Students in 3rd grade learned about ways to be healthy and prevent disease. They created short video presentations using Photo Story 3 to teach others how to be healthy. First they researched information and then used story boards as a guide for their video. They described the pictures they would take and put the appropriate information by each picture. Following are examples of some of the videos they created....
Our 3rd grade students researched information about disease prevention during their health unit. They took notes from the website: Kids health They also used books from the library to research information about their disease. Students then created a brochure on their disease to teach others about their disease. We put a few of them in doctor's office in town. Following are examples of their Disease Brochures:
Blogging is a way to communicate and share information with others. It can be a personal website or web page that shares links, pictures, videos, etc. It is also a place to share thoughts, opinions, ideas, etc. It functions sort of like a personal journal or writer's notebook. I have used blogs with 3rd and 5th grade students. In 3rd grade we posted their personal narratives and students made comments on each other's writing. We also blogged with students in Korea. It was an engaging way to motivate students to take control of their own writing. They became intrinsically motivated to edit their writing and do their best!
In 5th grade we wrote about ourselves and current events. Students read news articles from Tween Tribune and then posted their thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. We also compared using blogs, tweets, and text messaging as forms of communication. When do you use each one?
One of the challenging things for students is making meaningful comments to each other's blog posts. Below is a link that has information on blogging, lots of ways to use this with students and has great videos on making comments. Check it out!
This is the site we most often use for students. It is safe, easy to use and does not require an email. Teachers have options to control comments and access to the blog.
Blogging with students
Great site shows how to start a blog and has lots of examples of blogs to give you and your students ideas to get started. :)
Wow! Collaboration in action! 5th grade students paired with 3rd grade students to teach them how to use the app, Pic Collage, to create posters for their disease unit. Students made a written plan where they wrote the facts and then determined the pictures they wanted to include on their posters. Students then worked together using one iPad to create Pic Collage posters about disease prevention. Way to stay healthy!
You can use the App called Sock Puppets to re-tell stories, create their own stories, do book reviews, teach others about a topic or create expectations with your students. See Lauren's example below. She used Sock Puppets to teach students about bathroom expectations.
New links from CPS...
Great place for students to read and listen to electronic books. This site also has lots of teaching resources and lesson plans under Professional Services on the log in page. Students and teachers can access MYON from home or school on many different mobile devices. To access MYON reader:
Teacher Log in:
User name: active directory user name
Student Log in:
User name: Student ID#cps
Password: student ID #
This is installed on your desktop computer. You may also download the app on your iPad. It is free. Lync allows you to instant message anyone in the CPS district. You can send text message or video chat. It also allows you to attend staff development sessions from just about anywhere as long as you have access to the Internet. CPS is going to provide some staff development sessions through LYNC. To see the staff development LYNC sessions you need to access the Tech Services Training calendar. You access this from your Outlook email.
Click on Calendar
Click on Open Calendar at the top of page (green plus sign)
Click Address book
Type in Tech services training and it will add the calendar to list of shared calendars you can view
Learn 360 (located on CPS home page under schools, electronic resources)
Great resource for videos to teach the standards. This resource is similar to Discovery Education (United Streaming). You can search by subject or topic, find a video and standards are located below the video. It provides short clips to popular movies like Shrek. To access the videos you will need to set up an account. See Tami for the code.
PebbleGo (located on CPS home page under schools, electronic resources)
Excellent resource for students in grades K-2 to research information. It provides audio versions of information, pictures,and short videos. The information is limited but the vocabulary is geared for our younger students.
This is a place to access much of the same info you found on Angel. Tech services is in the process of changing over to Blackboard. BB will be live in October. Angel will be available all year as well.
There are many ways that you can share your story digitally. Just as in a written story, it is important to "show" your story, not simply tell it. How can you invite your viewers to "live in your story" to connect with it emotionally? What is the "so what" of your story? What experience, connection or understanding did you gain from your story? Bernajean Porter is the author of DigiTales. She offers insight into the difference between digital stories and digital storytelling. Check out the article:Digital storytelling
Examples of Digital stories:
Below are tutorials that show you examples of how to create a digital story. Choose the one that works best for you!
Pixton Comics: http://www.pixton.com
Microsoft Power point
Windows Movie Maker (download)
Photo Story 3 (download) See tutorial below
The tutorial above shows you how to create a digital story using Picasa. You can download Picasa for free onto your computer. The tutorial below explains how to create a digital story using Photo Story 3.
5th grade (upper grades)
Harry Noden's brush strokes... example of how to add descriptive words to your writing to help readers visualize the meaning of the writing.
Painting with Words
Click on the link above and go through the voice thread practicing the different brush strokes. Happy painting!
Lesson plan example: http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid=20826
Students at Two Mile have been learning about graphic novels. Here is an example of one student's GN. We started with a story, then we talked about beginning, middle and end story lines and then put it in a story map. From there the kids took off! They are truly amazing!
I wanted to share resources with you from The International Reading Association. this organization provides invaluable resources including a website called readwritethink. It provides ready made lesson plans that include links to sites and additional information. It also includes parent and community resources and professional development opportunities. You can check it out at: http://www.readwritethink.org