First Nine Weeks
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GPISD Tech Updates
Several teachers in GPISD will have a new interactive panel in their classroom this school year! For tips and tutorials, try out the FREE online courses on the ClearTouch Academy website!
Special Tips for Special Pops
Published by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online is an excellent resource for children with learning disabilities like dyslexia. This website records free videos of narrators, and sometimes well-known actors like Eva Longoria, reading children’s books aloud. Students develop their literacy skills by following along with text as the literature comes alive.
The Endless Spanish app on iOS lets kids explore letter sounds in Spanish by learning one word that starts with each letter. Fun animations make it appealing for older kids, and little ones will enjoy exploring the letter sounds one by one. Parents can choose in the settings to have the Spanish sentences translated into English (or not). The app is free, but only a portion of the letters are available without payment.
Do you have inquisitive students who know a lot about something or a little about a lot of things? Have them use the Dotopedia app on iOS and add to the information. They can add words, sound, and pictures to give more information on a variety of subjects!
Instructional Technology Highlight
Created by GPISD Technology Instructional Specialists for Teachers http://galenaparkisd.com/curriculum/technology/
Web 2.0 Tools
Flippity is a series of web apps that can easily turn a google spreadsheet into a set of online Flashcards or Quiz Show. There are cards for helping a teacher create random groups, or mix and match activities.
The biggest flaw I’ve seen with these Spanish apps for toddlers is they try to implement grammar, spelling, and writing. This not how we learn as children and it obstructs learning.
Tech for Teachers
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SchoolStatus is adding texting features this year. This year it is mandatory for every teacher to use SchoolStatus to communicate via phone calls or texts with parents.
As the new school year begins, students will learn the rules and procedures they need to follow in your classroom. David goes to school is a great book to talk about the do’s and don’ts of classroom procedures. Reading Works.org has a great activity for the story.
Students can also enjoy the alphabet or story activities in Starfall.
In the first nine weeks the students will be learning about numbers (0-20). Students can review their numbers by playing online bingo. PBS Curious George also has a lot of math counting activities that students can use during centers. These activities are also great to use with an interactive board during whole class instruction.
In the beginning of school, students will be introduced to science. Start by watching how to become a Scientist. You can also read “What is a Science?” and use the lesson that is on Curriculum Corner to teach the concept. As a whole class you can look for safety concerns in a science online Laboratory Lab.
The student, after and effective explanation, will be able to identify different jobs/workers in our community using visuals with 75% accuracy. The teacher explains how police officers, firefighters and paramedics are responsible for keeping a community safe, and provides a video quiz based on the content of the segment.
Web 2.0 Tools
Endless Alphabet- Kids will have a blast learning their ABC's and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Puzzles, talking letters. Oh what fun!
Tech for Teachers
Chrome extensions make a teacher’s life so much easier, but too many can give the feeling like they are out of control. Let Richard Byrne’s tips on managing Chrome extensions help you tame the madness.
Recent updates to Google Classroom make it even more functional for teachers. See Kasey Bell’s summary of the new features.
Are you a step-by-step person? Alice Keeler provides 20 steps to get started.
Ready for an exciting year? Technology can be a valuable tool in your classroom repertoire. Give your students plenty of practice identifying rhyming words with this interactive game. Keep in mind that Kurzweil’s picture dictionary feature will assist all students, not just ELLs. Lastly, reinforce instruction on directional words by having students complete the Type Vocabulary and Insert Picture activity on the 1st gr Student Choice Board. The students can make a chart of directional words and insert matching pictures. A printout of the resulting product will make a powerful visual for the classroom or student folder.
Use this online dictionary throughout the year to help students gain better understanding of math terminology. Students will be focusing on addition and subtraction within 20.When reviewing numbers to 20, students can practice adding up to 20 using pictures. Be sure to check out Sheppard’s Software site for a variety of subtraction resources.
Your students will love sorting games and the games will provide needed practice and repetition. PBSKids has a game for sorting objects by color and shape. Have your students play this States of Matter sorting game as a review activity. Watch Sesame Street’s video on properties of matter either whole group or as a centers activity. Turtlediary has a video on energy.
When studying Freedom Week and Constitution Day, take advantage of Brain POP Jr’s free video on U.S. symbols. Then have your students take a quiz followed by some of the games and activities. Also available is this fun website Primary Games matching game. Interactive Panels, here’s your chance to try a brand new resource. Open Snowflake software and search “GPISD SS Famous People”.
Web 2.0 Tools
What better tool to help enhance your classroom productivity than Classroomscreens.com? This one stop shop for most commonly used tools in the classroom can be really useful for teachers and students. From a timer, to a noise tracker, to random name picker, teachers and students can access these tools all from the same screen.
MIcrosoft Outlook has an app for both iOs and Android. Click on the link for instructions on how to download and install.
Tech for Teachers
Discovery Education is the leading provider of high-quality, curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources. This year we are using Classlink to log into Discovery Education. Get with your TIS for the passcode for your school.
We’ve made the move to a new email system! Microsoft Outlook is now the official email system for the district. Still have questions about navigating through? There are training resources on the GPISD webpage for Outlook on how to use email and calendar. There’s also an app for iOS and Android!
In the beginning of the year, students will learn about fiction. Students can compare and contrast the difference between fiction and nonfiction using these two different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. For learning how to write personal narratives, students can watch this series of videos by Teaching without Frills on the steps to writing a personal narrative.
During the first nine weeks, students will be reviewing addition and subtraction facts to 20. Alien addition provides practice in addition of numbers. Puzzle Pics is a game where students solve the problem and cover it up by uncovering a picture.
During the first few weeks of Science you will be reviewing science lab tools and procedures. Students can practice matching safety tools while in centers or lab. When studying States of Matter, students can watch this video and sort the objects in this interactive game. As a whole group students can watch Changing Matter in Discovery Education.
When teaching Good Citizenship show students the video A Good Citizen. Students can practice getting to know Historical Figures by clicking on a name and taking a quiz. Students will enjoy watching Brain Pop Jr. over U.S. Symbols and Citizenship.