NEW!!! Research Database: Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits

We have a NEW research database available on the Elanco Gateway page for students and teachers called Kids InfoBits. Kids InfoBits is a “content-rich, easy-to-use digital resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. It is continuously updated and provides interesting and important facts with connections to current and past events. Indexed, searchable content along with more than 13,000 images, over 1,700 kid-friendly charts, graphs, and nearly 600 high-quality educational videos are provided from resources including books, magazines, and news periodicals.”

  • Great resource for K-5
  • Leveled Reference Content
  • Images
  • Book, Magazine, News Articles
  • Read Aloud
  • Sources are Cited for you!
  • Translates articles to other languages
  • Integrates with Google Classroom
  • Save to Google Drive
  • Annotate features within the articles.

Watch the video below to learn more about the basics of Kids InfoBits.

Kids InfoBits Tutorial

 

Kid InfoBits- How to use the Tools

If you have any questions about Kids InfoBits you may contact your building librarians, or myself.

New Features in Seesaw!!!!!

Seesaw just released a new Activities feature.  Now you can easily create and share activities for your students to complete in Seesaw. Get inspired with grade-level specific activities from our library, or create your own! Learn how with this video!  Make sure to check out these helpful videos along with the other tutorials and resources about Seesaw that are on the ElemTech Blog!

 

 

What is new with CultureGrams

Click on the link below to see what is new with Culture Grams for 2017!

2017 Back to School Updates!!!

Through the use of CultureGrams, our students can travel to exquisite places in the world, researching new cultures, languages, foods, and customs. CultureGrams is a searchable database containing concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on more than 200 countries, all 13 Canadian provinces, and territories, and each U.S. state.

This database provides online resources including a worldwide photo gallery, slideshows, video clips, famous people collection, recipe collection, and sortable, create-your-own data tables of selected information. This is a great primary source database used in World Languages, Family and Consumer Science (FCS), Social Studies, and English departments.

Students who learned about water in Africa, selected a video in CultureGrams to learn more about how water is collected.  Using a video like the one below levels the playing field for many of your students and allows them to fill in gaps in their learning.

If you need any help with using CultureGrams in your classroom please feel free to email me at adam_geiman@elanco.org

BrainPop: New and Improved!

BrainPOP is a great educational tool to help engage & motivate student learning independently, in small groups, and within the direct instruction. Investigate the multitude of topics/units in Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Health, Arts & Music, and Engineering/Tech. Students learn through video lessons and take quizzes to capture their learning.  There are games as well as teacher resources to access.   The next slide will give you an overview of what BrainPOP is capable of doing within the classroom. There is no need to use the BrainPOP app because BrainPop Jr and BrainPop are both mobile friendly. BrainPOP ESL is coming next to Mobile!  Click on the above Going Mobile link in order to see which features are enabled in the mobile environment.

 

New Beginnings

Today I start another journey in my career as a teacher. For thirteen years I have spent August like all teachers do, setting up a classroom, organizing supplies, and reading up on all of my new students. This August, I am embarking on a new journey as an Instructional Technology Coach at Elanco School District. Teaching and technology have always been a passion of mine. I am excited to start this new role. I am working with the most amazing and talented group of K-6 teachers at three different elementary schools. 

I have come to learn that when something is a passion it doesn’t matter what role you take that passion doesn’t wane. For my former students if you are nervous about starting this year in a new grade or a new school Mr. Geiman is nervous right with you. Many of your teachers will be feeling the same way as well. With our common understanding, we will all get through this year with patience and perseverance. Just keep reminding yourself that the journey is a marathon, not a sprint.

I can’t wait for this year to start and look forward to working with all of you. 

Unbounded Classroom: Webinar 5/30/17

     

Unbounded Classroom 

May 30, 2017 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET
Audience: Teachers/Educators, Instructional Technology Support Specialists, Media Specialists

This webinar is co-sponsored by The Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PACIE).

Join this webinar to learn how 4th grade teachers in Eastern Lancaster Elementary School District in rural Pennsylvania are taking their students around the world virtually using Google Expeditions and the Global Connections Framework to instill empathy, understanding, and deeper learning outcomes.

