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Student Led Conferences In The KJS Lab

Today was student led conferences. Excitement was in the air as enthusiastic students led their parents, siblings and even some grandparents around the school showing them where they learn and play. Last year we decided to have laptops in each classroom so that students could show the digital pieces of their portfolio. This worked OK, but with computers in every room it made it hard for me to be at all places at once to help support students and teachers. Plus I didn’t really get to meet many parents. This year the classroom teachers suggested that the students bring their parents to the KJS computer lab and they show their work there. I liked this idea as all specialist that had digital pieces to show could be in once place, I would hopefully get a chance to meet more parents and the students could show their parents where their ICT classes take place.

In the end I liked it better having students come to the KJS lab, despite it being so busy in the morning during the first few sessions. If we do it again like this next year, we will have to make sure we have a better schedules so that we don’t have so many people in the lab all at once. Also, as most of the digital pieces were movies loaded from Vimeo, the network tended to slow right down when there were a lot of people accessing their pieces. I guess a better schedule would also help to stop this from happening. In the end though, I think what the students and parents go out of the day was a great experiences. Lots of smiles and proud face on not just parents and grandparents but also students. It’s great to see the students so confident and happy to share the work they do everyday with their family.

Some parents and students didn’t get time to see all of their digital pieces of work, so I encourage you to access it from home. Visit www.isshlearners.weebly.com to have access to the KJS homepage, with links to all of the tools and sites the students use in class. On this site is a section for each grade. If you click it then click the first link, ‘Student Led Conference 2012’, you have access to most of the ICT, Japanese Culture and Music classes pieces of work for the portfolios. If you can’t navigate to the work, check the URL’s in the portfolios and type them in manually. If you are still having trouble, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll see if I can help.

I hope all of the students enjoyed the experience of bringing their parents to the computer lab and I hope that all of the parents were impressed by how savvy their children are. If you have any feedback at all from SLC, please leave a comment below.

Japan Day 2011

A great day was had by all today, despite the miserable weather. Japan Day is a special day that our Japanese faculty put together to celebrate our host country and it’s customs and traditions. Everyone is asked to dress up in Japanese attire or red and white. I donned my yukata and ran around most of the day taking video and photos.The junior school had a great calligraphy performance and made a huge group artwork together. Then the rest of the day they had fun Japanese activities to do like kendama, ayatori, etc.

Here are some great pictures from the day.

 

The Adventures Of Sally And Snoodle

Grade 1 have settled into ICT classes extremely well this year. It’s a big jump from kindergarten classes which are focused mainly on the consumption of media and some very basic creation, to elementary school where students are doing a lot of really world application of ICT, creating work for specific purposes and really starting to develop more complex ICT skills.

After the fun they had on Comic Life making posters, the next piece of work the students worked on was a Storybird. Students went to www.storybird.com, logged into my account and created their own picture books based on artwork submitted by artists from all around the world. The art is amazing and really gets the students creativity flowing, some of the stories are really interesting! Here is one great example.

An Adventure With Sally And Snoodle. by Tei on Storybird

Students can also read stories that are published on Storybird. If you like reading to your daughter, then explore Storybird for some interesting and fun books. If you like to make up stories or see yourself as a budding author, create your own account, narrate a book and see what kind of reaction you get.

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UPDATE 3RD NOV 2011

All published stories can be found by following this link. If your daughters story is not up yet, she must still be working on it and it will be up soon.

Grade 1 – Life In General

Grade 1 are currently studying all about themselves so I decided it would be a good idea to make a poster about themselves. Along the way they started using the keyboard in a purposeful way as well as learn how to use the software Comic Life which is great for making posters, comics, title pages, etc.

 

I originally planned for these to be uploaded online so I was careful that the students didn’t include any personal information. I think they did a great job, what do you think?

How Chocolate Is Made

Grade 1 have been studying chocolate in their class. During ICT class, they watched a movie on how chocolate is made, then as a class, summarized the process into steps. After that they drew a step each and read their step aloud. This is the resulting videos of all of their hard work!

