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January 23rd

Today missing assignment reports are going home.  Students have until Thursday to get any late assignments from term one turned in.

We are finishing up our sustainability unit with some poetry about our environment.  We have started our unit on electricity in science and are going to begin discussing residential schools as a theme in literacy and treaties in social studies.  We are continuing to work on our multiplication and all students are encouraged to practice at home.

Tomorrow is the SAC career day spirit day.  All students are encouraged to dress up as something they would like to be in their future.  Creativity is encouraged!

More multiplication videos coming soon!

 

 


Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and wish all families all the best in 2017.  Many students have outstanding assignments.  I have asked all students to finish these by tomorrow (Friday, January 20th).  Some of these assignments include: Lorax reading and writing, sustainability footprint, and the 5 day food log.

In math we are working on multiplication.  Each student should be completing the homework practice booklet each night.  Attached is a video we watched in class today to review multiplication on multi-digit by one digit multiplication questions.

 


December 14th

Hope everyone can make it to the Christmas concert tomorrow December 15th at either 1:30 or 6:30.  Our class is supposed to wear black pants and either a red, white, or green shirt!

Winter break is coming soon!  Friday our biography project is due.  Next Monday our Me and 43 projects are due.  We will be doing a FUN Polar Express book/movie study next week.

Happy Holiday’s everyone!


Summary of Learning by: Heidi and Holly

Yet another great Ed. Tech class.  Holly and myself decided to work together to create an imovie.  This was my first every movie, therefore I was extremely grateful to work and laugh alongside Holly , as we stumbled along creating our summary of learning.  I would also like to thank her for feeding me as we worked well past dinner time for many of nights.

We attempted to demonstrate that we are constantly training and evolving as teachers in a world of technology.  We have to be willing to try things out and take risks.  In this course, I felt exposed to a wide array of tools that I can use in my classroom.  I felt the constant desire to test these tools out each week.  I was constantly trying new things with my students.  We have played and created Kahoots, connected on twitter, created flipgrid responses, discussed a novel on Today’s Meet, took a virtual fieldtrip on nearpod, created a google slide, used google docs to work through the writing process by sharing work with each other, I opened up my blog to families, and used google read and write during research.  My confidence in using technology in my classroom has improved immensely. Student are directly benefiting from technology being used as more than a research tool.

During writing today my students were commenting on a peers work using google docs, when a student yells out, “I love using the computers to do this!”

This might seem simple, but it meant the world for me to hear.  Editing work of peers became fun!  I seek to teach through engagement.  Technology is very valuable in our classrooms and I am so glad to be building my skill set and confidence in this area.

Sit back and enjoy watching us train our bodies and minds in the area of educational technology under the direction of @courosa!


Friday, December 2nd

I cannot believe it is already December!  We have so many fun events happening around our school this month.

In literacy we are studying biographies of famous people.  We have been very excited reading a book we have individually selected in order to learn more about people from the past and present!  We are also working through the writing process writing our own autobiography.  Our 2nd draft is to be typed onto a google document by Monday.  Next week, we are going to learn how to share documents with each other and comment on the work of our peers.  We will also improve our own autobiographies.  Feel free to read and improve your autobiography from home!

Santa store is next Thursday.  Please bring $2.00 before Thursday to pay for gifts for your whole family!

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 


A Complete Mind Shift

To be honest, going into this weeks presentation much like Erin and Jayme I didn’t know much about the topic.  I do not enjoy video games, and to be honest often get frustrated hearing my students spend the majority of their nights and weekends inside gaming.  I spend a great deal of energy encouraging my students to get outside and be active.  This made me extremely skeptical of this weeks topic.

Logan and Bill did a wonderful job in presenting the benefits of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and education.

When Virtual Reality Meets Education raises many of the benefits of VR and teaching.  I absolutely love the example of taking the English class to Verona while reading Romeo and Juliet!  I would love to take my students to see different parts of Canada while teaching social, or going to see natural disasters or examples of extreme weather while teaching weather in science.

My eyes have been opened to the potential that these technologies have.  The 3D virtual field trip videos were pretty neat.  I am now able to view these technologies as more than games.  I had never heard of google cardboard before this week.  I was very interested and excited to look into this.  I feel like I should have known about these before now!  Thanks to Adam for sharing this video:

This video had me even more interested in creating google cardboard headsets!  I found this video describing how you can build your own!

Has anyone made one of these?  If so any pointers?  Would students be able to create one for themselves?

We do PAA groups once a week at my school.  Students go to a PAA class for 8 weeks to work on a project.  I was thinking this would be lots of fun to create with students.  They would then be able to explore VR and take fieldtrips.  I would like to make one of my own first in the next couple of weeks, so any pointers on both the constructing or their use would be amazing!

The one disadvantage I can see is the the lack of all students having a piece of technology.  This has me pondering if VR technology is widening digital divide?  At first I would say yes, because students who do not have the technology do not get the same opportunity to use such technologies.  On the other hand, I would like to suggest that it may be closing a gap in experience.  There are many students who never get to experience and explore the world.  VR technologies would enable many students to see and experience the world who otherwise wouldn’t be able to!  So in a sense it might have the potential to close the gap in regards to experience.

