Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Follow Us

Hello! We are on Twitter  under my email address and supervision (I type their ideas). If you are a 3B parent please feel free to follow us at @3BBees to learn about what we are doing in 3B.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Tech Exploration Time Continues in 3B-Tweeting!

On Thursday, we saw pictures that another teacher at school took while traveling. We viewed photos from Costa Rica, Italy, and Switzerland. The students back channeled so that they could use the information for their research projects. We learned from our librarian how to take jot notes so that helped us with making short back channeling messages.

On Friday, we looked at my sister's pictures on posterous.com. We, also, started connecting with our FaceTime book buddies through our class twitter account. This class account is run through my email and I will be the one writing our thoughts. I will share our tweets that we receive to the students. We are going to connect with a few classes from around the world to ask and get answers to our questions for our country research projects.

In math, we are moving onto numbers to 1000 now that we are adding and subtracting whizzes!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Skyping Adventure

Today, I introduced the students to using a back channel when interacting with others. We used a back channel to keep track off what we learned when Skyping with a class in Nebraska. A few students used wallwisher (an online sticky note site) to write down answers to questions we asked the other class. This allows for us to keep track of information we need for a research project. If you are a parent of a 3B student be sure to ask them about it. If you are a visitor please check out the following link for more information on back channels: Back Channel

We had fun Skyping with the other class in Nebraska. We learned that they like to eat walking tacos. We had to ask what they were and then we googled it to see an image. Be sure to ask your child what a walking taco is.


Monday, 18 February 2013

Our Digital Connections in 3B

Here is the link that shows all of the places we have connected with and how we connected.

Our Digital Connections Map

Oh My, Where Has the Time Gone?

I realized the other day that I haven't updated this in a month. January and February seem to be such crazy months. We just had a professional development day last week. I learned a lot about using Twitter in the classroom and I attend to start doing it more often. 3B is going to connect with a Grade 3/4 class in Fort Assinboina, Alberta using FaceTime and twitter. I, also, presented a session on blogging in the classroom. I showed a dozen or so teachers how to create their own kidblog accounts and showed off the amazing blogs 3B has done. The teachers at my session were quite impressed with our blogging talents in 3B-way to go 3B!

In other technology news, we have been connecting with other classrooms and people around the world as part of our country research in Social Studies. We have used linoit (online sticky note collaboration site), blogging, posterous (photo collection site), google maps, email, and photos in our quest so far. We have connected with classes in the USA, England, and Scotland. This week we will Skype with another class in the USA and my sister in Australia to learn more about these countries. We will, also, hear about places that another teacher on staff has visited. We are looking forward to seeing his photos and asking him questions. He better come prepared because 3B is a curious group! In the next few months, we will be reading the blogs of classes from Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Saudi Arabia. I have created a google map of our connections. Once I have figured out how to import the link into my blog I will add it here.

In Social Studies, we are doing a social action project with one of our grade 7 classes (7Y). The project is called Make Change based on Hannah Taylor's make change for educators program. Hannah is the founder of the Ladybug Foundation in Winnipeg which raises awareness and money for the homeless in Winnipeg and around the world. We will be starting our own combined Grade 3 and 7 blog about our project. The address will be sent out once it is up and running. The students will be using technology to bring awareness to the issue of homeless in Thompson. They are quite excited to start raising awareness.

That's all for now! Be sure to stay tuned for more adventures in 3B as I promise to update this once a week!