Saturday, March 8, 2014
Students want to work on things that matter to them and matter in the real world. The use of technology, in particular, is one of the most effective ways to make learning relevant for today’s learners. Teachers can bring real-world connections into the curriculum and connect students’ work with the larger world.
Once students had all their information, the teachers in the classrooms reviewed the inverted pyramid structure(from the Jack and Jill lesson). In this structure, facts are written in a story in the order of importance, not sequential order like most students are used to writing.
Once their rough draft was complete, the students were to self-edit their writing. The next step was revising, so the students were partnered with a Luther College student who is studying to become a teacher. The college students would provide our 5th grade students feedback in a timely matter so they were able to make corrections. I utilized the students tech class to use the computer lab when they were finished editing their stories. most everyone was done with their stories. I had the students all type their stories with a headline and their byline into Google Docs.
Check out the final product:
Taking the information that students had written about from their articles was then turned into a news broadcast. Students wrote a script, and imported clips from different interviewing segments. The day of recording we utilized easyprompter, green screen, iMovie and Green Screen by Doink. If you ever wanted to check out the Green Screen app watch this intro video, its easy to use and student friendly for learning about green screen effects and chroma key.
Check out the News Broadcast:
|Students recording the scrips|
Check out the News Broadcast:
When students are engaged in real-world activities they not only learn the knowledge and skills of the traditional curriculum, they also learn 21st-century skills and global competencies that empower them as global and digital citizens.
It's a Wrap!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
iMovie is a great tool for students to use and create movies in the classroom or at home. One of the best features of iMovie, which can be used on any device, is the trailers feature. Trailers? Yes, trailers! As in movie trailers like the ones you see on television, in the theaters, YouTube, etc.
Even though iMovie has all of the placeholders you need to make a great trailer with your video, you still have to craft the wording to get the right message across. Students choose a theme that complimented their "Good Fit"book they were reading in the classroom, inserted appropriate text into the pre-made storyboard, and customize text and photos.
Here are the CCSS standards addressed with this project:
- NETS.2. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital media.
- NETS.1 Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
- SL.3.2. Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
- SL.3.5. Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
Here are a few examples:
Thursday, January 16, 2014
This semester begins some new changes, as I also add to my work load of seven classes of 3rd and 5th grade students for teaching technology. As with any change, there have been many ups and downs beginning this semester.
Each day I am a tech, teacher and Master's Student. But the journey is just beginning because this is my last year of Master classes. Its going to be a rough semester as I juggle to meet demands and deadlines.
In our class we were asked to reflect upon our vision for the future:
Convenience: In order to be a forward thinker, we really need to think about what students want. There is so much to do today that students are constantly on the go. With this in mind, convenience is key. In the past, students have had to search through multiple sources in order to find the information that they may need for a certain topic. “In a world where speed characterizes the flow of information among vast networks of people, communication with friends, colleagues, and superiors takes place faster than ever (Tapscott, 2009).” These communications are becoming so much quicker that it allows students to get more done faster, allowing for them to continue on with their day to day lives.
Connectedness and Multiple viewpoints: The ease of connecting to a friend, classmate, or superior is very appealing to many and it allows individuals to stay on top of news as well. They can connect to news, information, others’ viewpoints in order to collaborate, etc. This type of forward thinking allows students to learn from multiple venues and combine all of their newfound information into a solid thought.
Organization and creativity: The speed at which students can become organized is increasing each year thanks to different forms of technology that allow this. While “forward thinking,” it is interesting to think about how far we can go with organizational technology and where this can take us! We need a creative society for our future in order to remain a well rounded generation.
In selecting my media, I struggled with which type from a book creator, to a movie maker. The possibilities are endless to portray a story. In order to add elements of both visual and audio I went with the movie approach. This movie was created using iMove, Tellagami, POW strip design and Splice for adding a You Tube video in the middle. The challenging part for me was taking smaller steps and breaking it down into smaller steps for students to understand the process. The sound was obtained from soundzabound a royalty free music subscription our local AEA has for school districts.