My Technology Journey- Shaping the Next Generation

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Here are some of my favorite posts that I created over the semester! Technology in the classroom is important to have because with these new generations, kids are so good at using their IPads, IPhones, and much more. Kids are so creative and with these different technology resources they are able to apply their creativity and knowledge through their work! Now that I have been introduced to so many great technology resources, I can’t wait to incorporate them into my future classroom!

Here is my first post of the semester! I learned how to use gifs, embed youtube/tiktok videos, and images! This post explains why I would like to become a teacher and who my inspiration is!
In this post, I used Jamboard which is a great technology resource that you may want to consider using in your own classroom. This tool is easy to use and allows students to collaborate together!
This post showcases the many ways we can use google forms! You can use this tool as a self-graded quiz to see where your students are at with the materials they have been learning in class! There is also the option to make a branching form that I never knew existed! Check it out!
In this post, I used an Edpuzzle video, I was able to choose what grade and content I wanted to focus on and the best part is there are certain places in the video that pauses to ask the viewer a questioner to make sure they understand the concept! I will definitely be using this when I become a future educator!
We explored MyMaps and I was able to create a map of the school that I attended back on Oahu! This tool can work as a campus tour or even places you have traveled around the world!
Hailey and I created a google site on identifying our emotions! Students would have access to all of the content on the website and be able to have multiple resources available to them!
This was my last post for the semester and the one I am most proud of! I used BookCreator to create a book of my own that introduces the topic of weather! This tool was great and easy to use as I was able to come up with my own story that my students would understand.
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All About the Weather!!!

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Targeted student group: Kindergarten

Guide for other teachers to use:

  1. This will be the first of three lessons on the topic of weather
  2. Have students open up their IPads/chrome books to view the book creator book that Ms. Honnaka created, they will be able to use the read aloud feature if they are not able to read the words in the book
  3. After students read and view the book creator about the weather, the teacher will have a whole class discussion with his/her students to hear about their main takeaway and what they learned from the book creator.
  4. Activity: Have students draw and write about what type of day they prefer and what type of activity they would do!

Instructional Goal: From this first lesson on weather, my main goal is for students to understand that there are different types of weather (ex. sunny, rainy, snowy). Along with knowing that there are activities to do in all types of weather. Sometimes when it is a rainy day, we don’t know what to do because we can’t go outside, but this lesson will help students to put on their thinking caps and think of a variety of activities to do in any type of weather!

How Book Creator supported my instructional goal: I decided to use book creator because there are so many options it has to offer. Students love technology and there are so many great resources out there for them to explore. By creating a book I thought that it would be a great interactive tool for them to use because it gives them an example of how they could create their own book in the future after seeing the one I created. Along with being able to have access on the book creator to watch a youtube read-aloud. The last point I wanted to make was that I was able to add pictures and especially for kindergarteners it can help them to visualize what is being talked about which helps them learn more!

Identifying Our Emotions!!

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Authors: Hailey Colman and Kasidy Honnaka
Targeted Group: Kindergarten SEL 
Lesson Context: Stand alone lesson 
Goal:  Students will be able to identify their emotions and use this information to regulate their behavior 
This site helps reach their goal because it helps students understand this concept, provides them with extra resources, and checks for their understanding with the exit slip

Welcome to your New Home!

‘Iolani School

Lesson: An Introduction to your New Home!

Targeted Grade: Incoming 6th Graders

Goal: At ‘Iolani School, a big year for accepting students is in 6th grade. They take 25 girls and 25 boys so this lesson can be done either before students accept their enrollment or this can be done at orientation. Students will use MyMaps to explore both the lower school and upper school buildings along with important locations that they will need to know. Many students at ‘Iolani also play sports so on the MyMaps there is a section that specifically shows the different fields, gyms, etc. When students are seniors in high school they will have the privilege to go off campus to eat lunch, on the map I included places that are nearby that is convenient and accessible. Since parents also attend orientation, they will also be able to see the food plays nearby in case they are wondering what types of places surround the school. The point of making this map was to help those incoming 6th graders feel more comfortable and welcome as they are starting a new chapter in their life. Attending a new school can be scary and difficult to adjust to but hopefully with this map they will have a better sense of where their classes are.

Student Feedback: If students struggle or have questions using this map, they will be able to ask for help from our tour guides or from our orientation committee.

Where is it?

Grade level: Kindergarten

Activity: The activity the students will be doing is on Edpuzzle. They will watch the video “on/in/under practice.” During the video, students will be shown a picture of an object on/in/under and they will need to complete and answer the multiple choice question in order to keep moving on in the video. This will help the teacher to see how well his/her students understand on/in/under. After the video is completed, another activity that I would like to do is have my students create their own on/in/under drawings and test their classmates. This will allow them to use their creativity along with practicing these skills more.


  1. The teacher will do a lesson on, “on/in/under” and what each of these prepositions are and how to appropriately use them.
  2. After students have a better understanding on this lesson, students will watch the video on Edpuzzle on their own electronic device (provided by the school).
  3. Students will be told to complete the “on/in/under practice.” Students will not be able to move on in the video if they do not complete the multiple choice questions after each picture in the video is shown.
  4. After students complete the video they will be instructed to create their own drawings of showing the prepositions of “on/in/under”. Students will have class time to work on this and if they do not finish they will take it home as homework so that they can bring it back the next day to share and test their classmates.

If you are not able to access the video above, use this link!

What would we do without it?

I decided to do a self-graded quiz on addition and subtraction. This would be for a kindergarten lesson and other than learning numbers, addition and subtraction play a huge role in math. We simply wouldn’t be able to move forward without addition and subtraction. Students will simply complete this self-graded quiz at the end of our unit and see how much they understand these two concepts. This will also help me as a teacher to see how well my students did on this unit that I taught them.

