My man Ryan Stein finished putting together a compilation video of our adventures at Chamberlayne Elementary a week ago! Check out the fun times we had teaching and learning with the 4th graders about Jamestown!
Sometimes working as an ITRT at four different schools can get lonely when you don’t get to work with your fellow ITRT teammates and collaborate. Then, there are days like today…
Jim Covais, and Ryan Stein and I took our talents to South Beach, er, Chamberlayne Elementary to help out fellow ITRT, Julie Goode. “JG and The Boys” went to all the fourth grade classes and completed some fun engaging Jamestown activities!
Mr. Stein started off with teaching the students the song, “In Virginia.” This is a song he wrote from his History MVP Program. The students read through all the lyrics before hand, and then they sang along with the song. The students had a great time learning the song along with working on reading fluency and vocabulary development.
For the next part of the lesson we broke the class up into three groups. One group went with Ms. Goode. These students made Photobooth movies about Jamestown using imported pictures as backgrounds. The second group went with Mr. Covais. They drew pictures about Jamestown information, took a picture of their drawing, and then uploaded and shared their information with the group using Padlet. The last group met with me. We used Photobooth and Keynote to make Blabberize Type movies. The students recorded themselves in Photobooth, dragged the video into Keynote, and then dragged the picture of their character with a missing mouth on top of the video. (I’ve also done this with Simple Machines)
JG and the Boys had a blast, and we’re already planning our next adventure at another school! Check out some of the great projects the students created!!
Mr. Hart’s Station Example:
Ms. Goode’s Station Examples:
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First, I am going to say that I work with some amazingly clever people. Tom Woodward’s and William Berry’s blog posts on Historical Selfies spurred my interest on this project. My only road block was they made their Historical Selfies with Photo Shop. Since our school MacBooks do not have this, I pulled out the closest program we have: ActivInspire. I made this Instagram Template today for teachers and students to use. Here are some directions on how you can implement this into your classroom seamlessly.
1. Change all the text boxes for the names, likes, comments, and hashtags.
(This one can be tricky–especially if their comment is a little long. I had to add an extra text box, so I could get “speech!” on the second line of my example)
2. Drag in a picture for the background and resize to fill the box
3. Drag in the picture of the person
4. Use the point-to-point camera tool to cut out the body/head.
(You’ll probably have show them how to use this tool.)
5. Delete the original pic of the person and resize the newly created head and place on top of background
6. Instead of saving the flipchart, teach the students how to take a screenshot (Apple+Shift+4). On a student computer it will drop the screenshot in Documents–>Screenshots. Drag the screenshot from that folder to their student folder.
After making the template, here’s my first Historical Selfie: (Yes, Robert E. Lee probably wouldn’t have “liked” this selfie, but the students need to know about him. Ha!)
I ran across an awesome scheduling website that works seamlessly with Google Calendar. It’s called Calendly. Because it’s so easy, I am now switching the way my teachers sign up for meetings, lessons, etc. with me. For teachers, this could be a great way for scheduling parent conferences.
To get started, you simply have to take a couple minutes to set up scheduling preferences, share the link with whomever is scheduling with you, and then people schedule their times with you based on your preferences. One of my favorite parts is they don’t have to make an account with the website to make an appointment. They fill out the important information when scheduling. Once someone verifies all the information for your appointment, the dates and times are automatically added to your Google Calendar, and confirmation emails are sent to the parties involved. It also gives the person requesting the appointment the option of adding the event to their calendar.
If you are one of my teachers at my schools, follow these two easy steps to make an appointment with me:
1. Check my Calendar (Link also in my Email Signature) to see when I am at your school and available.
2. Go to the Scheduling Link (Link also in my Email Signature) to schedule a time. Once verified, it will add the appointment to my calendar, send me an email, send you an email, and give you the option of adding it to your calendar as well!
***Please Note: Although it will automatically add the event to my calendar, this appointment will not be finalized until we communicate on a plan for the lesson or meeting. This will ensure that we have a successful and meaningful lesson or meeting.***
I have literally wanted to do this project with students for over 2 years, but the student computers weren’t fully up to date. A county refresh this past summer, and voilá, iMovie has now been updated. Ms. Armstrong’s class at Seven Pines Elementary had a blast making these projects. Now that the students really understand the whole process, Ms. Armstrong is excited to use this program again for a Henrico 21 project! This project was a 3 part lesson.
Lesson 1: The students learned how to use the Britannica Image Search website and downloaded our pictures.
Lesson 2: The students learned how to use Screencast-O-Matic to take video of our images.
Lesson 3: Using our Storyboard, we inserted our picture videos in iMovie and entered our text.
Since this was the first time we tried this, there were hiccups at every lesson along the way, but the students were great with rolling through the punches. They are also chomping at the bit to make more movie trailers for the next unit too!
Here’s a quick video of some students building their movie trailers today:
Here are a couple final products from the day! Great job, Ashton, Makayla, Alyssa, and Erin!
Last year, I ran across this awesome Augmented Reality App called Aurasma. I had a great time trying to figure out the tips, tricks, and ideas on how you can use this App in the classroom. I’ve written three previous posts about it. If you’d like to check those out follow this link.
