Thursday, October 4, 2012

Incorporating Technology into Morning Meeting

Each morning, we gather as a class for morning meeting to greet one another, share, and participate in a group activity.  This year, I decided to have a theme for the activity for each day of the week.  For example:

  • Monday - Math Monday (e.g., math puzzles from Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems
  • Tuesday - Technology Tuesday (e.g., book trailers on YouTube or other short video clips related to a current unit).  
  • Wednesday - Wonder Wednesday (Wonderopolis - we read the Wonder of the Day, watch the short video clip, and have a great discussion)
  • Thursday - Teamwork Thursday (e.g., team building activity that can be related to a unit of study, grammar, and so on).  
By having each day dedicated to a certain theme, it has created a sense of routine for morning meetings in our classroom that kids can now expect and look forward to each day.  Also, it is a great way to incorporate more technology into our teaching and learning during morning meeting.

Students have loved watching the book trailers on YouTube and have even started thinking about maybe trying to make their own!  I have shown book trailers for read alouds and during book talks for new books added to our classroom library.  It is a great way to introduce a book to students in a visual and engaging way.  So far, we have watched the book trailers for: Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick; The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen; Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

They also get very excited on Wednesday to see what the Wonder of the Day is and have a chance to share their opinions and thinking about it with one another.  One of our favorites was Wonder #710 How Does Technology Change Lives?  This one sparked a great conversation that sparked us to reflect on all the many ways technology impacts our lives each day and how it may change our lives in the future.  I love the new feature on Wonderopolis where you can customize the Wonder of the Day by clicking on the "Wonderize it" icon.  Once you click the icon, you can choose what you want students to see on the screen: Ever wondered?, Did you know?, Video, Photos, Activities, Vocabulary.  Depending what the "Wonder"is, I sometimes choose to include a video along with the "Ever wondered" and sometimes I opt out of that and want the text to read instead.  I love that you can customize it though to fit your needs!

I'd love to hear how you are incorporating technology throughout your day, including morning meeting, so please share!

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