Thursday, December 10, 2009

Third Grade Glogs with Glogster!

Third Grade Glogs!

Third grade has been working on a Glog. A Glog is a web based program that lets you create a flyer or poster page on the Internet with moving and flashing objects. We used this fun and exciting program to describe a character study for the books we've been reading. Check out our Glogs by going to and searching Shlenker. They turned out beautiful and very cool!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snowing at Shlenker! Sooo Coool!

Technology has no Boundaries!

On Friday November 20th, our fifth graders were engaged in a face to face discussion with fourth grade students at the Arlene Fern Community School in Buenos Aires. With the magic of technology, we used Skype to interact with one another.
The Arlene Fern Community School is a reform Jewish school that contacted us through Mrs. Picus. (Mrs. Picus and the Arlene Fern Community School are both affiliated with PARDeS, The Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools). They wanted to connect with a school in the United States to compare not only schools but also, cultures.
Mrs. Williams and Ms. Kinion enlisted the help of Ms. Levi to organize the fifth graders’ participation. We gathered in the music room and surrounded the big screen as we connected with their school. Their teacher, Ms. Weigandt, greeted us with an enthusiastic introduction to her students. Our students were just as eager to greet them. Once the introductions were done we sang Shiru Shir. Our students were given a thunderous round of applause. Three of our students, Ashley, Jake, and Noah described our uniforms and talked about Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. After we answered some questions like, “What kind of food do you eat for Thanksgiving?” their fourth graders sang Hallelu. We cheered when they finished! Then it was time to say good-bye. Everyone involved in the project enjoyed the experience and look forward to connecting with each other again.
Bringing cultures together with the use of technology is one way we are moving our students into the 21st Century Technology Age.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fourth Grade Digital Stories

Ms. Kaplan and I have been working with the fourth graders on creating a digital story using Voice Thread. It is a web based program that students use to record their stories to pictures that they created in Paint or downloaded from the Internet. The stories are cute, funny, smart, and interesting. If you would like to view some go to:
Click browse
Type in Shlenker
And click on a picture thumbnail
Turn up the volume and enjoy!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dear Parents,

First graders have been working hard to create stories in their classroom with their teacher. As a fun way to share these stories we have created a Podcast. I have included the link from our website for you to enjoy their first Podcast. Click on a name, turn up the volume, and enjoy!

In case you are not familiar with the term podcast: (A podcast is a series of digital media files (audio files) that are downloaded to a web based server and shared through the web).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Teachers are having a great time with the Promethean boards. Kindergarten and PreK-4 teachers are enjoying learning the new technology. Students are benefiting from the board as well. They are actively involved in the lessons. They are excited everyday to work on the boards. Teachers are using the students excitement to motivate and engage students with new and fun lessons with reading, patterns, phonics, and letter recognition. It is thrilling to walk down the halls and observe the technology being used.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Shlenker has six Promethean boards, three in PreK-4 and three in Kindergarten. Promethean boards are interactive white boards that project any computer/web based program onto a white board. Teachers and students can access anything from opening a Microsoft Word document to searching Google by simply touching the board. This technology utilizes three of our five senses: audio, visual, and touch. It engages the students and excites them to participate.