Monday, September 27, 2010

Weekly Skype with Kindergarten

One of our  Kindergarten classes will  Skype every Thursday this school year with a Kindergarten class in Houston, Texas. The Skype will generally last 10 minutes. The children enjoy sharing about their week and asking each other various questions. Below is a Vimeo of one of the Skype sessions from last week. Enjoy!

Towards the end you will notice a little bit of technical difficulty. Part of working with technology is understanding that you will encounter set-backs at times just like with anything else. All-together, this was only their second Skype session and it went great!

Skype with Kindergarten from Kelli Anderson on Vimeo.

Friday, September 17, 2010

iPad Conference

I attended an iPad Apps workshop this past Thursday, September 16th. Below is a list of Apps that they suggested we put on our iPads. Most are free, but there are a few that require payment. It is fast to perform the downloads on your computer with iTunes then sync it to your iPad afterwards,but I just went through and downloaded them on my iPad individually.

Suggested Apps very useful for your iPad:

Air Video Free
Adobe Photoshop Express
Mecury Web Browser
Pandora Radio
Virtuoso Piano
Wolfram Alpha
Keynote Remote
Studywiz Mobile
USA Today
World Countries
History: Maps of World
VLC Remote
Office2 HD Free
Recorder HD
Constitution for iPad
3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool
WordWeb Dictionary
Draw Free for iPad
Diet and Fitness Tracker
NPR for iPad
Art Puzzles HD
Jam Pad (Keyboard App)
Go SkyWatch Planetarium
Draw for iPad
Doodle Buddy for iPad
3D Medical Images
Globe for iPad
Bedtime Stories Collection HD
Google Earth
Free Books for Education
Classical Music Lite
Toy Story Read-Along - Free
Alice for the iPad-Lite
Calculator XL
NYT Editorss Choice
Wikipanion for iPad
eTextbooks for the iPad
Dragon Dictation
MCS for iPhone
Sundry Notes
The Weather Channel Max for iPad
Pages - $9.99
Keynote - $9.99
Numbers - $9.99
Office2 HD - $5.99
Convert Pad
Touch Physics HD
Contig (Math Game)
MathBoard (Math Skills)
Intro to Math by Montessorium
TapTyping - typing trainer
The Elements: A Visual Exploration - $13.99

Here is the link for the ipad userguide:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Laptop Review

This is the powerpoint laptop presentation that I present to both our Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten children each year. This is just a good basic visual review for everyone.

Laptop Review for Kindergarten Students from Kelli Anderson on Vimeo.

Introducing laptops to Senior Kindergarten

Today I will be posting a video of how we begin each year introducing the laptops to our Senior Kindergarten boys. I will be leading the presentation at 1:30 central time today, and then I will post the video of the presentation. Visit again to see for yourself.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Change of plans

I'm not going to post the Vimeo of the introductions to ipods to the Pre-K teachers. I think it will be more informative to you all if I post a video of the children actually using them for the first time. The Pre-K teachers are all very excited to get these into the hands of the children. I think we will all be surprised about how much they already know. So many of them already play with their mom or dad's iphone at home. These ipods will strengthen their fine motor skills and expose them to more technology that is used in the world around them.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Introduction to ipods with our students

Today, I observed our Lower School Technology Coach use the ipods for the first time with a third grade classroom. The boys loved it and already knew so much about the ipod. Our school purchased an ipod cart this year and we will be using it with all grades Pre-K through sixth grade. Tomorrow, we are going to introduce the ipod cart to the Pre-K teachers. I am hoping to use my flip camera and record the introduction to them. I will post it as a vimeo on the blog so be looking for it. As soon as I figure out all the apps we might use for the Early Childhood students on the ipods I'll be sure to post a list of them for you to check out.