“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” —Bill Gates

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Twelve Techie Days of Christmas


Greetings! 
Each day, beginning December 1, the Tech Integration Team at ASFM sent out techie recommendations. 
Here's the complete list.

On the First Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:


On the Second Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:



On the Third Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:

Create your own 3D-printed Christmas gift! 
Visit Thingiverse for ideas. Hey, there's even a 25 Days of Making Project


On the Fourth Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:



On the Fifth Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:



On the Sixth Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:



On the Seventh Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:



On the Eighth Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:



On the Nineth Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:



On the Tenth Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:



On the Eleventh Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:


On the Twelfth Techie Day of Christmas the TI Team recommends:


Cheers!



Friday, December 5, 2014

DT Logo Challenge



The Elementary digital teachers (DTs) were presented with a challenge during one of our meeting times. They had to work on designing a logo and a “we believe” statement that would represent our DT program. At this time, the activity was led by Gaby, one of the DTs.

Day 1: Gaby used her experience with logo design to introduce what a logo is and how the color selection is key as it may evoke different feelings. Teachers were partnered up and followed these guidelines:
  1. Create a logo and “We believe…” statement that represents the DT Team.
  2. Use/combine creation tools such as Google Drawing or Logo Garden for the logo.
  3. Consider the emotions generated by colors in logos.
  4. Take a screenshot of your logo and insert it onto a slide in a shared Google presentation (see below).
Day 2: Once all the groups had submitted their logo and statement, the next steps were to share, persuade, and vote.
  1. Talk with your Logo team partner.
  2. Choose a spokesperson.
  3. Present your logo to the group.
  4. Choose a spokesperson from your group.
  5. Using Poll Everywhere, vote for your favorite logo created by a DT team member.
Here's a video of the actual voting taking place.



Take a look at the wonderful creations and the winner!


Cheers!



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nursery Can Skype Too!

Last week I was invited to a Nursery classroom. Thank you Greta and Paula! These teachers had scheduled a Skype session with another classroom from Andover, Kansas, USA. Paula had contacted the Kansas teacher through Twitter. They had agreed to have the groups meet for 10 minutes.

What an amazing experience!

First, let me give you some background knowledge. Our Nursery students are 3-4 year old. They are the youngest students in our school. For most of them their first language is Spanish and they are learning to speak English.

The kids are currently learning about continents and animals around the world. The timing of this Skype session was just right. It represented an opportunity for them to learn about people and things from a distant location that they could locate on their world map.

The teachers agreed to ask basic questions, such as, what do you like to eat? what do you do after school? what's your school's mascot?

The kids became very excited when the session started. The teachers took turns asking the questions and the students responded.

A lot of learning took place. When the conference was over, the group took time to reflect on their conversations and they could tell that they had made important connections.  They shared very similar preferences and activities!

Take a look at this video that summarizes the moment.



The Nursery teachers plan to partner with other schools from other parts of the world and help their students become globally connected!

Stay tuned for the next adventure in Nursery!

Cheers!