Presenter: Gayle Berthiaume
Preview: Engage students in reading and writing with online literacy activities. Learn how to integrate the Internet into the primary classroom. Taught by a Scholastic.com Teacher Mentor and Apple Distinguished Educator.
I arrived late, so I missed picking up her main links page, which is on del.icio.us. She showed a number of different sites, some of which I knew, some of which I didn’t know. Check out the del.icio.us account. She featured some sites that did story reading, and then Scholastic (who she works for or with?). My favorite was the computer lab favorites picker. A quick note for upper grade, some articles from Scholastic News are online.
I brought up the fact that I had requested RSS feeds from Scholastic, and had no response. She said she would share that because they are doing some discussion about the site in the near future. If anyone at Scholastic is reading this, PLEASE add an RSS feed. Thanks!
Sesame Street site is great. From PBS/Sesame Street comes Panwapa.com a social site with avatars for kids. Geography, vocabulary, and interactive, WOW!
She suggested Apple Learning Exchange to getting lessons and unit ideas.
How to manage it? She used whole group (large screen/projector), small group (older students, buddies), centers (sign up list). “I don’t do anything different, I just do it.”
Assessment was based on: Observation, photos and video, portfolios, rubrics (rubistar.4teachers.org), online surveys (survey monkey). Student interviews.
- Do your students want to visit the same activity on an eduiste, over and over? This is a great resource for getting kids to change up their activities in the computer lab.