Year4 students used four random images in a Google Document to tell a story. Google Docs is a free word processing application that is part of our Google Apps for Education Platform. It has almost all of the features that Microsoft Word has but offers much more functionality. The students read each other's stories and left comments (peer editing). After correcting their stories based on the comments, we used the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension (a speech to text tool) to let the teacher's computer read the stories out-loud. The students were able to tell spelling mistakes or incorrect grammar when the stories were not read out fluently. This was very interesting. Students then went and corrected their stories again to make sure they had correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. Below is one of the stories written by a student and edited by another.
Stick figures are becoming a popular way to create fun, animated media to communicate ideas or tell stories. Year 4 students enjoyed creating short stories using Pivot Stick Figure Animator. We had even more fun watching the stories and trying to predict the story or idea or lesson taught by each animation. After our prediction, the creator of the animation told us whether we were right or not, then told us their version of the story.
Below is an animation modeling how to be 'Caring', one of the PYP Learner Profiles that students should demonstrate. Watch the animation then listen to one of my students's prediction that follows of the idea behind the story.
Narration for the animation above.
Year 4 students created a presentation describing different planets of their choice from the solar system. Students learned about Google Apps for Education and it's features then collaboratively created and shared a presentation via a link on the Interactive Smart Board.
Students then accessed the presentation and created slides to show interesting facts about their chosen planets. It was interesting to learn that pictures could be inserted directly from Google images and creating transitions was a breeze.
During our reflection we used an iPhone App called AutoRap to say what we had learned. Some of us showed our dancing skills as the app automatically turns speech into a rap song. Listen to one of our songs here.
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