1 Pink

1 Red

Internet Safety

Internet safety is definitely something to be taken serious. But it’s also a delicate line between scaring the children away from using a computer and the Internet and making them aware of what they do when online. I go over a range of websites and strategies for the students in elementary and middle school each year to help reinforce the importance of staying safe online. The interactive video clip that I usually start off with is the ‘Dongle’ site, which is made by the BBC in the UK. Basically, it’s geared towards younger students and helps them understand the motives of others online, while giving them an acronym to help them remember to stay safe online. You can visit the site here:

One other site we use in class to help reinforce safe surfing is Brain Pop Jr. The students watch the video on Internet safety and answer questions regarding a range of different topics pertaining to staying safe online. It’s a free video offered by Brainpop Jr. and can be viewed here:

There are also two websites created by PBS Kids that I use. One of them works really well in class and the other is quite abstract and as a result, the students don’t really know why they are using the site. The best one is the ‘Web License’ site. The students must answer a range of questions and if they get enough correct, they receive their license to navigate the Internet. The students love getting the license at the end but it also brings up a lot of good points to talk about in class. I usually do this with upper elementary students as some concepts are a little tough for the younger students. You can get your license here:

The other site that PBS Kids has, that I find is not very affective is the ‘Webonauts Internet Academy’. It’s a newer, upgraded version of the web license, however I feel that it’s nowhere near as affective and is far too abstract. It also does not bring up anywhere near as many points for class discussion, which I think are very important and the site is a little buggy, at times freezing up and not allowing the character to proceed any further without refreshing and as a result, restarting their game. But you can view it here to see for yourself:

One last thing that I do with all students from Grade 3 and up is I have them ‘sign’ an online pledge. The pledge is a form that I post to my wiki in which the students must agree to ten main points before they are allowed to use the Internet. I keep a copy of this so that I can show the children what they agreed to if they break a rule. They can also access the rules at any time to review them. Questions range from keeping personal information off the Internet, to meeting strangers online, to plagiarism.

So as you can see, I use a range of different tools to help me express to the students how important online safety is. Depending on the students grade, we cover one or a range of these tools in the classroom to get the point across. If you have any suggestions for other possible lesson, leave a comment in the box below.

Movember 2010

An artists impersination of what Mr. Jeremic could look like at the end of Movember

Men sporting Movember moustaches, known as Mo Bros, become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. The rules are simple; register online at Movember.com and start the month of Movember clean shaven, before growing a Mo.

Money raised in Australia is shared equally between programs targeting prostate cancer and male depression. Funds are committed to our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative and the Movember Foundation. Together, the three channels work to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world class programs in the fields of research, education, support, and awareness. “

Taken from www.movember.com

A lot of male teachers and staff at ISSH are growing their own mustache to promote and raise money for men’s health issues, including myself! I’ll keep a weekly photos update so you can see my progress. Also, parents, staff and students can vote for best mo by buying a ¥100 ticket and placing it under the most deserving staff member on the chart outside the MP room.

To show their support, in ICT classes this week, K5 and Grade 1 all added their own mustaches to their own photos. They look hilarious! Check them out:

Grade 2 is working on a comic that will be release soon. Stay tuned.

QUOTES

I posed the question to K5, Grade 1 and Grade 2, “Why do you think the men of ISSH are growing moustaches?” The answers were hilarious, this is what some of them had to say:

To look like a daddy?

To look like an uncle?

To be more manly? (student flexes biceps)

To keep their top lip warm?

To stay healthy?

Dress As Your Favourite Book Character Day

Some great photos from dress-as-your-favourite-book-character-day. Enjoy!

Unfortunately, a lot of the good photos and class photos could not be included or were cropped due to photo publishing restriction on some students.

My back to school present

When I got to work on Tuesday, my boss had a big present waiting for me. She showed me the 34 new Macbooks that the school had purchased for use in the new temporary K to G2 building on the old field. I can’t wait to use them with the K-2 students!

The Writing’s On The Wall…

One section of my school is being demolished to make way for a brand new Kinder and Elementary section of the school. As a farewell ceremony this week, all the students grabbed a handful of markers and scrawled all over the walls, floor, windows and roof of the current Kindergarten and Grade 1 and 2 classrooms and corridors. I dragged myself from my laptop and joined in on the excitement! End of year is always such great fun!

There were some other great photos, but I have withheld them to protect the privacy of my students and the photos used don’t display any faces.