Internent Pedegogy Course Capsule Summaries

Website or App: website and App
Cost: Free with paid premium content
Geared Towards: Teachers and students
Grade Level: Any
Subject Area Focus: Any
SAMR Model Level: Augmentation: CANVA acts as a substitute for programs that allowed you to design posters, pamphlets etc.
Pros:
Easy poster Creation
Beautiful graphics and design content
Easy to use and intuitive
Cons:
If you play around with a design too much you lose the design feel
Website or App: both
Cost: Free with paid premium features
Grade Level: Elementary
Subject Area Focus: Math
SAMR Model Level: Augmentation – acts as a substitute for traditional analog math games.
Pros:
Easy to use
Highly motivating for kids
Each student gets their own login
You can pick what your students work on
You can track what your students are working on and what they are struggling with
Cons:
Name: Xtramath https://xtramath.org/
Website or App: both
Cost: Free
Grade Level: Elementary
Subject Area Focus: Math fact practice
SAMR Model Level: Substitution – acts a substitute for math flash cards
Pros: 
Easy to use
You pick what you want your kids to work on
They only move onto the next level of math facts once they’ve mastered the step their on
Baseline assessment to see where to start students
Customization by parents students
Rote learning of math facts
Cons:
Rote learning of math facts
 
Website or App: Website and App
Cost: Free
Grade Level: All
Subject Area Focus: Any – enables you to make interactive images
SAMR Model Level: Redefinition – allows for the creation of interactive images that weren’t possible before.
Pros:
Easy to use, share and embed.
Allows you to add: video, speech, text and links to images.
Cons:
Name: Fresh Grade https://www.freshgrade.com/
Website or App: both
Cost: Free
Grade Level: Teachers, parents and elementary
Subject Area Focus: Portfolio creation and assessment
SAMR Model Level: Augmentation – acts as a modification on the portfolio creation process.
Pros:
You can create an account for each student in your class
Easy for students to login
Students can add content to their own portfolios
Portfolios can be shared with parents
Cons:
 
Name: Exploratorium Light and Sound Undiscovered Apps http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/apps
Website or App: App
Cost: Free
Grade Level: Elementary and middle school
Subject Area Focus: Science
SAMR Model Level: Augmentation – acts as an interactive encyclopedia
Pros:
Interactive E-books
Great content
Easy to navigate
Cons:
Only 2 ebooks currently available in the series
Website or App: App
Cost: Free
Grade Level: Elementary and middle school
Subject Area Focus: Science – animal conservation
SAMR Model Level: Augmentation – acts as an interactive encyclopedia
Pros:
Beautiful interactive images that provide information about a number of endangered species around the world
Cons:
Doesn’t air play onto other devices – hard to show a class 
Name: You are stardust by Elin Kelsey and Artwork by Soyeon Kim http://www.youarestardust.ca/
Website or App: App
Cost: $5.99
Grade Level: Elementary
Subject Area Focus: Science and Astronomy
SAMR Model Level: Augmentation – acts as an interactive ebook
Summary:
Beautiful interactive app that explains to students the connections between people, the earth and space. I like it as a way of sparking students curiosity about the world around them.
Website or App: Website
Cost: Free
Geared towards: teachers, schools and school divisions
SAMR Model Level: Modification.
Pros:
So many ways to use Google Apps for Education!
A few:
Assignment turn in
Feedback
Online document collaboration and sharing
Access for users anywhere
Cons:
Website or App: Website and
Cost: Cost to schools but you can access it for free through public libraries
Grade Level: Elementary, middle and high school
Subject Area Focus: both fiction and non-fiction books
SAMR Model Level: Augmentation – acts as an interactive library.
Pros:
Large collection of ebooks, read-a-longs, videos, graphic novels, audiobooks. Both fiction and non-fiction.
Students love listening and watching a book from the tumblebook collection.
Once you have access, easy to access.
Cons:
Costs can be prohibitive if you don’t have access through a local library or school division

An Optimists World

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Colourful Crayon Rainbow photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography via photopin cc

Yesterday I did an idea generation activity that usually use to kick off the school year. I forget where I read about it (I will give credit once I remember) but the activity is simple students divide their page in half and on one side write ‘Love it’ and on the other “Loathe it’. They then brainstorm some of the things the love and they loathe. Then when at a later date they say “Ms. Bertram… I don’t have anything to write about.” we can refer back to their ‘Love it and Loathe it list’.

As the students were working creating their lists I had a few very concerned students say they didn’t have anything or very much in their loathe it lists. I simply said neither do I because life is too short to dislike many things and a short loathe it list isn’t a bad thing.

The Bliss of Being

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Happy girl Hopschotch in Strawberry photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography D Sharon Pruitt via photopin cc

After being away sick two days this week it was wonderful to back in the classroom on Wednesday with my students.  They were so excited to tell me about the sculptures they had made in their Outdoor Ed block and how they couldn’t wait to paper mache them!

Today was the day they got to get their hands sticky and bring their animal sculptures to life.   As I sat watching them working away talking, laughing and happily creating with their hands. I couldn’t help but relish the joy and happiness of simply being together and learning.

Today was a good day. Pure Bliss.