My 1st graders used the iPads to check their understanding of timelines. We had been exploring timelines in a recent math lesson and I wanted my students to practice arranging events on a timeline. In order for my students to relate to the events, we practiced placing events from a typical day at school in the correct sequence.
There were a total of six events that needed to be placed into the correct box on our makeshift timeline. There was a sun placed a the beginning to represent morning and a moon at the end to represent night. It was up to the students to place the number in the correct box. Below are the steps I used to create this activity.
I used Microsoft Word to create my timeline worksheet. I added a sun at the beginning and a moon to the end. The numbers at the bottom were for students to cross out as they began writing numbers in the boxes. This was to help alleviate scanning the same QR code over and over.
I used the website QR Voice to create my QR Codes. This is a site that you type the text into the box. QR Voice automatically generates a QR code. When this QR Code is scanned, the text that you typed is read aloud to the person who scanned it. While I could have used a QR code that would simply display text only, I chose QR Voice to help with my students that are transitioning to independent readers. Above are the QR codes that I created using QR Voice. I put them into a table in the same file that I created my timeline worksheet. I was able to print these, cut them out and tape them up around the classroom. *Make sure to leave the number with the QR code so the students know which "event" is associated with each number.
Above are the events from our typical school day. You can see that the numbers next to each event are not in the correct order. I told students when putting numbers in the boxes on the timeline that they would not just put 1,2,3,4,5,6.
Students would use the Qrafter app on the iPad to scan a QR code. Once scanned, the "event" would be read aloud to the student. For example, if QR code with the number one above it was scanned, the student would hear, "I eat lunch." It was the students' job to place the numbers in the correct box on the timeline.
The students really did a good job with this activity. It required them to keep track of the events that they heard and place them in the correct order. Some students even wrote the "event" sentence next to each number on their worksheet before starting to place numbers into the timeline boxes. Problem solving in action. Love it. TWEAKStudents could use the Educreations app to snap a picture of the timeline worksheet. They could then annotate over the picture writing the numbers in the boxes with digital ink. When they completed the timeline worksheet via Educreations, they could embed the video onto their blog or send the link to the teacher to check their work.
If you are anything like me, you start your browser and as the day progresses you are soon inundated with multiple tabs. I have tried keyboard short cuts to toggle between tabs. Move to the next tab in ChromeCTRL + TAB
Move to the previous tab in ChromeCTRL + SHIFT + TAB
While I love keyboard shortcuts, moving quickly between tabs still seems to pose a challenge. This is where I find the Tab Cloud extension to be a workflow savior. See the pictures below for some more information about this extension.
I have only started using this extension and love it. When I turn my computer on to start the school day, I click my "school-everyday" tab to open up my multiple tabs for the day. I also have a "math rotations" tab that quickly opens up timers to display our transitions as well as the time left in our groups.
We learn about bossy "r" words during 1st grade. After we have talked about all of the bossy "r" combinations, we use the Idea Sketch app to practice sorting words based on their bossy "r" sound. Below are some visual steps for this process.
Below is an example of a final product created by a student.
One big challenge with my first graders is when they have to write. Some of my students do great at sounding out words and trying their best. Some of my students shut down when writing because they do not like spelling words wrong. In addition, due to some missing letter sounds and identification skills, sounding out can still be a huge challenge.
We have tried two different apps to assist in this process. Moreover, we have two different scenarios for implementing these apps.
Scenario 1--only one teacher
With only one teacher in the classroom, sometimes it is difficult to assist students in editing their writing. This is where they can use the Google Search App or the Dragon Dictation app. When we are writing our sloppy copies, students are to underline words they are not sure how to spell. When they move onto editing, they can use either app to say the underlined word. Google Search and/or Dragon Dictation will turn their dictated word into text.
Scenario 2--Reluctant writers
For those students that are lacking some letter ID and sound skills, we use the Dragon Dictation app. Students are able to dictate a sentence at a time. The app will then change their dictation into text.
*This may take some practice. Speaking slowly and close to the microphone helps with the accuracy in which the dictation is converted to text.