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5th grade students recently created Stop Motion movies based on their favorite social studies topics for the year. Students used the MacBook cart to create their first videos using iMovie with support from teachers and the Stop Motion website. Throughout the year, students used the National Geographic Global Issues curriculum to learn about how people
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.
Fifth-grade students in Spanish class have created colorful animations that recite poetry! After using Garageband to record themselves reciting a poem, students uploaded an audio file to the Voki.com website and chose a customizable animated character to voice their words. The students improved their audio editing skills and their Spanish pronunciation while having fun at the same time! Another benefit of this particular assignment is that it allowed Ms. Aizuri to easily evaluate her students’ fluency and enunciation by simply clicking on the URL that students submitted to her. Listen to poems by Esteban, Claudina, Victoria or Rodolfo and see why students enjoy using Voki.
Sixth-grade students recently created “video poems” in Language Arts class. After choosing one of their own original poems, students selected appropriate images and music to fit the tone and subject matter of their poem. In addition to learning about the basics of video production, students were required to include titles and end credits that cited the sources of their images, reinforcing the digital literacy lessons they have been learning this year. Students were engaged in expressing their thoughts and feelings through images and words.
5th grade geografía students are using Zaption to engage with content. Zaption is an interactive video that pauses and asks questions. Students answer the question and then the video continues. The teacher dashboard of Zaption helps teachers understand student misconceptions by breaking down the results by question and providing detailed data to improve teaching and learning. The Zaption site has thousands of videos that can be used as is or re-mixed with new questions. Teachers can choose videos from YouTube or create their own too. There is even a Share to Classroom option that makes it easy to provide the resource to students.
In order to help 5th grade students understand the celebration of Día de los Muertos, students watched this video. Students also reviewed important aspects of the Mexican Revolution on the 105th anniversary through another interactive video. Students enjoyed using Zaption and several re-watched the videos in order to improve their scores on the questions and reinforce their learning. 5th grade students will continue using Zaption this year.
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.
Students used GarageBand to create a song from separate recordings of their instruments in a process similar to recording studios. When students had finalized their song, they began making a music video. This project required students to be very organized and creative. They were motivated to learn about sound waves in order to produce a fun and entertaining video.