Touching Base with Pre-K through 5th

I’ve had some great meetings the last week. For the third year in a row, we’ve offered a stipend day for the Pre-K to 5 grade teams to meet with myself, the LS Tech Coordinator, and the LS Librarian to talk about curriculum for the year, tech integration and library resources.

These meetings have got better every year, and this week I got first hand reports about what worked last year, what didn’t, and what the plans are for this year.

Things that didn’t work great: video projects that had too many layers: writing, shooting, editing, music, title tracks, still images, etc. Many were never completed because there were too many layers. This year, the plan is to focus on one or two layers, and maybe do a podcast instead of a full video project.

Things that did work great: digital photo and video “documentation” in the lower grades, and sharing with kids and parents. “Outside experts” who were friends of the teachers who answered the emails of second and fourth graders about Mt. St. Helens and marine biology. Password-protected SharePoint sites where it was a “class job” each week for two students to write a report about the week for parents. Microworlds programming experiences, which is now being expanded to all students in grades 2-5 and integrated into core units.

The list goes on, but I get the great feeling that these teachers “get it” when it comes to the much broader horizons of content and sharing that technology enables. The teachers are also going to help us desing two specific “Data and Desserts” nights: one for Pre-K to 2, and the other for 3-5 parents. We’ll cover a lot of issues about “screen time” and other best practices for home use of technology.

Hmmm– I think we need to offer these meetings to teachers in all divisions.

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