1st and 6th Grade (Mrs. Mitchell's Class)
Today, I worked with the 1st grade and 6th grade! The 1st graders learned podcasts, and we even listened to a few examples, like: History Goes Bump Podcast, Current Events with an 8 Year Old, and The News to Amuse. We learned that podcasts can serve many different purposes: mostly to inform, to entertain, and to persuade. I then showed them the GarageBand app, and we learned about recording our voices. We completed a reading of a Spring Poem as our very first podcast. The students really love hearing their voices, as well as their classmates! They will be working on their OWN podcast during the next few weeks. Here are our Spring Poem Podcasts. Enjoy!
The 6th graders learned how to plan their podcast. We listened to a few more examples of podcasts, and I showed them the Podcast Storyboard that I created. The students worked hard with their their groups to think of some creative ways to teach their listeners about Ancient China. Here are some pictures of them hard at work! I will be so excited to share them with you when they are done in a few weeks!
3rd and 4th Grade
Today, I worked with the 3rd and 4th grade! They all learned podcasts, and we even listened to a few examples, like: History Goes Bump Podcast, Current Events with an 8 Year Old, and The News to Amuse. We learned that podcasts can serve many different purposes: mostly to inform, to entertain, and to persuade. I then showed them the GarageBand app, and we learned about recording our voices. We completed a reading of a Spring Poem as our very first podcast. The students really love hearing their voices, as well as their classmates! They will be working on their own podcast during the next few weeks. Here are our Spring Poem Podcasts. Just press the 'play' button and make sure your volume is turned up! Enjoy!
Chula Vista Hills Elementary had a FANTASTIC morning! We had a very special assembly... GoNoodle! Have you heard of GoNoodle? It is an online program that helps channel kids' physical and emotional energy for GOOD. It's free and the best part is... kids LOVE it! Our friend from GoNoodle, Raffi, talked to kids about stress, and 3 strategies how to conquer it, The first strategy we practiced was BREATHING. The second strategy was to LOOSEN UP. The final strategy is to HAVE FUN and do something that makes you smile and laugh - like dancing! Here are some awesome photos and videos that I captured during the assembly!
Oh - and we also had a very special guest stop by - Mr. Cat Man!!!
Thank you Raffi, and GoNoodle for paying our school a very special visit. Please come back soon!
Introductions - Secret Handshakes! TK-2nd Grade
Breathing! TK-2nd Grade
Loosening Up - Chula Vista Cheer! TK-2nd Grade
Having Fun - Dance Party! TK-2nd Grade
The Cheetah Ukulele Club! 3rd-6th grade
Performing La Bamba!
Preforming our school song - The Cheetah Cha-Cha!
And lastly... performing a very special Testing Prep Rally song!
Introductions - Secret Handshakes! 3rd-6th Grade
Breathing! 3rd-6th Grade
Having Fun - Dance Party! 3rd-6th Grade
I worked with 2nd grade today (again), 5th grade, and Mrs. Piper's 6th graders. All classes learned about Podcasting! In order to get introduced to podcasts, I played a few examples - History Goes Bump, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Stories Podcast, and a few others. We learned that the artist needs a program to record their podcast on, so I gave both classes a brief lesson on GarageBand - they will learn much more later! As a class, we created a group podcast, reciting a poem about Spring. Please listen below! Enjoy!
2nd Grade Podcasts!
5th/6th grade Podcasts!
Today I worked with the 2nd grade and Mrs, Mitchell's 6th grade class. The 2nd graders completed their Word Clouds, and the 6th graders began their unit on Podcasting. We talked about what a podcast is, and what they're used for. I also played them a few examples of professional podcasts. Then, I gave a short tutorial on GarageBand and we completed a group podcast of a Spring poem. Check out all the student work below! Enjoy!
Mrs. Little's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Skala's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Stump's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Mitchell's Class - Podcasts!
I worked with the fabulous 3rd and 5th grade classes today! It was their turn to create their Word Clouds! Students wrote a short narrative about the activities and things they love. After typing their narrative into the app, they students created their Word Clouds, and sent the picture to me via Air Drop! Check out their Word Cloud creations below! Enjoy!
Mr. Arizpe's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Aring's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Hamilton's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Piper's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Chaniot's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Torre's Class - Word Clouds!
Today, I had the pleasure of working with 1st grade and 4th grade! 1st graders explored some educational apps, such as Doodle Fit, Little Writer, and Cyberchase 3D Builder. Check out the photos and videos below! The 4th graders designed their Word Clouds. Students learned that it's a word frequency app/program, so if they wanted a word to appear larger (like their name), they needed to type it multiple times. The students wrote a short narrative about themselves, including what makes them unique. Students also learned about Apple's Air Drop - which allows content sharing between Apple devices, and sent me their artwork via Air Drop! Enjoy!
1st Graders are hard at work!
1st Graders working on logical thinking and problem solving with Doodle Fit!
1st Grader working on Little Writer!
Mrs. Talamantez's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Sutton's Class - Word Clouds!
Mrs. Ortiz's Class - Word Clouds!
We practiced more skills on the iPad today! Some of the apps that the kids worked on are: Inventioneers, Letter Quiz, and Undersea Math (all *free*). The Kindergarteners are really loving the Inventioneers app (which I thought would be very challenging, but the kiddos are giving it a shot!). I enjoy watching kids ask for help... usually from other students, and students so eager to help each other. Some of these apps are puzzles and involve problem solving, and it is nice to see Kinder students working hard to figure out the solution to a problem, or puzzle. Check out some videos of some of the apps we worked with:
Do you have any favorite Kindergarten educational apps?
Hi teachers (and students)! Have you been hearing about Augmented Reality in education lately? I certainly have! I wanted to learn a little about it... so I could share with some of you that are wondering about it (and educate myself in the process.
So.... what exactly is Augmented Reality (AR)?
Augmented Reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
That definition was a little confusing, so I did some YouTubing to get some ideas. Check out these videos!
An example of Augmented Reality -
BBC Frozen Planet augmented reality exhibition during Wildscreen 2012. Location - Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
An example of Augmented Reality technology:
How can you create an Augmented Reality experience?
Here a video that will walk you through the steps!
It looks like Augmented Reality could be an amazing thing for classrooms. I am interested to see if this catches on! Did you give it a try?
Hello there! My name is Dawn Seiter, and I am the Digital Media Arts teacher at Chula Vista Hills Elementary. Please take a look at all the neat stuff we have been doing!
Our School's Vision
"We will empower students to be critical thinkers and effective communicators in order to reach their highest potential. We will do this by providing a rigorous, relevant, and innovative learning environment that challenges all students to achieve academic success and express themselves creatively."