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Middle School Science Teacher, Tara Kane, recently had her students learning about the states of matter. When it was time to show what they knew about the topic, she took a different approach to assessment. Students worked in groups to create song lyrics (using popular songs of their choice as a base) about the states of matter, how they changed with temperature fluctuations and examples of each. But the best part is: as students created their music videos, THEY were the props. Students used their bodies and movement to "act out" the atom movement in each state of matter. "Students had a blast making these, " Kane told me. Students used built-in cameras on their laptop computers and iMovie to create subtitles and bring together media in these creative (and hilarious) videos.
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During completion of a synthesis activity in her eighth grade Reading cycle class, English Language Arts Teacher, Mrs. McClair reached out for technology support. Her class was to create radio scripts using iMovie, and her students wanted tips for creating, editing and enhancing their science fiction style media projects. See another blog post for details on this project.
The problem? Supervisor of Instructional Technology / Technology Coach, Tina Bacolas was already booked during the desired period. The solution? Student experts! Hosting an iMovie-specific "Lunch n' Learn", Mrs. McClair suggested four students as in-class experts and teamed them up with Ms. Bacolas. These young ladies spent their lunch hour with Bacolas in her office, snacking on Oreos and reviewing the features of the program. "I asked them what they thought their classmates would already know about iMovie, and what things they would like to show them to enhance their projects", said Bacolas. The girls suggested "alien" sound effects, voice manipulators and banks of online sounds clips. Bacolas continues, "After discussing the technology and practicing, we even talked about proper citation of media".
The "mini technology coaches" went on to teach iMovie features to their classmates, demonstrating with a laptop and projector. They answered questions and served as supports to the class throughout the three days the class took to complete the project. Great job, ladies!
Eighth grade Language Arts teacher, Patricia McClair, has her students creating stories in a fun and innovative way. Students first read from a compilation of science fiction short stories. The students were able to chose a story of interest and, working with a group, create a story with some basis grounded in their choice. Extrapolations of characters, events and other details were used to then write a story script in a small group (2-3 students). The script had to include dialogue from multiple characters within the story. Mrs. McClair discussed the importance of audio within the script recording and how heavily sounds (or lack thereof) could affect the emotions and interest of the listeners.
Technology coach, Tina Bacolas, joined the class to aide students in using iMovie's narration features and built-in audio clips. The students were also shown ways to download and edit audio from the web and how to properly include citation for this media.
Students were able to export their Scripts (now .mp3 files) and submit them through Schoology.
Tina Bacolas, Supervisor of Instructional Technology