directions for making a Project in iMovie.

Here is a trailer I made for the iMovie demonstration.

4th Grade Research Project Ideas:

iMovie at Monaview 5th Grade Research with Discovery Education: Rahn’s Researchers

Assignments in Science Tech book    Arrays  Life is a Quilt Poem    Geometry Menu

Elementary Schools Understand Technology Integration

As I worked with 2 elementary schools this week, I wanted to shout from the rooftops about the fantastic teaching I saw.  These elementary teachers and administrators understand the need for movement, sharing ideas, and engagement in the classroom.  I wish that other educators could observe the learning that takes place in these classes.  I wish that colleges and universities could see the skill level of our students and the lessons that teachers are designing that fosters creative thinking and problem solving.

I liked to share some of the most amazing lessons that I witnessed this week at Welcome Elementary School and Monaview Elementary School.  I saw a K4 teacher using Evernote to keep a digital portfolio about each of her students. Students used iPads and laptops to read books using Raz-kids and the HMH App.

Teachers designed lessons in Explain Everything and posted the lessons on their blogs.  They were using Discovery Education TechBook to create assignments for students and posting the links to the assignments on their blogs.

Here is a sample video showing the students in Mrs. Rahn’s class compiling research about Grasslands for their Digital Storytelling Project they will create in MovieMaker.

First graders were using to type their spelling words and rhyming words in a Word Cloud. 4th graders were using the website: to create comic strips to show cause and effect as they studied Native Americans.  Then they inserted the comic strips into Word and wrote about the causes and effects of killing buffalo.

Teachers designed screencasting videos in Explain Everything to post on their blog and share via Edmodo.  They captured the heart of learning.  Here is a sample of a few of the digital lessons.  Keep it up teachers!

Common Core Research Projects for Elementary Education

Common Core Standards:

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Range of Writing

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Here are a few ways our students are conducting research in the classrooms.

Science Stations in 4th Grade

Research: Edmodo and Ask3

Graphic Organizers

Popplet Lite and Smart Art in Word are great tools to use to organize information and essential facts required for the research project.

My favorite website to use for research is Instagrok. You can change the reading level of your searches by sliding the bar at the top of the page, which is helpful and you can build your own Journal to share with students or they can create their own journals of notes.

Another favorite research tool is SC Discus.  Students can create workspace projects as they conduct their research.

Students using iPads have enjoyed using the App StoryKit  and Book Creator to create their own textbooks using photos, their own paintings, recordings of their voices, and typing their findings on each page.   Edutopia ideas

Publish Student Work

Register for a Schooltube account tutorial

Upload videos to Schooltube tutorial

GCSD Blog publish video tutorial

Websites for Research   Use Firefox or Chrome, not Internet Explorer     SCDiscus  Ask your PTA to buy a school account, no ads

Photos:  Library of Congress


 Book Creator  iMovie  StoryKit  SockPuppet  Popplet

QR Code Generator for FireFox

PDF QR Code Generator for Firefox

QR Code Movie: How to Create a QR Code

T Search Research Graphic Organizer

How to Create a T-Search Research Tshirt SCAN-ETS3327_000


Fun Research Projects


Photos for Primary Sources 

Parker’s Blog

Sara’s Blog

Monaview Elementary Technology Showcase

I was so proud of the Monaview Elementary Staff and Administration during the Technology Showcase on April 19, 2013.  District staff was invited to tour the school and visit every classroom to see how students are using technology on a daily basis.  A form was created in Google Docs and sent to the district staff as an invitation to the showcase.  This event was planned in August 2012 by Sharon Dowell, the principal, Rhonda Folmer, the Title I Facilitator, and myself, Fran Mauney, Instructional Technology Facilitator.  We knew that the teachers and students were doing a fantastic job using the Promethean Board, ActivExpressions, and interactive websites so we decided to market how well the school integrates technology and came up with a plan.

Several workshops were designed that showed how to use 1 iPad in the classroom, by using Educreations and ShowMe to create screencasting videos, by using the iPad on the Promethean Board to play interactive games, and to use as a center activity.  I led several workshops after school about the 1 iPad classroom, then proceeded to show how to set up a classroom using 4 laptops for student projects.  We talked about the accountability piece and teachers made several Learner’s Contracts for students to use to record their progress while on RazzKids, Compass, and, IXL.

Teachers invited me into their classrooms to model how to effectively integrate technology using a wide range of technology tools. I demonstrated how to use Self-Paced tests using Question Generator with the ActivExpressions. I modeled how to use the iPad for screencasting and gaming on the Promethean Board, I showed how to do interactive websites such as, and helped set up student accounts with Edmodo.

Next, we did several planning period workshops where I showed how to create QR codes and how to upload videos to School Tube. When the teachers learned how easy it was to upload to School Tube, the fire for using videos in the classroom was ignited.  They uploaded so many great student projects and made QR codes for newsletters, bulletin boards, class blogs, class websites, and more. They used QR codes for book reports, students reading their own books, presenting research projects, webquests, Educreation books with children’s voices reading the pages, and explaining how they solved problems. Here is an example of a student’s research about Poachers.

One way that Monaview was able to get the teachers involved in implementing technology integration, was they planned Curriculum Carousel agenda  days where teachers taught teachers. The Instructional Coaches, Casey Woods and Kathy Paige-Griffin, created the agenda and awarded points for attendance. The after school workshops were led by the in house experts and teachers chose which workshops they were most interested in to attend. Giving teachers choice and voice for their professional development was very powerful.

Parker Rowland, a phenomenal 4th grade teacher and in-house expert, has really impacted instruction at Monaview Elementary over the last 2 years. He is quite talented with technology, understands curriculum, and relates well to his students. He uses the laptop cart almost daily and has been more than willing to spend hours working with teachers if they are having technical difficulties and helps them solve problems.  He stays late and uses his planning periods to help teachers make QR codes, set up School Tube accounts, explain Edmodo, set up ActivExpression questions, work on Promethean Boards, you name it, he’s done it. We are all so thankful for Parker and all the work he did to prepare for this day.  He made an amazing movie that shows how students use technology and a tech showcase brochure   explaining how Monaview builds strong minds. Having a strong teacher leader at a school is a must for a successful technology integration plan!

The students and teachers enjoyed showcasing their classrooms as special guests walked in and out of their classes. Students were able to explain their learning and tell about their projects, visitors were able to see students working in stations while teachers worked with small groups,and teachers were able to demonstrate how effectively they integrate technology into their curriculum. Here are my Notes for Technology Showcase about the learning taking place in each grade level.

It was a fantastic cumulative activity for an exciting year of learning using technology. I hope we can do this again next year.

Let’s Talk …….Related Arts iPad Workshop

Let’s Talk……

What are some positive things that you have found using an iPad this year? What are the.advantages of using an iPad? What is it that ipads can do well?  What are some disadvantages?

Have you thought about the procedures for your classroom? How often will they bring the ipads to related arts?  How will you let teachers/students know when they are to bring them?
Where will you house the ipads when they come to your class to insure safety?

What specific rules will you have?

Here are some of the rules and consequences that Emily and I worked on at Welcome Elementary.
Welcome Elementary School iPad Contract

What would work for you?

Screen chomp
Story robe app
Voice recording
Garage band
Destiny quest! (iphone app)


First grade teacher iPad News and Updates

STEAM apps art apps