Collaboration is key!

Oh the beauty of iPads and GAFE! Our Grade 3’s embarked on another super exciting project.

We currently have a lovely ‘Friendship’ theme running at school. Integrating our Creative Writing, we chatted about Direct/Indirect Speech, Dialogue and punctuation.

We then did the following:

  1. On the iPad, we logged into Drive and created a new folder named “Friendship”. We split up in pairs – one friend being #1 and the other being #2.
  2. We created a new Google Doc in our Friendship Folder. Using the dictation tool on the iPad, we each composed three sentences. My goodness, the students faces when they saw the iPad ‘typing’ by itself – priceless!


3. We re-read our sentences, just to double check that the iPad ‘listened’ correctly.


4. Using the option of taking photos with the iPad from within Drive, we took three selfies. Our facial expressions had to match our emotion in the sentences written.


5. In the IT lab, we signed into Drive. Earlier that week, we shared with the students a Google Drawings template.

Signing in to Drive

6. All the #1’s had to navigate to ‘Shared with me’, make a copy of the Google Drawings template shared with them, and then share it with their partner (also called #2).


7. Now it was time to collaborate! We opened the Google Doc created on the iPad and simply copy and pasted our sentences into our speech bubbles.


8. Once we finished copying the sentences, we inserted our selfies.


9. Finally, it was time to ‘prettify’ our Google Drawing by adding formatting. G+ is turned off for our students, so they cannot use the chat feature. However, they walked around to discuss how they were going to format their page – an excellent opportunity for 9 year olds to move around a bit after sitting for 30 minutes!

Copy of Copy of Grade 3 Friendship Dialogue

Our final product will be inserted into our Blogs and we will compose a Blog Post to review our learning.

What incredible learners we have!




Skype Book Review with Elm Wood Primary

What an exciting Friday our Grade 3 Kingfishers had! As part of Global Learning, we decided to do a Book Review with Elm Wood Primary School in London, UK.

Both classes read ‘The Magnificent Moon Hare’ by Sue Monroe. We then wrote down questions to ask the learners at Elm Wood Primary School.

We streamed Skype via the Apple TV. This made the Skype so much more fun as I could walk around and have the learners ‘close up’ to the screen.

Our Grade 3’s also did a dance for our friends! 🙂

A HUGE thank you to Ms. Theobold and her lovely class for making the time to Skype with us!

Educational, memorable and fun – the way learning should be.

skype collage

ClassDojo Rocks!

We have been using ClassDojo in our Grade 3 Kingfisher class.  ClassDojo is a behaviour management tool for the classroom. Each student has a profile – complete with their own avatar – to which teachers can assign positive and negative points (or ‘dojos‘) throughout the lesson. Teachers can share this information with parents. Check it out 

Here are just some of the MANY reasons our students at Elkanah House absolutely adores ClassDojo:

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