Students in "Buddy" classrooms in Ms. Iles' 1st grade and Ms. Cimino's 3rd grade got together today for an iPad project. They created short videos about their buddies using the Animoto App for the iPad. The 3rd graders were instructed to give verbal directions and to let the 1st graders do all the "driving". The 1st graders caught on fast and it was wonderful to see the 3rd graders in a leadership role. It was fun to see them pick out music together and practice spelling and writing. Way to go! Check out some samples: Ella and Keira, Dogs, Jake and Sarah.
Today EISD turned on access for students to You Tube SafeSearch. Here is a note to our staff from
Carl Hooker, Director of Instructional Technology at Eanes ISD:
Today we evolve into another level of access and personalized learning with the activation of YouTube SafeSearch for students. Your voices have been heard as 78% of teaching staff surveyed requested that student access to YouTube be enabled. There are a wealth of educational resources your students now have access to via this tool. In addition, students with iPads can now use their school gmail accounts to "publish to YouTube" which will help with file management, file size, etc.
Like anything else, technology or otherwise, please be cognitive of what they are viewing and actively monitor your class.
Here are some instructional ideas to help you get started: (courtesy Ed Tech Greg Garner -WRMS)
- Record class presentations so students can view them outside of class
- Utilize a channel of recorded lessons to begin moving towards a "flipped classroom" model
- Have students create instructional videos that will demonstrate their learning
- Have students find and curate a list of videos that are related to a given topic
- Create a list of videos for students representing a variety of viewpoints and discuss bias and media literacy
- Encourage students to utilize relevant videos in their classroom presentations
- Assign Khan Academy videos as you deem relevant.
Need more info for your family? Check out Google's Family Safety Center:http://www.google.com/goodtoknow/familysafety/tools/
Today, Dr. Wellman came to Bridge Point to award 5 members of the Bridge Point family with Eanespiration awards. One of those award winners was Jeraine Manor, an essential contributor to the success of our LEAP program.
Here is what was written about him and presented by Dr. Wellman today:
Jeraine Manor came to our campus as a Support Specialist from the Tech Services Department. He is our “go to” guy for all tech solutions. While his job is to repair, install, trouble shoot, and problem solve for all our technology problems, he goes well beyond the already high level of expectations set by our district. There is no problem too small or too large for Jeraine’s dogged attention. He doesn’t have the word “can’t” in his vocabulary. He only knows phrases like “Here’s how…”. “I’ll find out” or “After researching,…” always ending with “That’s done.” He has had a huge impact on the success of our LEAP initiative as well as the management of all our many other technologies. It is with his support that we are able to provide innovative, instructional gains for our school.
His high level of competence is exceeded only by his joyful spirit. Jeraine is always wearing a smile, even when given tasks that that range from seemingly overwhelming to likely impossible. In this community of high achieving performers Jeraine goes discreetly about his business accomplishing his work with amazing speed and accuracy. All of this, he manages with the ultimate degree of courtesy and professionalism with both students and staff. We are fortunate and grateful to have his influence and knowledge on our campus.
THANK YOU JERAINE!!
The Final Product
A great group of 4th graders got together with a few very supportive parents to create this awesome BookSpring promo! They used the Superhero template to plan their video. The 4th graders and parents used a variety of iDevices to get the job done. In the end, all photos and videos were emailed to Arin so she and Claire could edit the iMovie trailer on Arin's school iPad. Way to go Max, Arin, Claire, Hunter, Brock, and Carter!
Bridge Point teachers convened today to learn from the best, OTHER BRIDGE POINT TEACHERS!! Mr. Wirht created a day of iLearning for our teachers that included a panel discussion about the Dripping Springs visit that occurred earlier this month and a five session iLearning rotation. The sessions were:
Scribble Press, led by team Husain & Medina: In this session teachers learned how to create their own illustrated stories that can be saved to view online, in PDF or in EPUB format.
