Today, I introduced the 1st graders to Vittle - a free screen casting app. I showed them how to use all the tools, and gave them some time to explore and do some silly/fun things on the app. They seemed to really enjoy it! The goal is to have the students use the app proficiently, and be able to explain their thinking/make their thinking visible with some math problems. I really think they'll be catching on quickly! I'll be posting some of their videos soon, when they feel confident using the app!
Since this was my first rotation with the 6th graders, I used the same Prezi to explain stop motion and show the students specific examples of different kids of stop motion. They are excited to begin!
Every Friday, I am invited into the 2nd grade classrooms to create math screencasts! This was my second week visiting, and the students are working on making their problem solving visible and clear. We are using a free app called Vittle on the iPads, and the kids really enjoy it. Each week, they get better and better! I had a 2nd grader come up to me and say, "I had a dream about Vittle last night!". I think that's so cool! Here are some photos of students at work, and some student work!
The 2nd graders are currently working on explaining addition strategies - specifically the "Make a Ten" strategy. Students also tried to add in the Bar Model, however, we (the teachers), quickly noticed that it was difficult to fit all that math work onto one minute.
Mrs. Skala's Class
Mrs. Stump and Mrs. Duran's Class
The 6th Graders had the awesome opportunity to participate in Egypt Day today! They attended different stations: art, language, math, and even got to feast like an Egyptian and share their Egypt songs! Click here to visit the Egypt Day channel on YouTube with all the students' Egypt Songs... and check out all their awesome costumes with our green screen video below:
I had the awesome opportunity to work with the 6th graders today, and review GarageBand! The students have written Egypt Songs - full of content about Ancient Egypt - and are going to record it in GarageBand. Their songs should be complete by next week, ready to share for Egypt Day on Oct. 13th!
I am visiting our lovely 2nd grade classrooms every week to work with students on screen casting. If you are unfamiliar with screen casting, it is a digital recording of a screen (often a computer screen) usually with audio narration. In 2nd grade, we are using an app called Vittle (the free version for now) to make math thinking visible. It gives the students an opportunity to TEACH what they know. It's an incredibly powerful tool, and the kids really enjoy it. We are working on including math vocabulary, being clear and explicit in our instructions and steps, and maintaining a manageable volume - which of course can be very challenging with many students recording at the same time. Here are just SOME of the videos I was able to capture!
*Students were working on demonstrating the "Make a Ten" strategy to help with addition problems!
Ms. Skala's Class
Mrs. Little's Class
Mrs. Duran and Mrs. Stump's Class
Ms. Bonner made this super cool video (using iMovie on her iPhone) with some pictures and videos from our annual Color Run! I helped... a little... Ms. Bonner sure is tech savvy! I wanted to share her video with you! We will also play it on the Friday CCN Broadcast, so stay tuned!
Here are Mrs. Ortiz's 4th grade iMovies about Animal Adaptations! Students worked hard learning about adaptations, researching their specific animals, creating their storyboards, and creating their iMovie to educate their audience on their animal. In no particular order...
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!
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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