Teaching lessons involving heavy technology use to kindergarteners is always an adventure! Sometimes it is difficult to anticipate the flow, timing, and outcome of the lesson.
I always love the opportunity to work with Ms. Burton’s kindergarten students at BES! They are great listeners and eager to participate in any lesson utilizing technology. For their most recent project the students learned to use a digital story telling app called 30 Hands. Using this app the students could take pictures and record themselves reading a story. First, the students created a character. Then the students wrote a story about that character. Students next had to take a picture of their character within the app, and practice reading their story. The students were able to record their stories within the 30 Hands app.
The next day I returned to Ms. Burton’s class so the students could share their stories with one another. Since it was our first time using this particular app, we also spent some time reflecting on the project via class discussion. The students shared that next time they should speak a little louder or position themselves closer to the microphone. The class unanimously agreed that they loved creating digital stories using 30 Hands!
There are always great things happening at RES, and I wish I had time each day to highlight them all! The activities I do get to highlight are just snip-its of the wonderful things happening there every day. Today I spent time with Cindy Edmonds, the art teacher, and 3rd graders in Ms. Gentry’s class. Last week students read a story about the horses that live on Assateague Island in Virginia. This week we brought to life one part of the story with a stop-motion project. We used the camera app on the iPad, and merged the pictures together using iMovie. Last month students spent time studying art work from the VMFA that included horses, and then they built their own 3D horses.
Here is the final movie!
Later the fourth grade team was busy preparing commercials to advertise the RES Fine Arts and Film Festival that will take place next Thursday night. Students worked together in small teams to plan the commercials, write scripts, and use 30 Hands to create their projects. Next week we will share their commercials with the entire school. The commercials remind others of the time and location of the event. Students also shared that we are encouraging everyone to bring a book to donate to Goochland Family Services. I was impressed by how quickly and easily students learned to use the app. In a matter of minutes they were taking pictures, annotating, integrating other pictures, and adding text to their projects. Every student was engaged and hard at work in fourth grade today!