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Ms. Skonieczny's kindergarten class really loves Motion Math's Hungry Guppy! In this paid app, students drag bubbles filled with dots to count and add. As each student progresses, more difficult content like number symbols or higher sums is delivered. As a reward, students earn "bling" for their fish. What a great way to reinforce basic counting and addition skills!
First day of school, first lost tooth, first haircut, and FIRST SELFIE? Boy, how times have changed! This year was the first school year that our school district had iPads follow our students. That meant that our kindergartners received iPads from our graduating seniors.
Using Apple's new Apple ID U13 Kiosk feature, many parents were able to set up their kindergartner's Apple ID before school started. However, we still had to individually enroll over 100 iPads into the Jamf server. This server is responsible for distributing paid and free apps to our iPads. A little tough to do with five year olds! But with the help of third and fifth graders as well as our tech staff, our kinders finally received their iPads and happily took their first selfies. Say cheese!
Learning with a friend is awesome, learning with an older grade level buddy is even more awesome! Buddy classrooms, Ms. Hester's kinders and Ms. Price's third graders really enjoy learning from each other during their "Buddy Time". On this visit, third graders patiently helped kindergartners learn to use the apps TanZen lite, Geoboard, and ABC Magnetic Alphabet. What fun!
Formative assessment is the process of checking in with students to get their feedback about their learning and understanding of a topic or opinions in order to guide instruction. A quick way to informally assess your students is by using Padlet. In this example, Ms. Bennett set up a Padlet wall for her 3rd graders and had them check in with a guiding question.
What's super cool is that Padlet now provides a QR code for students to snap and quickly go to a wall to add their questions, ideas, or comments. From that springboard of beautiful student feedback, you can quickly tailor your lesson based on what your students know, think or wonder. Want to find more ways to use technology for formative assessments? Check out this Listly list and get students involved in their own learning!
Have you ever wondered what activities, events, and amenities our amazing Booster Club has sponsored? Check out this video to see the incredible improvements that have come about due to the support of our parents. Thank you so much for making Bridge Point an amazing place to teach and learn!
Ms. Skonieczny's class loves to Go Noodle, Ninja style! Go Noodle is a fantastic researched-based site that helps kids get their wiggle with activities that are healthy for the body, engaging for the mind, and beneficial to the brain in specific ways that help students stay focused and get ready to learn. Did you know you can Go Noodle at home for free too? Happy Go Noodling!
BPE 5th graders started their speeches this week for their chance to be apart of our amazing Student Council. After speeches were given, students used their iPads to vote using Google Forms. To make sure each student only voted once and for their homeroom only, 5th graders had to sign in using their Google credentials and we used the Go to Page Based on Answer feature of Google Forms. Way cool, best of luck to all of our Student Council candidates!
There's an app for that! Check out our school lunch menu using School Lunch by Nutrislice online, on the App Store or on Google Play. You can view actual pictures of lunches, view nutritional information, comment on menus or even rate your lunch! Yum!
"Didja" get it? @bpe_principal has made his debut on Social Media! Mr. Wirht sent out his first tweet today about that mysterious thing we call Late Start. If you ever wondered (in 140 characters or less) what we do on those late starts, check out Mr. Wirht's tweet today.
If you are't into the Twitters, you can soon catch him on Instagram and Facebook too. What a "tweet"!