There are two more excellent free math apps that will be particularly beneficial to our first and second grade students as they continue to progress through this year's math units. Number Line is a virtual number line students can manipulate to solve problems. Students can use it independently or with a partner, as there is a feature to hide selected numbers on the line. Number Pieces allows students to manipulate virtual base ten blocks: ones, tens and hundreds. They can even be broken apart and fused together! Pattern Shapes is a virtual pattern block app and a great way to explore geometry and fractions. These apps give your child free access to manipulatives which you may not have at home. Instant homework helper.
This week, I've had the opportunity to introduce teachers and students to THREE new apps that serve as digital math tools. These free apps encourage open-ended exploration and mathematical thinking and can be used in the classroom or at home. Geoboard allows students to explore the properties of two-dimensional shapes. Number Frames is a great app for K-2 as students can select the size of their number frame and use it to solve addition and subtraction problems. Number Rack is a virtual abacus or rekenrek that students can use. One of my favorite activities to do with Number Rack is to cover up some of the beads with the "mystery box" tool and encourage students to find the missing part or addend. They can even write a math equation right on the screen! I would encourage parents and teachers to take advantage of these free resources!
In second grade this week, students are learning how to save their work. They are using the KidPix program to create trees using drawing tools, shapes and the fill bucket. Next they are practicing typing skills by labeling the leaves, branches, trunk and roots. Each student will save their work using their name on their own computer. Check out some of the amazing work created by Mrs. Hannon's class in the slideshow below!
This year, the Kindergarten team at SBES has been integrating technology into their curriculum by ending each month with a project that showcases student work and gives students a chance to reflect on what they've learned. This month I'm sharing a video from Mrs. Barnatchez's class who, as you will see, were very busy learning! To view the video, click on the photo above or follow this link: bit.ly/2dIVUNT.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Degnan and Mrs. Palazzolo's class as they orally presented their well-crafted and beautifully illustrated haiku. (Did you know that the plural form of haiku is haiku?) We used the Book Creator app to put this video together. Check it out by clicking the image above or by navigating to: bit.ly/2cXj0cR.
Today Mrs. Donovan's class finished an ongoing video project in the computer lab titled: "because I said I would." The students wrote and illustrated promises they made to themselves for this school year. Hearing these thoughtful students speak those promises aloud in the video is truly inspirational. You can watch the video by clicking on the image to the left or by navigating to this link: http://bit.ly/2dvKSsD.
For more information on Alex Sheen, the man behind "because I said I would," go to becauseisaidiwould.com.
Last Thursday, the talented students at channel CH1 created a video for Stony Brook Elementary's first character trait: respect. The students wrote, performed, filmed and edited this short piece in 45 minutes using a green screen, iMovie and the Book Creator app on student iPads. Click the picture on the left or follow this link to see the video: http://bit.ly/2doXPDs