Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Introducing Google Classroom

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.

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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.


Kid Tech Coach Units & Lesson Plans 


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I’ve been working on Kid Tech Coach, a technology tutorial website for students by students and I’m so excited to launch it soon.

I’m looking for units and lesson plans on how to create or how to identify a good tutorial. I’m looking for any grade level, any curriculum links, or any subject matter.

Your unit or lesson plan will be posted on Kid Tech Coach with a link to your website, teacherspayteachers store or anything else you would like. It’s a great chance to add something else to your resume too.

If you have already created one or would like to create one, please email or

Thanks so much!

Classroom Technology Usage Posters

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As we use more and more technology in our classrooms, I find myself getting confused about which students I can post pictures of on our classroom website, twitter and who is allowed to skype.

At the beginning of the year, when you collect your technology in the classroom permission forms, you can make these posters so that students, staff and visitors know which students they can take pictures of.  It is also a great reminder for you to remember who not to post on your classroom blog and twitter account.

If you know me well, you know that I have a love for Mario Brothers. Here are some examples of the posters using Mario and Luigi.

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This resource should be printed and displayed on your classroom wall and should be easily seen in the classroom.

Click on any of the pictures or on this link to get the free downloadable resource with the 4 different display options.

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Reflective Teaching: 30 days of blogging for teachers Day 21

Day 21

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.

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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!

Looking Closely – a new way to look at our world

Looking Closely is a new way to look at our world. I found out about this through my Twitter feed and then noticed there is an article in my “Professionally Speaking” magazine. Angie Harrison was featured in the magazine, working on Looking Closely with her kindergarten class. I wasn’t really sure what it was all about but was eager to learn about it. I’m going to start working on this in the new year. Want to join me?

Step 1: Sign up for an account @ through @HeatherMMcKay.

Step 2: Buy or request from a library Frank Serafini books.


Click on this link for a great preview of what his books are about —>

Here are some resources straight from Frank’s website—>

Step 3: Start reading Frank’s books with your class. Get your class excited about guessing what the item is.

Step 4: Make a chart with your class or the students can do it individually.


Step 5: Start write captions for Frank’s books or other photos you are looking at.

Step 6: Take your own photos and write captions.

Step 7: Discuss with your class about making your own class book. Decide what you want to look closely at. My first book might be “Looking Closely at our classroom” and then expanding it to the whole school or out city.

Step 8: Start focusing on what your students wonder about and begin to dive into finding out more information about that.

Some resources to help you:

One Small Square by Donald Silver

A Place of Wonder by Georgia Heard

Andy Goldsworthy-Environmental Artist

Hi Guess the Pic App

To Look Closely by Laurie Rubin

Sesame IO Vision


Easily create your own lessons with rubrics and checklists that align with curriculum standards and learning skills.


Use Sesame Snap to capture real artifacts of learning that are accompanied by your assessments.


Clearly communicate comprehensive learning progress with personal learning portfolio for every student.

And it has Ontario Curriculum!!!!!!!

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Do you have an iPhone/iPad or iPod? If you do, grab the free Redstamp app. It has tons of free cards to say thanks, congratulations, happy birthday and so much more. They also have a back to school section.