This week all of our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms got their start with Code.org lessons. We started with mini-lesson of "unplugged" activities, learning the word "algorithm" and practicing writing out steps (as arrows) to move a Flurb around a grid. We learned there is more than 1 way to solve a problem (usually more than 1 algorithm that will work) although some methods may be more efficient than others (takes less steps). After using paper & markers we moved to using our campus Chromebooks and logging into code.org through our library website. Each class has a link and each student has their own account so that their progress can be saved and they can continue their work later. As an educator I am really loving watching the students work through the code lessons. With the accomplishment of each new puzzle students are clearly feeling that proud sense of accomplishment. And I am seeing them work though some struggles, problem-solving, and pull out their logical thinking and perseverance.
For the beginning of the year, I want to make sure everyone knows how to get in and use their district Google Drive, and some basics on how to share, collaborate & organize electronic materials.
Back To School Night: Library - on website: "Library" tab for Library PSA videos, front page for parent sign up for library account.
galindolibrary.org website > Teachers > Technology & blog
3rd grade spent their 1st visit back in the library this year on a scavenger hunt. In partners, they browsed around the library looking for cards with items we can find in our library. For example, "B is for Barcode" or "C is for Cookbooks, 641.5". This year, they used a Google Form on our NOOK eReaders to fill in their answers. At the end, we could all come back together, each pair hit "submit" and with my device connected to the TV monitor, we could review our results all together. I liked how we could see collective results. Successful partners saw their successes up on the screen; partners who missed something were not called out, but saw the answers that others found. Not transformative, but it was a motivating and engaging way to get familiar with the library for the new year. I liked that it encouraged the students to be actively engaged in their own learning.
I enjoyed my day at the Campus Innovation Coach (CIC) summer training today. As part of the process to ready ourselves for the new school year, we were asked to think about what our DREAM is for technology innovation on our campus this coming year. I know that we have many teachers at Galindo who are already using technology in some ways, but it is time for us to stretch into new territory. I believe it is time to start get so comfortable with technology that it is as normal as getting out a glue stick--technology is a useful tool that will allow our students to access information, their ideas, their creativity and creative power. Let's see what we can do!