Let’s go to our dream vacation!

This was my branching form that I created and this will help you to decide where you want to go for your dream vacation along with how you would like to get there. After you decide how you would like to get there, it directs you to different food places and activities in the location you chose!

Finding Classroom Angles

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By Marlee Bennett and Kasidy Honnaka

Standards: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.

Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.

Target student group: 4th-grade math

The instructional goal of the lesson: Students will be able to identify angles in the real world.


Okay, mathematicians, please join us on the rug for math time! Today we will be reviewing our work on angles in the world. Let’s first watch this video!

Can everyone hold up your arms to show me an acute angle? Great! An acute angle is less than 90 degrees! Can you show me an obtuse angle? Yes! An obtuse is bigger than 90 degrees and smaller than 180 degrees. I am seeing lots of big arms! Finally, can you show me a 90 degree angle with your arms? Nicely done!

Not only do we see angles in math, we can also find them in the world around us!

To practice, please get into pairs for a scavenger hunt! I am going to share a Jamboard with you all and I want you to work with your partner to find examples of acute, obtuse, and right angles around the classroom. When you find one, take a picture of it, put it in the Jamboard in the correct category.

Click on the image to access the Jamboard.

Great job! I challenge you to find three more angles at home today and then tell me about them tomorrow!

This activity helps students identify and compare learning to real-world objects rather than just practicing on a worksheet. If the teacher/students wanted to take learning to the next step they could practice identifying the degree of each angle.

I am from the State of Aloha

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I am from the state of aloha

Born and raised 

Surrounded by my family and friends

I am from the place with beautiful beaches

The blue crystal waters are what attracts the millions of tourists every year

I am from a place with an amazing variety of Ono food and desserts!

We are most well known for our poke 

And shave ice on a nice hot summer day 

This is my happy place!'m from the State of Aloha

Reasons why I like Adobe Creative

  1. It is simple and easy to use
  2. There are many options to share your photos (Glideshow, Photo grid, Split Layout)
  3. Others can explore your Adobe project
  4. Changeable themes to fit the type of project or assignment you are completing

The 5 W’s

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Before students start this activity they will have already gone to the library to pick out a book that they would like to do their mini presentation on during book week. As the teacher, I will show them an example of what their task is by first showing them the google drawing template on the 5 W’s that I created. This includes who, what, where, when, and why. As a class we will read “If you give a mouse a cookie” then we will fill out and brainstorm the 5 W’s together. After students get an idea of what their task is they will have a week to read their book and fill out their 5 W’s chart before presenting the book to the class. They will be assessed on their understanding of the book and how well they explain their book to their classmates. 

This lesson is targeted at 2nd graders in the area of reading comprehension. 

Students will go to the library to pick out any book that interests them. After doing so, they will read their chosen book and if they want to they can take notes on the 5 W’s worksheet that will be provided by the teacher. They will complete the worksheet and get it checked by the teacher. After the teacher approves their worksheet they will start to plan their presentation on their chosen book for book week that will happen the following Wednesday. 

The goal for this lesson is to help students with their reading comprehension along with practicing their speaking/presentation skills. Google drawings has helped me as a future educator because I was able to create a worksheet for my students that will help them to organize their thoughts and ideas. When students have to plan for their presentation they will be able to do this in an organized and easier manner because they can use their worksheet to help guide them. 

Inside out

Good morning first graders! Today in our morning circle we will be talking about the emotions we feel. Today, our main goal is for us to identify our different emotions. Sometimes we feel different things, but aren’t able to describe what exactly we are feeling. The reason why we are doing this at the start of the day in the first week of the semester is so that we can identify our emotions throughout the semester together. Everyday from here on out, I am going to check in with you and ask you what emotion you are feeling. For today’s lesson we will be using jamboard!

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Instructions: The teacher will be displaying his/her IPad screen on the projector so that students are able to see what the question is and how to use jamboard correctly and appropriately. The teacher will explain to the students that they need to brainstorm their ideas on emotions that they might feel. Students must provide at least one example of when they feel this emotion along with a picture that represents the emotion they personally picked.

The goal for this lesson is that students will be able to see the different types of emotions their classmates experience and in a later lesson we would talk about how to manage emotions. Students will most likely have similar emotions that they feel and this will helps students to realize that they are not alone and have their peers to support them. After completing this lesson, students will then get four flashcards that they can draw on so that when the teacher asks how are we feeling today, they can hold up one of the cards they created. This will allow the teacher to see where the students are at and how they are feeling on that specific day!

Technology is our future


My phone is my friend

In my pocket everday

It’s fun and helpful

Some say it’s bad

It helps me communicate

And keep in touch with friends

After a long day,

My phone can help me unwind,

Keeping me happy!

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My relationship with technology has its positives and negatives. My phone is something that I can’t go a second without, and this isn’t because I need to go on my socials, but it is my main source of communication. When I was younger my parents definitely monitored my screen time and for most of my childhood, I was doing many extra curricular’s so I did not have the time to look at a screen the whole day. As I got older and went to an out of state college, my phone has been my main source of communication. I Facetime my parents everyday and this is how I feel connected to them. Being away from them for a long period of time has been quite a big adjustment for me, but being able to talk to them and see their faces helps me to get through the hard days. Technology also is a great way for me to unwind after a long day. Ever since attending college, I have taken on many opportunities and responsibilities and my days usually start at 8am and end at 10pm so being able to come home and have my phone to unwind and relax has helped to keep me sane.

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