We have had a wonderful start to the year in the Media Center.
The younger grades are learning to find and checkout books, use and care for iPads and laptops, and save creations to their clouds. To generate enthusiasm about reading we celebrated International Dot Day. One first grade class video chatted with students from Deer Run Elementary. In addition, we are celebrating the Global Read Aloud and reading the same books that student from all over the world are reading. Third grade students are blogging their reflections on a classroom blog. First and second grade students are creating and sharing picture stories on devices.
The older grades are also participating in the Global Read aloud. OSE grade 4 and 5 classroom teachers are reading a chapter book, The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm, at the same time as students from around the world are reading it. We are incorporating grade level writing and speaking/listening skills by using classroom Twitter accounts to connect with other Dublin classrooms. It was so exciting when the author, Jennifer Holm, replied to @oseMrsKeeely classroom tweet and retweeted an @oselibrary tweet. You can follow this discussion by searching the #DUBQ14 hashtag.
It was also exciting when a panel of fifth grade students interviewed Dublin City Schools Treasurer, Mr. Steve Osborne, about how he uses math and spreadsheets to carefully manage taxpayer dollars. The students did a great job. They recorded the interview and will use iMovie to edit it for other classes to view.
Two tech helpers have been identified from each classroom. They are responsible for making sure our devices are in good working order.
The Scholastic Bookfair is October 13 to 23 in the Library. The first 4 days are preview days and students will make wish lists. We will be open on Conference nights (10/15 and 10/23) from 4-8:00. Be sure to ask about the teacher wish lists.
Finally, I want to thank PTO on behalf of the OSE staff for your generous donation to support online subscriptions such as PebbleGo, BrainPop Jr. and Regular, IXL and Tumblebooks. These are wonderful resources that help our students learn and achieve.