Earlier this week I read this post by Paul Wagner. I had set up linoit on my Ipads, but my 2nd graders weren’t quite ready. So I had dropped it and forgot about it. Well we tried it again this week and they were ready to give it a try. The result is below.
I have my students organized in 4 groups. Each group is assigned a color. Their remotes and Ipads are stored in cloth bags with those colors. So they made their posted notes their group color. The kids used an app on their Ipads. I am fortunate enough to have 1 Ipad per 2 kids. So they sat with their partners on the carpet and typed in their Jan Brett questions. (Yellow is currently down 1 Ipad due to an accident – so they have fewer posts.) For my kids this is much easier than using their promethean remotes, because they can use the full keyboard on the ipad.
So my real problem is how do I make sure I don’t forget about good tools that my 2nd graders need to grow into?
My kids love Google Earth. If given free time on the Ipads they will frequently choose the Google Earth App. So when I saw Google Earth Walks posted by our district’s CITS on Twitter (#icafelc), I knew I needed to try it. They had posted a link to http://googleearthwalks.com/ and all the instructions are under resources.
THey are clear and easy to follow. Basically I located geotagged image with Creative Commons licences on flickr. Then I put a place marker at that location. I added an image using the using the HTML/BBCode under the share tab. Below that I added a question that involved ordering numbers by place value. When I was finished I had an interesting whole group lesson that will grab their attention.
Here are the “Stops on our walk”.
If you would like to use the Google Earth Walk here a link to the file.
Instructions for using the kmz files on Ipads are on the Google Walks site. I’m going to use these as part of my small group rotations.