It is very important that students learn early on to respect the device they are working on as well as be safe when they are using it. The teacher and students will have a classroom discussion on responsibility on how to take care of the device, keep it safe and themselves while using it.
MITECS Global Collaborator
Book Creator is a simple and free online app that even very young students may use to make interactive multimedia-rich eBooks.
Google Sites are a great platform to communicate both locally & globally. They are easy to set up for your students and easy to link information both individually for your students as well as setting up a group or classroom page. Our classrooms are busy places of learning and we feel strong about giving back to our Community & teaching our students at a young age the feeling of giving. We begin teaching the Core Democratic Value of common good in early elementary BUT until we DO it, the meaning can get lost. Google Sites is a great tech tool to implement for your Community Service projects & beyond!
Students will connect virtually with one or more community members such as police chief, city manager, librarian, or mayor in order to discuss their roles and responsibilities. Students will keep track of what they learn in order to create a poster describing the person and everything he/she does to help the community.
In first grade students begin learning about basic nutrition and how to grow plants in a cup or small planter. In this lesson, the students will take it a step further and students will learn how to create a community garden and share the food. The students will use brainstorming apps to plan the garden and create a poster to advertise the garden.
Padlet is an online post-it-like board that you can use as an easy collaboration platform for students. Padlets can be created by you or students. Once created, student can share ideas and comment on other students as well.
The students are going to have their own chance to participate in a continuous story. One student starts the story and is given a certain amount of time for telling it. Another student will continue the story and each student will have a chance to add to it. The teacher will use ePals and submit their idea to find another classroom to collaborate together in the story. The students will learn about each other's cultures and lives through the storytelling.
Creating a story is not an easy task. What should I write about? Who will the characters be in my story? What will happen? These are all questions that every author needs to answer before their story can take shape. Storybird is an online community that provides original artwork to inspire students. The artwork sparks their imagination and supports story creation. Collaboration can take place when students invite others to work on their story with them.
Need your students to have a voice? Let them record their authentic learning digitally and share with others. Social interactions and learning is amplified when using Flipgrid.
Engaging students in their education is not always easy. One way is to give them the opportunity to be involved in school event decision making processes. Providing them with a task, having them poll their peers, and then using the analyzed data to inform their decisions is sure to keep them engaged.
A Google Slide Deck introduction to the MITECS competency Global Collaborator - Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
Students brainstorm a list of bucket fillers together to inspire acts of kindness locally and globally
An infographic is a visual presentation of information in the form of a chart, graph, or other images accompanied by minimal text, intended to give an easily understood overview of a subject. They are very popular and frequently found on websites, newsprint, magazines, etc. Students may create infographics to share out research on any variety of topics, statistics generated from surveys, or a host of other options that cross the various content areas.
The ISTE Standards for Students were introduced in 1998, revised in 2007 and then again in 2016. The standards are designed to "empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process of exploration, creativity and discovery no matter where they or their teachers are in the thoughtful integration of ed tech." (from ©2017 Clarity Innovations, Inc.) The standards provide a framework to transform teaching and learning with technology. There are seven standards and indicators for each standard to assist learning in the classroom.
Google Hangouts is a communication platform which includes instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP features. With Google Hangouts, classrooms can connect with each other and collaborate on various topics.
Lino offers the capacity to post sticky notes on a canvas using a web browser. The teacher may create a canvas and share the link with the class. The students do not have to login to collaborate. Students may collaboratively post color-coded sticky notes, share images, links etc. to the canvas. Very simple tool to use with students and highly engaging!
Popplet is a web based and app based tool that allows students to mind map their ideas with user-friendly functions. Students can create brainstorming webs easily and collaboratively.
Basic technology skills task cards for all seven MITECS and ISTE Standards for Students
Fifth grade task cards for all seven MITECS and ISTE Standards for Students
First grade task cards for all seven MITECS and ISTE Standards for Students