This month our second grade team started a writing technology project focused around non-fiction writing.
Included are the first five days of lessons in slide form.
The VFT started with beautiful visuals set to engaging music showing our students about where their food originates. Next the VFT took us to learn about healthy eating, cooking an omelette, and more. It was such a fantastic VFT and post activity that aligned with our science curriculum and provided our students with more learning resources. Check out the VFT - http://www.radlandsinschool.com/events
So most of you know that I am not the first person to try something new unless I can get it free or for very little money ..... which may have led to my fascination with Google Cardboard. I had read some pretty cool things and after attending Constructing Modern Knowledge and meeting Josh Burker who had created a way to create his own pictures for virtual reality Google Cardboard, I was quite intrigued.
My intrigue led to me buying two google cardboard sets - one at under $5 and the other at $15. They arrived and I quickly realized that I get what I pay for. Let's just say that if you pay under $5, you will get the cardboard but maybe only ONE lens. Now the lenses are rather essential... so don't make the mistake I made. It could cost you more to send it back then to actually keep it and waste your money.
So now I had the Google Cardboard, my iPhone, and a free app that I downloaded. I loaded my iPhone into the Google Cardboard and couldn't wait to experience virtual reality. But..... I got motion sickness. I posted on Facebook about my experience and several other people responded that they too had this issue. To be honest, the fact that it made me sick caused me to have real reservations about bringing it into my classroom.
So yesterday I was checking out DNews only to find this video.
Week 3 of Sketchnoting and Rock Our World had an awesome twist.... 1:1 iPads. So this week students were able to collaborate and learn together while creating using their own iPad.
The Strawbees were donated by Strawbees directly to DENSI 2015 and several educators were able to take the kits home to use with their students. Our program also received some Strawbees from participating in Google Maker Camp.
I first learned about Strawbees when SP Design Lab was selected for an Instructable Build Night. It gave my students and me an opportunity to create and learn with Strawbees and Straws. Student creations were extremely clever and the activity made me realize how much I wanted to share this open ended creative product with other educators.
The perfect opportunity to share came with DENSI 2015 (Discovery Educators Network Summer Institute) which I was fortunate to be selected for. Kristy Vincent had brought the DENovator Faire to DENSI the previous year which was a big hit. I reached out to Strawbees to see if they would consider donating a kit to be used for exploration at DENovator Faire and below is the response that I received.
Can you say.... AMAZING? Erik responded the same day that I emailed him. I already loved Strawbees but knowing that the company itself is as amazing as the product was a wonderful discovery. Check out some of the creations from DENSI 2015 below.
App smashing has become more and more prevalent as we realize that integrating different apps can produce amazing finished products. What about tech smashing? Have you ever wondered what you could create? At DENSI (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute) 2015, we had the opportunity to tech smash using Discovery Education clip art, the Osmo, and a 3D Doodler.
Step 1: Find Clip Art from Discovery Education
Step 2: Use the Osmo to Draw the Clip Art
Step 3: Use the 3D Doodler Pen to Bring Your Drawing to Life
LeaAnne Daughrity Showing How It's Done
Combining two powerful products together can produce excellent results. Since its arrival, my students have loved the Osmo. The power of interaction between the virtual and physical world is just one of the great features of this product.... but what if I took another of my favorite educational resources and combined them together. My other great love is Discovery Education so I decided to create my own "mash-up" using the My Osmo feature and my Discovery Education account.... check out the results.
I used Explain Everything to capture this tutorial video. Enjoy!
Sharing is one of the most important parts of learning. After a month long study of plastic and 3D printing, our students shared with each other and family members about what they had learned. See the blog post about the project - Research on Plastic. It was amazing to realize how much each student had learned depending on where his or her interest was focused. Discovery Board Builder really was the ideal tool to capture the process of research and creativity while supporting individual student creation. Check out the two videos below of some of the fabulous boards that our students created.
Research on Plastics Project
So here are the steps that our LMC director, Leslie Wilson and I did using our Cube Generation 2 printers.
We met to create a timeline that would enable our students to research and create with plastic.
We introduced different tools each week. Week 1 the focus was on research so we used Board Builder with Discovery Education as the tool to have students document their questions and research but also it had the flexibility to add the 3D design and creation documentation too. When choosing a 3D design tool, we limited student choice but chose a tool that would allow them to customize and make the design their own. I chose Crafternoons and asked that students design a bracelet, ring, or tag to ensure a design that would print successfully and in a timely manner.
Document the joy... the work... and the learning