#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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StoryBots Classroom Finalist for Best Early Childhood Education App

StoryBots Classroom – our free digital learning resource for teachers – was today named a finalist in the Best Early Childhood Education App or Tool category at the inaugural Tech Edvocate Awards.

More than 40,000 educators have signed up for the StoryBots Classroom program, which provides unlimited access to StoryBots’ massive library of educational ebooks, videos, activities and standards-aligned math games, all designed to make learning fun for kids ages 3-to-8.

The Edvocate is a leading voice in education policy, reform, equity and innovation. Winners of the Tech Edvocate Awards will be announced on October 31, 2017.

Are you a preK-3rd grade teacher? Sign up for free access to StoryBots Classroom here!

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Super Simple StoryBots Costumes!

Need a costume? We’ve got you covered! Turn your squad into Team 341B with this year’s cutest (and possibly easiest) costume to make! Here’s what you need:

Bo with Circle1. Cut out the template

You can find printable eyes and eyebrows here. Print your eyes on heavy cardstock to make sure it lasts all day.

bing-with-circle.png2. Tape or glue eyes and eyebrows to hat

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We used tape to attach our eyes and eyebrows, but you can also use glue or fabric glue. Just be sure to let it dry completely. Pro tip: Place the hat on your head first, then see where to place the eyes and eyebrows.

Beep with Circle3. Accessorize!

You can step up your costume game by adding things your StoryBot might like! You can also layer additional accessories like cardigans or jackets. Here’s a few ideas:

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Bing – coffee mug, pogo stick

Boop with Circle

Bo – rainbows, unicorns, glitter

Beep – magnifying glass, plant

Boop – coffee mug

Bang – ukulele, drums

 

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Add accessories to create a personal touch!

 

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From Team StoryBots, have a safe and spooky Halloween!