Ms. Mitchell’s 4th grade art students took photos of each other with digital cameras, down-loaded them, and used free software, Irfanview 4.20, to manipulate the images. After learning the basics of the program, the students took off with it! Lots of peer-teaching took place in this use of technology. The teacher was pleased to see how students who may have exhibited weaker fine-motor control were able to shine by demonstrating that they have strong designing skills.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
First Grader Travis Walton really enjoyed reading the book, Tigers, by Mary Pope Osborne. When he finished the book, he found more information on Pebble Go, one of the Library Online Resources. He then used the program Kidspiration to make a Graphic Organizer of some of his thoughts on tigers. He displayed it in the Word Web and then in Outline form.
If you would like to know more about tigers, I bet Travis can tell you. He's in Mrs. Fuch's room!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Students in Mrs. Garretson's second grade class were asked to research bats. Using the award winning database for reading and research, "PebbleGo Animals", students discovered the world of bats. This is just one of the many databases that our library offers classrooms. (For home use, they'll need a password - check with library for more information!)
They were able to hear the spoken-word audio, text highlighting, and audio/ video clips to learn about these fascinating mammals. Students read about the bat's body, habitat, food, life cycle, and just plain, fun facts. Did you know that a male bat attracts a female by screeching? I prefer chocolates and flowers.
|Using headphones allows student to hear the passages without disturbing others.|
|Watching the bat video is fun for some; a little scary for others.|