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ES Online Learning Exemplars: End of Year

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Passion Project

Captivate: Grade 4 and 5 teachers ended the year with a passion project for students, allowing them to take ownership of their learning.

Johnson – Coding – Been working on this project for 5 months and finally was able to get his character to move

Cayla – created a 3-course meal – twice – as she reflected on the first one and realized she needed to use a different type of fish so make it again

Justin – Researched about the desert and its habitat

Sean – created his first documentary (project was to learn what a doc was and how to create) on Summer

Charlie – 15-page ppt on Lego Technics and how they work

Molly – Interviewed a photographer and did a 15-page ppt including techniques and her own shots and reflections

Eric – created a model ship out of popsicle sticks

 

PE and Health

Captivate: The PE teachers created an Obstacle Course mission for students. Their introduction included examples from each PE teacher around the world.

 

Visual Arts

Care: Visual Arts teachers found ways to allow students to practice mindfulness while also exploring their art skills.

 

Collaborate: Visual Arts teachers facilitated collaboration across grade levels during ‘Celebrate and Share the Arts’ week, creating systems so that students could comment on each other’s work.

 

Wellness Weeks

Care: The grade 5 team supported their students’ social & emotional wellbeing during wellness weeks.

 

ES Online Learning Exemplars: Week 7

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Feedback

Clarify: Teachers are using Seesaw to give students verbal and written feedback on their work.

 

Literacy

Captivate/Challenge: In grade 5, teachers are using Seesaw & Raz-Kids to provide asynchronous, small group guided reading.

Day 1 – book intro/vocab preview + listening to the text on Raz-Kids

Day 2 – mini-lesson about an accuracy strategy + reading/quiz on Raz-Kids

Day 3 – comprehension mini-lesson + re-reading in Raz-Kids and a Seesaw or Flipgrid response

Data is collected and used to guide instruction for the next week. This week the comprehension lesson came directly from the students missing the compare/contrast question last week on Raz-Kids.

Captivate/Clarify: Teachers are using Zoom for small-group reading & writing conferences. This allows teachers to give feedback in real-time and for students to connect live with their teachers and peers.

 

Math

Captivate/Clarify: In grade 1, teachers are using Zoom to reteach concepts for small groups. This live session took less than 15 minutes with 4 students.

 

ES Online Learning Exemplars: Week 6

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Data Tracking

Classroom Management: This online data collection system allows teachers to track information from SeeSaw, feedback, and 1:1 meetings on Zoom.

Math: This spreadsheet allows the teacher to track daily student progress on targeted skills.

 

Differentiation

Clarify: Quizlet can be used to create individualized, targeted vocabulary practice for students for the current writing unit.

Captivate: In English enrichment, Ishbel records and shares short videos for each group of students to specifically target their learning needs.

ES Online Learning Exemplars: Week 5

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Math

Clarify: In this lesson, Andrew and the 4th grade team use a teach, try check cycle by asking students to pause the video at various times throughout. They also provide content and language objectives.

Music

Care: In this video, Skye and Foxy find an engaging way to remind students to do their music assignments via song.

Reader’s Workshop

Clarify: In this post, Victoria provides content & language objectives and uses audio and text to give directions in her grade 2 dual-language class. She uses visuals in the assignment and provides a model for students.

Routines

Classroom Management: The grade 1, 2, and 3 teams provide students with weekly overviews that help them consolidate their learning for the week.

G1 Weekly in 3 languages

G2 Weekly Overview

G3 Weekly Overview

Writer’s Workshop

Clarify: In this post, Clare uses her own writing to model her expectations for students. She also includes content and language objectives.

ES Online Learning Exemplars: Week 4

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PE and Health

Captivate: In this lesson, Josie & Andy show students how to use items that are available to them in their homes and encourage them to engage the entire family in playing target games.

Homeroom

Care: Pippa provides her grade 4 students with time to interact and engage with each other in a meaningful way via Zoom.

Captivate: In this activity, the grade 5 team provides their students with a menu of ways that they can engage their creativity and share with each other via Flipgrid.

Music

Clarify: In this lesson, Lucas provides video instructions accompanied by written instructions in English and Chinese. He also includes COLOs for his rhythm lesson in which he includes visual support.

ES Online Learning Exemplars: Weeks 1-3

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Routines

Care/Confer: One way to do set new routines and expectations is to ensure students have a dedicated learning space with necessary materials, free of distractions. To set up this routine, Tom shared his own learning space in a Seesaw post and asked students to share their learning spaces in the comments.

Clarify: In this flexible learning environment, making expectations, learning objectives, and the “schedule” clear will support students in building habits and developing a routine. For 4SM, Scott created a slideshow for the day before posting his Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop Lessons. The slideshow includes the Content and Language Objectives for the day. He adds reminders, directions, and sentence frames to help his students be successful.

Math

Care/Clarify: In this lesson, Julie reteaches a concept for her students who need extra practice/support using a combination of visuals, text, and audio.

Captivate/Confer/Consolidate: In this lesson, the grade 4 team uses pictures to engage students and encourages them to discuss their learning with their parents. They then helps students solidify their learning by creatively telling their teacher everything they know about fractions.

Reader’s Workshop

Challenge: In this lesson, Renee revisits Pointer Power and encourages her Kinder students to use this strategy to support their reading.

Clarify/Challenge/Consolidate: After explaining how to describe characters, Veronika challenges students to consolidate their learning by sharing a picture of their stop and jot. View lesson.

Writer’s Workshop

Care/Captivate: In this lesson, Judy speaks slowly and clearly. She uses visuals to engage students and support the flow of the mini-lesson.

