Well, that was fun.
Today, we were able to meet Mrs. Monaghan’s class in England through Skype. During our blogging conversations, we discovered words we didn’t know and items we hadn’t heard before. We found out that we sometimes call the same things by different names. So, we decided to play a game of International Show and Tell.
Middleham started us off, “We think you might not know what a Fat Rascal is.” And, we didn’t. When they showed us what it looked like, we yelled, “It’s a cookie!” They told us it was actually a scone. None of the children in our class eat scones, but adults sometimes have it with coffee.
They continued to challenge us with
We knew 3 of their terms.
The Techie Kids tried a few of our own terms too. We asked if they knew
They knew or were able to figure out most of these terms. We loved hearing what they called some of the items. We found out that the drink we call pop, they call “fizzy drinks.” They call Band-Aids, “plasters” and barettes, “hair-slides.”
Here’s an Animoto of the excitement.
Only 1 student in Mrs. Monaghan’s class had heard of a S’More before. They told us that they would be going camping soon. We thought it was important that they knew how to make these delicious snacks before they left!
Here’s our Snapguide teaching you how to make a S’More.
There were many more items we wanted to share, but didn’t have time.
Here is a SlideShare game we made for you. See if you can figure it out before clicking to the next slide.
Thanks for a super fun game!
Which items did you know by name?
Which items were new to you?
Did you have any other items you wanted to ask us?
This is a student post by Jenelle and Elaina.
We learned about the new app, Educreations. It lets you make a screencast while you draw on the screen. We want to show you how to reduce fractions before multiplying. We think this is a good strategy to use.
We hope you enjoy learning how to reduce before you multiply fractions!
Have you used Educreations or made a screencast before?
What would you make a screencast about?
This is a student post by Nathan, Jacob, and Nolan.
We are going to show you how to draw an airplane. The illustration is accompanied by a rap with the step by step directions. We learned how to increase the speed of a video using Windows Movie Maker. We also remixed music using UJAM.
Have you ever created a rap before? If not, what would your rap be about?
Tell us about your favorite thing to draw.
What is your favorite place to create music?
This is a student post created by Dominic.
Welcome to the Scavenger Hunt!
In this game, players will use Google Maps to look for architecture and answer questions.
1. Open a new window or tab. (browser)
2. Go to http://maps.google.com
3. In the Search bar, type in the first location. (Example: Big Ben, United Kingdom)
4. Drag the yellow man on the right side onto Big Ben.
5. Look through the pictures and answer the question. (Example: Estimate the height of Big Ben)
6. Put your answers in the comments below.
Find these Locations:
1. Location: Paris, France
Detail: Eiffel Tower
Question: Estimate the Height of the Tower.
2. Location: Rio De Janiero, Brazil
Detail: Christ The Redeemer (look toward the city)
Question: Estimate how many people live in the city.
3. Location: Rome, Italy
Question: Estimate how many arches are in the Colosseum.
Remember, leave your answers in the comments section below.
What did you think of this scavenger hunt?
Would you like to play this game again?
Do you have any suggestions for new locations?
This is a student post created by Danny.
Here are some keyboard shortcuts that I think are good to know.
Which keyboard shortcut do you think is most helpful?
What other keyboard shortcuts could we add to the list?
This is a student post written by Elaina and Jenelle.
The website, Cool Math Games, has educational games. In one of the games for example, BLOXORZ, the goal is to get a rectangular shape into a hole. It gets very difficult at times, but it teaches you problem solving skills. I would definitely recommend this for everyone.
Another game is Math Man. You are playing Pac Man, and you have to eat a question mark. The question mark then gives you a math problem to solve. You have to eat the ghost that has the right answer. This game helps you to improve your math skills. I would also recommend this game.
Have you played BLOXORZ or Math Man before? What did you think?
What are some of your favorite Math games?
Inspired by the amazing Mo Willems’, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, this book takes a Michigan twist. Henry Ford asks the readers to watch his Model T and remember,
Don’t Let the Bear Drive the Model T!
You won’t believe the crazy excuses this bear gives…
Written and illustrated by Mrs. Moore’s 4th grade Techie Kids.
Tell us about a book you have written with your classmates.
What other book versions would be fun to create?
Mrs. Moore went to an awesome education conference this past weekend called, EdCamp Detroit. It was full of amazing Michigan educators who love helping students learn! We had many great conversations and shared a whole bunch of cool ideas. When I told Mr. Medvinsky we were creating How-To videos, he shared a cool app with me called, SnapGuide. Guess what? I loved it and couldn’t wait to share it in class!
We jumped right in and made our first guide. Take a look at what our 1st graders created. Each photo is captioned and there are even videos at the end.
Have you used SnapGuide before?