Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Making It Real for All Students

Tech Inspiration--Making It Real For All Students

This week’s guest blog post is by Diana Thornbrugh, Bilingual Teacher at Sigler Elementary School

Yay! #B2S is around the corner! With that in mind, I would like to share with you one of the projects that my second grade students enjoyed the most last Spring. Please keep in mind that a lot of the project evolves around student choice. Before reading, please take a moment to connect with me and other wonderful educators using Twitter: @MrsTfollow. Let’s grow our PLN to share ideas for future collaboration. I look forward to connecting with you and your students during the coming school year!

Photo credit: Flinn Scientific

The Toy Company

The students were learning about Force and Motion in Science. They worked in teams for this project and researched how toys move while connecting their learning of gravity, motion, and magnetism.

Research Tools

The students used their Plano ISD Webdesk Apps to accomplish this task.
  • Articles from Discovery Education
  • Images from Google Scholar
  • Videos from EdPuzzle (preloaded a couple by teacher)
  • WeVideo (recorded sales pitch in iPads)
  • Google Suite for the creation of slides/diagrams (Google Slides) and notes/scripts (Google Docs)

Fostering Collaboration

Each company, or group, had to choose their own name and each member had an specific role in the company. They used Google Slides and Google Drawings to make a prototype of their toy, including a diagram showing us how it works.

Communication Is Key

The students used specific language in their projects, both orally and written. Each one was unique, and showcased their own writing voice. A Google Doc was created to write each sales pitch.The expectation was that they had to clearly explain with examples, in complete sentences, how their toy was the best at showcasing force and motion. They practiced with each other before the talk show was recorded.

Science Talk Show: On Air!

Each company member presented their sales pitch in our newly created “Science Talk Show”. Television inspired, directed and recorded by students using WeVideo with iPad cameras. The videos were edited on Chromebooks, to later be posted in our Google Classroom.

As you can see, the opportunities for students using technology while learning are endless! Have you tried a similar project? How would you change it to fit your students’ needs? Want to chat with me about how something like this might work for your classroom? Leave a comment, let me know what you think. Have a successful school year!

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