We created self-portraits using the camera app on our Chromebooks. Read about it here!
We were having lots of trouble with "playing around" in Sketchpad when we were supposed to be drawing our math problem. I fixed it with a new procedure I call "Pencils Down!" Read about it here:
Today we replaced our paper Math Journals with an online version, using Sketchpad and Google Slides. It was really very easy! We did a number bond problem as our first activity. Check it out here:
Number Bonds in our New Math Journals on Google Docs
Not using headphones in class is going well. Read about it here!
On Friday, we did our first writing activity on the chromebooks. Now, obviously, I do not think that our chromebooks should replace paper and pencil all the time. The students need to learn how to FORM the letters correctly, and write within the given lines. However, allowing the students to use their computers to write at least some of the time definitely gives them a differentiated lesson. Students for whom the act of handwriting is a struggle now have a way of expressing their ideas without letter formation or hand cramping causing a roadblock. This activity proved to be an enjoyable one for the students, and with a few modifications, for me as well.
Read about our Polar Bear Writing Activity here.
My inspiration for creation of this site, as well as for many ways to use technology within my lessons, came from iTeachWithiPads.
As I go through the setup process this first time, I am trying to minimize the "bumps and bruises" for others when they get ready to roll. To help with this, I created a document of "To Do's" and "Don't Do's".
Websites to Start Them Off Right
I added a list of websites that we started out with on the first couple of days, just to get us familiar with using the new computers, and to build our touchpad skills. We will move past games after about two days.
The tiny little bookmarks at the top of the Chrome browser are too small for little kindergartners to navigate easily. Here is how to create a resource for all of your bookmarks that the students can use easily.
Quit typing all those long email addresses! Use a Google Group instead.
I knew that typing those long email addresses for every student would be prohibitive, or at least cumbersome, to many teachers. Here is a way to eliminate that necessity. You can just type one email address, and your files will be shared to everyone in the class at the same time.
Student-Created Rules for Our Chromebooks
On the first day, we brainstormed as a class the rules we need to follow when using our chromebooks. View our set of rules here.
Digital Word Wall
I posted my first activity for the students - a digital word wall that they can have with them at all times on their chromebook.
Today, one of my students managed to rotate the screen on his chromebook. I mean, you had to tilt your head to see the display properly! Here is how I learned to fix the problem.
My name is Kendra Krouskop-Smith, and I am a Kindergarten Teacher. This site is intended as a support to teachers who are beginning a 1:1 Chromebooks program. In March, 2015, I was given 24 Chromebooks to pilot for my district, and decided I should write about what can be done with Chromebooks in the classroom, as well as our "bumps and bruises" along the way.