Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If You Give a Kid a Chromebook

If You Give a Kid a Chromebook

Back in September, members of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Google Team: Laura Agnella (@lagnella), Melissa Morris (@mmorriswrites), Dan Gallagher (@gallagher_tech) and I (@iruntech) visited the Google office in New York City for an amazing day of learning and connecting.

While navigating the city streets in search of lunch, we talked excitedly about the potential for our 1:1 Chromebook initiative in 5th and 6th grade. In a flash of inspiration I said, “We could write a story based on If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but instead we’ll call it, If You Give a Kid a Chromebook!”  This was met with great enthusiasm.  We discussed our own ideas and gave examples.  Then, the idea lay forgotten and dormant, like a seed, waiting for the right time to blossom.  After a full school year, that time has come.  Your teachers have helped you explore, supported, fed, and nurtured your growth in the 1:1 program; and your collective creativity astounds me.

Therefore, I challenge you to create your own version of If You Give a Kid a Chromebook.  Be creative!  Don’t limit yourself to the Google Apps for Education, like Slides or Docs.  Use a tool you learned from your teachers or on your own. Maybe you’ll use Glogster or iMovie or WeVideo.  Perhaps you’ll create a Thinglink or something in Haiku Deck.  Or, you might try to app smash and bring several tools together to make something truly spectacular.  You’re only limited by your creativity!

Here are some guidelines:
  1. You must use the original story to guide your own story. Be sure to use the words “kid” and “Chromebook” instead of “mouse” and “cookie.”
  2. This is an individual project, students should create it on their own
  3. If you’re not sure about something, e-mail the teacher who assigned this project or e-mail Mrs. Lindes.

Listen to the story on YouTube

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