Tuesday, 22 May 2018

New resource!!

I came across these cool calendar maths problem of the day on Teachers pay teachers but they were $4! So instead of buying those, I quickly whipped up my own for the months June - September! Each day of the month has a different problem for your children to work out and can be used alongside Calendar Maths. 

Here is the link to the resource on Teachers pay teachers >> Maths Calendar Problem of the Day! This is FREE for you to download and use within your maths programme - either whole class, small groups or independent! 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Using Seesaw within Maths

Using Seesaw but not sure how to integrate it into your maths programme? See my latest recording and online PD I ran for the teachers at my school. 

It will show you some ideas, tips and resources you can take away and use in your Maths programme. Watch the video recording where I walk you through how easy it can be to use Seesaw in your programme. Or go straight to the slides to see resources and links to things you can use tomorrow! 

Join my practice class through the QR sign in to have a play with the activities I created if you want to practice and have some fun! Click on the picture to go find out more information on the Using Seesaw within the classroom Google Site!

Friday, 11 May 2018

Google Drawings - Tech Tip

Google Drawings is an amazing tool part of the Google Apps for Eduction. There are so many ways you can use Google Drawings in your classroom for both teachers and students. Have a look at this Tech Tip which shows you the benefits and some examples of how you can use Google Drawings! 

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Coding - is it really hard?

With the introduction of the digital curriculum, there has been a lot of talk with the word 'coding'. Many teachers think this is all the digital curriculum is talking about, and that it involves a device or programs such as scratch or minecraft. Yes, these are part of it. But students need to understand the talk or terminology being used with these and what exactly computational thinking is. 

This set my frame of mind for going into my CRT teaching this term. Sure its job to teach digital fluency and competency and complete coding as part of computational thinking. But chucking devices in their face and expecting them to code problems and algorithms without knowing the language, well that won't help. 

So my first lesson began with hearing these terms and beginning to use them in their language. We then moved onto a very basic computational thinking problem using the key words which progressed to them creating their own problems and algorithms for each other. They were only using google docs to make their problem and share it with me once finished. The creativity and language coming from this activity was more than you could have asked for. As a beginner task, this allowed those children who have never 'coded' the opportunity to do it without being pressured using an app, and they could do it in a safe way. 

Here is my example I showed them and some of the completed ones my students made! Just awesome the children having fun and learning without the pressure of using a new app! 


Collaboration on Google Slides

We had buddy time on Friday and decided to do something a little different. We usually do basic fact testing, spelling words and reading, then move to the bike track. 

Mrs Lees (their teacher) and I thought lets do something new, and works on the skills they learnt in Term 1 with me in CRT time. We adapted a collaborative Google slide template from the book 'Google Apps for Littles' by Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler, pushed it out through Google classroom and found enough devices for each buddy to have one. 

I modelled how they can do it with the teacher example we created on the TV and then let them go. It was amazing watching them work together and having some of my students use devices they wouldn't usually. 

Click on the picture to go to our teacher example: 

Here are some of the children working on them in class, and some of the work they completed! They look amazing, and were shared with their families on Seesaw once they had finished! 

Google for littles - yes you can! It's not as hard as you think

Google! Predominately for older children right? 
I got my class of 5 and 6 year olds using is in maths! And it was so much fun. They loved being able to use computers and learn new skills. They could even remember the WALHT's for the lesson thats how engaged they were. 

So what did we do? We used google forms to gather live data on our favourite ice-creams. We have just started statistics, learning about graphs and data and gathering information. Some of my children had no idea what data or information meant so what better way than making it exciting with ICT integration. 

The children got to enter their vote on their devices, which then transformed into live data on our TV. It showed which ice-cream was the favourite, creating two graphs. We then spent lots of time talking about what the graphs represented and meant and the process in getting the information into the TV. They thought it was just magical! 

Yes for my students, these was at a substitutional level on the SAMR model. But the engagement and interest in what they were asking, questionning and forming opinion/ideas about what we were doing was more than any other lesson I could have done in statistics. 

The google sheet template was from the book Google Apps for Littles by Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler. Get the book here