Sunday, November 11, 2012

Google Drive on iTouch's

Utilizing all mobile devices in my classroom is a goal I strive for each week. Last year my grade level wrote a grant for itouch's to improve reading fluency and we were selected as a winner that year and each one of my team members received 5 itouch's per class. So as we continue our learning with google docs, I had this idea to install google drive on those devices to get the benefits from using a mobile device. Students already knew how to login into their gmail account from previous activities they had worked on in the computer lab. Well it didn't surprise me how quickly students opened up google drive and uploaded a picture from the camera roll straight into their drive. We were working on adjectives last week so I read them a book titled "Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert, one of my favorites by her, and students were to create their own leaf boy, girl or leaf animal using real leaves collected from home the day before. Here you will see students working in groups using google drive to upload a picture right into their google drive. Steps taken for project:
  • Read book "The Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert
  • Brainstormed a list of adjectives describing the leaf pictures in the book and wrote on the board
  • Created their leaf boy, girl, animal, etc. using real leaves collected from home the day before
  • Students wrote a story to go along with their creation describing their leaf boy or girl
  • Students worked in groups of 5 and took pictures of their creation at the teacher table using camera feature on itouch's
  • Students each uploaded their picture into their google drive and checked to see if picture was uploaded
  • Students typed their story the following week in their drive under the picture that was uploaded and shared with another partner to peer edit each other's story. 
Here are a few pics of students working in groups using a mobile device. Utilizing these devices in our classrooms in more ways than one will benefit our students greatly and teach them how to use a variety of tools to effectively carry out their plan of action. It was indeed a great week of digital learning!