Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Kahoot fun!!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and conferences are now behind us, but we still have a couple of days until we can relax and enjoy some extra time with our families. 

If you are in need of a little something extra for this week, consider using one of these Thanksgiving Kahoots that I put together. 

Read (or watchTurkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and then treat your kids to a coordinating, comprehension-based game of Kahoot!

Here's one more that I put together that you and your students may also like~

Read (or watch) Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey and then play this coordinating Kahoot

And in case you want something a little more low are a few YouTube stories your kiddos may enjoy during snack time:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Talkin' Tech and Turkey!

Lots of resources this week for Thanksgiving as well as a wonderful resource from Ann Brucker, a tech integration specialist from Billings, Montana, that will help you when your students change various settings on the Chromebooks. A definite "Print off and keep handy!"
Click the image to access Malchow's Tech Bytes~ November 13-17

 Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving break with family and friends. I'll be taking the week off as well to enjoy time with my family so there will not be a Tech Bytes newsletter posted next week.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Malchow's Tech Bytes~ Nov 6-10

This week's newsletter has lots of odds n' ends. Hopefully there will be a tidbit of two that you'll find helpful.
If you're looking for a wonderful, global collaboration opportunity, I would highly suggest checking out the Holiday Card Exchange by Projects by Jen. This year's theme is stars. My 1st graders always enjoyed this project. It was a great way for us to learn about others, practice geography skills, and connect with others through Google HangOuts. 

Malchow's Tech Bytes~ November 6th

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Ceating Rainbow Word templates in Pic Collage

Have you tried Seesaw's unbelievably awesome Activities feature? Since creating a boat-load of Rainbow word cards, literally 3 days before the Activities release, I've been pondering the best, and easiest way to share these words with students since Seesaw only allows one image to be drawn on at a time. I'm sure many of you introduce multiple words in a week and don't want to upload individual words so here's my work around... 

Pic Collage!

Creating templates is simple! Watch the video below to see how to do it so you can customize the templates you need for your students. If you are going to insert these templates into Seesaw, be sure to follow Step 6 by going into your Camera Roll and rotating your image to landscape view so your students will have more room to work on the template.

Need the Rainbow words files? Click here

Want to know how to download the files to your iPad from Google Drive? Click here

Sunday, October 29, 2017

How to get pictures from Google Drive to your iPad

Are you using the Rainbow Words templates from this post

Are you wondering how to get these images from Google Drive to your iPad camera roll? Watch this Clips video for easy directions.

Coming soon... how to use PicCollage to create your own customized weekly word lists!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Check out Reactions on this months EpicPals

Click the image to access the November EpicPals doc

Our November #EpicPals primary and intermediate collections are ready and waiting for you. This month's primary board again includes a Read To Me Flipgrid selection. Flipgrid, coupled with a Read to Me book, is a great way to give your struggling readers the opportunity to participate in EpicPals independently! Of course, ANYONE can participate on the Flipgrid response and students don't have to use the Read to Me function for the book selection. Personalize the experience for your students how you see fit for their needs!!

Also new this month is the ability for students to like other students' posts on the Padlet boards. We have turned on the new Reactions feature this month. Encourage your students to read others' posts and if they like their post, have them click on the heart at the bottom of the sticky note. This is a fantastic way to lead students toward commenting- start with being reflective and having an authentic reason to like something so they can then move forward to explaining. 

We also encourage you to have conversations with your students on what constitutes a good post and how to be a good digital citizen when working online. You can find several resources to help you with these conversations on this previous blog post. My hope is to add the comment feature to our Padlets at some point this year as students' reading, writing, and reflective skills improve. More on that in the near future.

Without further ado, here is the link for November's EpicPals Google Doc with this month's books and QR codes/links to the Flipgrid and Padlet boards.

If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. You can find both of us on Twitter- @smalchow (primary boards) and @bhopteacher (intermediate boards)
New to EpicPals and need some additional information? If so, head on over the the #EpicPals page at the top of the blog for additional information.