Guest Blogger, Mrs. Schmuldt, "Lovable Library Lady", DuJardin School
Today, our fifth graders experimented with creating Podcasts on the program SoundTrap. They read a poem and added background music that matched the mood of the poem. In addition, sound effects were included based on the poetry content.
The students loved playing around! Fifth grade student, Nico, says "It was fun exploring the music library. I got to listen to and manipulate Dubstep tracks."
Here's a student example! ENJOY!
One thing that we've found great success with at both of the elementary buildings is "Tech Buddies." Fourth and/or fifth grade students are trained in a specific area or tech tool. Then, they are assigned to a younger student in the primary grades. The older kids teach and assist their buddies with whatever instructional project they are working on.
For example, the first graders are working on writing a digital "How To" book. The fifth grade buddies have helped them insert images, create colored backgrounds, and even with effects. Our Early Childhood kids play games on the tablets as our fifth graders work one-on-one with them. We've even had older students introduce the Chromebook to our Kindergartners (who work with Tablets).
The younger AND older kids have been incredible. The fifth graders take on a sense of pride and ownership and the younger students are able to form valuable relationships. This kind of cross grade level collaboration is amazing and has truly transformed 21st Century learning in the classrooms of Bloomingdale School District 13.
Guest Blogger: Ms. Fiedler, Erickson Elementary Art Teacher
First, I am so honored to be a guest blogger for this amazing blog! Recently all 4th grade students at Erickson completed their Movie in Minutes project. We take a well known movie and turn it into a 5 minute film, completely retelling the story using a green screen.
The idea to bring this project into the elementary classroom actually came to me when I actually completed this project as a college sophomore while at University of Illinois. To understand the challenge of including visual culture in art curriculum, our assignment was to retell a movie in two and a half minutes. We shot our films around the Champaign Urbana campus and completed the project in about 3 weeks. Following completing our assignment, my professor challenged us to bring this into a classroom with students.
Erickson 4th graders began this project shortly after returning from winter break. It is is a very long project, but it is scaffolded so every week there is a new piece introduced to the puzzle. We began researching different aspects of movies (such as setting, props, etc.) and problem solving examples to simplify a movie to 5 short minutes. Students were assigned groups, scenes and began storyboarding and writing scripts. I added a aspect of student-led leadership to the project; the student or students that wrote the script became the directors of the scene. They are responsible for the success and all directions of the scene and the only person that can give feedback during critiques during filming. During filming there is a rotation one group is filming in front of our green screen, two groups are rehearsing at a whisper level in storage rooms, and all others are drawing the backdrops to be digitally entered in post production. Following filming, we begin a completely new project and on a rotation the directors of the scenes come edit their scenes using iMovie and Do Ink’s Green Screen Apps.
When the videos are completed with editing, we will have a premiere complete with a red carpet! Overall, I am so proud of all of the hard work that everyone put into these productions! I am hopeful in bringing green screens and video editing into all grades in art classes at Erickson in the future.
Guest Blogger, Fourth Grade Erickson Student
I feel so happy to be here. This art project we are working on is a miniature version of Toy Story 2. We are taking the whole movie and reacting it to a five minute version of it. We are using homemade props, costumes, and backdrops to help us out. This feels like an important project to me. It's also the reason I'm typing this article. I really like this project because it makes me feel special.
Guest Blogger, Devin, 5th Grade DuJardin Student
IN class we are making are own blogging websites. We all got to design are websites how we wont. We posted poems we wrote on are websites. We are practicing giving each other feedback on are poems. Are class learned hoe to do more advanced feedback then just good job. I like that we are having are own blogs. I believe that this will help us in the future with are writing. Click on the link below to see one of my class mates blog.