I knew the second that I was told that I would be teaching Grade 6 next year that I would be using Google Classroom with my students.
I decided that in the first week of school I would introduce Classroom, get them to join our online Classroom and introduce a very simple but fun get to know you slideshow. First, I showed them my “All about me” Project and then showed them how to access theirs.
I made each student a template in which they could create their own “All about me” Project.
This is what it looks like in Classroom.
I only showed my students how to write in the slides and add pictures. I was amazed that some students were so excited about this that they figured out how to change the text colour, insert gif’s, and change the theme of the slides.
A great first project using Classroom!
*NOTE: Even though it says 6 are not done, they just forgot to turn them in.
Do you have other hobbies/interests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain.
I love photography and technology. I have always loved taking and collecting pictures. I love looking back and laughing at my style, haircut or fun family times.
I have also developed a recent love of technology. Computers, the Internet, Google, Apple products and much more. I love that we can leave so much using technology and that we can connect and collaborate all around the world.
This year I’m working on getting my students to use Yapp, my iPad, to take pictures of our classroom learning. This will be fun for them and great to reflect on their learning. Kids also LOVE seeing themselves on camera so it always fun for an end of the year slideshow.
Technology is a big part of my room this year. We have our own classroom blog, most of my students will have their own blog, we will be learning through reading books online, playing math games, skyping and using twitter.
I think this year is going to be awesome!
First day back in the classroom was a success! Cleaned out all the old textbooks and daycare items and brought one car load of my stuff. I also got my hands on a smartboard and projector! So relieved that I’ll have tech in my room to skype!
I’m not sure if you have heard of Classroom Cribs. It’s a new website that just focuses on setting up our classrooms in the best way possible. It focuses on how we can set up our classroom in the best way for our students. I watched a webinar with the amazing Erin Klein talking about her experience with classroom design and here is what I learned:
- neutral colours
- get the students input
- less posters and things on the wall
- less stuff
- lamp lighting
- print out anchor charts you aren’t using anymore in powerpoint so they can have it in their writing binder
- keep everything eye level and reachable
- get rid of your teacher desk
- just keep out books on the topic you are teaching of holidays
- Materials are in easy reach for the students but enough distance that the students can get up and move to get what they need.
- the need for classroom jobs will start to pop up. Let the kids introduce the idea. They get a job for the whole year and therefore they get really good at it.
Classroom Cribs is hosting a challenge to transform your classroom into a better learning space for your students. If you would like to sign up or know more information, please click here.