I went into this week thinking that anything related to “gaming” really didn’t fit into my classroom or my philosophy of teaching.  I have experienced a complete mind shift this week.  I can see VR and AR as more than games.  They have the potential of providing opportunity for students to experience their world!  This being said, I still feel like I’m swimming in water over my head.  I’m just going to keep on swimming and hope that I can learn more and find opportunities to incorporate it into my teaching!

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Tuesday, November 22nd

Thanks again for everyone who attended conferences last Friday.

Two assignments are due tomorrow.

  1. Social Studies map with a legend
  2. Math – double bar graph practice page

We will be heading off to Agribition this Thursday.  The students are very excited and are looking forward to the day.  We thank our parent volunteers for making this day possible in advance.  Yesterday, we talked about how animals have the right of way at Agribition and how while we are visiting, the farmers are busy doing business.  Last week we classified seeds using a classification chart.  We hope that we can find these seeds in the Family Ed. Pavilion on Thursday!

It is also milk week at Rosemont!  There is a poster contest happening.  Students will receive a little class time today to get started.  All posters will be due by Friday morning to be entered into the school draw for a milk week prize.


Thank You!

I would like to thank everyone for coming to the 3-way conferences today. It is always valuable to meet and work together to set goals and celebrate your son/daughters success in school.

I hope to keep this blog as a place where you are able to check and see school/classroom reminders regarding activities, homework, or just to share what we are learning!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Assistive Technology can support all learners, not just those with disabilities.

 

Firstly, I would like to thank Allison, Benita, Launel, and Holly  for being so wonderful to work with on this weeks presentation on assistive technology. I could not have asked for a better group of ladies to have laughs over zoom with!

My first experiences with assistive technology was extremely similar to the flip grid response I shared in this weeks presentation.  When I was first introducescreen-shot-of-padletd to assistive technology, I found it very frustrating. I was teaching at two schools as a specialists.  I was teaching over 500 students in a given week.  When I was handed Kurzweil information with no explanation other than this ONE student may use it.  The information booklet hit the read tomorrow pile on my desk, and remained there until the end of the year.  After doing research, I found that in fact lack of training and support is a huge challenge when it comes to assistive technology.

Dave Edyburn states the following in regards to this issue, “There is little evidence that preservice teachers receive adequate training in assistive technology to prepare them for their responsibilities to consider assistive technology in each IEP meeting. Similarly, there is little evidence that inservice professionals have received adequate training. Hence, the paradox of consideration: How am I supposed to consider AT when I don’t know what the options are?” (pg. 18). 

I agree that lack of training is an issue, however we lack training in many areas.  The accessibility of assistive technology has increased. With technology such as google read and write at our finger tips, I believe we would be doing a disservice to our students to not access the tools we have readily available.  While this does take time to set up and learn, I believe if we allow ourselves to admit to students we are learning alongside them, our very students will help teach us how to best meet their needs.

Google Read & Write

Many people discussed google read and write in the chat this Tuesday.  In September I decided to set all my students up with google read and write.  Firstly, it took me awhile to set it up myself.  I then played around with it.  I figured I might as well just jump in!  Here are a few pros and cons.  The process of getting grade 5/6 students to add this google add on was not easy.  It was many hours of chaos with students frustrated and everyone wanting me to help them.  Students needed to be logged into chrome as well as their google account.  What I ended up having to do, and looking back would recommend to others, was setting each students account up with them individually and making sure it was working.  Once things were working I introduced the puzzle piece icon so they would relate that to this tool.  Many students found neat things that they can do on their own when given time to explore the new tool.

Where have I used it so far in my class?  Many students used google read and write to highlight and read information on websites while doing research.  I have also downloaded snapverter and have been able to take pictures and upload pages from textbooks onto google drive.  Students are then able to access these through shared google docs and listen to the texts.  I hope introduce and use the text prediction tool, to aid students on our next writing assignment. All in all a very valuable tool with lots of options, however you must be willing to put in the time to get your student’s set up and started.

Here is a video I found on google read and write for those of you interested.  Anyone else use this tool already and have suggestions?

When considering what I want to see in the future of assistive technologies, I tend to think not of what technologies I hope to see, but rather who is accessing and using these technologies.  I strongly believe that all students, even our most capable learners are able to use assistive technologies to improve their work.  I have even used the dictionary tool on google read and write while completing readings in my masters program.

Chris Bugaj, presents assistive technologies from history that are now used widely to assist and make life easier for everyone.  In this video Chris questions, “instead of planning for students that don’t have disabilities and then making all sorts of modifications for students with disabilities… what if we planned and created materials for students who have disabilities and then just applied those to everybody else?”

 

In closing:

Would you ever tell someone they couldn’t use a ramp, because they didn’t have a wheelchair?  Sometimes ramps come in handy when I am carrying a heavy load or are using a wheeler to move boxes.  So why would we deny a student a piece of technology just because they do not have a diagnosed disability.  Sometimes work loads are unpredictably heavy for our students.  All students can benefit from utilizing ramps from time to time!

 

 


Welcome to our grade 5/6 Blog

Welcome to our classroom blog.  I will add reminders and assignments that are due as much as possible!  Feel free to email or add a comment if you have any questions.  I would also like to remind you to access your parent portal to view your son or daughters marks.

Friday journals should be coming home at the end of every week.  Please read and sign or write a note back to your child each week.

Thanks for the support!