Tech Takeout Serves 5th Grade MATH REVIEW

Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 4 of our week long Tech Takeout extravaganza was AWESOME! We headed over to Arthur Ashe Elementary and focused on division, word problems, elapsed time, and line graphs in 5th grade. The students had a blast using a variety of technology while thinking critically.

For the opening activity Gina Browne had an amazing idea for a pre-assessment for how the students felt about math going into the day. The students used the word cloud feature on Once they typed in three adjectives describing how they felt, the students saved the word cloud to their desktop. They then headed over to a Padlet wall that Mrs. Browne created for each individual class so the students had an opportunity to see how everyone was feeling.

Gina Browne and I used EdPuzzle for challenging word problem practice. EdPuzzle allows the teacher to find a video or upload their own video to the website. The teacher can crop the video, add a voice over and/or embed quiz questions. This program is great for a flipped classroom environment or even a great tool to use for centers/rotations. Students in this group viewed and worked on two different word problems involving fractions. Check it out:
Sarah Green and Karen Hues had the students use Google Maps to find how much time it takes to travel from Arthur Ashe Elementary School to a destination of their choice. Then they chose a starting time and calculated the elapsed time to find out what time they would arrive at their destination. They posted a screenshot of their travel route along with their elapsed time word problem on a padlet wall to share with their classmates.
Jessica Robinson and Stephanie Wright had their group using multiple online resources. Their students started out by choosing a vacation spot that interested them. They then accessed The Weather Channel website and recorded the high and low temperatures for the next five days at that vacation destination. After their data was collected they signed into their Google account and plugged in their data on a Google Sheet. After their data was recorded they created a line graph within Google Sheets. They personalized their graph and then copied into a group Google Presentation. After their resized their graph they used the image search feature and found a few key places at their vacation destination to add to their slides. Check out their great graphs!
Jim Covais and Matt Caratachea were training some future computer programmers using Scratch and MaKeyMaKeys. First, the students wrote division word problems and then headed over to the Scratch website. Next, the students selected two sprites to work with. The students programmed one of the sprites to state the word problem when the up key was pressed. They programmed the other sprite to say the answer when the students pushed the down key. When the students finished programming they hooked up the MaKeyMaKeys to control what they had just programmed. An alligator clip was attached the the up arrow on the MaKeyMaKey and then another alligator clip was hooked to the down arrow on the MaKeyMaKey. The finishing touches were when they put Playdough on the other ends of the alligator clips. The students were completely blown away when they were controlling the computer with Playdough!

Tech Takeout Serves 3rd Grade Word Analysis Skills

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Yesterday was our third Tech Takeout this week! We are having a blast working with different schools and grade levels across the county. For our third adventure we trekked over to Highland Springs Elementary to work on word analysis skills. Each pair of ITRTs developed different hands on technology lessons to get the kids pumped to learn! Remember that we want all of you teachers to take anything we post and make it your own! Every Tech Takeout that we do utilizes a variety of tools and focuses on different skills. No matter what grade level you teach you can always find something useful! If you’re on Twitter follow our hashtag to keep up to date with everything we do. #TechTakeout

For the opening activity we had the students answer review questions in Quizziz. The students had a super fun time with the activity.

Stephanie Wright and Gina Browne focused on synonyms and antonyms using Nearpod. Students began by reviewing the definitions of synonyms and antonyms. A short video clip was linked into the presentation as additional review. Afterwards, the students used their own computers/ ipads to create t-charts of synonyms and antonyms. Multiple choice questions were also part of the presentation. The activity concluded with students creating their own synonyms and antonyms. Examples of synonyms and antonyms they created: 

Jim Covais and Matt Caratachea used Padlet to play a Prefix and Suffix game. They provided the students with a Padlet wall for the students to use for the game. Every student was assigned a color for their words, the the students were challenged to type in as many words from a list of words with prefixes or suffixes. After about five minutes the students stopped typing their words. Once they had as many words as they could type in they started the game. The students took turns picking an opponent’s color, reading one of their words, and deciding if the word had a prefix or suffix. If the student was correct the word was moved to the prefix or suffix section. The person with the most words at the end left in their color was the winner!

