Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Explain Everything, Wampanoag, English Colonist and Memorial Third Grade Students

You may ask what do these things all have in common?   If you ask a Memorial third grader they will tell you that they are taking a virtual field trip to Plimoth Plantation and doing a research project on the Wampanoags and English Colonist using Explain Everything on their I-Pads.

 Our project has gone 100% digital this year.  Teachers shared the project through Google Drive to their students.  Students then imported the project into Explain Everything and have been learning all the ins and outs of the app as we work on our research projects.  

Accessing the "You are a Historian" site, students are taking the tour of the Wampanoag Village to kick off the project.  Once we are done studying the Wampanoags we will continue our adventure studying the English Colonist.  

Students are preparing for a real life experience to Plimoth.  When they return from their trip they will produce a project using either Book Creator or Explain Everything highlighting what they learned.  They will be taking original photographs while they are at Plimoth Plantation to add to their projects.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Internet Safety Tips to Talk to Your Children About

One of the biggest concerns for parents and educators these days is safety on the web for our children and students.  Educating our students on the do's and don'ts of being safe on the web is an important role for both parents and teachers.  With so many different social media sites,  it is important to carefully evaluate the settings of the sites for your children and what is being shared about them and you.  Privacy is a big issue these days, but if we as users keep an eye on what we are sharing, then that is one of the first steps you can take for keeping  your child safe on the web as well as yourself.  

Having conversations with your child or students is also important.  They need to know what is acceptable to share and what is not.  Children don't always know when they are giving too much information about themselves whether they post a photo of themselves wearing their team gear or talking about the birthday party they are going to on Saturday to someone on-line.  

This link will give you some ideas of some of the most important conversations you can have with your children/students about staying safe on-line.   National Children's Advocacy Center

You will also find some great resource links for learning more about Internet Safety.