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.
First graders were using www.abcya.com to type their spelling words and rhyming words in a Word Cloud. 4th graders were using the website: www.toondo.com 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!