#StoryBotsChat with Mr. Alberto

@MrAlberto_JHElementary 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!

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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.

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Mr. Alberto’s students capture their favorite StoryBots songs, then annotate them by tracing letters, writing words, and adding emoji stickers.

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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!

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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

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I would say watch the clip all the way until the end… You never know what is going to show up next!

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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.

 

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Follow @MrAlberto_JH on Twitter for more kindergarten tech ideas, and don’t forget to join us each month for #StoryBotsChat!

Ask the StoryBots Nominated for BAFTA Kids’ Award

Ask the StoryBots is a hit on both sides of the pond!

The Netflix original series was just nominated for best International program at the prestigious British Academy Children’s Awards. Our nomination marks the first ever for Netflix at the Children’s Awards (along with The Little Prince, recognized in the Feature Film category).

Hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the awards honor the best in children’s media. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 26.

Ask the StoryBots has already proven to be a favorite stateside. In its first season, the Netflix original series has picked up a Daytime Emmy Award (with five additional nominations), was one of just two children’s shows recognized by the Peabody Awards, and was additionally honored by the Kids !magination Awards and Annie Awards.

Find out what all the buzz is about and start watching Ask the StoryBots now!

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StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge: Boats

Boat STEM Challenge

Hoist the anchor, hold the mainstay, and grab a pool noodle! Our last #summerSTEMchallenge is all about buoyancy, and it’s made with materials you probably already have at home!

Challenge: Create a boat and find out how much weight your boat can hold without sinking.

Materials:

Step 1: Cut the noodle

👩‍👧 This is a grown-up job. Using a craft knife (we used a bread knife!) cut a 1 inch disk off the noodle.

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Step 2: Set the sails

Print out the StoryBots Sails and tape a stick to the back (we used coffee stirrers).

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Step 3: Put it all together

Insert the sail firmly into the noodle.

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Step 4: Experiment time!

Try out your boat in a kiddie pool, the sink, the tub, or a shallow tub. How can you make this project even better?

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Extension Ideas

Try out these extension ideas:

  • How can you change the sail to improve your boat?
  • How many pennies (or other cargo) can your boat hold?
  • Can you add a motor?

Where are you sailing YOUR boat? In the bathtub? The ocean? In your cereal? Let us know and include #summerSTEMchallenge on Instagram and Twitter! Don’t forget to tag us, @StoryBots!

Hope your summer is full of curiosity, questions, and some really silly songs. You can find even more fun stuff at StoryBots.com!

Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs are streaming all-summer on Netflix. Check it out!

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