Friday, September 19, 2014

Week Three and We Don't Stop Moving!!

This week the middle and high school students received their chromebooks and the buzz has been growing throughout the schools.  I had the opportunity to meet with several teachers and discuss Google Classroom, Gmail, Drive as well as some fun Apps that can be added to your (and your students') chromebooks for additional support.  In working with Ronda Harding-Boyle, we thought of ways in which her life skills students would be able to use the chromebooks in the classroom environment.  We found a very useful Chrome Web Store App called Scootpad.  "ScootPad is an adaptive learning platform for Common Core Standards in Grades K-8 (Math, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing etc.). ScootPad delivers continuously personalized learning experience for each student enabling comprehensive practice, accelerated progress and rapid concept mastery."  This is a great app to be able to differentiate and assign specific skills and standards to specific students or the whole class. 

After showing this tool to Rhonda, I also showed it to Joanne Ornstein for her High School Students, and she said that this might be useful for those students as well.  Look at the diversity and dynamics of just one app! 

In Danielle Dwyer's class we found another app in the Chrome Web Store  called Mic Note.  Mic Note is an audio recorder + notepad, 2 in 1 tool. Danielle is using this tool to record her voice reading different passages to her students and then saving and sharing them on the Google Drive (or Google Classroom) with them.  As these recordings are saved in MP3 format, the students (AND PARENTS) can listen to them on practically any device! 

Last but not least, let's not forget about COTTLE! I have had the privilege to walk around and meet with teachers there as well.  Great work all around! Keep up the good work Tuckahoe!


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