elementary

“I need someone to be the victim.” Laughter echoes through the elementary STEM lab on a frosty Saturday morning in Grand Haven, Michigan. Two girls giggle, surrounded by wrinkly chart paper full of messy writing, as they attempt to recruit actors for their anti-bullying video. A third girl rushes over, and the trio huddles around an iPad. The space is fairly noisy, maybe more so than a typical...
For the past few weeks, I have enjoyed looking forward to my 'Music with Computers' after-school class on Wednesdays, for 2nd through 6th grade students. It's a ten week course. During the first five weeks, I introduced various creation tools. The second half is for exploration, experimentation, composition, and creation. The availability of intuitive, expressive, professional, free sound...
Over the summer, I determined two things for certain that would be different about this school year: 1 My class would have more independence and autonomy  2 My class would be more online  The first goal depends primarily on my attitude toward learning. If I trust that students will pursue the learning that interests them and that they need to accomplish their goals, passions, and dreams, I don't...
Ten Take-Aways from my SI Research: It is one of the most popular Web 2.0 tools in use today, with 18 million registered users. (March 2013) Currently it hosts more than 400 3rd Party educational apps; including Khan Academy, Google Docs, and Blogster. Edmodo is accessible on most devices (Android, iPhone, i.e.). Edmodo connects teachers and students in a cyber-safe place. There are 12...
DoYouThinkItWorks.gif Book Club Transcript: Grace: One part that stuck out to me was when Adam got home and he banged on the door. And then no one answered and all the doors were locked and the windows were closed. It stuck out to me because no one answered and I think he was feeling scared and lonely. Then someone answered, but I think before he came in, he...
As part of a successful bond proposal, my school district was able to update infrastructure making all our school buildings wireless. They also purchased SmartBoards and iPads.  I knew I wanted to integrate this technology into my third grade curriculum to increase the learning potential for each of my students. My colleagues were also excited about the cart of iPads and quickly began filling...
This resource provides a series of blog post from our OWP/Project DIRECT blog dealing with digital storytelling in the elementary classroom.
In my 8 years of teaching I have never seen students so excited and engaged. They run up to me in the halls to tell me what they plan to do next class. They draw pictures about the game in art. They sit at the lunch tables and strategize their next building projects. And not only the boys, but girls too. --Joel Levin, a.k.a. Minecraft Teacher Joel Levin teaches computer classes at a private...
Nearly all of our student productions are narratives so they all start with a script. The script is written using one of two styles, an “Audio-Visual” (AV) format or a standard screenplay format. AVScript.jpg   Beginning scriptwriters often start with handwritten scripts using the AV format (above) and a few films are even shot from these documents. The shot by...
In production, students go out and shoot the script. A production crew consists of a director, camera person, one or more actors, and a “marker”-- a person who documents on a dry erase board what scene, shot, and take the crew is on and displays it in front of the camera before each shot. After a location is settled on, the director positions the actors and gives them direction as well as their...

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