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Edmodo seems like a great tool, and I can certainly see how beneficial it could be to older students and upper grade teachers. However I think it would be pretty cumbersome to teach kinders how to navigate it, especially since it requires them to be able to READ. I will play around with it a little this coming year, possibly link to a Tumblebooks story and have them respond, and see how it goes.
In the first year of implementing Edmodo in my kindergarten classroom I would use mostly the administrative pieces initially. I would like to use it to create small differentiated groups and collect curriculum ideas/plans to be shared with colleagues and possibly parents. I would also like to use more Animoto and Prezi presentations embedded in instructional pieces. It would be interesting to see how some of the more advanced kindergartners might be able to use Pen Pals or the sharing of ideas with peers in the class or other campuses perhaps.
I agree with Joan. In the beginning it will be a nice tool to communicate with parents and other kinder teachers; both at my school and across the district. I think that some advanced students might be able to use the tool with some guidance. Perhaps our older peer buddies can help us with this tool as we begin to learn it and use it. I think that if we are adopting this across the board/district then perhaps each grade level should have a curriculum to go with this piece. Kindergarten learns how to log in and take a poll etc. First grade learns how to find homework assignments etc.....I think it could be a useful tool and if all grade levels will be using it there should be a curriculum designed for the next few years: baby steps of course
Socrative is definitely a resource kindergarten could use! I like the quick response pieces, which would be useful for classroom votes and a quick check for understanding. I think the quizzes could be useful as well - especially the space race game, which kinders would love! I can see Socrative being used across the curriculum, especially in math. Wondering if the voiceover iPad feature would read it to kinders who couldn't read the questions. Will definitely be using this one!
I think Socrative is a tool that can be used in kindergarten . The check for understanding in a quick fun way would be very appealing to young children. Math facts, sight words and much more could be integrated into the quizzes. I would love to see this in action in an upper level class.....what a powerful and time saving way to monitor and assess at all levels!
we could definitely use this as an assessment tool next year. We will be getting 2 class sets of ipads for this coming school year. If we take our time and use it wisely, we can assess our student on anything from reading to math to science using socrative AND one of the best parts is that is creates a report. We can use tests from year to year correct??....space race sounds awesome......voiceover would be very helpful for this
I can think of many ways iMovie can be used in the kinder classroom. We have already used it to create end of the year movies and field trip videos to share with parents. I definitely feel that with a little training, kinder students are capable of creating their own movies (with a partner or in small groups) on a variety of subjects - animal research projects, reading group book reviews, science topics, social studies, etc. With a class set of iPads available to us this coming year, the possibilities and opportunities for creating iMovies are endless! I look forward to getting started right away with next year's students. Stay tuned for our video - release date June 6th, 2012. :)
Here's our link: http://youtu.be/agkkSmOpLngJenny and Joan
Working more in depth with iMovie helped generate more ideas of how it could be used in the kindergarten classroom. I had used it to create end of year projects, but now look forward to helping the children create simple reports, retelling of literature, recap of a concept or teaching a friend something they have learned. I am especially excited to try and make some cumulative movies started early in the year and then building. For example...when teaching about "what good writers do" we could have video clips of students modeling how good writers sit, later adding how good writers think of an idea before they begin writing,etc. By the spring we would have a complete movie with students as examples of "what good writers do" incorporating all the skills they learned.http://youtu.be/agkkSmOpLng