Thursday, October 27, 2011

What's Your Name

What's Your Name Click this title to listen.

请问 May I ask?
To be; is
名字 Name
你呢 And you?
贵姓 Family name; surname
喜欢 To like
To be called
什么 What
北京 Beijing
美国 America

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Learning More and More

4th graders will soon be biting off a little more Chinese.  Here are a few new vocabulary words coming up.  Try to write these!
他          Ta1          He
是          Shi4         Is
谁          Shui2       Who
Can you guess what sentence we will be forming?  That's right!  We will be learning to say 他是谁?Who is he?

3rd graders are diving head first into new skits and puppet shows speaking out against bullying with the words:
大         Da4          Big
小         Xiao3       Little
脚         Jiao3        Foot
Stay tuned to Keiki Chinese to watch and learn how to say these very helpful words and learn more about how to prevent bullying at your school, in your neighborhood, and anywhere it might occur.

Teachers enjoyed their monthly cooking competition today.  I have included a few pictures for your giggle.  Once a month teachers choose a theme and compete for the coveted "spoon" award.  This month the theme was tailgating.  Among the recipes presented today were Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches, Pulled Pork and Cole Slaw Sandwiches, Salsa Chicken, Frito Pie Surprise, and Pan California Roll.  Tasters vote on their favorite recipe and all ballots remain secret.  What fun!    Who would have thought these teachers were such yummy, yummy cooks!

Here are a few of my favorite cooking websites and blogs.  What are some of yours?

Learn More Do More! And ALWAY Practice What You Know!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Learn More Do More!


Have you been practicing Chinese?  I certainly hope so!  Here are some words to remember...

什么        What
人            Person
不            No
山            Mountain

Congrats to the 1st graders for finishing their movie 老师在吗?The Keiki and Laoshi certainly have had a lot of fun learning new phrases, learning the photography of movie making, creating and moving sets all over campus, laughing and dreaming up funny scenes for our movie!  WOW!  The students really are smart, smart learners!

4th graders have been catching up on some writing practice.  They are well on their way to writing 你叫什么?Students have also been enjoying building QR codes.  Fu Guo Guo even downloaded Chinese characters onto her computer and created QR codes for her class to decode at school.  What fun we had decoding her Chinese messages.  Laoshi was very impressed with her use of Chinese and her inquiring mind that put the Chinese characters on her computer.  Fu Guo Guo says she is the computer wiz of her family.  I can certainly see that to be true!

Chinese Club will be every Tuesday from dismissal to 3:45.  Right now we are working on Stop Motion Animation.  Kids seem to have a lot of fun with this wonderful piece of technology.

Want to know what I had for dinner last night?  Little Village Noodle House in Chinatown.  My very  favorite restaurant in Honolulu.  I had garlic squash, dried string beans, mixed veggies with tofu, and the house special fried rice!  Yummy!  Next time you and your family are in Chinatown check it out.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Super Classroom Apps for Creative Learning

Super Classroom Apps For Creative Learning

PuppetPals HD
            Tell an animated story using PuppetPal puppets and backgrounds. 
Record your voice, move your characters, save to your Mac PC, share on YouTube, email your creations to friends and family.
            Story telling app.
            Camera with cool and fun features.
Prezi Viewer
            Create a prezi presentation and carry it with you on our device.
            Calendar created with school students in mind.  Good for jotting
down homework assignments, notes, list instructors, class
schedule, backup data capability.
Doodle Buddy
            Write math equations, vocabulary words, notes to friends, even
draw pictures with this fun drawing application.  Change colors to
add flare to your maps, math, graphs, or whatever your
imagination can create. 
            List making application
            Really fun camera app.  Add zing to your classroom images
this year!
            Smithsonian.  Needs no explanation!
            Point the camera at any location where you are and the app will
give you a brief history of things that happened at that location.  Fascinating!

