RCET is excited to Mrs. Cristin Wilbur and her second graders to the AT&T Classroom. Over the next three weeks, the class will be using the Google Classroom learning platform, a free tool offered by Google that is designed to provide a safe digital learning space where teachers and students can communicate and share content. Within Google Classroom, teachers can create an assignment and choose how students complete the assignment (e.g., individually, small groups, whole class). The teacher is able to track who has completed the assignment and who has not and also provide feedback to individual students. Students are able to keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and access their work from any device with a web browser.
The second graders started their morning by logging into the Stream feature of Google Classroom that allows the teachers and students to post questions and replies. Mrs. Wilbur is using Stream as a class blog for daily writing practice where she will post a question or writing prompt in the Stream and students will be able to log on and post a reply to the prompts.
Across the next three weeks, the students will also be introduced to the basic elements of coding and programming.This morning the second graders had their first coding lesson using the Daisy the Dinosaur iOS app. Daisy the Dinosaur introduces children to the basic elements of coding through a challenge mode and a free play mode. The challenge mode tutorial shows the user how to use drag-and-drop steps to make the dinosaur move, jump, shrink and grow. There is also a free play mode in which users can design their own program to animate Daisy.
The second graders ended their morning by using Make 10 Plus, an iOS math game that focuses on the “math fact 10 family”. The player is challenged to reach the total of 10 as quickly as they can by tapping the correct number tile before a wall comes crashing down.Knowing how to make 10 is a key math skill in order to add and work with larger numbers. Students were very engaged with the challenge posed by the game while building their fluency with grouping for 10.