Week 8. It’s great! Routines are mostly set. Expectations, too. It was a short week (2 days of conferences AND book fair).
NO PreK / K / Grade 1…due to conference days.
Week 1 in a research unit, designed to fuse PebbleGo, note-taking, citation, and video creation with haiku poetry. And while this book was a bit young for the 2nd graders, it worked really well with Claim-Evidence-Reasoning…which was the goal of today’s lesson. Next week: RESEARCH with our newest database, PebbleGo!
So, the Destiny home screen is in need of an update. When a handful of students per class don’t realize they’re on the wrong catalog because most of the 11 in our school group look identical, there is an issue. Step 1: survey the students to see what they think of the current set-up. They are the end-user, so their voice and opinions are the most valuable! Using their iPads (we are 1:1), they could work independently or with a small group to answer 3 questions: what is GOOD, what SHOULD be here, how should it LOOK? Following the discussion, three options for a Destiny home page were shared: one from Van Meter in Iowa (thanks Shannon McClintock Miller), one from my former school (thanks, Nanette!), and our current screen (a list of links). With little fanfare but much enthusiasm, they were most impressed with a home screen setup like at Van Meter. Next: a redesign using Symbaloo!
Cheers, y’all! –arika