The holidays are here and it’s a time for warm cocoa, sparkly sweaters, and winter cheer! Spread some joy this season with these StoryBots-inspired ornaments. Follow our directions, or add your own personal flair! Don’t forget to share your creations with #AStoryBotsChristmas!
Elementary teacher Alberto Jiminez loves it when his students stop what they’re doing, snap a picture of the screen, then annotate it using a student portfolio app. What you might not know is he teaches kindergarten. Mr. Alberto is a tech-forward teacher who believes that using education technology (and some good ole’ fashion listening) will help all students be successful!
Working in lower grades, we do use a lot of media in my class. I use it to introduce new concepts and for revision of previously taught ideas. My kids love listening to songs, and even more watching videos. They love to create, so I use Seesaw all the time. I like catching some cool image… putting our voices on top, tracing them and putting on some emoji tags.
Respectfulness, students’ engagement, content interest, length (shorter=better), video and audio quality, price (free content when possible)… There are so many things to take into account!
My school is 1-to-1 with tablets and we follow the Common Sense curriculum. This has helped us a lot. We focus on the concepts of responsibility and respect towards the others. Here’s the link for the ISTE standards we use: goo.gl/a2bzHy
I would say watch the clip all the way until the end… You never know what is going to show up next!
Let your students be part of the process: let them interact! Students should not only consume the media, but hear their voices when choosing. Pay close attention to their interests, then choose whatever works best for you. Be as connected to their realities as possible.
Follow @MrAlberto_JH on Twitter for more kindergarten tech ideas, and don’t forget to join us each month for #StoryBotsChat!
Sing along with “Sharing Christmas (With the Ones You Love)” from the A StoryBots Christmasholiday special on Netflix and help remind your family that spending time with loved ones is more important than the gifts we give or receive.
The music release also includes the bonus track “Crazy for Christmastime” from the wildly popular StoryBots video of the same name, available for streaming and download for the first time ever.