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Friday, May 1, 2015

Voice Recording/Movenote/EduWin for Athenour TK Teachers

As elementary teachers are getting ready for Open House, many have asked about using an app that generate a QR code to record students talking about a project. They want to attach the QR code to the student work so parents and visitors can hear student voices. A QR code is kinda like a bar code. Using a QR code reader, a free app available for smartphones, the user scans the QR code and is taken to the URL where they can access the webpage where the information is stored. 

Here is an example of one I found on the back of a Heinz ketchup bottle. Download a QR code reader app from either the iTune or Google Play Store and try it out.

At the beginning of the year, I was a big fan of AudioBoom, and even wrote a blog post on it. But since then, they have changed their model and listeners are now required to sign in with an account. This works fine if you have a tablet or two that are signed into an account and available for your listeners to use during an event, or if your parents are happy to sign up for an account. However, there are a few other web apps, Chirbit and Vocaroo,  available that you might like to try out. Each have their pros and cons. Here is a table with some of the features you might like to consider before jumping into one of the apps:

Want to get started but need a little help? Send me an e-mail.


Movenote is a Chrome Web App, available in the web store, or by adding from "More - + Connect more apps" under New in Google Drive. The app makes it easy to record audio and video will narrating a Google Drive Doc, Presentation, Sheet, or Drawing. Imagine being able to add that personal dimension to your student work, while covering those listening/speaking CCSS standards!

Here's how to get started.

EduWin for Athenour TK Teachers, Mary Katayama and Rachel Schaffer

TK students' learning is being enhanced by Bee-Bots. Bee-Bots are tiny programmable robots that can be used to teach vocabulary, math, sequencing, collaboration, creativity, and so much more!

Athenour's TK teachers have embraced using Bee-Bots. Armed with a binder full of curricular ideas and their own imagination and willingness to jump in, the teachers are integrating the students' newest friends into lessons.

Students are using them to learn about Community. You can see the community they have built, complete with a Starbuck's. The community is built on a grid, with streets wide enough for the Bee-Bot to navigate. But first, the students need to learn how to program the Bee-Bot.

Working in collaborative groups, students were assigned a task, Maze Designer; Program Planner, this student is responsible for using measuring sticks to find out how many times a Bee-Bots needs to follow a command; Recorder, this is the student responsible for writing the program; and the Bee-Bot Programmer, the student who follows the Recorder's directions and enters the commands into the Bee-Bot by pressing the buttons.

In this activity students learned vocabulary (words like memory, maze, rotate, and command), the concept of right and left (remember how hard that is to get correct?), measuring and math, and a myriad of social skills. Following the activity, the students write about their experience, using some of their sight words, eg go and end.

Congratulations and thank you for making such a rich lesson so much fun for your students!