This week was particularly close to me because I feel strongly that data driven instruction is the key to great teaching. I think that so often teachers get into teaching through the motions and forget to evaluate what students are really getting and not getting. Data Dashboard is a great program that allows teachers to see points of data in a quick and easy way and are able to plan for students who are at, above and below level in many different areas. Without even knowing one single student in the data I looked at, I was able to see who was going to need extension and remediation. I could run absences and tardies to plan for quick discussion with parents. I could see who is receiving special education services and even a quick glance at a picture. This program is great to review past years, and to plan for upcoming classes. I think more teachers need to take advantage of this great resource!
Animoto! Way easy, way quick, way fun! Simply create an account, choose a theme, choose music, choose photos and click go!
Create a wedding slideshow video at Animoto
The other rotation I attended was for Layar, which is very similar to a QR code. It is different in that you are able to turn images into links, like I did here to the left. Download the Layar App on you iPhone or iPad and scan the photo. It will link you to the website I added, which is Alta.com. This would be awesome to use in the classroom and to share more information with your students.
Today we learned about different photo editing apps and Garage Band. I chose to go to the breakout session with Camille. She focused on photo editing apps on the iPad:
Garage Band was also featured as a Digital Storytelling tool. I went to the breakout session with PJ and Dustin. I was interested in this session because they were going to discuss Podcasting. I was familiar with GarageBand but enjoyed learning a few new tips and tricks for using it with Podcasting. I learned how to preview your project before exporting it, which I think is very beneficial when you are working with students. I hope to begin Podcasting at one of my schools and this was helpful!
1. What are the two specific elements essential for good storytelling that the author focused on in The Art of Digital Storytelling? What is good storytelling?
There are many components that are important and essential to storytelling. Two that were listed in the article as essential, are making the story realistic and having a connection to your story, and that there is a lesson learned through careful planning. Good storytelling incorporates these essential elements along with "Designing and communicating information requires students to deepen their understanding of content while increasing visual, sound, oral language, creativity, and thinking skills."
Read more: http://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/v04/articles/The_Art_of_Digital_Storytelling#ixzz2aZNip0Am
2. After reading Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum, please list and explain three ideas of how you could use digital storytelling in your grade specific curriculum areas with your students.
Myth, Legends and Tale Tales: I think doing fractured fairy tales would be a fun and creative way to have students do Digital Storytelling. You could have a mix and match using random choices to pair up the students and the fairy tales.
Docuramas: Documenting life experiences would a fun way to learn about a family history. Biographies would also be an creative and fun story.
Describes and Conclude: Learning the story elements and retelling could be done using digital storytelling. The students could also recreate characters for their projects.
Advertising or Service Announcements: Digital Storytelling could be used to meet core standards of persuasive writing by creating ads or announcements. It could be a fun way to show creativity and meet the Core!
Here is the final product that Nic and I created for Stop Motion Animation. This would be a great tool for Nic to use with his fifth graders.
Today was our introduction day to Digital Storytelling. We were provided interesting historical information, Storyboards, and stop animation tools. I was able to explore Storyboarding in Comic Life and have included my project below. It is a story of the field trip we took during CMap. We also explored many stop animation apps and began our project: Transforming two dimensional shapes to tree dimensional shapes. I worked with Nic on this and will include our final project tomorrow.
This week we explored how to site electronic resources correctly. This assignment had us cite books, newspaper articles, magazines, and websites. Below I have attached my assignment.