Care/Clarify: In this lesson, Stephanie shares that she misses them and acknowledging that she will be reminding them of things they already know in this video. By re-explaining the strategy of ‘crashing the parts together,’ she clarifies understanding for her students.

Clarify: In this lesson, Erin offers structure and support via both a template and detailed, step-by-step directions.

Visual Arts

Care/Captivate/Clarify: The ES Visual Arts team has been making short videos for each day of eLearning. These videos have demonstrated care by making personalizing learning for students through being silly and having fun. They captivate students because they are short, interesting, and funny. They help to clarify by making the learning explicit through clear content & language objectives and directions. The team has also been leaving voice recorded comments for each student response, which helps students feel connected. 

Mix-a-Pokemon (Kinder)

Superhero Pose Drawing (Grade 3)

Hour of Code 2018

Hour of Code is an annual event for schools organised by Code.org, a group that seeks to promote coding around the world, particularly supporting women and minorities. Typically, Hour of Code takes place in the first week of December, but the 200+ activities are available to explore anytime. It could be a good opportunity for you to increase the amount of coding you include in your teaching, or just to have options for fun end-of-year activities.

If you are interested in exploring Hour of Code with your students, we recommend you:

  • Have a group discussion about which students are interested in coding and what they may know already – perhaps skilled students could lead novice students
  • Take a look over the HoC activities library and offer students some choice about what/how they wish to learn
  • Consider incorporating robotics such as Edison (UES), MangoBot (LES) and Lego Mindstorms (UES-HS) either in-class or in the design lab(s)
  • Talk to anyone in Ed Tech for more specific ideas linked to your units

Outside of the Code.org library, there are other ways to explore coding with your students, including:

Happy coding and let us know if you would like any help or suggestions!

Sam

iMovie for iOS

iMovie for iOS is a super powerful app, although it does differ from iMovie on the MacBook. The following video is a good place to start if you’ve never used iMovie for iPad. It’s only 9 minutes and well worth a look! You may need to rewatch certain sections of the video, so I have included times so you can easily skip to the section you’re looking for.

This introduction video shows you how to:

  • import footage from the media library (1:38) and delete what is not needed (1:50)
  • split clips or reorder them in the timeline (2:30)
  • screen jestures (3:10)
  • add music (3:30)
  • picture-in-picture (4:15)
  • add titles and transitions (5:33)
  • colour-correction and filters (add to individual clip or entire video) (6:07)
  • Adjust volume levels (7:13)
  • Add in fades for clips and/or audio (8:15)
  • Export (8:58)

If you’ve already use iMovie on the iPad, this second video might be more useful for you. Learn how to master iMovie for iOS with these top 15 mobile editing tips and tricks.

The tips highlighted include:

  • Use quick-snap feature to quickly see the start or end of your video
  • Split clips
  • Add and delete freeze frames
  • Apply filters to your clips (video or images)
  • Rotate clips in the viewer
  • Apply audio fades
  • Crop or re-frame clips
  • Use theme transitions
  • Keyboard shortcuts *applicable for those with Bluetooth keyboards

 

Bookmarks for the New Year

Here are a lot of common sites that you will need for your everyday teaching/learning at ISB:

Dragon’s Exchange (DX) – Learning Management System for Secondary Students and Teachers

Dragons’ Tube .  Internal video curation system for teachers and students

Blogs – student blogs

Ed Tech Blog – The blog created by the EdTech team for resources

Powerschool – Attendance, Grading

Dragons’ Gate – Login section of the School website

Vidigami .  – Internal photo curation system

ES Parent Workshop: Getting Ready For Summer

On Tuesday morning, Ed Tech hosted another parent workshop in our Family Tech Agreements series. This time we looked at the unique challenges and opportunities of media and technology use by our students during the Summer holidays.

We began by revisiting aspects of the previous parent workshop, such as how to work with your children to create a Family Media Agreement, and ISB’s Media Mentor Month.

Family Media Agreement

Family Media Agreements have become a favourite model for parents looking to develop a media mentor model at home. Having open discussion around technology use as a family allows each member a chance to reflect on their own habits and what they hope to see from one another. Workshop attendees were invited to use the ISB Family Tech Agreements worksheets, or, create their own, in ways that best suited their particular circumstances as a family.

How may your family media agreement need to change to suit the different context of Summer Break?

Activities & Projects

Next, we explored some different media/technology tools that may be of interest to your child that focus on creation over consumption. In most cases, the media and technology is actually a conduit for a hands-on activity.

DIY.org (“Do it Yourself”)

DIY is a safe online community for kids to discover new passions, level up their skills, and meet likeminded people. There are thousands of activities and projects available, and users can unlock many different “patches” (badges) as a reward for their efforts.

Instructables

Instructables is similar to DIY and the premise is that users are encouraged to develop instructional resources for the online community. Users can explore many different projects, from technology and electronics, to woodworking, cooking, gardening and sports. As many instructables projects are a bit more advanced than DIY, it can be a great way for parents to work with their children. The email newsletter includes wide-ranging projects as well as regular challenges and competitions.

TED-Ed

TED-Ed is the educational spin-off of TED (Technology, Education & Design). There are thousands of short videos on all sorts of topics, created by lots of different people. A particular highlight are the different problem solving riddles which can be a great way to get families having fun together.

Slides

Summary

Each family is different and as such needs to shape media and technology use in ways that suit them. We strongly recommend developing a media agreement, as well as exploring constructive and creative tools such as those shown above. We wish you a safe and relaxing Summer Break and please be in touch if you ever need any support or advice.

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