Kindergarten Teacher


Presentation: Sharing Learning with Tech

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The video below is from a webinar with Region 10 where I discuss sharing learning with technology. This is one topic in a series of hangouts I will be doing with Region 10. You can see the full schedule here and register for FREE (required for CPE credit.) I hope you enjoy the presentation and will check out the topics on the schedule.
Presentation slides here and links mentioned in the presentation below…


Resources and Ideas for Tweeting in Primary Grades


Here is a list of my favorite posts on using Twitter in the primary grades. Please let me know of other posts I should add to the list!

We Should Be Doing More Than Teaching Digital Citizenship

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

So you want to tweet with kindergarten…

Using Twitter in the Primary Classroom

Using Blog and Twitter with Young Students: THIS is What it Looks Like

Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom

Digital Citizenship Starts in Kindergarten

Kindergarten Class Tweets with Weather Experts

The Research Center: How Twitter Leads to Learning

Tweets, Tweeting via Twitter

and OF COURSE @cybraryman1 has a page dedicated to twitter


Olympics, Math and Apps in Kindergarten

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The first app we have been using is Skitch! Each morning I Google “Sochi Medal Count” and this chart is displayed. I have been taking a screenshot of the graph and editing out the totals on the far right for each country. Then we use Skitch to circle who has the most medal of each type and to find out the total medal count for each country on the chart. The kids are very excited about adding three digits together and I love how each day it gets a little more difficult as more and more medals are won. The other thing I like about using this chart is the countries are ordered by the number of gold medals not by the total. This has led to a lot of discussion and understanding of how data can be displayed and used. Learn more about this app here

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Today we were asked on Twitter what was our favorite sport. So we used the apps Haiku Deck and Educreations to create the graph above. Using Haiku Deck is a simple way to create a quick and polished looking graph. Once we had the graph made I took a screen shot on the iPad and imported that image into Explain Everything to add the pictures. Obviously the pictures are not crucial but for Kindergarten they really help the kids understand graphs. Once the images were added in Explain Everything we saved the image to our camera roll and tweeted it to our friends! Info on the apps below.

Graphing with Haiku deck details

Explain Everything How To Video


Google Hangout Resources for Teachers

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EduHangout Website (ideas for class and teachers) by @catlett1

Tutorial for Google Hangout on Air by @iPadSammy

Cybrary Man’s Google Hangout Page by @cybraryman1

Google Hangout Tip Sheet by @MsMagiera and @gglibrarian

 Google Hangout Guide for Teachers by Lee Summit R-7 District

How Educators and School Can Make the Most Out of Google Hangouts via Edutopia by @mbteach

Ultimate Guide to Google Hangouts by @MartinSherv

Google+ for Schools by @ericcurts

Connecting Beyond the Classroom Examples by @wkrakower

6 Ways Teachers Can Use Google Hangouts


2014 Sochi Olympic Sports Explained


I will continue to update this page until all the sports have resources…

These are the resources I am using to discuss the different sports with my Kindergarten class.

Social Media: Olympics Facebook Page, Olympics Twitter, Olympics Instagram

Venue ResourcesVenue Map, Shayba Arena outside, Shayba Arena inside, Bolshoy Ice Dome outside, Bolshoy Ice Dome Inside, Adler Arena outside, Adler Arena inside, Ice Cube outside, Ice Cube inside, Skating Palace outside, Skating Palace inside, Mountains

Olympic Village: Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3, Pic 4, Pic 5

Science of the Olympics: Videos here

Olympics Interactive Schedule: Here

Olympic Torch Journey: Here



(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Beginners Guide to Curling

Wonderopolis: What is Curling

Ice Hockey


Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Ice Hockey explained
Team USA Highlights Vancouver 


Canada World Cup Skeleton

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

Beginners Guide to Skeleton

One of the things we noticed with the helmets and uniforms is that the artwork often had symbols of the countries the athlete represented. Some good examples of that for the USA can be found here, here and here.


USA Luge

USA Luge

Olympic Game Debut: Luge Relay 

Men’s Luge Singles Highlights – Vancouver 2010

Skiing Mogul

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Ladies highlights dual moguls 2013 Voss/Oslo 

Ladies Mogul Final 2010 Vancouver 

Snowboard Cross

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Snowboard Cross: Vancouver Highlights

Short-Track Speed Skating

Julian Finney/Getty Images

Julian Finney/Getty Images

Short Track 500m Final Vancouver

Vancouver Women’s 500m Highlights

Ski Jumping

Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Olympic Debut: Women’s Ski Jumping

Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle

Nickk Goepper

Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

Olympic Debut: Ski Slopestyle

Freestyle Skiing Half Pipe


Camilla Stoddart/Getty Images

Olympic Debut: Skiing Half Pipe

Freestyle Ski Cross


RIA Novosti. Mikhail Mokrushin

Vancouver Freestlye Cross Men’s

Freestyle Skiing Aerial


Ramil Sitdikov

Vancouver Freestyle Aerial Men’s Final Highlights

Alpine Skiing

Previews - Winter Olympics Day -1

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Alpine Skiing Men’s Vancouver

Cross Country Skiing


Clive Rose/Getty Images

Men’s Cross Country Skiing Vancouver

Ice Skating


via Sochi Olympics

Olympic Debut: Team Figure Skating



Wikimedia Commons

Men’s Bobsled Highlights Vancouver



Olympic Debut: Biathlon Mixed Relay 

Speed Skating


Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Vancouver Women’s Speed Skating Highlights

Snowboard Slopestyle

Australia's Scotty James performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle semi-final competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor

Olympic Game Debut: Slopestyle

Snowboard Parallel Slalom


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Olympic Game Debut: Snowboard Parallel Slalom

Snowboard Half Pipe


Vancouver Men’s Snowboard Half Pipe Highlights 


Phonics Practice with Skitch App


I started using coloring pages this year for our labeling center with Skitch on the iPad. (Need a tutorial on using Skitch app? Click here)  The kids have always liked labeling pictures and being able to take those images home but using the coloring pages allows them to color them also and they love that added bonus. If you look at the images below they represent three weeks of examples. The first two you will notice the kids have most of the words spelled correctly. This is because I included an example with some of the things labeled for them and they were copying my example. Starting with the third week there is not an example and the kids will sound out all the words on their own. We will continue doing this many times throughout the year because the kids seem to never get tired of it and it is a great way to encourage writing and phonics practice. The expectation is that they label at least five things but often they label much more than that. My class always work in pairs on the iPad so these examples are two kids working together. I pair them so that at least one child will be strong enough to complete the phonics part. Setting up expectations for how the kids work together is important. For this project one kid pics what they want to label and then that child draws the arrow and writes the word. Their friend is allowed to help them figure out how to do this but is not allowed to do it for them. The friend can help them figure out the sounds and point to the letters on the keyboard if needed but not actually touch the iPad until it is their turn.

I find the coloring pages by doing a simple search for a keyword (such as Fall) followed by “coloring pages”. There are many sites that share free printables. Once the kids are finished I email the finished product to my teacher computer using the kids names as the subject line. To print the images I simply insert them into Microsoft word. To save paper I fit two images on each word document, print that page and then cut the page in half to give to each kid that worked on the project.

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