With the help of kindergarten teachers Mrs. Gregory at Carver and Mrs. Bortner at Seven Pines, we stumbled through the numerous speed bumps figuring out the best way to streamline the use of the App for all teachers. Because of their help and Aurasma updating their system, I was able to work with Kaechele Elementary’s ITRT, Jessica Delmonte, and take this app to Ms. Straus’ 5th grade class. Yes, Aurasma is an awesome app that teachers could use to enhance their instruction, but I really feel the power of this app is having the students actually create their own Auras with information.
For today’s Aurasma introduction, Ms. Straus class had written scripts and recorded themselves giving information about selected Southeastern States. They had also made small little posters to act as the Trigger Image. It was awesome seeing the students get excited about making their work “come to life” before their eyes. Here’s a quick video of what went on at the end of the lesson with students checking out each group’s projects :
If your interested, below are the steps we went through for today’s project. Here’s my Aurasma 101 Handout for more information as well.
1. Take Picture of Poster with iPad
2. Put picture into Class Dropbox Account on iPad (Teacher made a class gmail account and used a different password for the dropbox account, so students couldn’t access the gmail account.)
3. Log into Dropbox.com account online and download pic to their computer
4. Screenshot the pic and drag it to student folder, so it transfers to Aurasma correctly
5. Log into https://studio.aurasma.com with account (Teacher created and set up this account before lesson.)
6. Upload Trigger Image of Poster students made
7. Upload Overlay Video students made
8. Link image and overlay to make the Aura
9. Open the Aurasma App
(If opening App for first time, skip through the tutorial, and click “Skip This” in the bottom right hand corner. Do not sign in with your aurasma account.)
10. Go to menu page and click the Magnify Glass and Search for “(Your Class Channel)”
11. Click the Follow “(Your Class Channel)” to be able to view the Auras.
(May take a few minutes before Auras are actually loaded for viewing)
12. Scan Posters and watch each others’ videos.
The more and more I look into the program and its ease of use, the more I want teachers to be taking advantage of it! Making an account is quick and easy. After making your account, all your pads you make, you can go back to see, edit, and use all your old boards as well. In my last post I suggested some ways you could use this program, but I figure I should do this app some justice and give it its own post with more ideas:
- Vocabulary Word of the Day: Have students use vocabulary words in sentences.
- Have students import pictures to define/give an example of a vocabulary word
- Ticket out the door, list one idea you learned about today
- Open ended question page for students to post questions to you
- Use it as a KWL Chart
- Post Screenshots of student work to share
- Have student do a quick book review
- Post a video for students to watch and post a response
- Have students post word problems for others to solve
- Use during class discussion to have all students participating and to check for understanding
- Sentence starters – Put the starter in the title of the Wall; students finish
- Collaborative story writing – students take it in turns to add the next sticky to the story
- Paragraph or sentence reconstruction – students put the sentences of a paragraph or words of a sentence back in the correct order
- Matching – students match vocabulary items with definitions, pictures
- Word Choice – post several “bland” words and have students list synonyms that would be more interesting or descriptive
- Students move stickies around in ranking, ordering, matching, timeline… activities
The main topic at our Friday Staff Development K-12 ITRT meeting was on vocabulary instruction. We focused on Marzano’s Six Steps to Vocabulary Instruction. After lunch, we had the entire afternoon to build and come up with some new strategies and ideas that teachers could use in their classroom. The elementary ITRTs threw togehter this Literacy Training Blog that contains information you could use at your convienence. Here are some other great ideas that we came up with:
Context Clues Activity and Padlet:
One of my favorite ideas came from Julie Goode, one of our Elementary ITRTs.
In this Context Clues Lesson, the teacher will use a nonsense word in a small vague sentence. The teacher reads the sentence, and the students try to guess what the word means. After each student guess, the teacher extends the sentence with more context clues for the students to figure out the meaning of the nonsense word. Here’s an example of what the teacher would read to the students.
A great way for the students to record their answers each time the sentence is read is using a website called Padlet. All the teacher needs to do is create a “pad,” and the students fill out their answer each time. Students can view what others are guessing. We played the game a few times: Check out this padlet example we came up with.
More Padlet uses:
Have students log into the padlet and use vocabulary words in sentences.
Have students insert a picture or take a picture showing the meaning of the word.
GotBrainy is a fun website that allows users to make their own “motivational posters.” Students come up with a sentence using the vocabulary word, choose an image to add, and the site does the rest! Here are some fun examples:
I think this is also pertains to me…
Although defaced, it is clever…
TodaysMeet is a great website to make a quick chat room. I have talked about it in a few other posts. Have your students’ parents write quick sentences to your class using the vocabulary words as well. This could be a great way to get parents involved in your vocabulary instruction. Here’s an example that we made at our meeting yesterday.
If you would like to chat about ways you can incorporate these ideas into your classroom, feel free to shoot me an email!
I had a blast hanging out with the 2nd grade classes at Seven Pines Elementary today! They are just starting their unit on Weathering and Erosion, so I was able to introduce the lesson with the students. We learned how weathering is like a hammer breaking rocks apart, and erosion is like a broom sweeping it all away. We looked through these pictures as a class to get a better understanding of the terms.
After talking about their meanings, we recorded ourselves reading our scripts about weathering and erosion in GarageBand. We dragged pictures into the track and exported them. I quickly went back to their saved files and changed the default extension of .m4a to .mov, and it changes it from just an audio recording to the movie slideshow.
Here’s a project from a group of students in Mrs. Hughes class today!