Students were assessed on their video and audio editing skills as well as on the thoroughness of their research and citations. The videos were obviously a lot of fun for the students to make and they demonstrated a lot of creativity. Learn more about Anime and Television or Mario Brothers and J-Pop.
Seventh-grade students in Social Studies classes recently took virtual trips to Japan to research popular culture and report back to their classmates with fun and informational videos. With the power of the internet at their fingertips, students first did extensive research on the topic of their choice, then they used the magic of the green screen and video editing software to create videos that explored their topics. From manga to vending machines to Tokyo street fashion, students covered a wide range of fascinating topics.
impact the economy, society and the environment through the lenses of Migration, Habitat Preservation, Pollution, Water Resources and more. To summarize and synthesize their learning, students worked together to write a script, take 100+ photographs and then edit their movie. Students were engaged throughout the process and enjoyed watching everyone's videos.
chose what instruments to make and how. They also chose what kind of music to make... sort of; it's difficult to make music with home made instruments, but several were very successful. Regardless of the quality of the song, students had fun and learned a lot about sound. More student videos can be seen here.
throughout this hands-on project because of their interest in roller coasters. The simulation provided a lot of guidance so their roller coaster would work as intended.
Recently, fifth graders in Spanish class created news podcasts detailing current events here at ASFG. The student journalists worked in teams to write and edit scripts. Then, using Garageband, they recorded themselves, edited the audio, and added “jingles” and sound effects to their podcasts. Some of the topics covered included the musical performance “Hairspray,” service learning, International Games Day, and visits by authors Pam Muñoz Ryan and Maria Garcia Esperon. Students were engaged in the process of writing and speaking because they had the opportunity to choose their topics and work with their friends. Check out the podcasts by Giselle & Alina or Esteban & Elisa & Ana or Santiago & Alejandro and learn more about what is happening at school!
Working in pairs, students scouted suitable locations in the virtual world, selected materials, and got to work. In addition to creating the bridge, the teams were required to document the process by taking screen shots of their creations, providing directional coordinates, and measuring the distance of the bridge span in meters. The students were also asked to reflect on challenges they faced and explain how they worked together to solve problems. Perhaps we will see a version of one of these bridges in the real world someday!
Students in 7th grade social studies taught each other about the dynasties of China recently. Students collaborated in small groups to become experts in a specific dynasty. Then they created a Google Slide presentation and taught the rest of the class important aspects of that dynasty including social, political and technological characteristics.
Throughout this project, 7th graders practiced their information literacy skills by locating reliable websites and citing the sources of their information and images properly. They also practiced good presentation design using short statements and lots of images.
Students were motivated to learn from their peers because after all the presentations were over, students created timelines about all of the dynasties using their notes. With an online tool, each student demonstrated what they learned by creating a timeline with information and images about each dynasty. This unique way of assessing learning required students to process what they learned and summarize it in their own words.
how their location celebrates the holiday. Students used their information literacy skills to find reliable sources and cite their information and images. Working in a team required students to organize and collaborate in order to produce high quality work. This project engages and motivates students by providing the opportunity for creativity and fun.
The young chemists in 8th grade science class have been busy at work conducting “wacky” chemistry experiments and documenting them with entertaining and educational videos. These young scientists have learned first-hand that the best way to learn new concepts is to teach them! With an audience of elementary students in mind, the 8th graders created short, engaging videos explaining the chemical reactions involved in experiments with exploding pumpkins, “elephant toothpaste,” and homemade “snow,” among others! In addition to acquiring a deeper understanding of chemistry, students also learned key principles of video production and editing, and they demonstrated excellent teamwork and collaboration skills.
engaged in thinking about language and history while they determine how to present their understanding of the familiar song. They interview others, research and write a script before acting and recording their video. Finally, students edit their video and share it with their class. This fun project requires collaboration, imagination, and sometimes costumes.