We recently set a 2nd and 3rd grade class up with KidBlog. The students were extremely excited about getting start and their energy is contagious. Students have also started to leave comments on each other's blogs and it has been great helping them understand how to make good comments for each other. We are just skimming the surface what it comes to KidBlog and I can't wait to see where it takes us. Currently Mrs. Green and Mrs. Lendt have their classes set up, but we are scheduled to start more next week.
Before spring break one of our elementary schools had an activity day. Teachers created activities for the students to participate in during the afternoon. Mrs. Swenson decided to tie the activity into Read Across America and created a Dr. Seuss trivia game about significant locations in his life. We created QR codes with questions about Dr. Seuss's life and placed them around the classroom. The students scanned the code, researched the answer to question, and then filled in a map to show their answers. It was a great way for students to learn about one of their favorite authors.
While one 2nd grade class was writing about bees on KidBlog, Mrs. Hanson's class was creating mind maps about other insects using Popplet. Popplet is a great program if you want to organizing your thoughts visually. The students had researched an insect of their choice and then visually organized their info using Popplet. The students picked up the concept very quickly and did a great job. We were even able to project onto the whiteboard as they finished. It was very rewarding as a teacher to see the excitement and pride on their face when their work was displayed for the whole class to see.
Have you tried anything new with your classes lately? We are always looking for new ideas and would love to hear all about your experiences. Please leave a comment below.