Kahoot! is a game-based classroom response system that can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Kahoot can be used to create learning games, ask questions, take surveys, engage students in discussions, and assess students in real-time.
Mrs. Shanna Bingham is a kindergarten teacher at Pioneer Elementary. I had the opportunity to watch her work with her students on counting and number recognition. Her students worked as partners and used iPads to scan QR codes. Those codes took the students to her UEN website (http://my.uen.org/myuen/230078). The students then counted the number of pumpkins and wrote the number on a worksheet. Once that activity was complete the students then used the app Doodle Buddy to practice collaboration and providing feedback while counting. One student would say a number and the other student would tap out that amount of snowflakes on the screen. The first student would then give a thumbs up or down to indicate whether the student completed the request accurately. The final activity was using the app ShowMe which was the first time using this application. The students were give a two minute explanation as to how to use the app. Then with their partner they created a mini counting movie. It was amazing to see how engaged and the amount of collaboration that took place during this forty minute lesson.
Mrs. Bingham is always eager to incorporate technology into her lessons. Whether it be using the SMART board to instruct from or having her student use iPads instead of worksheets to complete lesson activities. She always keeps productivity at the forefront of her lesson planning. Her lessons are engaging and keep her kindergarten students collaborating. To quote one of her students “This is super awesome!” She is a true 21st Century teacher.
Spotlight Author: Heidi Meenen, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist
Additional Resource Shown on Video: Class Dojo
Whether you’ve been curious about AppSmashing or you’ve never heard the words ‘app’ and ‘smash’ used in the same sentence, it’s sure that AppSmashing is a fun way for students to learn and present content.
What’s an app smash, you ask? An app smash is when multiple apps are used to create a finished project. Your students might already be AppSmashing and not even know it! The most important app is already on your device – the ‘Photos’ app or camera roll is where you save each piece of the smash. Then, put them all together using a different app (like iMovie or ThingLink).
Check out these websites created by GSD School Technology Specialists for more information and resources:
Hope you’ll have a smash!