Sunday, June 13, 2010

Question for School Media Folk

School Librarians, I have a question for you!

What kinds of technology do you teach your students about? Of course, you teach them information literacy, how to do research, etc., but are there specific programs, websites, computer skills that you do lessons on? What's been really useful for the kids? What have the kids enjoyed the most?

5 comments:

Franki said...

I've done a lot with moviemaking to help kids see the way images work, etc. One of my favorite tools for young kids is Frames and Pixie Software. Both are creation software pieces and are really good at helping young children build a conceptual understanding of how these things work so that they can then transfer them to other tools. Can't wait to see what others use with kids. Great question!

Vicki Hall said...

I participated in a webinar on Classroom 2.0 about this topic yesterday. It was presented by Aviva Dunsiger and it was called, Technology Integration in Grade One Classroom but the Web 2.0 tools and ideas shared can be used across the grade levels. It was excellent and I need to watch the archived webinar because Aviva shared SO much information in such a short period of time. She was excellent! Here is the URL for the archived webinar:
http://live.classroom20.com/archive-and-resources.html

I highly recommend the session and all the other ones on the Classroom 2.0 Ning. I have learned so much from those webinars.

NatalieSap said...

This is super simple, but kids are so amazed by the online catalog - some of my 1st/2nd grade students pick it up on their own, but I teach it explicitly to third grade, pointing out key features and doing different kinds of practice searches. They love being able to search on their own and go straight to the computers the next time they're in for checkout. I also taught my fifth grade students how to use Novelist last year, but we don't have it anymore. But oh boy, were they excited to use it! World Book Online is another we use, this to teach research. I'd like to branch out and do some multimedia...

Kathy Martin said...

My fifth graders learn to use PowerPoint and Excel. My sixth graders also do xtranormal and PictureStory. We made comics at Makebeliefs. We did a little with email using Gaggle but I don't think I'll do that again. Most already have different emails. We also do internet safety and take part in the FBI-SOS Safe Online Surfing Contest.

There is a picture, story, movie creator from Disney that I can't recall the name of right now that my younger students like,

fitziane said...

I teach my fifth graders to use EasyBib. They love the autocite feature (you plug in the ISBN and the site pulls the data for you) and I love that they have to check to make sure the Easybib robot collected the information correctly. This makes them look for the bibliog information anyway, but at least they have an idea of what they're looking for.

I also teach them to use a hanging indent, double space and italicize. Many of my students know how to open Word and start typing, but they often have no clue to advanced formatting other than creating fancy wordart.

We do tons more, of course, but time is short today. The beach is calling!