Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Capstone Presentations Update #resvt #cesuvt #vted

Fourth grade scholars at RES are continuing work on the self-directed Capstone Presentations they have created to share the answers they have found to their research questions. One scholar's research question was, "How are ballet, hip-hop and jazz dance alike and different?" After she wrote a Google Presentation to share her answers in writing, she decided she wanted to demonstrate some of the differences by showcasing the different moves in these types of dance. She choreographed an original dance that included moves from ballet, hip-hop, and jazz dance. Then she and a friend performed the dance for a class of first graders. What a creative way to answer a research question!

Dance Demo

A note: the scholar wrote and performed her dance to a different piece of music, but since that music was copyrighted she chose to use one of YouTube's free pieces of background music for this video: Standing Here by Silent Partner.

Other fourth scholars continue to write scripts, film videos, assemble posters, and much more as they approach the end of this Capstone Project unit. We are very proud of all of them! - Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Capstone Complete...Still Thinking, Creating and Collaborating are done your capstone project, and others are still working.  We want you to make this time valuable and interesting TO YOU!  Use this time to learn and explore while respecting the work of your peers!

Here are a list of possible things you could do. Please review and make a plan.  Make sure that whatever you choose can be independent! Will you create or evaluate? What will you make so that you can share your learning?

*  Support a classmate with their capstone project. Perhaps someone would like a friend to review their project and provide feedback.  Maybe someone could use help filming or editing a video?  Helping others is a great way to learn a new tool or about a different topic than you already studied!

*  Review your interest inventories.  Was there another topic you really want to learn about?  Do it!  Find books, videos, online resources and learn!

*  Explore digital tools other than the ones you used for your project!  If you do this....we ask that you evaluate the tool for its usefulness in creating and sharing content (we will use these evaluations and share them with other students next year!)  Here are some possible tools to check out:

 Web based:
Google Presentation
Microsoft Word
 BitStrips (see Mrs Rankin for pwd)
 You Tube Editor

iPad Based:
Explain Everything

* Design your own plan for something you would like to do.  Check in with Mrs. Rankin to share your plans!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fourth Grade Capstone Presentations in Progress #resvt #cesuvt

RES fourth graders have continued to work in their Enrichment Library classes on presentations to explain the answers to their Capstone research questions. The scholar in the center above built a touchscreen with the assistance of a community volunteer. The touchscreen will help him answer his research question, "How do touchscreens work?"

These scholars used the Explain Everything iPad app to create videos with text to answer the questions, "How do jellyfish survive in the wild," "What are the five deadliest diseases," and "What is the best kind of food for your dog?"

And this scholar used the Tellagami iPad app to create a series of videos to answer his question, "How do you care for your bike?" One of the videos, about how to clean a bike, is included below.

We are looking forward to seeing all the final presentations! - Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford