Alan Levine has been visiting as part of his role in the Flat Classroom Conference held at YIS on March 8-10. Alan describes himself as someone who likes to “bark about and play with web tech, likes photography, guitars, storytelling and blogging”. Check out Alan Levine’s blog CogDogBlog!
During his time at YIS, Alan worked with the Grade 2 students in learning how to tell a familiar traditional story using only four icons and a sound for each icon.
Alan presented a passion talk to Grade 5 as part of their Exhibition Unit, How We Express Ourselves. Alan then worked with students in a second session using his webtool, Five Card flickr
which is a great visual and creativity exercise for story telling.
Alan posed the question…
How do you construct something that makes sense from images that are not related to one another?
Alan posed a further question…
How do you come up with an idea to tell a story?
- Spend some time thinking about the story you want to tell
- Then find the media you want to use
- Remember creative commons! Use media you do not have to ask permission for.
- Consider the possible tools you can use.
A big thanks to Alan for his time with elementary during his visit to YIS!
This week was Digital Citizenship Week at YIS. Across the school, students were exploring what it means to be a citizen in an online world.
For a snaphot of how Digital Citizenship Week looked in elementary, please visit the ES Tech Blog and read what Mrs Raskin posted.
There were great class blog posts and presentations about Digital Citizenship Week.Please have a look at them when you have time.
2R – What is Balanced Leisure?
3D – Digital Citizenship Week and Reading with meaning
5G - presentation about how they feel when they spend a lot of time online.
5B Skyping with NIST in Thailand.
A huge thanks to Mrs Elif Raskin and the elementary teachers for their collaboration on Digital Citizenship Week!
From February 4- 8, 2013 is Digital Citizenship week at YIS. During the week we will be a focusing on the choices we make with our online presence and how they affect us, specifically about balance, responsibility and safety. We will inquire into ‘being a responsible digital citizen’.
Check out what has been planned for our Digital Citizenship Week in Elementary. It has the layout of the week and latest resources to support students. Elif Raskins, our elementary ICT facilitator, is available for teachers who need any assistance.
The week will end with a presentation of students’ understanding of Digital Citizenship at Friday’s Morning Assembly, 8:20 AM in the Cafeteria. A student rep from each grade level will be invited to share during the assembly.
Thank you to Elif for her support and planning of this exciting week in elementary!
April is blogging month in elementary at YIS. The purpose is to help students develop a sense of learning community and to make connections between their own learning and the learning that is taking place in other classes.
To raise awareness of class blogging, students, parents and teachers are invited to check each other’s blogs, view and comment on them. Elif Raskin, the ES ICT Facilitator, had the chance to work with Grade 2 students about leaving comments on other elementary school blogs. Elif also plans to work with other grade levels throughout this month. By raising the awareness of blogging, the children learn how to leave comments on each other’s blog and other elementary class blogs. They will also gain confidence to teach their parents!
Visit an elementary class blog today and leave a comment!
Since the first day of school at YIS, Grade 1 students have been counting each day they come to school. On Thursday 16th August, they counted one hundred days and celebrated the day through different ways:
- Making and wearing “100″ glasses
- Finding, counting and checking 100 of one item to bring to school
- Practicing counting by 10s to 100
- Making an PA announcement to the school about the “100″ Days of School celebration.
- Tracing around each of their own foot and teachers’ feet to created a line walk of 100 feet.
One of the IB Learner Profile is communicators. IB learners strive to be communicators through expressing their ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly to collaborate with others.
What does being a communicator look like in Elementary at YIS?
Kindergarten children are communicating with their friends around the world through their KP blog. They have begun to make personal connections with other classes, including KinderPris in Indonesia. KC class has enjoyed blogging and tweeting with friends in Canada, USA, New Zealand and England, as well as their pals, KP.
Grade 1 students are shown their confidence as readers with 1Y reading session with parents and 1S buddy reading with 3W.
Visitors to Grade 2R students over the past weeks have come to 2R to enrich their classroom life through oral presentations about how a balanced lifestyle helps us to stay healthy.
Mrs. Jungnitsch has been helping Grade 3W students become better communicators through games that teach listening to instructions and giving clear directions.
Grade 4G have communicated their understanding about the Earth changes through out history using Voicethread to record their learning. While students in 4N thought of ways they can use music and rhythm to communicate their understanding of multiplication tables.
Grade 5 are communicating their ability as authors. 5B wrote about their Fall break adventures through writing recounts. 5G have been reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo and created YouTube videos to review what they have read so far and to inspire other people to read the book. 5L published their first magazine as part of their Unit of Inquiry, putting in a lot of work including research, revising and editing.