Using green screen technology(Green Screen by Do Ink), our Bees reflect back on something that has made them proud this year. I am very happy with how reflective they have become. Go Bees!
The Bees explored Makapu'u Tide Pools yesterday morning. We had a blast exploring the tide pools. We found a lot of hermit crabs and fish. There were sea urchins everywhere. We even found 6 sea cucumbers!
We also had the chance to sit down and paint the ocean's horizon. It was an amazing experience to paint outside on the beach.
The Bees produced some amazing paintings and wrote lovely list poems about their ocean experience.
In an effort to highlight our Bees, the poem, and the painting, we turned to green screen technology. The results were pretty great. Please enjoy the video below about our tide pool adventure.
The below activity highlights ways that coding instruction in elementary classrooms can be adapted for children with all types of learning needs. Enjoy ;)
Please enjoy this video where I highlight a cool lesson about using the iPad app Explain Everything to help my first graders become more reflective in their writing! Sorry it is not more of a fancy video, but I am tired and still have a mountain of Grad School reading to do tonight :) Enjoy!
Buncee Interactive Canvas
Concept: My canvas is an interactive Blockly coding canvas. Blockly code uses coding blocks to build creative and engaging coding sequences for children. If any of the blocks on this canvas were put together, the experience would be code filled with the arts, an undeniably amazing combination.
Check out the following interactive canvas (using Buncee) and then enjoy a learning activity I developed to go along with the canvas. Tying coding to The Arts was a fun activity.
List of resources for use on canvas:
Kibo: Create a robot and program it
Coding Art: Using Scratch to create a drawing app
Hopscotch Art: Using Hopscotch to code drawings
Robot Drawing: Using Blockly app and lego to have Dot and Dash draw
MakeyMakey: Using code to make awesome musical instruments
Xylo App for Dot and Dash: Using coding robots Dot and Dash to create music on attachable xylophone.
Robo Boogie: Code a robot on this fun website to dance! You can copy the dance too!
P.E and Movement:
Dance: Coding your favorite dances like the Hokey Pokey.
Relay Programming: Coding while having a relay race!
Create w/ Code: An amazing resource that includes movement, art, and music!
Coding Creativity Showcase
Students will the canvas above to explore the different artistic resources above. Our class in fortunate enough to have access to all the listed resources. Students will create an artistic coding activity to share with their classmates.
1. Creativity and innovation Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
Students can interact with interactive canvas either in small groups or as a whole class using the Promethean SmartBoard.
Students will sign up for a creative task using one of the highlighted resources.
Students will then have time to create a creative coding activity.
When students are ready they can showcase their activities and/or art pieces with their peers.
The following summative rubric will be used to assess students.
We are working on writing complete, beautiful sentences during writer's workshop. You can read about our stop-motion movie making adventures in my last post. Today, I wanted the kids to write their movie out as a story. We always find that student's are more engaged and produce better writing pieces when they tie to things that just happened in class.
For today's lesson, I decided to take all the knowledge we gained about complete sentences and form a rubric for my student's to use during writer's workshop.
We created the rubric in Explain Everything. If you do this, make sure to export as an image file to the camera roll. Once I exported it, I just emailed it to myself. I was also able to create the rubric in Explain Everything while reflecting the iPad to the Promethean Board using the Reflector App ;)
I then imported the picture into Microsoft Word to print!!
Here is a picture of the kids using the rubric while writing their stories.
Using Explain Everything to create rubrics with kids was so cool!!
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Jake is a passionate and dedicated early childhood educator who truly values technology integration. He believes technology builds an open minded and entrepreneurial spirit even in our youngest learners. He has been teaching in the early childhood field for over a decade. His current educational technology focuses are coding, blogging, and digital storytelling. He has been a presenter and featured speaker at many national conferences such as ISTE, iPad Summit, and the South by Southwest Education Conference. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a certified Apple Teacher. He is currently an independent contractor working with students, teachers, and parents on engaging and productive uses of technology and mobile devices. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his husband and two sons.