Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thinking About Sharing Our Learning--An Exploration of Possibilities!

Do something that you are going to enjoy making and sharing!
Think about your project—what you share should be connected to your question.
At the end of the project our goal for you is to have something you are proud of!
Here are some ideas for sharing. Today is about exploring some of these tools and ideas.  If you know a lot about one of these already….explore something different today!

On the iPads:
Make a movie, make a trailer

*Word Photo
Combine pictures and words to convey your idea

Post information or pictures on unique photo displays

Create and talking avatar and use it to share information

*ExplainEverything, Skitch, Educreations, ShowMe
All of these apps allow you to create a presentation with words and pictures, drawings and more

Create a rap about your topic

*Sock Puppets, Puppet Pals or Toontastic
Try some different ways of presenting information

Use Stop Motion Video to tell a story

On the computer:

*Microsoft Power Point/Google Presentation
Do you really know what you can do with these tools?  How to embed pictures and text and make them interesting?

* Word Clouds
Present your main ideas

Create an online poster, include pictures, words, weblinks
(See Mrs. Rankin for a username)

Create a cartoon picture


And, these are just a few ideas—don’t limit yourself to something you have already done!
What else can you do?
*Build or make ‘something’
*Puppets Shows
In person!
*Record drawing and speaking
*Audio Recordings
*Radio Show, podcast
*Create a Book
Digitally or on paper

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Capstone Project Research Questions #resvt #cesuvt #vted

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RES Fourth graders have been working on their interest-based Capstone Projects, and they have each developed a research question they will use to focus their investigations. We are so impressed by the thoughtfulness of the questions! Our students have a great breadth of interests, and we can't wait to see the results of their research!

-Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford

Capstone Project Research Questions

• What is it like to live in Paris, France? • How do you create your own online game on the computer? • How do Apple electronics work when they are so thin? • How has Spiderman changed over time? • How do we pick the right kind of dog food? • How was basketball invented and how has it changed over time? • How and why was Mt. Rushmore constructed? • Why do bulldogs make good pets? • Who are some Vermont Winter Olympians and what are their stories? • How are volcanic rocks formed? • How does the Young Writers Project work? • How are kittens different than adult cats? • How do scientists know they have a real dinosaur fossil? • How do parrots survive as pets? • How does Mac Barnett get is his ideas? • How do different paper airplane designs do tricks? • Why do some trees get so big? • How do touch screens work? • How do you train to become an athlete on American Ninja Warrior? • How are trading cards made? • How do you care for your bike? • How are ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dancing the same and different? • Why do bats hang upside down? • Is Big Foot/the Yeti real and how do we know? • How does the Nexus 7 compare to the iPad mini? • What are the top 10 deadliest diseases and how do you treat them? • How do you choose a good brand of cat food for your cat? • How do jellyfish survive in the sea? • What did ninjas and samurai use for weapons and armor and why did they choose them? • How does a computer mouse work and how is it made? • Why the Mars Land Rover on Mars and what is it doing? • How has boxing changed from how it originated to the current day? • Who invented basketball and how? • Why are Komodo Dragons endangered? • Why do people believe Bigfoot is real? • Who is King Tutankhamen and what did he do for Egypt? • How does bioluminescence work? • What is the process of turning trees into paper? • How do wolves survive in the wild? • Why do some video games have cheats and codes and what are they for? • How is primate behavior like human behavior? • How was the ancient art of China made? • Cryptids/Mysterious Sea Creatures • How does smoking affect the brain?

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Digital Learning Day #DLDay #vted #resvt #cesuvt

This morning fourth graders in Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford's Enrichment Library Class participated in Digital Learning Day 2014 (DLD). DLD is "a nationwide celebration of innovative teachers and common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in America’s schools that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential." (from the official DLD website).

Our scholars spent their morning researching, taking notes, and creating citations for their independent "Capstone" projects. As they did this, they were practicing their skills in:
  • digital search strategies
  • creating digital sources (one scholar interviewed a local doctor for her project on diseases)
  • evaluating online sources (digital literacy)
  • citing sources (digital citizenship)

We recorded a few moments from the day in the video below. We hope you enjoy this look into our classroom on Digital Learning Day!  - Mrs. Rankin, RES Enrichment Teacher and Mrs. Redford, RES Librarian

Information on Digital Learning Day activities in Vermont and across the country can be found on the DLD Day 2014 Event Map.