Stop Motion Cells

Mr. Summitt’s students have been learning about mitosis and they have put together really nice animations using their iPads. I have edited four of my favorite animations turned in through Schoology into a single movie.

Watch these cells divide and learn.


What’s Trending at RES

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!

October 9-12, 2012

GAD1 – Finishing up review of first Photoshop Quiz #1. Starting unit on Surrealism. Students will receive a file with a background and 4 images for practice. How to might you modify the images to show levitation, transformation, juxtaposition, and scale change. Last week students discovered the copyright free images located within the F176 Shared Folder. I’ll introduce them to Creative Commons and how to identify copyright free images within other web sites.

GAD2 – Comments have been posted on surrealism revisions submitted last week. This week we’ll look at exemplery web art portfolios and develop a rubric for class use. Then students will use Dreamweaver to create their own portfolio. The portfolio is a year long assignment. Rubric ideas here>>>

Animation – Continue using Photoshop to Rotoscope their Rotoball videos. On Thursday and Friday we’ll take a break and make a stop motion human video. Thursday class already has a plan. Fridays class will create storyboards for their plan. Hopefully we’ll end the year with a human stop motion video directed by each student.