The PAC says "We want a Smartboard!"

Today I recieved a letter from the PAC in advocacy of the installation of a SMARTboard in the computer lab at George Jay Elementary.

Please read the rationale that the PAC has written for the advocacy of smartboards at George Jay

“Students are limited with their interaction with peers in a classroom. A SMARTboard allows students to discuss ideas and share learning in a wholeclass venue using a single computer. This technology therefore doubles the capacity of classrooms to be fully engaged with online experiences. This technology also allows the teacher to teach the class “from” the computer, taking advantage of online video clips, audio clips and other interactive sites. Students can come to the screen and interact with what is presented with the ability to write in “digital ink”.

The SMARTboard is an especially effective tool for teaching students in lower grades to navigate the many menus and hypertext environment of the screen before ever attempting the same operations on a laptop computer. In addition to being able to write on the screen, the user can also access an on screen keyboard which allows students to see all of the keystrokes performed, something which cannot be seen when using a traditional projector and computer.

A SMARTboard will enhance a classroom learning environment and support the “technical” development of our world.”

   Written by the PAC on Feburary 21st 2011

Trickle-Down Technology

    Take a look at this article found in “T H E Journal” and online journal about transforming education through technology. The article below presents information about interactive collaboration for students through the use of online discussion forums and the use of tablet computers, such as Apple’s iPad. Click on the link below to read the article.

Tickle-Down Technology

Mrs. O’Keefe grade 1/2 storybird

I had the chance to teach in Mrs. O’Keefe’s room for the morning. She has a smartboard and we used “Storybird.com” to create a digital story together. Each student wrote a page of the book, choosing the art, the layout, and the language. Then each student read their page as we read the story to each other. Check out our story by clicking the link below!

Our Storybird

Skate Canada School Program

Today grade 3,4, and 5s are researching about a specific region of Canada and an athlete from that region and Skate Canada Section they come from. We assigned our classes Quebec to research and allowed our students to choose their own athlete from that region. It was great to research background for our Canadian athletes!

Making Wordles!

Today we took copies of George Jay Elementary School Code of Conduct “SOAR” and typed it into a wordle. Here are a few samples of our work!

Here is my sample:

Here is student work from Divisions 1,2 and 3