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Third grade students in Mrs. Siler's class (JCMES) used iMovie on the iPads to create an end of unit project on the water cycle. Using a template, each student explained parts of the water cycle with pictures, a song, and narrations. Not only did their first experience with iMovie create digital projects full of science content, but an enthusiasm for using iMovie. When finishing an assignment later in the week, students asked to use iMovie to create fraction movies to share!
First graders in Mrs. Eye's class (JWES) added two new apps to their app library. As an end of unit project, each student created a PicCollage of their favorite planet and included it as a background in Tellagami. Check out the video below for an out of this world app smash!
On Wednesday, March 9th, Clerk of Clerk Chaz Haywood brought historical artifacts, known as primary sources to the fourth grade at Cub Run. Mr. Haywood presented the importance of each artifact to Rockingham County while students took notes and asked questions. After the presentation, fourth graders had the opportunity to not only view each artifact, but take pictures for digital projects. Check out their padlet of digital projects on a few of the primary sources presented.
Teachers at John C. Myers Elementary recently experienced basic green screen use during an art activity day. As students completed craft stations, teachers took advantage of the transition time to learn from RCPS ITRTs Erin Branner, Priscilla May-Maiden, Erin Sauder, and Katie Ameigh about the app "Green Screen by Do Ink." Teachers took student pictures then made the students appear to be in a space suit on the moon. Great fun for the students and great learning activity for the teachers!
In another training during a county-wide elementary inservice day, teachers learned some of the fundamentals of the same iPad app, "Green Screen by Do Ink," in a session conducted by RCPS ITRTs, Bethany Deputy and Obe Hostetter. The ITRTs led teachers through various scenarios to illustrate concepts of incorporating video and images into the video product. At the end, Bethany and Obe then assembled their silly clips into an entertaining demo to illustrate the different methods.
Products from Our Classrooms
With fundamental skills in hand, teachers then adapt use to their content area instruction in creative ways that engage the students and allow them to take control of their learning. Students create their own products to demonstrate understanding of subject content. Bethany has assembled a variety of instructional examples using Green Screen by Do Ink at her website.
Applications of this amazing tool abound!
Here's a sampling of classroom products:
Students love to problem solve through coding projects. Read the DN-R account of Hillyard's "Hour of Code" event on Dec. 10, 2015.
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Mrs. Francis at Elkton Elementary had her students working on fluency. Students practiced the parts of their assigned crayon and then used the app Chatterkid to give their crayon a voice. It was a great project and the kids had so much fun!
Kindergarteners at Linville-Edom Elementary practiced their positional vocabulary words using the Book Creator app. They took pictures of their object on, beside, in, above, and below another object in the room. They added a short recording and some students took it a step further by typing their words. The pages were combined into one digital book that can be used for review by viewing it as a movie or in iBooks.