The “yellow limousines” are filled with inquiring young minds… so how can we help teachers meet the needs of their students and pass the grade of coolness? Here are a few beginning of the year integration ideas to get things started on the right foot!
Welcome to Our Zoo (All About Me) –easy
Have students choose an animal that best represents them. Let them find 2-3 images (Image Gallery) to add to a word document. Students can then describe their animal and how/why it represents them. If you really want to get creative, hang the documents on a bulletin board and string yarn in front… just like a real cage! Don’t want to use animals? Have students pick a planet, geographic location, food, etc… anything to get them to describe themselves to their classmates.
The First Six Weeks: Character Development — easy
The first few weeks are the most important for teachers when it comes to setting the mood in their classroom and establishing some ground rules. Promote teamwork, cooperation, and conflict resolution with such videos as:
Let’s Get Along: Nice Things Kids Can Do (K-2)
Kids Learn Respect: Courtesy // Disagreements (3-5)
Conflict Resolutions (6-8)
Buzz Clip –easy to hard
Want to motivate those older students? Using their editing software, teachers can edit several video clips together and show it as a montage of what’s to come this school year. If they don’t have editing software or want an easier way to show highlights, PowerPoint is always a great alternative (embed or hyperlink videos). Teachers, stimulate their minds with visual concepts of what your class is all about!
Of course, don’t forget Parent Night—what a great way for teachers to display how students in their class are integrating technology. Have them display projects their students have created or will be working on using resources from unitedstreaming. Even better, put together a short PowerPoint demonstrating video streaming and ways that their classroom is on the cutting edge of cool (and technology)—play the PowerPoint on a TV, projector, or a computer situated for all to see (they can choose to loop the slideshow—less maintenance)!
More integration ideas to come…but don’t hesitate to contact your Implementation Rep at 800-323-9084 to get a few creative ideas.
And as always, we want to hear from you! Reply to this blog with some of the ways that you’ve integrated unitedstreaming into your classroom.
Discovery Education, Implementation