We were incredibly lucky to be invited to the UCSD Shake Table on Wednesday, August 31! Students learned all about earthquakes and their forces, then learned about structural design, and tested out different models of buildings to see what structural elements are needed to withstand an earthquake. Students then build a structure and we tested it on the Shake Table! Here are some photos and videos from our trip!
Just like the 2nd graders, I taught the 1st graders all about a new app - it's a screen casting app called Viitle (see my previous post about Vittle). Students are working on adding and subtracting within 10 - and different strategies to help. For example: draw a picture, use a tens frame, use a number line, use a number bond, etc. As you can see/hear... the kids need LOTS of practice with screen casting. We will keep working on writing our names, and speaking in a clear tone. It's difficult! But again... this is just their practice, so we will celebrate small victories! You can also easily assess a student's comprehension by watching them solve problems. It's pretty awesome! We (as teachers) need to remember (and more importantly, show our students) that any road to success is paved with errors and mistakes, and all it means is that we will be better next time!
Mrs. Boco's Class
Mrs. Lohner's Class
The 5th grade is still working hard on their stop motion animations. Check back soon! I will post them as soon as the students have finished working on them!
I taught the 2nd graders about a new app today! It's a screen casting app called Viitle! I love Screen Chomp, however it is no longer available in the app store, and there are no easy sharing options. There are a few things I absolutely LOVE about Viitle. First, it limits the screen cast to 1 minute. I'm pretty sure the paid version of the app allows a longer recording time, but for our purposes, 1 minute is perfect. It forces the student to be mindful about what they plan to draw/write/record. They must plan to include all the necessary information, and it leaves no room to be playing around. Secondly, the sharing is so easy! The students can easily save their movie into the iPad's camera roll, or AirDrop it to my iPad... so cool! The kids totally love using AirDrop too, it's like magic!
Students were working on representing numbers (into the hundreds) in multiple ways: standard form, word form, picture form, expanded form, etc.
*Note: this is the first time the students used Vittle, so there might be some student errors, but we need to remember (and more importantly, show our students) that any road to success is paved with errors and mistakes, and all it means is that we will be better next time!
Mrs. Little's Class
Mrs. Skala's Class
Mrs. Stump's Class
4th grade is still working really hard on their stop motion animations! Stay tuned - they will be posted as soon as they are completed!
The 5th grade Garden Club members are working hard to create some informational (and humorous) videos about our fabulous school garden! We will be airing these videos on our morning CCN Broadcast as soon as the students are done filming and editing... and boy, do they have some creative ideas! I will share their creations here as well, as soon as they are done. Here is a sneak peek at some of the filming that is happening!
I was SO lucky to be able to come into Mrs. Diaz-Cisneros to teach her class about Stop Motion, and the students got to start filming today! I am really excited to see their productions! I also was so happy to see all the students engaged and supporting each other with their project. Stop Motion Animation is a wonderful collaboration activity. It takes lots of problem-solving, communicating, and collaborating to make a successful film, and these kids already are demonstrating all of it! Just take a look at how busy this classroom is! I'll keep you updated with their videos as soon as they are all done!
Today we learned all about screencasting - using an AWESOME app called ScreenChomp! It's a free and easy screencasting app... but unfortunately, I don't think it's available on the iTunes store anymore! Another downfall to ScreenChomp - I can't export the student work. I will be investigating other screencasting apps in the meantime, since the student work is fabulous! If anyone has any ideas, please contact me!
We learned all about Stop Motion today by watching my Prezi - and we will be planning our very own Stop Motion math video next time! Stay tuned!
Today was my first day with 3rd graders, so we learned all about Stop Motion Animation by watching the Prezi I made. They will be planning their own film next time!
Since many of the 6th graders planned their Stop Motion Math videos last week, we started to film! We even had a few groups finish their animations! I was AMAZED at what they came up with in such a short amount of time! I won't post them yet - since we are going to put them into iMovie and add sound effects, music, and voice over... but here are some photos of students working on their projects, and a short video clip! Enjoy!
Here is a sneak peek of some 6th grade filmers in action!
Stay tuned for the finished products! I'm excited!
We started out our RESULTS Digital Media Arts class with Go Noodle today... and these kids are too darn cute!
We also started our screencasting planning. YouTube was down for a bit, so I was unable to show some videos, so instead, I brought up Explain Everything app and we tested out making a screencast! This one was done with myself, and my good friend Brian, from Mrs. Stump's class. I was so proud of his math problem-solving!
In 5th grade, we learned all about animation - and I showed them my Prezi from yesterday. Then, the kids started to storyboard their stop motion animation projects! We will need to storyboard a bit more, but we will begin animating! Here are some awesome examples of some 5th grade storyboards!
These kids are so excited for animation! Woo hoo! It's going to be a fun year!
Today was the first day of RESULTS for 1st and 6th graders... and it was so much fun! The first graders started their day with some Go Noodle (Pop See Ko!), which is always a blast!
Then we talked about screen casting. I showed them a few YouTube examples:
And the students worked on storyboarding their own math related stop-motion! The kids are really excited about this new adventure - and so am I!
The 6th graders were introduced to stop motion animation today. I showed them a Prezi I created showing TONS of awesome examples! I also showed them my Lego stop motion attempts. Some students started planning their animation! Click here to access the planner the students used. Then, the students shared their progress with the group (sorry the picture is so dark!).
It's going to be a great year with these kiddos!
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!
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