Differentiation, led by team Bechtol & Green: Teachers learned how to use Pages (turning off spell check for spelling tests), iFiles (paperless tests), Notability (creating tests that have recorded instructions with space to answer and work out problems), and Socrative (to create modified assessments and spelling tests) to help reach all styles of learners.
Inside the 4th grade 1:1 classrooms, led by Team Joseph, Rollins and Cook shared how they use Nearpod to teach interactive math and science lessons. How Popplet Lite can organize thoughts and create fun math games. And how Comic Life was used to create Graphic Novels. They also had QR Codes to lead to more resources on teaching and learning with Comic Life, Popplet, and Nearpod.
Inside the 5th grade shared iPad LA classrooms, led by Team Mojica & Campbell. This session showed teachers how to encourage students to find academic purposes for the apps on the BPE iPads using an iExploration guide created by Ms. Mojica. Ms. Mojica shared a lesson on homophones she did with her FIT (Focused Instruction Time) class where students created a visual of how to understand homophones as if your were a young learner or English language language learner. The student's whose work is showcased above, interviewed her preschool sibling to determine the best way to teach homophones and created a great video using Puppet Pals. Ms. Campbell shared how she works in her FIT group to read with expression using the camera iPad, simple and effective!
Inside the 3rd grade 1:1 classrooms, led by Team Crowley, Cimino and Van Zandt shared with us how to use Animoto, Puppet Pals, iFiles and Tools4Students to teach content in a different way.
Today is a day that we are proud to say we are educators. Some of our Bridge Point teachers participated in a "fish-bowl" experience this morning as 15 Dripping Springs guests weaved in and out of classrooms to see the LEAP program in action. As we walked the group of Administrators and K-5 educators through classrooms, we, along with our guests, were stunned to see such innovative, engaging, student-centered instruction. It was evident that the planning that went into today's teaching was not an orchestrated performance for visitors, but it was a part of what our teachers believe is best for our Bridge Pointers. The use of iPads with students was seamless and awe-inspiring...a mere reflection of well-developed teaching practices Bridge Point teachers utilize everyday. Kudos to our staff for their professionalism, flexibility and willingness to share with colleagues.
The enthusiasm from the Dripping Springs educators regarding the evolution of teaching and learning was contagious. We had the pleasure of learning with them today and look forward to collaborating more with them as they continue on their journey to integrate iPads in their schools.
What did we see today? In Kinder, students use the Counting Board app at a math center to practice skip counting skills. First Graders enjoyed practicing math skills using Every Day Math Apps in pairs. A Second Grade class received their first intro to iPads lesson (see examples of videos created by students below). Studying matter was never more fun as students in Third Grade used a variety of apps to demonstrate the different properties of matter. Fourth grade really wowed us all with a variety of math lessons including assessments of learning with Socrative, an interactive lesson of dividing with remainders using the Near Pod app, and practicing Math Boxes with various apps. Homophones came alive today in Fifth Grade Language Arts FIT groups as students were challenged to create presentations on their iPads to demonstrate the meaning of sets of homophones that will be shared with ESL teachers and students. 5th grade students created Reading Rainbow style movies using the iMovie app as they practiced reading with expression and fluency. Final edited movies will be shared with our primary grades to enjoy. (5th grade photos and project examples coming soon) Phew! And to think, that was just one morning in the life of a Bridge Pointer?!
Bravo Bridge Point!!
----Kim, Marianna, and Sandy
2nd graders came back from their winter break to start the New Year learning with iPads. The BPE Second Grade team has one set of 20 iPads for 7 classrooms to share. We reviewed the Primary iPad Contract with them, reviewed the parts of an iPad, iPad gestures, and worked on the app Screen Chomp to visually and verbally describe a number model. Students worked on demonstrating their knowledge of compound words as well. WELL DONE 2nd grade!!! In the first video below, a student writes the compound word something and in the 2nd video, a student writes out a number model with hearts.