-->

Theme Layout

[Leftsidebar]

Boxed or Wide or Framed

[Framed]

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles

[Boxedwidth]

Display Grid Slider

Grid Slider Styles

[style2][caption2]

Display Trending Posts

No

Display Author Bio

yes

Display Instagram Footer

Powered by Blogger.
Showing posts with label Computer Lab. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Computer Lab. Show all posts
Using Podcasts to Generate Deep Discussions in the Classroom

Using Podcasts to Generate Deep Discussions in the Classroom


Listening to, dissecting, and responding to topics via podcasts can be a great way to get kids to engage in important discussions.  As an audio-only medium, podcasts also foster listening skills.

Listening to, dissecting, and responding to topics via podcasts can be a great way to get kids to engage in important discussions.  As an audio-only medium, podcasts also foster listening skills.  You can have a class-wide discussion about the selection, and/or whip up some reflection sheets to help focus your students and get them thinking critically about what they heard.  In addition to listening to podcasts whole-class, they can also be added in as an independent choice station.  


You can find podcasts on just about any subject!  A quick Google search for podcasts to use in the classroom will provide dozens of curated lists to get you started.  Alternatively, search for something specific by using wording such as “[subject] podcast for [age range]”.  Kids Listen is also easy to navigate, hosts podcasts all in one spot and if you click “Find Podcasts” it will categorize them into the age levels.  You can look for guidance on a podcast review website to get a feel for whether or not a podcast will be appropriate for your classroom.  If you’re unable to get good information about a podcast, you can always preview it for suitability by having it on the background while you grade, have lunch, or even on the drive home.  


Here are some of our favorite podcasts, loosely organized by topic and accompanied by a suggested age range:

  

Storytelling 

Primary - What If World, Circle Round, Story Pirates  

Middle/Upper Elementary - Storynory, The Story Seeds Podcast 

Middle School/Early High School - Eleanor Amplified, Flyest Fables, Book Club for Kids, StoryCorps

High School - This American Life, Welcome to Night Vale, Serial 


Science/Discovery 

Primary - But Why

Middle/Upper Elementary - Brains On, Tumble, Wow in the World, Flash Forward    

Middle School/Early High School - StarTalk, Science Friday 

High School - Freakonomics, Stuff You Should Know, Radiolab 


History 

Middle/Upper Elementary - The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd, The Past and The Curious 

Middle School/Early High School - Stuff You Missed in History Class 

High School - 1619, Code Switch  


Current Events 

Middle/Upper Elementary - KidNuz, Short & Curly  

Middle School/Early High School - Listenwise, This I Believe, The Way I Heard It

High School - Youth Radio, Criminal 


Other Notable Podcasts

Primary

  • Pants On Fire seeks to help young students how to sort out truth from “fake news” using a fun game show format. 

Middle/Upper Elementary

  • Smash Boom Best is a kid-friendly debate podcast you can use in your speech class, or any class in which you want to teach your students how to defend their arguments.

  • Fate and the Fablemaidens or Dungeons & Dragons & Daughters are family friendly podcasts following Dungeons & Dragons games, which not only provide imaginative storytelling but also highlight ingenuity and creative thinking on the part of the players as they seek to meet challenges that arise in the game.  You may find one of them to be a great addition to your language arts or drama class.

Middle School/Early High School 

  • The Allusionist explores the roots of words and phrases that we use every day in a fun, humorous way.


Pin this post to get back to later:
Listening to, dissecting, and responding to topics via podcasts can be a great way to get kids to engage in important discussions.  As an audio-only medium, podcasts also foster listening skills.




Read more »
Brittany Washburn
0 Comments
May Activities for the Computer Lab and Distance Learning

May Activities for the Computer Lab and Distance Learning


Digital Activities for grades k-5 for May that can be used in the computer lab or at home during distance learning.
Normally these monthly blog posts are a round up of the activities that can be used for the month in the computer lab. Since schools are closed right now, we have to pivot a bit. Luckily, almost everything that makes a great computer lab lesson also makes a great distance learning activity! Check out these recommended digital resources for May. 

How to use this blog post: find the grade level you're interested in and then read about the activities. Click on any images to go to the product description to learn more about it. You'll see some activities in multiple grade levels. This either means that differentiation is provided to make the lesson appropriate for multiple grade levels, or it includes multiple grade levels of activities for the tech lab.

