I am thrilled to be teaching in this day and age. With the release of Google Classroom this August it will be even easier than we had anticipated to use Google Drive to collaborate, give feedback and submit assignments using paper, pencil, phones, tablets and PCs.
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This year we are going to routinely dabble in the Computer world. I will be introducing the theory behind computer programming and we will develop apps and games to demonstrate curriculum content. Our friends overseas in Britain have a new elementary curriculum this year and Computer Science is in it!
If you would like to check out some of the tools and apps with will tinker with check my other blog here:
Lastly, as we will use social media to share what we do – it is mainly used as a tool for me to collaborate with other teachers and share the good things we are doing. I also use it (mainly twitter) to provide a window into the classroom. Having said that, by no means do I require students to follow on twitter. For one, the twitter TOS say users must be 13 or have parental permission. If you allow you child to use twitter, no problem. It is not mandatory by any means, however.
Will will also check up on some of my favourite youtube channels, especially VSauce. As we continue this journey into flipped classrooms and learning spaces, you can anticipate media clips and content posted here for homework. It is a Maker Movement era and we are going to build, create and develop new things! So here is your first assignment. Please watch the clip below and visualize the planet – and everyone jumping at once. What would that look like? Is it even possible? How could we schedule it? Use social media? Use the news? Visualization is an incredible reading strategy that helps you to make interpretations and opinions (inferences).
Enjoy the rest of the summer, folks. It’s not even half over by my calculations. I do look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you in September!
I will leave you with the best mini lesson of July. I learned from this video!