Many lessons involving technology are awesome, but today, I facilitated one that was not so great. One thing after another seemed to go wrong. I am totally taking responsibility for this, but more than anything,I really see it as a learning experience.
Our first graders were to create mathematical screencasts to explain their thinking. Lofty task? YOU BET! However, I know that it was possible and could be achieved. The Google Draw Manipulative template was a great idea in theory, but the base ten blocks didn't quite "group together" as needed in order to move a group of "tens." Instead, as they moved, the individual blocks were all over the place. Chaos ensued. The classroom teacher was super flexible and we made the best of the situation.
Moving forward, I now know that Google Draw wasn't/isn't the best platform for the task at hand. With Screencasting, the nice thing is that you can "Screencast" over ANYTHING! The kids will use the NUMBER PIECES manipulatives from the Math Learning Center next time. They're pregrouped and can also use the pen tool to write a math equation on the whiteboard.
IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER FROM HERE!
CHECK OUT THE IMAGES BELOW- WHAT NOT TO DO AND WHAT TO TOTALLY DO!