NETS-S#6 Technology Operations and Concepts
a. Understand and use technology systems
Online Virtual Personal Libraries!
4th Grade Newport teacher, Mrs. Squires, has employed a twenty first century solution to maintaining and distributing her classroom books to students and wants to share this fantastic technology tool with others! Using a free web resource called Booksource's Classroom Organizer; anyone can create an online library using isbn numbers. If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download a free app on either the Android or Apple app platforms that allows you to use your digital device as a scanner to automatically add inventory to the online datbase, it doesn't get any easier than that! Student's information can be individually entered or imported via Excel template by teacher for easy online check in and check out on the student end. Reading Reports adds an extra dimension to this program allowing you to track the reading habits of your students through Student Reports such as; checkout history by Guided Reading, Lexile or AR level. The Classroom Library Reading Reports include additional report fields such like fiction and nonfiction. Check it out, literally, at:
NETS-S#2. Communication and Collaboration
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
Physical Education teacher, Mrs. Catlin, got a netbook and projector to use with her class this year. She kicked off her technology integration in PE by filming the students after they had put a lot of effort into practicing a ribbon routine. The students got a chance to perform for the camera, take part in the film editing process through Windows Live Movie Maker, then watch and review their performances through her netbook connected to the new PE Projector. Mrs. Catlin has plans to begin building a PE video library where video taped students are the instructional leaders on key PE skills and drills. Check out the Jingle Bell Ribbon Rockers from Ms. Friedmans class, also featured on the Newport Homepage during the holidays!