It has been such a joy to work with Mrs. Baughman and her sixth graders. We have been so amazed at how quickly they have developed expertise with each new tool. We hope they will continue to use and share the tools they learned back at Lakeview and at home.
At the start of the week the sixth graders shared the rocks and mineral research projects they created using Buncee EDU, Adobe Spark Video and Kahoot.
This past week the sixth graders conducted research on soil in specific regions. To share their research findings, the Lakeview sixth graders are using “green screen” technology to create newscasts to share their findings. Green screen is a cinematographic technique using video editors to add a variety of visual effects to a video project. The added effects may include virtual backgrounds, animated backdrops, superimposed objects, etc. The Lakeview students are using the Green Screen iOS app by DoInk to create their green screen presentations. The app allows you to create a green screen effect by combining images from multiple sources into a single video. Image sources may include photos or videos from your camera roll or from the live video camera.
This past week the Lakeview 6th graders were introduced to three new tools to use for their science projects - AutoRap, Lucidpress, Popplet, Storybird, and Toontastic 3D. The students had the option to select the tool/tools of their choice to create a song, rap or Acrostic poem about one of their research topics. Students could also opt to use one of the tools to write a fiction or nonfiction story about the life of an atom and its adventures as it combines to form an element, then a mineral, a rock and then finally becoming soil.
AutoRap is a free app that transforms speech into a rap song. Students are able to select from over 100+ beats from famous artists and performers such as Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, and Snoop Dogg. The app is available for both Android and iOS tablets.
Lucidpress is a free web-based design tool that offers layouts and templates which can be used to create a wide range of projects including reports, presentations, newsletters, brochures, flyers, and posters. The tool utilizes a simple drag-and-drop editor with customizable layouts to which you can add text, photos, shapes, and videos. Finished projects can be printed or viewed on a computer, tablet for smartphone.
Popplet is a free web-based tool that can be used to create concept maps and diagrams. A concept map is a graphical diagram that provides a visual representation of the relationship between concepts. The Lakeview sixth graders were given the option to use Popplet to create a concept map representing the important concepts, facts, and vocabulary terms gleamed from their research.
Storybird is a beautiful and easy-to-use design and writing platform for creating visual stories. The platform offers educators free access to curated artwork from illustrators and animators across the world that can be used to write stories, books, and poetry.
Toontastic 3D builds upon the original Toontastic iOS app released in 2011. Toontastic 3D offers newly designed characters and expanded templates and backgrounds that students can use to draw, animate and share 3D stories and cartoons. Students are also able to add audio to their story by recording their own voices. Toontastic 3D is available as a free app for iOS and Android tablets as well as some Chromebook models.
At the end of the week the sixth graders were introduced to some digital tools they can use for learning coding and programming. Building from the traditional Minecraft game, Code.org’s Minecraft platform offers tutorials and challenges to introduce students to the basic elements of programming. The platform utilizes graphical programming blocks to simulate basic programming concepts and sequences. The platform also engages students in an immersive environment that is designed to promote children’s creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. As children are challenged to build, design and program with the blocks they are also developing and improving their spatial reasoning skills which provide a basis for the abstract thinking and problem solving involved in math and science equations.