' My objective for using gaming in my classroom would be for students to have a fun way to learn and practice the concepts I teach them. We currently have 2 Game-based Learning tools we use at our site for the primary grades. One for Language Arts and one for Math. I would like to bring in a brand new addition that they have never seen before that has more Gamification characteristics. I come across many students that don't enjoy or are not as successful as othe r what I offer so I think having other options is beneficial to expand on their digital literacy.
I personally am not a gamer(I don't have the leisure time, but I do enjoy Trivia games). However many of my students immediately get on their gaming device when they get picked up from school or in the morning before they come to school. Unfortun
The games I introduce will be games that offer more review and that I can even make competitive where students can be placed on teams. It's not really common for 1st graders to have tests on influential people, moments in history or math equations like upper grades because the majority of what we do is foundational and there aren't many heavy loaded assessments but I would like to develop something similar for my little learners.
The web tool sites I picked to create an account with were Screencastify and Flipgrid. I don't have any apple software so I immediately had to ex out a few of them. I've heard of both of them before so they grabbed my interest. I really liked being able to see yourself and present various things on your screen at the same time with Screencastify and in our 1st 702 class session using Flipgrid the wheels started turning on how I could apply it in my classroom. For my instructional video I used Voicethread because the tutorial presented it in a way that seemed very simplistic and I felt very straight forward.
My main concern is all the wonderful tools I have been introduced to and learned about being great resources to expand my teaching I will not be able to access on the district iPads given to my classroom for use every year. I won't even know exactly what I will and will not be able to download and be able to show them and explore with until about the 2nd month of school.
All three of the articles were a great read. Prior to I had never heard of flipped classroom and I am now a super fan of the idea. The "In Class Flip" that Caitlin Tucker discussed and the video Jennifer Gonzales made to explain in-depth how and what a rotation could look like is something I would like to implement. My students already are very familiar with rotation stations and I'm used to that teaching strategy so adding that component would not take a lot of extra work. I could see how this idea could be used with math rotations and it syncing in with Bridges, our adopted curriculum.