The students had a blast constructing a menu for the “Delightful Deli” with Karen Hues and Sarah Green! The Delightful Deli is a delicious place for writers to select words with prefixes and suffixes to use in their writing. The students opened a Google Doc template with a plate of prefixes, suffixes, and root words, as well as a blank menu board for the specials of the day. With their partner, the students collaboratively worked on a Google Doc to type words with prefixes and suffixes on the menu board Google Drawing. Once the students typed their words on the menu, they used Vocaroo to recorded themselves reading the specials for the day and enticing hungry writers to visit the Delightful Deli.

The students that worked with Jessica Robinson and myself made affix movies! They did an app smash using DoodleBuddy and Shadow Puppet. The students used DoodleBuddy to write a word that has both a prefix and a suffix. They used stoplight color coding to show the prefix (green), root word (yellow), and suffix (red). Once the students completed two or three words in DoodleBuddy, they exported the pictures to the camera roll. The students then brought in the pictures into Shadow Puppet and recorded their voices explaining the the parts of the word. They also explained how the prefixes and suffixes changed the meaning of the root word.
Affixes from Julie on Vimeo.

Tech Takeout Serves 3rd grade FRACTIONS

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Tech Takeout crew is continuing our 5 Schools, 5 Days week long extravaganza of fun! Today was day two and it was a blast! We headed over to Crestview Elementary and focused on fractions in third grade.

Opening Activity: It is that time of year....REVIEW TIME! I know many of you have been using the student response system, Kahoot! Are you ready to change things up a bit?
Recently we tried out a similar student response system, Quizizz, and it proved to be a great alternative to Kahoot.

Sarah Green and Stephanie Wright led a group of fraction secret agents. The students used Pixie to decode a picture representing a fraction as well as one of the one of the addends. The students had to use their detective skills to decode the fractions and figure out the missing addend. This activity is great for critical thinking, adding fractions, and equivalent fractions! Once the students finished decoding, they created their own slide for other students to decode.
Julie Smith and Karen Hues used Pixie on the iPads to help make connections to fractions a real world experience. Students used the iPads and the app, Pixie, to create a digital book. The students drew the numerical representation of the fraction and then recorded their voice explaining the fraction. The students exported their Pixie slides as a movie to the camera roll and then uploaded them using the Google Work Collector.

Jessica Robinson and Gina Browne had students create word problems about Greece using fractions in Powerpoint. Students were provided a sample word problem and were taught how to animate the slide. After animating the slide, the students recorded their voices on an answer slide where they identified the numerator and denominator. After guided practice, students were challenged to create their own word problems about Greece. They had a variety of clipart to choose from and did a great job demonstrating understanding of how Powerpoint features worked while creating their awesome word problems!

*Clipart by:Teaches 3rd in Georgia*
Jim Covais and Matt Caratachea took fraction war and put a tech spin on it. The students were provided with fraction cards. Each pair of students opened a template on Google Slides and used this to display the fractions that they randomly chose. The students used the manipulatives on the bottom of the screen to prove which player won. Since the students were using Google Slides they were able to work simultaneously and collaboratively. This is a great way to take a simple idea and elevate it using technology. Check out some screenshots of student work, and make sure to click on the template link above and make a copy of the template that we used! Once the students finished playing war they logged into their Google accounts and one student from each pair started a new Google Drawing. The drawings were then shared with
From April 21, 2015
Crestview Elementary #TechTakeout by Slidely Slideshow

Tech Takeout Serves Up 4th Grade FRACTIONS

Monday, April 20, 2015

This week is our 5 Schools, 5 Days with Tech Takeout. The Tech Takeout crew is going to a different school every day and working on specific skills with students. Today was our first day and we kicked off 5 Schools, 5 Days at Lakeside Elementary School. We were so excited to work with the fourth graders there on their geometry skills.

Opening Activity: It is that time of year....REVIEW TIME! I know many of you have been using the student response system, Kahoot! Are you ready to change things up a bit?
Recently we tried out a similar student response system, Quizizz, and it proved to be a great alternative to Kahoot.

