Friday, September 22, 2017

2nd Grade Writers Teach Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities at Gold Rush

This week second graders synthesized their civic learning about roles, rights, and responsibilities using Adobe Spark Video. Students identified specific roles, rights, and responsibilities in locations around Gold Rush. Then as writers they took the time to pick out meaningful teaching graphics, wrote essential ideas in captions, and then elaborated on the ideas when they added their voices to the slides.

See a sample presentation by our 2nd grader authors below.


Monday, September 18, 2017

3rd Grade: Using Google Apps to track Artifact Analysis

3rd Grade Technology CoTeaching:
Third graders tackled the ever exciting world of Google Apps to document how historians ask questions to learn about the past. Using a google document students recorded their observations about their historical artifact from home. They learned how to access documents from Google Classroom, create a google document in Google Drive, aka their Digital Desk, name and share a document, and collaborate on a google document digitally with a small group. See below as one third graders describes our work together.


Friday, September 8, 2017

4th Grade: Mathematical Reflection

Fourth Graders used Seesaw as a way to demonstrate their understanding of factor pairs and to reflect on the strategies they used in order to solve for the factor pairs of the number they investigated. Seesaw allowed for students to stop and analyze their mathematical thinking and provided a great check in of student mastery of factors and multiples.



5th Grade: Growth Mindset

Fifth Grade students created Google Slides presentations to synthesize their learning about the importance of having a Growth Mindset and to teach others what a Growth Mindset is. In addition to learning best practices about the content, formatting, and presentation of Google Slides, students used the extension Screencastify to publish their presentation in a digital way. This allows 5th graders to reach and teach a greater audience. Below is a sample presentation created by 5th grade students.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Welcome Back!!!

My name is Megan Fleet and I hope that you had a wonderful summer! I feel like my family explored every slide and zoo in the state of Colorado. Our busy two year old, Crosby, loves all things outdoors! After a wonderful summer with family and friends, I'm ready to get back to the excitement of all things tech at GRE!
I'm so excited to be starting my thirteenth year in education and my fourth year as the Technology Specialist at Gold Rush Elementary. I truly believe that I have the best job in the school because I get to watch inquiry exploration in action with each student each day. 

I draw on my previous intermediate classroom experiences to help plan meaningful technology integrated lessons that allow students to use their learning device and robotics to master grade level curriculum.

Last year we rolled out our one to one learning device initiative and opened up a STEAM lab with various robotics and science engineering legos. I can't wait to see how student learning and engagement continue to blossom this year.

We will continue to utilize Dash & Dot to build problem solving skills and to make connections to math curriculum like area and perimeter. 

In addition to our Dash & Dot robotics, this year we will be exploring Lego WeDo's in grades 3-5. With these robots students will build different items using little legos and then program them with a variety of motors and sensors. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Robotics Curriculum Connections

This month in the STEAM Lab fourth graders explored the xylophone app with Dash. Students had so much fun trying to identify the tune Dash was playing and composing their own music for Dash to play. In addition to composing music, students programmed Dash to move to the beats they created. 



Second graders were using critical thinking as they picked a perimeter and designed multiple polygons with that perimeter. Once they planned out their polygons with whiteboards, they mapped their polygons with tape. HUGE learning happened with the tape! Students realized that sometimes they have to modify the angles of shapes in order to make their sides connect. After they had the tape map placed students programmed Dash to travel along their polygons. My favorite part of this lesson is after all the incredible critical thinking, and problem solving, the biggest challenge was wait, "Which way is left? Is it my left or Dash's left?" 
Remembering your left side from your right side can be so tricky! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Robotics, Mathematics, Problem Solving, & Authentic Collaboration

Third Graders took their learning about area and perimeter to a whole new level! They solved different tasks related to area and perimeter. In the videos below you can see how two groups tackled the first task. They chose a perimeter and had to build different polygons that had dimensions that would add up to their self selected perimeter. Once they planned their polygons with tape they programmed Dash to travel along the perimeter. 


Second Graders played Capture the Kingdom with Dash robots. On first look, you would think partners were simply collecting cards by programming Dash. However, the collaboration with a partner to plan out the programming algorithm to capture specific cards was simply incredible. In addition to knowing where their Dash was going, they also had to keep an eye on their opponents Dash. If the robots collided on the game board, teams would lose cards.