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5th grade students recently used Genial.ly to create dynamic presentations. Students determined relevant information about post-revolutionary presidents for History class. They applied the knowledge they learned in class to create an interactive and attractive presentation. Learn more about Álvaro Obregón and see why students are engaged by using this new tool.
Students also practiced ethical use of others' creative work by providing appropriate credits for the images they used in their presentations. Locating and crediting sources of media are important skills that students are hoping to master by the end of the year. Students were motivated to create and present in this project because they had the freedom to choose a topic that excites them.
information from the internet so students used a research outline to help them find sources and organize their thoughts. The outline required students to define their search terms, provided links to possible sources, a structure for determining the validity of resources and guidance for creating citations. See a student example of the completed research guide.
After finishing their research, students used Pages to create a magazine format and then uploaded their finished document to Joomag, an online magazine platform. Using Pages allowed students more flexibility on the formatting of pictures and text than Google Documents. Uploading the final product to Joomag makes it much easier to share the magazines with the public. Learn more about renewable energy options from Yizel's magazine or water issues related to Lake Chapala from Jaime.
Students gave speeches about the topic of their research in class. Then, on May 12, students presented in the 5th Concurso de Oratoria in the auditorium. Four 7th and four 8th grade students spoke passionately about their topic in order to help their peers understand the environmental issues we face in México today. These eight students demonstrated great speaking skills and impressed their peers and the judges. First place 8th grade student, Andrea Arriaga, encouraged us to support the protection of Bosque Primavera. Mariana Aguilar, the 7th grade winner, spoke about water pollution and water access.
Throughout this project, students used a wide variety of technology to research, plan and produce high quality magazines and inspiring speeches. The structure of the research outline helped them formulate their thoughts and find reliable information. The flexibility to pursue their personal interests and design a visually pleasing magazine engaged and motivated students to learn about the environmental issues facing México and share with the world.
pieces of writing, and their reading blog continues to grow. This site will form the basis of their language arts reflection during the end of the year student led conferences.
Students used a graphic organizer in a Google Doc to organize and revise their ideas. Then they used Keynote to create slides for a presentation. During their presentation, a classmate filmed them using PhotoBooth. After the presentation, the student who filmed,cAirDropped the video file to their classmate while the rest of the students emailed the presenter with their feedback on one thing they thought he/she did well and one thing he/she needs to do to improve. At the same time, the teacher shared and filled in a rubric on Google Docs with feedback and their grade.
The student who presented then went into the hallway to watch the video, read the emails from classmates and read the teacher’s feedback on the rubric. All students will write a reflection about what aspects of their presentation they were proud of, and they will set goals for what aspects they would like to improve for their next presentation. The reflection, as well as the video of their presentation will be posted in their Language Arts website portfolio, which students’ parents will be able to view.
how to stay healthy by washing your hands. They prepared review questions to discuss the information in the presentations and offered prizes to their young students. The 7th graders were engaged in learning about microscopic life and excited to share their knowledge.
created a powerpoint slide with their information. Finally, students shared and presented about their wonder to the class.
Presentation skills are very important. In 7th grade Language Arts we are using a graphic organizer (an Essay Outline Guide) in Google Docs to improve student's writing and help them prepare a presentation of their ideas. Google docs allows students to see the organization of an essay in a very visual and flexible format, which helps all learners, but especially visual learners. The fact that it is a Google doc makes it easy for teacher Pat Micelli to give ongoing feedback.
First students wrote their thesis and topic sentences, and then got feedback from the teacher. Then they filled in their supporting details, followed by their “hook”. They then filled in the background section and will write their conclusion last. The last column helps them to plan out what images and text they will include on each slide and to match the slide with the content. Nelson Taylor, middle school technology teacher, will also work with students to learn best practices for creating and presenting using Keynote.
Students created prototypes of their solutions to the problems. They presented in class by giving a speech explaining what sucks, how their solution solves the problem, what went well during the design process and what did not go as well. After all of the presentations, students reflected on the assignment to think about their successes and help Miss Natalie improve the project for next year.
Students were very engaged in this project. Their problems and interests guided the process and made it relevant and meaningful. They chose how to present their results using Google Slides, Keynote, and iMovie. Above, you can see Lore and Marifer present and discuss the Perfect Locker solution. Below, you can watch HyunYoung's video about designing an app to help you choose what to wear in the morning.