How we Use Technology and Apps

Technology Curriculum

There is no “technology curriculum” prescribed by the Ontario Ministry however we  are guided by our ICT Standards (Information and Communications Technologies), a framework for using technology as a tool for teaching and learning students from kindergarten to Grade 12. Using this as a guide, we aim to improve student achievement by helping teachers integrate ICT into the curriculum, teaching practice and students’ skills in order to support and enhance continuous learning.

What apps and online resources do our student use?

RH McGregor students have access to a number of online resources under the virtual library Learnmark.  These can be accessed both in the school and in the home environment

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Please see the attached for login credentials for many of the external resources for tdsb students: learnmark15_16_oct-1

Some Highlights

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K- GR 3

 

 

http://bkflix.grolier.com/

Found under the ebooks menu on the Learnmark website.

 

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Encyclopedias – Both in English and French
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Elementary subjects with a lessons, games and activities

 

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OERB – see login credential link above

 

Snip20160609_11The Toronto Public Library has a number of resources for e-books reading either online or downloaded to a tablet or smartphone.

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/books-video-music/downloads-ebooks/

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French Language ebooks
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Both available online through the Toronto public library
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Accessible from TDSB library – Learn Mark

 

APPS

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Here is a list of just some of the apps used to enhance the learning experience at RH McGregor


Reading Apps

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Reading Apps

Spelling City –  https://www.spellingcity.com

Rocket Speller – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/rocket-speller/id492504689?mt=8

RAZ-Kids

Reading A-Z

Read Write Gold

 

storybird
Creating Writing

 

Math

 

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Math Apps

 

 

IXL

Mathletics

http://www.teacherled.com/addition-resources/

 

Science & Technology

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Science & Technology

French – https://fr.brainpop.com/

English – https://www.brainpop.com/

Making Mapshttp://www.teacherled.com/resources/mapmaker/mapmakerload.html

Scratch Jr.

 

Typing Skills

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Typing Skills

Dance Mat Typing

 

French

Recommended Apps for SK-grade 1 – French Immersion

BASIC VOCABULARY & INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES
•    Mini-TFO – Devine qui vient jouer?
•    Mini-TFO – ABC (find & count, where is it?, matching activities)
•    Mini-TFO   – Animelo (match different animal parts)
•    TFO – Chansons traditionnelles (traditional French songs)
•    Mind Snacks – French (Grade 1 – 2)
•    Feed me – Francais  (fun vocabulary activities with hungry monster)
•    Mes Premiers mots gratuite (my first words free)
•    Boowa & Kwala (series on a variety of topics with activities)
•    Duolingo
•    Frenchie Teachie (abcs, games, food and objects vocab)

STORIES (reading with and without audio support)
•    TFO – Zoubi Doubi (animated story about cars series – listen or read)
•    Tembo 4 French (by Bubble Books – reading with or without audio)
•    Lire-tot (basic first reader e-book, no audio)
•    Ana Lomba Early Languages (story series – read and/or listen)
•    Les Comptines de Zoreil (songs with amusing video & lyrics)

Recommended Apps for Grades 2 & 3 immersion OR Grade 4-5 Ext. French

FUN & EDUCATIONAL GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & CONTENT VIDEO ACTIVITIES
•    Revise ta conjugaison LITE (verbs)
•    French Vocab Games Lite (word search games by Neil Coffey)
•    TFO & mini TFO – many apps at different levels and on different topics
•    Brain Pop (educational video + 10 Q quiz)
•    Clever Dragons (fun vocabulary activities)
•    Quizlet (many quizzes at different levels – search “French”)
•    Passeport LITE (by Hachette Education – read along story with audio, and interactive listening and math activities)
•    Revise tes tables de multiplication (quizzes by Hachette Education)

Recommended Apps for Grade 3 Immersion /Grade 5 Ext. French and up

FUN & EDUCATIONAL
•    French Vocab Games Lite
•    La Cibile (marshmallow slingshot with questions on math, language and heritage)
•    Brain Pop (educational video + 10 Q quiz)
•    Quiz Animo (CBC) (challenging quizzes on different animal species)
•    Orthofolie (spelling – race the clock)
•    Letris 4 (like Tetris, but you have to spell words to make the blocks disappear – challenging, but fun!)
•    Quizlet (many quizzes at different levels – search “French”)

REFERENCE
•    Verb forms (translation, verb forms and full conjugation for many common verbs)
•    Le La – French Gender
•    Le Robert Dixel Mobile (dictionary App $6.99)
•    Larousse French Dictionary ($6.99, picture dictionary $8.99)

Recommended for Core French, Grade 4 Ext. & parents who want to learn too!

FUN & EDUCATIONAL
•    French Vocab Games Lite
•    Vacances
•    Tres Bien (Beginner words and advanced phrases for the not-so advanced learners)
•    24/7 French LE
•    Quizlet (many quizzes at different levels – search “French”)
•    Rosetta Stone – Travel French
•    French for Travel (great for parents planning to travel)
•    Essentials (beginner vocabulary with flashcards, and reading and listening quizzes)

 

Useful App Review Sites

edululu.org
Created for parents and teachers, EduLulu is the first public evaluation service for educational apps available in Canada. EduLulu’s evaluations are the work of teams of independent experts, including teachers, parents, ergonomists, and designers.
(Under categories choose “Language Skills” and look for apps with ‘f’ or ‘e/f’)

Appyfamily.wordpress.com
Great little site with only a few apps recommendations, but there is always a free app of the week