The second graders in Mrs. Oyama’s class are bloggers. They have been learning how to use the wordpress app on their iPads to write blog posts. They are very excited about being bloggers and sharing their work with the world!
Mrs. Oyama’s goal of having her students blog began with an idea that she could use the writing process to create meaningful publishing opportunities for her students. From the moment she first introduced the idea to her students they have been excited.
The first thing they did was make a page called Nā Hōkū o Ka Lani. On this page they introduced themselves and used the app Drawing Pad to draw a picture which they uploaded to the blog from their iPads.
Their next step was to partner with another student and pick a topic to create a blog post about. Using the writing process the students went through note-taking, rough drafts, and editing before they published their final pieces on the blog. They used iMovie to publish their final pieces. You can view their blog here.
Below is a short video with Mrs. Oyama and a few of her students talking about blogging.
This blogging unit aligns to:
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It has only been a little more than a month since we rolled out and our teachers are already doing so many amazing things! This blog post would go on for days if I talked about all the ways technology is being used in the day to day learning of our students. But, I will talk about a few of the awesome things that are happening.
Yesterday during our faculty meeting Kumu Derr and Ms. Manliguis shared about the kindergarten/third grade collaboration that is happening. The third graders are helping the kindergarteners explore informational text. Check out the short video that Ms. Manliguis made that explains the collaboration:
Mrs. Oyama’s second graders have been busy blogging! That’s right! Blogging! Check out their latest work here – an autobiographical page for their blog! The students were so excited when they learned that their writing and artwork was going to be published on the blog for all the world to see!
Here they are working hard typing their final draft into the WordPress app.
In Art the kindergarteners are beginning to create their self-portraits. After discussing self-portraits with the class, Mrs. Rosehill showed the students how to take a picture of themselves with their iPad. The students then referred to their picture as they drew their self-portraits. They are wonderful little artists!
Here is Mrs. Ah Hee and her fifth graders. Mrs. Ah Hee created a google form for the students to complete, they did so rather quickly on their iPads and Mrs. Ah Hee shared the results with them immediately. In the words of the students, it was “very cooooool!”
Kanani DeSa, or Kumu Kanani as our students lovingly call her, is the librarian at our elementary school. She works with students in grades K-5 and loves integrating technology in her lessons.
One of the most recent projects she has implemented was a Biography unit with third graders. Having iPads allowed Kumu Kanani to enhance her lesson in a number of ways. One of the biggest was the fact that she was able to go completely paperless! This not only helped our environment but made the unit more engaging for students.
Kumu Kanani began the unit with a mini-lesson that defined the biography genre. She used the keynote to create her presentation. You can view her presentation as a movie here:
That went by pretty fast, didn’t it! To download the keynote file you can click here:
Karen Littrell and Kaleo Kaleohano are amazing first grade teachers at our kula!
One of the projects that they have designed that integrates technology involves the study of each of the districts of our island. One of the core goals of this project is to help our students’ develop a sense of place.
The students will be going on a huakaʻi to each of the districts throughout the year; learning from cultural experts, their kumu, and kupuna; taking pictures and video; learning oli and mele about the place; and more.
Listening to Karen and Kaleo talk about their goals for integrating technology is very inspiring. They want to increase student engagement. They want to begin to redefine the kinds of things students are doing. But, their biggest hope and dream is to foster curiosity in their haumāna and to share the wonderful work that is being created.
When technology is involved sharing becomes easier. With the district project students are creating movies that showcase pictures they have taken along with a narration in which they share their learning and connections to each place. Karen and Kaleo began with the end in mind. They knew they wanted the students to create a multimedia presentation that showcased their learning and connection. They also wanted the students to be able to share their work with a variety of audiences.
Here are Karen and Kaleo talking about their vision of tech integration and their project:
Here are two finished student examples. These are videos they made on the district of Puna:
Maybe you’ve used Pinterest for party ideas, save recipes, or ideas for home organization, but did you know Pinterest is a great place for PD? Educators are using Pinterest not just to share cute outfits (80% of Pinterest users are women) but lesson plans aligned to common core, technology integration ideas, and more! Whether you’re a current Pinterest user or not, check it out to connect with and get great ideas for your classroom!
An Introduction to Using Pinterest for PD to Teachers
As we get closer to the day when we will roll-out iPads to all of our haumāna our preparation and excitement is growing!
Teachers spent one of their days before school started learning from Kristin Ziemke, a first grade teacher in Chicago, about the way she incorporates technology and iPads to make learning more engaging, collaborative, and creative.
We also had the opportunity to learn more about Digital Citizenship and tried out some pretty cool apps like Sonic Pics and Haiku Deck!
The iPad 1:1 team learned so much at ISTE this summer. Throughout next school year we will be sharing out learning with you. But, just in case you are looking at different apps this summer, here is a list you may find useful!