Google Docs is great for using in the classroom for both teachers and students. It has huge opportunities for collaboration, ease of use and making connections to others across the world. It is an online version of a similar app - Word, but with the data and app save online in the 'cloud'.
At my school I am introducing and implementing work using Google apps in class. A part of this is unpacking google drive and the apps that go along with it. This is a pdf I created that unpacks a little bit more information on what it looks like, the tools and how you can use it.
Check out this easy to read pdf attached below. It just provides you with quick snippets to show you an insight on how it works. Great for those who are unsure on how complicated it can be or how to use the tools.
Some great ways to use the class doorbell that I use:
Obviously I talk about the expectations and what the doorbell will mean if I push it. So if it is being used in between change overs I will say "when you hear the doorbell it means to change to your next activity". If it is tidy up I will prewarn them so they know that also.
This just uses something abit different to get students engaged in the activities and listening to instructions!
Let me know your thoughts on using a doorbell in class! Would love to hear how it works out.
Reading Timer Slides
Reading Timer Slides
This resource is the template for what I use in reading time. A powerpoint set up - each slide is set up with automatic timers, transitions and sound effects to move through a literacy programme without teacher interaction. Simply choose your slide length, add your tumble pictures or words and you are off. Click present and it will transition through the powerpoint and conduct your reading session!
-powerpoint with 5 minute rounds set up (automatic transitions, sound effects and timers).
-powerpoint with 10 minute rounds set up (automatic transitions, sound effects and timers).
-powerpoint with 15 minute rounds set up (automatic transitions, sound effects and timers).
-reading timers that I created if you want to change and add in other times
-instruction sheet pdf
This is so easy to use once set up and students can follow this on your TV, display or device.
Please note, that each powerpoint slide is pre-set to the timer video added. If you delete this and add in another one, you will need to change the video playback option to automatic and adjust the transition timings.
This comes as a zipfile so please ensure you have the software to unzip it.
Planning can be hard to get your head around, especially when you are a student teacher or beginning teacher. Your school might have things made and you might just be so overwhelmed with what they are, what they look like and where to start.
I was contacted by a student teacher asking for some guidance and ideas around planning. So I gathered up the planning templates I have created online (using google docs or sheets) and collated them into one place. Sure these planning templates may look similar to yours or something you have seen. But these were specifically altered to meet the needs of my students and how I like to plan.
This resource here is a Google Folder with planning templates that cover different areas of planning.
-Inquiry LTP (Google Docs)
-LTP Template (Google Docs)
-Reading LTP Template (Google Docs)
-Maths LTP Template (Google Docs)
-Writing LTP Template (Google Docs)
-Google Sheets planning templates
This one includes:
-1 Term Overview
-2 Weekly Overview Templates
-3 Reading Templates
-2 Writing Templates
-2 Maths Templates
If you're interested but want a little bit more information, send me an email: email@example.com.
I would be more than happy to talk through these with you or share samples if you are not sure.
Any questions about these just ask!
With school heading back next week I know a lot of teachers have been heading back into school to set up their classrooms. And I have been storing a lot of ideas up to use this year! There are so many ideas from Instagram and pinterest that I want to use but have settled on the below details.
Check out my pictures below for a snippet into my classroom and links to where things are from!
I have had lots of interest in my Daily 5 products over the last few days so thought I would give a quick blog post on my experience with Daily 5.
It has been a huge part of my literacy programme for the last two years. This year will be my third year using it, this time with Year 3's. Previously I have done in with Year 1s and then Year 1/2 composite. I first came across Daily 5 online and purchased this book 'The Daily 5'. It unpacks it very clearly and highlights how you should implement it in your classroom. If you're looking to get it going in your classroom then start with this.
Here is a very short and simple video that I created showing you how easy it is to create your own QR codes and cute little background pictures. These could be done for anything really in your class - books, videos, information videos for writing, topic studies! It really isn't limited!
Don't want to make your own? Check out the PDFs below of some that I have made that you can use in your classroom!
Many of us are heading back to school soon with New Zealand and Australia starting the new school year! This is very exciting - new students, new classrooms, maybe even a new school! In my classroom last year, I made a big effort to include student voice in with the things we had in the classroom, where items went and learning activities.
The best thing I ever did was ask my students to name the 5 most important things in the classroom to help us learn, that we use everyday and that make our classroom special or unique! The most important things to have in this room if we had to empty everything out.
So here we have it....The 5 must haves in your classroom according to my 7 year olds.
And there you have it! 5 must haves in the classroom according to my 7 year olds from 2018! Quotes taken from my students and there was no bribery when talking about me (hahaha).
Sunday Spotlight is back! 🙌❗️
With so many new resources made this last week you really need to head over to the VIP area of my website for more than just one.
But today's one was made specifically for a customer - a make your own version of my Daily 5 Checklist. Instead of a pre-made one, you can use the icons to make your own one! Specific to your class and your students! This is great if you only want specific students to be doing particular Daily 5 items, or maybe practice an item more than the others giving more opportunities to practice it on their checklist.
It really is simple to use! Just copy and paste the icon and drag it to where you want it on the checklist. The black square on the left is for their name or a picture of their face. I always use pictures so they know whose is whose, especially for those students that struggle with names.
Check out this quick video below on how it works and use the code 'daily5' on my website to get 50% off this resource and my Daily 5 pack!
I've come across lots of teachers asking how to get Seesaw started or set up in your school. Obviously every school is different and will look different to each teacher. But it is always important to have consistent expectations that teachers know, understand and agree to to ensure consistency across the school.
At my school, we first rolled it out across a few classrooms to test it out, gain feedback and see how students experienced it within their learning. Then we rolled it out school wide. But we needed to get some expectations to ensure teachers knew what was expected of them with this new technology being introduced. So we gathered as a staff meeting and really unpacked what it will look like, what was reasonable to begin with for teachers and students, and what the learning being shared would look like.
Our expectations were written into an online policy guidelines so that teachers were clear about what was happening. Our expectations for 2018:
To have two posts minimum a term
Can be in any curriculum area
Can be individual or group based post
It must have a WALHT or SC. This will help parents understand what the post is about and what learning was happening.
There was also guidelines about what happens if students were to post inappropriate things, places for questions and also conferences.
This really helped me (ICT Lead Teacher) and other teachers be clear about what was happening when using Seesaw.
If you would like to view this document as a Google doc please view it here. Please see my other Seesaw blog posts for other areas of implementation that can help you get Seesaw started in your school!
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!