Kindergarten Digital Activities for May

Timely Tech can be the main activity for the month of May. Kindergarten students can do the activities for Shades of meaning, synonyms, and word families. 
We can bring some math instruction into tech lessons with digital hundreds charts with a Cinco de Mayo theme. 
A favorite every month is digital pixel art. The level 1 option for these is perfect for Kindergarten because it works on their mouse or trackpad skills with all drag and drop practice. 

First Grade Digital Activities for May 

For the main activity for 1st grade for May, students can complete the software lessons with a keyboard theme. If you're assigning these during distance learning, you'll want to make your own instructional videos based on the devices your students have at home. 
First grade students get to pick between level 1 and 2 of the digital pixel art. They have so much fun completing the designs that they don't realize all of the mouse practice they're getting. 
Then first graders can finish up the slides that Kindergarten didn't do in the Timely Tech set for May. These activities work in Google Slides or PowerPoint. 

Second Grade Digital Activities for May

These digital puzzles are harder than they look, which makes them a great warm up activity for any grade level. Second grade students can handle the first level that is included in this set. 
The main activity for May for second grade can be Timely Tech. The slides on Number words, Decorate an apple for teacher appreciation, Make new words, Sort by Syllables, Sight words mystery picture, May prompts, Shapes flowers should keep them busy across several sessions. 
A great early finisher activity that ties together tech and math is spreadsheet mystery pictures. These activities require students to follow directions to fill in each cell in the chart. The level 1 option is great for 2nd grade. 

Third Grade Digital Activities for May

Digital Pixel Art makes a great warm up activity for any grade level. 3rd grade usually does well with level 2 or 3, depending on the skills they have. 
Depending on when the end of your school year is, 3rd graders can start the End of Year Memory eBook and work on it over several sessions. There are 17 digital activity slides, so you can pick and choose which you want your students to fill out. Most years I split the slides between 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades so that each year they complete one that is different. 
Students can practice a bunch of skills at once while completing a Mother's Day Digital Card with this digital glyph card. Younger students could probably do this activity with help but might get frustrated working with the tiny shape pieces. 

Fourth Grade Digital Activities for May

A great warm up activity during the month of May for 4th grade is digital multiplication and division review. I like to use this with 5th grade students too since they can always use the practice. 
4th grade students love to complete these digital end of year slides. I pick 5 or 6 slides for each grade level (3-5th) to complete. 
For an early finisher activity for the month of May, 4th grade students can do the first half of this Timely Tech set. This includes the slides for decoding, make a chart, search practice, vocabulary scramble, and fact or opinion. Sometimes I also duplicate a few of the coding slides for 4th graders to complete too. 

Fifth Grade Digital Activities for May

Level 4 of the digital pixel art makes for great keyboard shortcut practice for 5th grade students. This set makes a great warm up activity for the month. 
5th grade students can do the rest of the slides from Timely Tech for May as the main activity. This includes crossword puzzle typing, digital math, coding, and creating an infographic and diagram. 
The digital End of Year Memory Book is a big hit with all of the grade levels. I let 5th grade students choose their slides since they "graduate" from elementary school. 
There you have it. Digital Activities for grades k-5 for May that can be used in the computer lab or at home during distance learning. Pin this blog post to get back to later:
Digital Activities for grades k-5 for May that can be used in the computer lab or at home during distance learning.



Read more »
Brittany Washburn
0 Comments
1st Grade Software Lessons for the Computer Lab

1st Grade Software Lessons for the Computer Lab


1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs. 
These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab. The skills build on each other throughout this unit so it is important to do the lessons in order. Each set of 12 weeks are all on the same topic, so students can take a deep dive into the content and the tech skills.

Weeks 1-12: Farm Animals

Week 1
PRESENTATION
Farm Animals Drag and Drop
Week 2
PRESENTATION
Farm Animals Font Size
Week 3
PRESENTATION
Farm Animals Type Labels
Week 4
PRESENTATION
Farm Animals Patterns
Week 5
WORD PROCESSING
Farm Animals Type Names
Week 6
WORD PROCESSING
Farm Animals Sorting
Week 7
WORD PROCESSING
Farm Animals Fix the Text
Week 8
WORD PROCESSING
Farm Animals Font Colors
Week 9
SPREADSHEETS
Farm Animals Data Chart
Week 10
SPREADSHEETS
Farm Animals Data Line Graph
Week 11
SPREADSHEETS
Farm Animals Data Bar Graph
Week 12
SPREADSHEETS
Farm Animals Data Pie Graph
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Weeks 13-24: Bugs

