Monday, December 04, 2006

December 7th - Lunch & Learn

Two new technology applications have come to Lyon School!

KidPix OSX has some great new options...
iLife integration
big screen version
more kid-friendly
enhanced for OS X
politically correct - no more "bomb" explosions
no log in screen / no kidpix song
podcasting capabilities

Tumble Books Library
An online collection of animated, talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes, educational games, and teacher resources. A special thanks for PTA for purchasing this one year subscription to Tumblebooks.

This L & L will be hands-on. Look at Part 1 & 2 - Choose one in part 1. Hopefully, do the other at another time. Think about part 2... Have FUN! :) We will share near the end of this session!

1. KidPix "assignment"
Log in as a classroom
Open the classroom folder
Drag the "pictures" folder to the iPhoto icon on the dock
"Watch in awe" as the photos become a part of the user iPhoto library
Open KidPix
Import a photo or two into KidPix
What could you do with these pictures? "Create" a student project

2. TumbleBooks "assignment"
Lyon Students icon link
Log in
Find two stories for a curriculum area and read.
Are there any extension activities or games?
How could your students use Tumblebooks as a meaningful and engaging part of their day?

Part II

Look at the NETS...which are these two tools and their engaged use meeting?

1. Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes, and other technologies.

2. Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.

3. Communicate about technology using developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology.

4. Use developmentally appropriate multimedia resources (e.g., interactive books, educational software, elementary multimedia encyclopedias) to support learning.

5. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom.

6. Demonstrate positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology.

7. Practice responsible use of technology systems and software.

8. Create developmentally appropriate multimedia products with support from teachers, family members, or student partners.

9. Use technology resources (e.g., puzzles, logical thinking programs, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools) for problem solving, communication, and illustration of thoughts, ideas, and stories.

10. Gather information and communicate with others using telecommunications, with support from teachers, family members, or student partners.