<![CDATA[Penny Road ES - Blog]]>Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:20:36 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[BYOD in Mrs. Wells Classroom]]>Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:40:30 GMThttp://pennyroadbyod.weebly.com/blog/byod-in-mrs-wells-classroomThis is our first formal week of BYOD working in our classroom. 

What an amazing difference this has made in our classroom environment!  Students no longer need to wait for an available computer or device, there is no worry if the classroom computer is going to work that day, and the students are independent learners!  I am so pleased as to how they have taken control of their own learning and are eager to work. 

​Thank you, parents, for trusting your child to be independent. 

Mrs. Wells 

<![CDATA[QR Codes Are Enhancing Our Learning!]]>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 01:22:01 GMThttp://pennyroadbyod.weebly.com/blog/qr-codes-are-enhancing-our-learningWhat is a QR code?
A QR code is a scan-able image that links to an internet website, video or document.

How are QR codes used in the classroom?
QR codes are engaging and interactive during centers, whole group lessons or hallway displays. In third grade we use QR codes heavily in small group learning. For example, today students were solving inequalities using whiteboards and manipulatives. After, solving the inequalities with group members, students were able to check their thinking by scanning a QR code. The QR code revealed the answer to each task. Students were SO engaged and motivated to solve math and scan codes!
<![CDATA[Mathematicians go digital in Ms. Stewart's class! ]]>Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:25:21 GMThttp://pennyroadbyod.weebly.com/blog/mathematicians-go-digital-in-ms-stewarts-classAs we study 3.NBT.1 (rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred), we became digital rounders! Over the last week students worked on a rounding project with technology at their fingertips. Each student had $1,500 to spend on a new addition to their family. They browsed the Toys R Us website to shop around. They were critical thinkers in deciding whether to round to the nearest ten or hundred. They were also problem solvers when explaining their reasoning.  
<![CDATA[Using "Nearpod.com" in Mrs. Colalillo's Room]]>Fri, 16 Oct 2015 23:37:57 GMThttp://pennyroadbyod.weebly.com/blog/using-nearpodcom-in-mrs-colalillos-roomPicture

I'm excited to share the latest tech experience my first graders have used these past two weeks. Nearpod.com is a website whose platform allows teachers to import slides, presentation materials, videos, student polls, add pictures, multiple choice questions, open ended questions, a "draw it" feature and much more.  Although we couldn't use some features (because there are only in the "paid" version), this site offers SOO many options to really engage students into higher-order thinking skills!

So, how does it work?  First,  after I've published my project, student captains each scanned a QR code that brought them to the site.  They then logged in with a unique code to gain entry into my presentation.  Students used their whiteboards to individually respond to questions, collect details from the text and identify new vocabulary words as we read and dug into information within the slides.  Next, their groups had to collaborate and discuss each other's responses.  They are learning to prove/disprove and challenge each other's ideas with "proof" and "reasoning" about the text. Once the teams have evaluated their work and decided on the best responses, the captains enter the group's answer on their device.   Their answers are shared and sent directly to nearpod.com. Immediately those responses start appearing on the Smartboard.  As a teacher, I can check to see where each student is, monitor their thinking and progress, in addition to "hiding" all answers on the Smartboard until everyone has submitted their answers.  Then as a class, we discuss all group answers and once again promote higher level discussions about why a group may or may not have chosen an answer.  It's an eye-opener for students into how other students thought about a topic and really how to make our responses even better or "raising that bar".

The students get SO excited now to use nearpod.com that they will literally cheer and clap!  They love to share their learning this way, and to analyze and evaluate the thinking of their peers.  It's been a wonderful addition to our class and I'm excited to find ways each day/week that we can use this awesome resource!  It's taking our learning to that next highest level!  As soon as we go fully BYOD, each student will be able to "check-in" with nearpod individually!  I can't wait! :)  Check us out in action below . . . . . .                                                                    Happy "Teching"..... Mrs. Colalillo