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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 First Time I Used A Computer…

The youngest class I teacher is a K4 class which means I have students that are 3 turning 4 and I have to teacher them ICT lessons. I’m not going to lie, it’s very challenging but it’s also very rewarding. The students are adorable and they love the lessons, it’s so an incredible feeling to see how excited they know they have a lesson.

The first lesson I have with them is always my most exciting because a lot of the students are using a computer for the first time. It’s such an honor for me to be the one that introduces them to their first experience with a computer.

I have one 30 minute lesson every week with them and in the first few lessons we review the rules and procedures of the computers a lot. We also learn the names of the parts of the computer and we learn which fingers we much use on the trackpad. Here they are demonstrating their ‘pointer fingers’.

The first few lessons we do a lot of games that help develop trackpad skills like moving the cursor, clicking, click and dragging, etc. In today’s lesson I integrated technology into the units they are doing in class which is what I like to try and do. The topic K4 are currently covering is ‘Family and Friends’. So I asked them to draw me a picture of their family. It was rather challenging having to click and hold while they made drawings and a lot of students ran out of room, but I’m confident by the end of the year they will be able to master these skills. The students used software called Tux Paint which is free on Mac and PC, you can download it here and install it on your computer for free. Letting your child use technology at home will give them confidence in class and allow them to develop their hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. Here is their work from today, some didn’t have time to finish but I’m sure they will have something to share by the end of the year.

After students had completed the drawing, they had some time to explore on some iPod Touches. One of my students was showing me how to use it, she told me she has one at home. It’s amazing to see them pick up technology and be so comfortable with it!

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.

Tux Paint

Kindergarten have been having a great time on their new Macbooks this year. K4 have especially been having a blast, with myself have the honor of allow some students to use a computer for the first time in their life which was quite a trill for me and the students.

My main objective for the first few months of a student using a computer is to develop the fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination between their finger on the trackpad and their cursor on their screen. So to develop this, we do a lot of basic websites that require the students to move their mouse, click, double click, drag, etc. As we well doing a lot of drawing on the computer to link their learning back to the topic they are covering in class.

There are many options for drawing software, with some great examples popping up online (I have a large list here www.delicious.com/misternorris/drawing), as well as paid software, but I have found what works best for our needs is Tux Paint (www.tuxpaint.org) which is an open source drawing software, especially designed for children. It’s also cross platform, so it can be used on Mac and PC and can be downloaded for free at their site.

So if you would like to develop their children hand/eye coordination, entertain them and introduce them to computer use at home, download Tux Paint for free, they should slowly get to know their way around and will have a great time doing so with the supervision of their parents.

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.