This week we talked about how to use technology in our classroom in a safe and responsible manner. We have iPads, netbooks and digital cameras that we can use to create projects, read on and look up information. We like using technology in our class but we know that we have to look after these devices as well as only use them for school appropriate activities. Our school has an acceptable use agreement that we all signed but when our teacher read it to us we did not understand everything so we decided to come up with our own agreement for use of technology in the classroom. What do you think? Do you have something like this in your classroom or at home?
In 1/2 B, when we use digital technology (iPads, computers, digital cameras, iPhones, iPods) we agree to:
- write or record only nice things about other people
- make sure that we turn them off when we are done
- only go on school appropriate websites and apps
- treat the technology gently and carefully. This includes:
- not touching the computer screen
- using the computers only when sitting at a table or on the floor
- holding the computers with 2 hands on the bottom
- being careful not to drop them
- not running with them
- using our fingertips not our nails or other object on the touch screens
- talk to a teacher if someone is being unsafe or inappropriate with the technology
- only use the technology for school activities – only what the teacher tells us.
- only use the technology when the teacher says it’s okay
- always ask permission to take photos or videos of other people
- only take photos and record sound or video when it is part of a lesson
- delete any photos, videos, recordings or projects that we do not want to share
*If you do not want to share it… then why are you doing it?
1/2 B has been working hard this week getting our books and materials set up for our learning as well as jumping head first into our Term 1 units of work. We have continued our getting to know everyone activities as well as setting up our classroom agreement that we are to follow. Despite the heat and a hot day timetable on Friday, it has been a pretty “cool” week of learning.
In reading we have been busy setting up our classroom library. We first talked about the types of books we liked and then broke that list down into categories. It took us a whole session but we did an awesome job of sorting the books into the different categories. We also learnt how to choose “just right text” using the 5 finger rule. This can take some practise in getting it right but we are up for the challenge!
In writing we have started setting up our Writer’s Notebooks. Writer’s Notebooks are a place for us to write down ideas or “seeds” that we may have for later writings. In addition to decorating our front covers we have started “planting seeds” in our Writer’s Notebooks by completing an ‘8 is enough activity’. With this activity we wrote/drew about 8 things that happened over our school holidays.
- Leliani’s Writer’s Notebook front cover
In Numeracy we have been learning about time and schedules. We started out by learning the months of year with this fun song (click below for the link). We also learnt about the days of the week, how a calendar is layed out, the seasons and all about daily and weekly schedules.
Months of the year song
Emily’s February Calendar that she filled in with the dates and days of the week. She also remembered that February is special for 2 reasons – do you know why?
Jackson’s daily schedule for what he does in the morning and afternoon and evening.
Rita’s weekly schedule – full of lots of fun and educational events.
In Inquiry we have learnt how to make good choices and how to use the Wheel of choice if we have a problem. We got in groups and came up with different problems that happen at school and how we can solve them by using the Wheel of Choice. We then acted them out for each other – we are all amazing actors in 1/2 B! We talked about who our friends are and how we can include others. To help us better understand this we watched the Pixar short clip “For the Birds”. We also learnt about setting goals both for our classroom and ourselves.
Our class goal for this month is to try being nice to people that we don’t know.
Brody’s “Birds on a wire” friend picture.
Student’s individual goal
Overall we had a fantastic week filled with laughs, a few tears (carpet burn from P.E.) and lots of learning and getting to know each other.