This was my first chance to be a PSD 70 leader as I am a new teacher. I found that it was nice being the person giving information rather than being the person looking for information. It felt like I could contribute to the school which was a welcome change.
I am a grade 4 teacher at Millgrove and teach with 4 very accomplished teachers. The learning leader program allowed me to keep up with my grade level partners and not slow them down when it came to technology. Looking to the future I feel I will learning a lot being where I am and possibly become a tweeter.
In our school there were 6 learning leaders and it was nice having other people to bounce ideas off and run in-services. Our discussions primarily surrounded Ipad apps as not many of us are proficient with twitter. Below I have listed some of the apps we thought worked well in our early year school.
Here are some of the Apps we use at Millgrove:
Used for Social Stories with children who require pre-teaching for a fieldtrip or cultural event
Great for learning Math for example going on a shape walk in and around the school and making a movie of those things that are similar
This helps children learn the letters and build vocabulary at their own pace
This app allows students to use critical thinking, problem solving skills and cooperation
Here is an app that is open-ended and uses Base 10 beads. We use is for “How many ways?”
Students read the words, trace them and can complete a voice recording
Inspired by flannel boards, Felt Board is an app with hundreds of flannel pieces in digital form. It has enabled students to collaboratively illustrate scenes from a story, and has inspired student writing as well. It’s great for use in a literacy station where students can create a picture and then write about that picture. The illustrations can be saved to the iPad’s photo roll, and is great fodder for beginning story-writing.
Story Buddy 2
This user-friendly app enables beginning writers to publish their own polished, illustrated books. Students can include pictures from the iPad’s camera roll or from an internet search and even allows students to include an audio recording on the pages. The book can be saved as a PD and is a great way for students to showcase their writing and learning.
A-HA Moments with Social Media:
We see the value of Social Media to enhance our teaching by connecting us with fellow colleagues around the world. We also see how articles are found and conveniently retweeted. This cuts down the search time and links us directly to relevant information.