"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"
"There's no place like home! There's no place like home! There's no place like home!"
"Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore."
"Follow the yellow-brick road."
What are these students reading???
Trevor holds up the mammoth annotated book of The Wizard of Oz. Each students' copy was easier to hold.
Then students opened a character traits document in their Type on PDF app. They were able to type and draw on the screen. They were to find which character displayed which trait. Alright, deciding who was cowardly wasn't too hard. :-)
Students used the Notes app to record what was happening in the story. It was fun to type the events. We learned that some things we saw in the movie are different from what Mr. Baum wrote in his book.
Then what happened?
Bailea checks out the illustrations in the original version. What a fun way to learn!
We made it to the end of our big technology project with the Money Madness book. Mr. Yoder came in and taught the students how to import all their pages into Shadow Puppet. Once the pages were in the order they wanted, they were taught how to select background music to enhance the finished piece. Next, they recorded themselves reading the text. All students were doing this at the same time with guidance on how to do this with a minimum of distractions for themselves and others. However, when you listen to their videos, some may be difficult to hear.
Mr. Yoder also taught the students how to upload their video to Google Drive and add it to a folder where they could see each other's videos. He created a link for me to share with you here. I hope you will take a moment to watch and listen to some of their projects. Overall, Mr. Yoder - our Tech Coach - said they are some of the best he has seen! Wow!
Students come close to the screen to let their QR Code reader read the code and take them to the Today's Meet site.
Once they are on the site, they give themselves a nickname. Then they answer the question posed by the teacher. Today's question was: How is the Money Madness project going using Crayola Mix & Mash?
Students see their own responses and the responses of their peers on the classroom screen but also on their screen.
This has been a great tool to teach several skills. Some skills have been: following directions, answering the question asked, responding with full sentences, using basic capital letters and end marks correctly, and (one of the most needed skills...) social media manners. We are learning how to ask questions of each other and comment on the postings of others in a kind way. Inappropriate comments are removed by the teacher.
So...what question will we answer next time on Today's Meet?
During ISTEP testing week(s), I like to incorporate learning using more teamwork and a broad base of learning styles. This week in reading the students are preparing to make a technology based presentation. They don't really know all of this yet as we are taking it one step at a time. The first step was to read the book, Money Madness by themselves. Then they read the book with their reading team (2 or 3 others selected by the teacher for the benefit of all:-) See Animoto created video on this blog.)
Then the students located and wrote 9 important facts from the book. Did you know money was not always used as a means to get items you and your family needed?
Next, the students used "Photos for Class" to locate 6-10 pictures that relate to money for future steps in the presentation process.
Then, today, students made their title page using "Crayola Mix & Mash." I like to do the same requirements as the students to see what kind of issues they could run into. But, I pick a different topic. My topic is ranches. Here is my title page for my presentation created with "Crayola Mix & Mash."
Hopefully, before the school year is over, your child will be able to share their creation with you on a Tuesday - iPad - goes - home - day. This project is slated to take about 2 weeks, and then we will share all of them in one location for easy viewing and listening. (Yep, recording one's own voice is part of this, too! FUN!)