Unbounded Classroom explores the potential of using cutting edge technology to remove the boundaries of the classroom without ever leaving the school building. Students interact and experience a variety of diverse cultures and geographic locations within their own classrooms and globally, via virtual reality. These experiences engage students with their peers, with the curriculum, and with the global community. This webinar will introduce the global connections framework and how to implement virtual reality in K-12 classrooms. Presenters are Mr. Adam Geiman and Mr. Drew Arena, 4th Grade Teachers, Blue Ball Elementary.

Register by May 28, 2017 to guarantee your spot!

Unbounded Classroom: Global Connections Framework for VR

Unbounded Classroom Goes to Washington D.C.!!!!!

Amazing things are happening at Blue Ball Elementary! It’s official Mr. Arena and Mr. Geiman went to Washington DC to present Unbounded Classroom! After Mr. Geiman presented at KINBERCON2017 Unbounded Classroom was invited to present at the Internet2 Global Summit in Washington DC. When Mr. Arena and Mr. Geiman first wrote their VR grant their goal was to take their students and their work beyond the classroom. They wanted their students to understand that they are part of a globally connected world with different cultures, people, and topography. 

 global blogging; blogging; vr; classroom; students blogging

Since the start of Unbounded Classroom, their classes have connected with 21+ different countries from around the globe through their student blogs. Now Unbounded Classroom has surpassed their expectations. Not only has VR and blogging taken them beyond their classroom walls it has taken them to Pittsburgh and Washington DC where they have had the opportunity to present how they are using their global connections framework to incorporate virtual reality in their classrooms to level the playing field for their students.

Unbounded Classroom Virtual Reality

Mr. Arena & Mr. Geiman presenting at Internet2 Global Summit

Unbounded Classroom

  They were honored and grateful for the opportunity to present at Internet2 Global Summit!  From their presentation, at the Internet2 Global Summit, Mr. Arena and Mr. Geiman were asked to host a webinar on Unbounded Classroom through KINBER on May 31st from 3:30-4:30.  Look for the upcoming link and information about the Unbounded Classroom Webinar.

     

Make-a-Movie with BrainPop

Hey edugeek Moby!

Brain POP via Compfight

Just announced: “the launch of Make-a-Movie, the newest addition to our suite of creation tools. Make-a-Movie empowers teachers and students to make their own BrainPOP-style movies, building scenes with images from our library or their own drawings. Moviemakers can then record narration, manipulate backgrounds, add cool transitions, and begin with a letter the way BrainPOP movies do.” – from BrainPop.com

Visit the Get Started with Make-a-Movie educators page for a preview with step-by-step guides and screencasts.

Also visit the BrainPop Blog to explore the December recap of the new games and movies that are now available at BrainPOP. For more information about how to utilize BrainPop, visit the Elanco Elem. Instructional Tech Info 2016-17 document.

 

 

Football by the Numbers

Super Bowl XLIX Joe Parks via Compfight

It’s Super Bowl week. Here’s a fun and interactive way to have students experiment with STEM concepts, such as angle and velocity. A fun way for students in grades 3-8 to play with the science of football.

“EA SPORTS, Madden NFL, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education are proud to introduce EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, an engaging… educational program designed to harness students’ love for football to engage them in key math and science concepts.” — http://footballbythenumbers.discoveryeducation.com/

In the football interactive, students are “presented with on-the-field scenarios and challenges faced by the NFL’s best players and coaches, it’s your (students’) job to make the informed, real-time decisions necessary to win the game! Design strategies for running the most effective play by using your math and science knowledge, and then it’s up to you to make the call.”

Click here to Launch the Interactive.

Students first set the angle and velocity, then…. get to see if the quarterback completes the pass.

 

Farewell & Thank You!

Farewell & Thank You!

As you may have heard, I’ve resigned from my position as instructional technology coach in Elanco in early January. In addition to spending time at home with my kiddos, I hope to develop my educational consulting endeavors.

Thank you so much to all of you who have included me in your classrooms and project design work and who have attended any of the Wired Wednesdays or other professional development sessions I’ve offered. It’s been such a pleasure working with all of you and your students!

I will miss everyone at Elanco and wish you continued success and happiness. Continue challenging yourselves, and don’t be afraid to take risks with technology! You can’t break it! If it’s going to help students collaborate, communicate, and create in meaningful ways, give it a try! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you ever need anything! Email me anytime at hiltelemtech@gmail.com.

I’ll look to the #elancosd hashtag and your blogs to check out the innovative and exciting learning happening in your classrooms!

— Lyn Hilt