We are sure having fun in the Media Lab! December was filled with lots of coding from the code.org website for 1st through 5th graders. Our kinders began their coding skills using “Kodable”.
Recently, BW’s 2nd graders logged into Google Classroom (with the help of their 4th grade Big Buddies) and enjoyed creating penguins in Google Drawings. Our 5th graders are currently designing their digital posters using Google Drawings.
Fourth graders have all learned the art of film making including camera technique, acting, and video editing. This is always one of their favorites to experience in our lab.
Students, please remember to practice your keyboarding skills at home. Great (free) websites are:
Dance Mat Typing
The Typing Club
Keyboard Zoo and Keyboard Zoo 2 (kinders and first graders)
A very big thank you to our amazing Foundation for their support of the Media Lab!
Until next time…
Ms. Kathy and the best students ever!
Here is an update of what has been happening in our Media Lab!
At the beginning of the school year, all classrooms had lessons in regards to internet safety and digital citizenship.
Our 3rd graders have recently been working on their digital storytelling. Depending on their recent “read alouds” in their classroom, they are making digital stories recapturing key pieces of the story along with creating artwork to go with their pages.
Fourth graders are currently working on editing their first videos made in order to learn camera technique, acting, sound, and lighting when shooting film. From writing their storyboards to making and editing their films, this is certainly a favorite for all 4th graders.
B-W’s 5th graders recently completed lessons about efficient ways to research and how to avoid plagiarism. Currently, 5th graders are creating amazing songs using iMovie’s GarageBand. It is a joy to watch them create and listen to their music!
All grade levels will have fun with coding during the month of December although this is an area of technology we do in the lab throughout the school year.
If possible, please practice your keyboarding at home. Grades K-1 can practice using Keyboard Zoo and Keyboard Zoo 2. Grades 2 – 5 can use Dance Mat Typing or the Typing Club. Some first graders are also ready to practice using Dance Mat. These sites are all free via the internet.
I have reminded students in the lab to practice their keyboarding at home if possible. Practicing at home will help to build strong keyboarding skills.
Grades 1-5 should practice using Dance Mat Typing. The Typing Club is another website introduced in 2nd grade. These two sites are wonderful as they teach proper finger placement. I tell them speed is not as important as accuracy. The students know their level from practicing in the lab.
Kindergarteners can become familiar with the keyboard by using KeyBoard Zoo which is found on the ABCya website.
This month all kinders created snowmen and all first graders created snowflakes on their laptops. We were able to print our work using our new printer from the Foundation. Thank you Benchley Foundation and PTA for supporting our lab!
Our 2nd graders are currently working on their “Wish for the World” using Microsoft Word. Third graders are working on a document about gray whales to help them become more familiar with Word tools and to learn about whales as their whale watching trip will be here soon!
B-W’s 4th graders have learned how to edit using iMovie. They are developing stories/storyboarding with their classroom teachers in order to create videos for iVIE (Innovative Video in Education) entries.
Thanks for visiting our site! It has been a great year so far in our Media Lab. Periodically, I will post a sample of what we are doing in the lab. Kinders are becoming familiar with their MacBook Pros, including learning the keyboard, and navigating Safari (how to go to our bookmarked websites). They made cute Jack-0-Lanterns on the computer in October.
First through third grades have been practicing their keyboarding skills using Dance Mat Typing. Be sure to check out some of the “How To” videos made by first graders when they become available (videos will be posted on our website). Second graders recently enjoyed making movies online. Third graders also had fun sharpening their “parts of speech” skills.
Fourth graders have learned how to storyboard, film, and act while making their “practice” films. Our next step is learning how to edit using iMovie. This is a favorite in our lab!
Fifth graders are finishing up their animated videos and it’s a joy to see their creativity.
So much more to learn and fun to have.
Thank you for dropping by,
Ms. Kathy and her amazing students!