Jim Covais and Matt Caratachea had the students use iPads and the Educreations app to show off what they know about geometry. Using Educreations the students created riddles about different polygons. After choosing a particular polygon the students recorded themselves asking questions about their shape. These questions focused on the vocabulary that the students must know including angles, vertices, intersection, parallel, and perpendicular. Once the students had their questions recorded they found a picture of their polygon in the classroom and took a picture. They put the shape picture on a new slide in Educreations and recorded their voice saying the name of the polygon. Check out some of their work below:
Jessica Robinson and myself used Windows Movie Maker and the Dell Webcam to make geometric MOVEies. The fourth grade teachers at Lakeside Elementary really wanted a heavy focus on the vocabulary, so Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Smith wanted to get the students up and moving while showing off what they know. The students recorded videos of themselves acting out the important geometric vocabulary terms (point, line, line segment, ray, parallel lines and perpendicular/intersecting lines) using the Dell Webcam. Once the students had the different clips recorded they used Windows Movie Maker to put them together into a complete movie. These are great tools because not only were the movies fun to make, but they can be used to help the entire class review before their SOL test which is coming up quick!

Sarah Green, Karen Hues, and Stephanie Wright had the students programming using Scratch for their station, and using the MaKeyMaKeys to control the programs the students made. The students used the X-Y grid backdrop on Scratch and programmed a sprite of their choosing to flip, slide, and turn over the X or Y axis. Once the students programmed their sprite to flip, slide, or turn they recorded their voice describing the transformation. While the students were coding they made sure to use the arrow keys to control their sprite. They did this because the students used the MaKey MaKeys to control their sprite.

Julie Franklin led a station where the students created polygons using online geoboards. First the students went to Math Playground to create their multiple examples of polygons. Once the students created their polyon they saved them to their desktop and headed over to Szoter to label their polygons and create a collage with their images. The students had a blast making their polygons and smashing the pictures using the online photo editor Szoter.

Quizizz: FREE Student Response System

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A few years ago I showed my teachers the popular student response system/game, Kahoot. I LOVE Kahoot but I know some kids are already tired of seeing the same set up. Recently I tried out a similar student response system, Quizizz, and it proved to be a great alternative to Kahoot if you are interested in changing things up a bit.

Quizizz operates just like Kahoot in which students visit a site ( and enter a 5 digit code to access the quiz that is linked to the teacher's account. Teachers can create their own quiz OR find a pre-made quiz (just double check to make sure the pre-made quizzes are exactly what you want!)

A difference between Kahoot and Quizizz is that Quizizz is self-paced. The quiz questions are randomized. As children advance through the questions at their own pace, Quizizz will tell them if they are correct or not. It also lets them know what place they are ranked compared to their other classmates. Once students finish their quiz, they can see the questions they missed AND the correct answer.

The teacher is able to see a detailed report of which students missed what questions which is great for remediation:

You can also click the "Save Data" button and download a spreadsheet of the results!

Use Quizizz as a quick exit card or an alternative assessment! Your students will LOVE it :)

Here is what the students see (I did have to switch back to the teacher account in the beginning to press START...also, it was just ME playing so of course I ranked #1 even after missing a question!)

{FREEBIE} Kindoma Story Time Video Chat Directions for Parents

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Have you ever used the free app, Kindoma, to read to a child or YOUR child when you are away? I love the "FaceTime"/"Skype" concept that combines visual text! If you are not familiar with Kindoma then here are a few facts:

-You can now share bedtime stories from any location
-Read over 250 books with the same page appearing on each users screen (Note: the free app comes with 6 FREE books! Others have to be purchased)
-Point to words/pictures on the page and the other user can see what you are pointing to

It is pretty cool!

Now, one thing that I am VERY compassionate about is including parents of children who can't make it to school to volunteer and attend events. Earlier this year I did a guest blog post on Laura Candler's Teacher Resources blog about bridging the gap between home and school with parent made listening centers. Click {HERE} to read more and download everything you need to start this in your classroom...for FREE!

Using Kindoma in the classroom is another great way to get more parent/family member involvement without the need for the parent/family member to physically be there! If you are interested in using this in your classroom, then click the image below to download my FREE step-by-step instructions you can send home to parents/family members to get them set up and reading to your class from anywhere in the world:

MaKey MaKey Coin Recognition

Friday, April 3, 2015

Today I finally got my hands on two sets of MaKey-MaKeys that will be traveling with me!  Check out this awesome activity ITRT, Jim Covais, created on coin recognition using Scratch, a MaKey MaKey and actual US coins:


Also, the 3D printer is in! Check it out in action:


Can't wait to use these devices with some kiddos!!