Comic Touch Lite
            Build your own class comic book with ease!
            Writing stories with illustration has never been easier.
            Use images to tell stories, give directions, count money, endless
possibilities.  Drag and drop class pictures, homework, maps,
google images, animation to Sonic Lite then record your message to tell a story, answer questions, ask questions…you name it.   Jazz up your lessons and thrill your students about learning with this engaging and easy application.
Red Laser
            QR code reader.  Build your own QR codes at:
Glow Draw
            Write words, letters, numbers, you name it then add your very
own drawings to this writing and drawing glow in the dark
application.  Learning to read, write, and do mathmatics has never been so fun!
GarageBand (ipad 2 only)
iMovie (iPad 2 only)
            Share learning with anyone, anywhere, any time, any place.  Yes! 
Popplet Lite
Capture learning and turn them into visuals and text.  Let Popplet help you teach and learn.  Let Popplet do the teaching for you and have keiki show their work with technology!
            Really, really cool mind map that packs mean bling.  You gotta
check this one out!  Wow keiki of all ages and even your peers!
            Add images, backgrounds, write with your finger or stylus.  Let
ScreenChomp do the work of teaching your class today.  Even
better…let keiki tell ScreenChomp what to teach today.  Finish your homework using screen chomp!  Review spelling lists with ScreenChomp!  Read a graph, draw a map, count money with ScreenChomp!

            GPS, map finder, information seeker, visual and audio
encyclopedia for the 21st century learner.
Thousands of narrated covering  art, science, language, history, sports, food, hobbies the list goes on and on.  Watch and listen to any topic you can dream up.  A visual encyclopedia.  This app can also locate you and give fascinating Qwiki’s about the location you are at.  On a vacation?  On an excursion?  Want to learn more about…something?  Use Qwiki.   The possibilities for exploration are endless.
            Wikipedia reader.  Easy and beautiful interface.  What a lovely
way for students, teachers, and families to read the encyclopedia.
            Open source original music.  Use it or even post your own musical
            In a snap build a slideshow of images and graphics with text to
teach new concepts, review, or even better…have students build their own.
            Mind mapping made easy!
Talking Gina
            Record your lesson and let Gina the giraffe do the teaching!  Get
ready for those kids to learn when your substitute steps in!
Talking Lila
            Need a substitute teacher?  Just record and Lila the water fairy
will do the teaching for you.  Or even better…have the keiki record math problems, questions, assignments, classroom rules and agreements, or reminders for the next day.  Lila can even speak Chinese! 
            Water mark your images! 
                 Cloud service.   Use this to transfer files from your desktop to your
iPad and back with ease.  PC Mac!

PaperDesk LT
            A favorite app.  Draw, add pictures, make lists, take notes, record
your voice, record others voices, transcribe, touch an area in the written text and it will take you to the same location in the audio text.  Very robust site for classroom and personal use.
            List maker
i-Prompt Pro
            Teleprompter.  Works great!
            Create your own animation.  Save to PC Mac.
Book Creator
            Ever wanted to be a published writer?  Now is your chance.  You
write it and we will read it!  Includes image function so you can
illustrate your stories. Platform looks like a book.
            Read up on all your favorite subjects
            Excellent and diverse note taker.  Transferable to PC/Mac
            Dictionary on steroids!
Google Earth
            Fantastic, robust site
Weather Eye
            Check the weather around the world
PS Express
            Device version of Photoshop on the go
            Read music, play music learning games
            Skype for iOS.
Dragon Dictation
            Dictation can be transferred to Mac/PC
SM: Rain
            Relaxing sounds for quiet classroom moments

Tips For iPads In The Classroom:
1.    You will need an Apple adaptor to plug the device into the
Smarboard.  Simply plug the Apple adaptor to your Smartboard and you are ready to roll!
2.    Some of the apps listed are free and some have a fee.  Garageband and iMovie are the most expensive at $10.
3.    Your ipad can be set to any language you wish.  But that is another handout!  J
4.    Use your iPad controls or the Smartboard to control the volume. 
5.    Use Photobooth on your iPad to turn on a quick slide show for a re to reflect on the learning you did that day. 

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