Students took on a challenge to participate in designing an app prototype that can help have a positive outcome on the community. Students worked in teams and went through the design process of using the links feature on keynote. Once complete they showcased their app pitch. Students were highly engaged and learned so many new skills along the way.
Students loved coding with Dash. Following the first lesson from Wonder Workshop with a group of first graders and kindergarteners, students really took on roles of becoming problem solvers and debugging as a team. They built different goals to reach their character Dot, and began to incorporate new vocabulary words while collaborating.
In This project students used photos they took from an on site hot air balloon school visit. Using Keynote they were able to trace these photos and use their drawings to animate. While animating, a group of students did some research on how hot air balloons are made and added some voice over. Below is the final product.
Six Student from LLE repressed a group of 18 students that participated in creating the following documentary. This well planned out project began as a Challenge Based Learning Project as students encouraged the essential idea of Connecting to Colorful Cultural experiences in New Mexico. Students rose before dawn to interview pilots, crew members, and spectators as they provided information about the event. Click below to play the documentary...
Being a digital learning coach, this year I have been fortunate to be involved in all elementary, middle and high schools for the Los Lunas District. I have especially enjoyed the rollout at the middle schools and the possibilities happening.
At Valencia Middle school teachers have been working closely with our district Apple Professional Learning Specialist. This first round of educators stepped up to the plate and shared a lesson integrating iPads, shared effective strategies and the learning process. I was totally impressed that I just had to create a video! These teachers are so inspiring and it is amazing how much they have pushed expectations and taken the risk to integrate iPads to personalize learning and engage ALL! Thank you Valencia Middle School! #WeRockLLS
What an amazing experience students had when augmented reality creation was introduced. Using the 6th Generation iPad, middle school students were in the middle of their civilizations unit. The assignment was to create their own town with specific requirements. The choice was given to build some kind of realistic model. This year a group of students used the AR MAKR app to build that town right in their classroom! They created images, shapes and drawings in Keynote and transferred them to the AR MAKR app. Next they were able to record and publish as a video to share. Some even had time to create their own background music on Garage Band.
Since the "Hour of Code" was a big push nationwide, it became a huge interest of mine as well as hobby. I got invited into a third grade classroom to model how to connect coding into the curriculum. I took this opportunity to do "Coding with Multiplication," "Retelling with Dash," and "Santa Around the World" using Spheros and Dash robots. Students highly enjoyed this hands on experience. I was amazed to hear the vocabulary of using the words factors, product during the multiplication coding. The problem solving skills were amazing and students wanted to succeed beyond expectations. This is a must do!
After reading short folktales and fables, students created puppets of the characters and retold the story in their own words on the DoInk green screen app. They were able to pick a picture of the setting as their background. Some students preferred to freehand draw their characters, while others would rather print off a cartoon coloring page and use it as their characters. In this example a group of 3 students worked together as a short reader's theater play. DoInk allows the backdrop screen to be any solid color so we used blue partition folders as our screen and blue popsicle sticks so student's hands were not shown moving their characters in and out of the screen.
Seesaw now has a new feature that allows teachers to assign activities to students! Activities can be picked from pre-made ones or created on their own. Today I assigned students a Fable Passage and questions. They were able to open the file, read the passage, then type out the questions with the label option. It worked out great because they didn't have to jump around from app to app.
I am hoping to use this activity option to assign students their center work, because directions can be given audio, scaffolds are provided in front of them if needed and I can quickly check who still needs to finish what activity.