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What a wonderful project this was! At Greentown Elementary here in
Ohio, we really enjoyed the experience of integrating technology skills into a "tried
and true" unit of study that young children could relate to. Thank you Susan, for
providing us with a teacher tested and straightforward project that we were able to
integrate seamlessly into our classroom curriculum. As a side note, not only were
the children able to peek into the windows of other second grade classrooms via their
computer screens....I had the delightful experience of discovering MY old grade school,
Bloomfield Central Elementary, listed as a participant! Thanks to this project I was
able to develop a new e-mail friendship with Ann Rosati and we have made plans to
collaborate in other projects throughout the school year. Add to the mix that I have
both a niece and a nephew in the second grade at Bloomfield Elementary and you have an
excellent example of just how small the world can indeed become when one ventures onto the
web! What a wonderful time to be in education! My heartfelt thanks to Susan
Silverman for the efforts she has made to bring us closer together as educators through
This is another "FUN-TASTIC" site created by the
talented Susan Silverman! As usual, students were able to share various writing activities
created in classrooms all over the world. My second graders were "WOWED" by the
multitude of examples they were able to view! The Apple Links and Online Games were an
added bonus. Susan places an "About This Project" section on all of her sites.
This section is a great help for novice and experienced participants. Thanks for another
great learning experience! SUSAN MAKES LEARNING FUN!
What an excellent project Apple Bytes was. My students enjoyed
creating poems, stories, pictures and a slide show about apples. They learned a great deal
from the online activities. They especially enjoyed seeing their work on the web. Thank
you Susan for sharing your ideas and talents.
My children found the webpages easy to access( once we got the
long address typed in), moving from screen to screen was painless and the presentations
were very eye-catching but not distracting! They enjoyed locating where each class
was from. They also learned a lot more from the links of games and extra info. Their
favorite by far was "Who wants to be a millionaire". As a teacher, my job was
easy. I simply e'mailed my info which made me feel comfortable with the project. All the
techie stuff was up to you. I think this was a great benefit because I did not feel
apprehensive about my lack of technological skill. I am looking forward to participating
in next year's project and/or any other idea you have cooked up. Keep up the good work!
The Apple Bytes project was the first Internet project for our
class. It generated much enthusiasm and numerous learning opportunities. With great pride,
students read their cinquain poems on the webpage. They enjoyed reading other classes'
work, playing "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", Hangman and other online
activities. Apple Bytes was a great way to integrate lessons across all areas of the
second grade curriculum. The technology piece was a way for the students to learn
navigational skills with material at their own level. Students and their families returned
to the website again and again.
My blended class had a great time with the Apple Bytes project.
They were proud of the apple poems that they wrote and so exited to see
their work published on the web. They really enjoyed seeing what other second grade
classes had done, too...especially when that class had done an activity that we had done
in our classroom! Thanks again for including us, Susan.