Week 13
PRESENTATION
Bugs Drag and Drop
Week 14
PRESENTATION
Bugs Type Labels
Week 15
PRESENTATION
Bugs Copy and Paste
Week 16
PRESENTATION
Bugs Design the Presentation
Week 17
WORD PROCESSING
Bugs Type Names
Week 18
WORD PROCESSING
Bugs Sorting
Week 19
WORD PROCESSING
Bugs Fix the Text
Week 20
WORD PROCESSING
Bugs Font and Colors
Week 21
SPREADSHEETS
Bugs Data Chart
Week 22
SPREADSHEETS
Bugs Data Scatter Graph
Week 23
SPREADSHEETS
Bugs Data Column Graph
Week 24
SPREADSHEETS
Bugs Data Line Graph
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Weeks 25-36: Keyboards and Typing

Week 25
PRESENTATION
Keyboard Drag and Drop
Week 26
PRESENTATION
Keyboard Type Letters
Week 27
PRESENTATION
Keyboard Change Fonts
Week 28
PRESENTATION
Keyboard Phonics Drag and Drop
Week 29
WORD PROCESSING
Keyboard Type Sight Words
Week 30
WORD PROCESSING
Keyboard Change Fonts
Week 31
WORD PROCESSING
Keyboard Fix the Text
Week 32
WORD PROCESSING
Keyboard Keys Sorting Drag and Drop
Week 33
SPREADSHEETS
Keyboard Data Chart
Week 34
SPREADSHEETS
Keyboard Data Line Graph
Week 35
SPREADSHEETS
Keyboard Data Column Graph
Week 36
SPREADSHEETS
Keyboard Data Choice Graph
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
What is included:
4 weeks of lessons for each type of software
  • Word / Docs / Pages
  • PowerPoint / Slides / Keynote
  • Excel / Sheets / Numbers
Customizable for whatever software version you have
Editable Lesson Plans:
•Mini lesson
•Vocabulary
•Materials
•I Can Statements
•Lesson components
•Exit Ticket Questions
•Space for reflection
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
Editable Daily Messages:
•Lesson Title
•Vocabulary
•Materials
•I Can Statements
•Lesson Question
•Space for you to add screenshots of your software program
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
Student Templates Provided
•Templates will convert to any version of software programs, but are provided in Office 365
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.
Student Exit Ticket:
•Formative assessment questions provided as an editable Google Form to use with every lesson
1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

TEACHING TIPS

1. These lessons are the main activity for a class. I recommend planning a warm up activity (like 10 minutes of typing) and early finisher activities (here are sites you can use). You’re likely going to have some students complete the lesson in 5-10 minutes and others that will still be working when you say time is up.
2. In the lesson plans you’ll see me talk about screencasts you could make. If you’ve never made them before, check out this blog post to learn more about it. Screencasts are a game changer!
3. You may upload the student templates to a learning management system or password protected page of your own website. As long as the files aren’t available publicly on the web then you’re following the terms of use. If you need ideas for how to share files with students, read this blog post.
4. The assessment can be thought of as exit tickets and is optional. It will be helpful if technology is a graded subject and should be used to inform your instruction.
If you’re new to teaching technology and curious about grading these skills, read this blog post.

WHO NEEDS THESE TECHNOLOGY LESSONS?

These software lessons are perfect for technology teachers, classroom teachers, media specialists, STEM teachers, or homeschool parents who want their students to know how to use technology to create content. By mastering these software programs, students will feel comfortable doing anything you ask them to do with it.

HOW ARE THESE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM?

The k5tech.net curriculum has warm ups and early finisher activities plus it is all housed on my website. These software lessons are just the main activity and assessments and I'm providing you with all of the files to put into your learning management system. The content in these software lessons does not overlap with the k5tech.net curriculum at all so you can use both.


Still have questions? Please ask them before purchasing.

Buy 1st Grade Software Lessons on TpT

Buy 1st Grade Software Lessons on K5tech.net

1st grade students can do more on devices than we expect. With lessons and activities that follow a consistent setup and process, first graders can do just about anything in the software programs.   These Spiral Review technology lessons that teach presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software for 1st grade over 12 sessions. These will make a great addition to your technology curriculum for the computer lab.

Read more »
Brittany Washburn
0 Comments

Follow @brittanywashburntech