Saturday, November 3, 2018

All Things Google - Pear Deck

As most of you know, I love all things Google.  Anytime the district offers Google type training, I try to attend.  Now that I am in Pre-K this year, I am not always sure that things will be helpful or apply to my grade level, but I am still willing to learn.  I love to learn!  I am a life-long learner.

Today was the Google Slides training about Pear Deck.  It is a really cool tool!  

It is free for the first month.  After the first month, you can get three more free months with the link in the handout.  Most of the features work in the free version.  If you make some activities during the free time, they will still work after the free trial is over.

I like the drawing option as one of the answer choices.  I made a sample lesson where the students can use the drawing option so the students can write the letter.  

Example: I decided to make a "beginning sounds" lesson.  The students look at a picture (pumpkin) and then they have to write the letter "p".

This is a really great tool and I look forward to using it to make some more interactive lessons.  

The challenge will be having the students use their individual devices correctly and staying on task.  Sometimes I have to remind myself they are only four and need more assistance than kindergarten.  The daily challenges are real, they are tough, but in the end they are worth it!


Friday, October 26, 2018

COVA with Google Sites

This class caught my eye because we have been talking about COVA in my Lamar classes.  I realized the presenter is also a Lamar student.  She called one of the professors from Lamar, one of the founders of COVA.

Here is the link to her presentation. 

bit.ly/COVA2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Google Sheets Supercharged

This class was super fast and full of information.  It was jam packed with information.  Google Sheets can do all sorts of great things.  It is more than just lines on a page.  There are options that are hidden in different places.  They have updated it a lot recently. 
Check it out!

https://sites.google.com/view/mimshisd/google-sheets



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Digital Portfolios

When I selected this class, I didn't realize it was going to be a sales pitch type of class.  I thought it was going to be more about how to build a portfolio.  The presenter was very nice and informative, but the class wasn't what I was expecting.

The product she used is called, "Bulb".  It does look like something that would be useful for students.  I could see a student starting to build a portfolio of all there accomplishments, goals, and educational reflections so they would have all their information in one place.  This could be something they could put on college applications to show how they have grown as a student.

Here is the handout that I received while in the class.

Check it out for yourself and see what you think.  Please share your thoughts and feelings about it.

https://www.bulbapp.com/

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Microsoft Office

The presenter was awesome.  She was full of energy and made the class not boring!  You never know what to expect when you go to these type of classes, so it was refreshing to have a presenter that seemed to have "too much coffee".  LOL

She is the Microsoft trainer in the Houston area and does FREE training for schools.  If you or your district needs training, call her.  You will be glad.

I prefer all things Google, but Microsoft is improving.  I wish Google and Microsoft could become friends, rather than competitors.  I will say that I LOVE PowerPoint.  It has some really cool new features, if you like presentation, check it out.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Super Slides

I love all things Google, so I chose the Google Slides class.  Here is the presenters link to his site.  He has his presentation along with other presentations listed on his website.

https://sites.google.com/view/herocity/

Sunday, October 21, 2018

TCCA 2018

This weekend was a fun learning experience.
I attended TCCA at Davis High School in Aldine ISD.  Several of my co-workers attended as well.  Stay turned for details on each of the classes.


Here is my schedule:
Saturday, October 20
6:30am-11:30am @ Cafeteria
7:30am-8:30am @ Auditorium
8:45am-9:30am @ RM 2619
9:45am-10:30am @ RM 817
10:45am-11:30am @ RM 804
11:30am-12:45pm @ Cafeteria
12:45pm-1:30pm @ RM 307
1:45pm-2:30pm @ RM 2303
3:00pm-3:30pm @

Saturday, October 13, 2018

We Love the Panel!

YIPPIE!

I felt brave again this week and decided to try something new.

We used the panel successfully again!  It was so fun!  They loved it!  They were so happy to see themselves on the panel.  It was so sweet to hear them talk about their photos and point out their friends.  They were fascinated just looking at their own pictures.  Little did they know they were learning just looking at the photos and names.

Recognizing names is an important part of the Pre-K curriculum.  It covers so many things.  We do lessons such as: letter recognition, letter matching, uppercase and lowercase letters, beginning sounds, syllables, etc.

I am very impressed how careful they were, how they helped tell each other how to do it, and how smoothly they came up to it and took turns.

The second time we used it, they took to it like "a duck takes to water" as my grandma used to say.  It was a natural thing for them.  I am amazed at how fast they adapted to using it.  It makes me think they will be able to use it as effectively and efficiently as the kindergarten class did last year.

I have high hopes for the next several pages of our "Morning Meeting"!







Tuesday, October 2, 2018

More Heidi info

Here is a document that I am going to try in my class.  She has a good idea for writing.  She teaches transitional kindergarten.  (I am teaching Pre-K this year.)
I am going see if this will work with my class.  They want to write.  They are trying really hard and I think this will help them.
Check out the photos she has on her site.  The kids seem to like it.

Sky, grass, dirt

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Best Apps from Heidi

I love to see what Heidi is doing in here class.  She always has great ideas and is willing to share them with the rest of us. 
Here is her list of apps!
https://www.heidisongs.com/blogs/heidi-songs/best-free-and-paid-apps-for-kindergarten-prek

All Things Google - Pear Deck

As most of you know, I love all things Google.  Anytime the district offers Google type training, I try to attend.  Now that I am in Pre-K t...