Thursday, April 19, 2012

Digital tools

As a Kindergarten team, we've talked a little about how to teach Common Core Standard W6- With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including collaboration with peers.  We've struggled a bit with this because we don't go to the computer lab and, if we did, how effective would it be trying to teach 28 kinders at a time anything in the lab?  We talked about using buddy classrooms to work together to create something, but I don't have a buddy classroom this year.  So, I haven't been able to do a good job with teaching that standard. 
Yesterday I decided to try to use the ActivInspire program we have with our Smart Boards to write and illustrate our version of The Little Red Hen.  We wrote the story together and then I taught them how to draw the first page.  Then children took turns coming up and drawing different pieces of the story.  Here are some pictures that show them in action.

How are other kinder teachers teaching that particular standard?  I would love to hear some ideas!

1 comment:

  1. Karla-
    What a great way to incorporate the tech standard! I wish I had a SmartBoard...
    We don't go to a computer lab either but we have 3 classroom computers so I have my students start by typing in a CLOZE sentence. They will finish the sentence by typing their response maybe 1 or 2 words, maybe more, then we print it and they illustrate their writing. Going through the writing process with them is fun!
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