Monday, May 12, 2014

Advice for 1st Graders Using Google Presentation

Team Newell Second Graders share advice for 1st graders using Google Presentation. 
What do 1st graders need to know to be a successful member on Team Newell for the 2014-2015 school year? 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Foster Creativity and Promote Collaboration with Google Apps

Students need to be exposed to tools that foster creativity and promote collaboration! 
Google Apps do BOTH!
Team Newell used Google Apps on Chromebooks to enhance clubhouse creations, to collaborate with teammates and to integrate Common Core Writing.

With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

After reading Horace, Morris, but Mostly Dolores by James Howe, students created their own clubs and designed their own clubhouses. 
Outside of Clubhouse

Inside of Clubhouse

1st paragraphs were informative and handwritten. 
They explained: 
1. Club Members & Club Meetings 
2. Club Mission
3. About Clubhouse

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Second paragraphs were opinion/persuasive to recruit new club members & were typed using Google Documents. Student/teacher collaboration!

Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g.,because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Students used Google Drive under one Google Account: 
Students have their own folders. 

Students used Google Draw to design POSTERS.
While they were creating them, I logged in and started changing items on their posters. They had NO idea it was me. You should have seen their faces and the commotion that I caused!!!
 I typed the message: "I am the Google Apps Ghost! I am watching you! You better behave!" 
Students finally figured out it was me because I was laughing!
Students learned how to share posters with each other and learned how to make changes to their friend's posters live! One student said, "Let's log in tonight and have a party!" 
I love to check writing using Google Drive instead of dragging writing folders home with me! Great collaboration! It is easy to highlight areas of concern that can be discussed the next day. 

With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
Here is another example:

Second graders learned how to use the "Spelling TOOL" to check spelling and to correct spelling. Students know yellow highlight means changes are needed and blue means to reread and maybe reword or change the sentence. It doesn't really make sense.  

 Do you use Google Apps with your 2nd graders? If so, I would love to hear your experiences!
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