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As I’ve mentioned before, we use a variety of devices in our school. We have Dell desktop computers, Acer Chromebooks, I personally have an iPad, iPad Mini, and an iPhone, and we are currently testing out the Huawei MediaPad’s. There’s a lot of devices going on here and each one operates in a different way – providing different opportunities and experiences. There’s a lot going on, as you can see.

As I mentioned in my last post, my Personal Learning Network has come a long way since beginning this course. It’s been really helpful in sharing ideas and not constantly recreating the wheel. With that said, I am going to share a Chromebook lesson that I did this week with the grade 4 students.

Here is a copy of the original Google Slides that I got from Technology Teacher Tribe with Brittany Washburn.

Here is a copy of my edited version of the Google Slides.

Reindeer Games

I was able to use a lot of different Google Apps with this project. First of all I used Google Classroom to assign the project. I am a co-teacher on the Grade 4 teachers classroom, so I uploaded the Google Slides as an assignment and then changed it to “each student will get a copy.” I wanted the students to work individually so they could practice using these new skills.

Classroom automatically created each student’s Google Slides presentation – so when they clicked on it they resource came up with their name. They just had to begin completing each step. First up, watch a video on YouTube about reindeer facts and read an article. The students learned how to “Insert – Word Art” and practiced changing fonts and font color. This was a new experience for them, which surprised me because they use Google Slides quite often. Each student in grade 4 is 1:1 Chromebooks, so the assignment was completed on their individual Chromebook, which made it very easy for me! Their next math unit is Maps and Data so the graph plots was a pre-assessment for when they return from the holiday. After completing their assignments in Google Slides, their job was to use ABCya Pixel Art to make a sketch of a Holiday tradition. There were some great turnouts! See the examples below.

Dabbing Santa by I-oon

Panda by Lilly

Snowman by Helen

I am proud of their finished products! Especially because creating pixel art takes some patience. This entire lesson was completed in an hour. We could have used more time because the last part that we didn’t get to was the #12daysofNewsela articles to read. Although, I was still able to introduce it to them as something to read later this week during Daily 5.

Tech Breaks

It was quite interesting to me to stumble upon the Tech Breaks articles this week. Not only because I think this is a brilliant idea, but because this is something I do when doing my COETAIL work. I give myself 30 minutes of work time then I take a tech break. Whether that break is checking my phone, getting some water, or just taking a minute to take in all of what I read, it is a necessity for me to complete my work. If I need Tech Breaks every so often, then my students definitely should be having them! Larry Rosen said it perfectly when he said…

If your brain keeps thinking about a text message you need to return, it’s better to send that text to get the nagging impulse out of your head. Once you stop thinking about sending that text, then you’ve literally freed up space in your brain to focus on more important things, like solving the global energy crisis or creating world peace. Or, just getting that research paper done.

Wow! Why didn’t we all think of that?!? We are so often thinking technology is a distraction that we don’t see all of the benefits it’s providing. Teachers need breaks. Doctors need breaks. Puppies need breaks. Students need breaks. Does it really matter how the break is used? I could see so much potential of using this in a classroom that I am planning to share this article with the secondary teachers in my upcoming PD in January. Hopefully some of them take on the challenge – we’ll see!