Thursday, 26 September 2013

Tech Talk Thursday

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Thursday again and time for a second edition of Tech Talk Thursday! I’ve decided not to make it a linky and just devote every Thursday to another tech tidbit I have learned or am using!

Today I wanted to share 2 sites/apps that I use frequently.

The first site is called “Smart Apps for Kids” and is awesome|! Every day there are new education apps listed that are free or at a discounted price for a limited time! I have found a ton of great apps for the classroom and I check it quite often.
Click on the picture to check it out!


The second one is an app called “AppsGoneFree.” It is an app that lists about 5-6 apps every day that usually cost money but are free for 1 day! I find a lot of great apps for personal use as well as some occasional great education ones on here as well!

Click on the pic to download the app from itunes!

Apps Gone Free (Best Daily Top App Deals)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Daily 5 Posters

Just wanted to drop in to offer a quick freebie I made to add in my own class!
This is my 5th year doing Daily 5 in my class and my 4th year running Daily 5 math! I love them both and am still tweaking things every year as I go.

While all my charts are created with the students ideas, I did want to add some simpler, cleaner posters to the wall. Because of lack of wall space in my room, the big anchor chart posters we make take up tons of room.

So I created some simple Daily 5 posters for Literacy that match my Daily 5 posters for math.

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You can now grab them from TPT .  Please leave a comment there if you do!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tech Talk Thursday Linky

This is my first time trying a Linky Party! This is going to be a weekly Linky happening every Thursday here at The Reading Corner.

It’s called:
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It’s a linky all about Technology! Teachers are asked to link up and share a post about how YOU are using technology in your class! Ipads, ipods, computers, tablets, special projects, anything!! Come back every Thursday to share a new fun way your class is integrating technology and check out the other links for great ideas! (hopefully there will be other links! lol)

Here’s my Tech Talk for today!

I had shared previously about my plan to use Evernote for all my student documentation and data this year, and I wanted to give an update and share some of the data I collected!

I was using the free version of Evernote and had to upgrade to the Premium. I felt it was worth it as I was using seeing a huge reduction in paper because of it. It also gives me tons more space to upload each month.

Here are a few of my main notebooks: Assessment (each child then has their own sub folder within it), Class Checklists and Notes (notes to keep track of field trip forms etc), Daily Plans (there are sub notebooks for each week in the school year and I am doing my daily plans in there instead of a binder this year), Staff Meetings, Templates (notes are in there that I use a lot so I can just copy and paste and then adjust as needed)

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Let’s take a look at some assessment I’ve been collecting. When you click on the Assessment Notebook it shows all my kids sub notebooks.

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If you click on a students notebook, all the assessment notes I have taken for that students are listed. (Note: At the end of each title I put the child’s name. I covered it up in the picture.)

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Now if you click on one of the notes it looks like this! This was a quick number assessment I did with my kids to see if they could print their numbers. I had them all do it on whiteboards. They wrote as many as they could. I came around and took a picture with the Ipad and then imported them directly into a new note in their assessment notebook. (Again I had them write their names on the whiteboards, so I could match up the pictures later, and it would be at the end of the title.)

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This was the same assessment but with printing their letters.

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What I love about doing my data in Evernote is that I have it with me where ever i go! I can check these notes at home and have all my kids data in front of me without lugging a million binders home! Will be great when it comes time to write report cards I hope! I also love that I can email this note as well to anybody who might need it! (resource teachers, specialists, support staff, etc)

Here is another great thing I have been doing with my notes. A great tool in Evernote is the Tagging option. I can tag notes with a certain title and when I look up that “Tag”…every note that has been tagged with that word will be listed in that section.

Example below!

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Those are all the tags I’ve created so far. When I click on “Letters” it shows me every note I have tagged with that word. So I have my whole classes data on Printing Letters in 1 space if and when I need it.  (again..the title of each note looks the same but it’s not. At the end of the title is each student’s name which has been covered in the pic)

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Lastly, I want to show you my Daily Plans! I had made a sub notebook for every week in the school year. (They have letters in front of the dates because I wanted them to file in order of the calendar…I couldn’t figure out how to do it otherwise!)

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When you click on a notebook it shows my plans for Monday-Friday.

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When you click on a note, you see my plans! I love how I am able to have it sitting beside me when I am on the carpet with the kids and I can remember important things I want to say and model!

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Phew, That’s enough talk about tech for today.

Link up with your great Tech Ideas!!!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Data Collection

Sorry Folks. I have been MIA lately. Everytime I plan to write a post, I end up working on something else and before you know it, its 12:00 and way past my bed time. I had good intentions to start a Thursday “Tech Talk” Linky last week and that fell through too. I am going to do it this Thursday though!!! So plan some techy blog posts about how you are using technology in your class and get ready to link up every Thursday with me!
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Today I want to talk about Data Collection. As I said back in earlier posts, I am trying to do most if not all of my data collection on my Ipad through Evernote and Kustom Note and a few other apps. So far it is going well. I will share more about that on Thursday when I wow you with my tech savvy-ness.

I also wanted to create a way for my kids to keep track of their data without displaying it all over our walls. We already have a school wide data wall which tracks students Fountas and Pinnell scores 3x a year. (Staff viewing only) I wanted something similar, but that was for each individual student.

In comes Data Collection folders. I saw a few other data folders pop up this summer and wanted to try it out.

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Students will be responsible for tracking data in reading, spelling, sight words and math facts. I just started with 4 this year to see how it goes.

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Each folder has 4 pockets to hold their data graph on the front….and then their pieces of data (spelling tests, running records) behind it.

Students are going to be responsible to track their progress each month and set goals for themselves based on what their data says. The data folders will then be shared by the students to their parents during tri-conferences so parents can see the progress.

I still have to work out what a few of the graphs will look like.

I used 2 black pocket portfolios and turned one inside out and double sided taped it. I used binder rings to hold it together. Not sure if it will work but we will see!

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What do you think?? Do you have your students track their own data?
Start thinking about a tech post for Thursday and come back and link up!

Monday, 9 September 2013

First Full Day Done!

Today was my first full day with all my kids together. It was loonngg. They all started to fade right before recess in the afternoon, while a few were done before lunch even started.

Here are a few things we have done in our short time together.

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Oops. I thought there were more pictures but I can’t find them on my computer! Haha

Oh well. Last week we made playdough. Today we introduced some math manipulatives and explored a bit.

Also we named our fish Goldie! (I liked the idea to name him Olive the best)

Happy Monday!

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Chipmunks, Flowers and a class pet that almost wasn’t

A little bit of mish mash today. Today was technically our first day of school. The kids had opening day conferences, so they only came for 10 minutes to meet the teacher, pay their school supply fees and get a bit of information about the class.
Tomorrow is our first real day. I have staggered entrance so my kids come for half days tomorrow and Friday and then full days starting Monday.

One of my little guys gave me flowers when he came to his conference today! So sweet.
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I also decided to get a class pet. A few years ago someone gave me this cool fish bowl with gravel, a fake tree, a little scooping net, food, everything! I had been hoarding it under my desk for years and decided to put something in it.

Here he is in his new home. (it looks like a wine glass but it is actually very big)

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Before he made it there though, he almost got eaten. By my cat. I had him for literally 45 minutes and locked the fish in the bathroom so my cat wouldn’t get him. Mr. BF came home and left the bathroom door open. A few minutes later I catch my cat literally lapping up the water trying to get him!! Sheesh! He then whined and whined when I locked him out. Here he is ready to investigate.

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And I will leave you with some wilderness pics I took out at Otter Falls on my last free summer weekend before back to school!

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Hope you had a great day!
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