After a snowy start to the week Mrs. Baughman and her sixth graders started their session in the AT&T Classroom on Wednesday. Over the past three days the students were introduced to several digital tools to support their investigation of rocks and minerals.
The 6th graders were introduced to two tools within the Adobe Spark Platform. Adobe Spark Video can be used for creating movies/videos by adding text, images, and voice-over to slides. The tool includes access to a library of free music that can be added to the video or added with voice-over narration in the background of the video.
The students were also introduced to Adobe Spark Post which can be used for creating graphics for posters, flyers, and social media. Additionally, the Adobe Spark platform also includes Adobe Spark Page which can be used for creating digital slide shows, stories and web pages that include pictures, videos, text, and web links. All Adobe Spark tools can be used at no cost in your web browser (including Chromebooks) or via their free mobile iOS app for ipads.
Popplet is a free web-based tool that can be used to create concept maps and diagrams. The application allows you to build a diagram or outline by creating "popples" in various shapes and sizes to represent individual facts or details related to a specific concept. Students can also add text, drawing, or images to each popple. Students are able to draw their own image or use the online search function within the app to find and insert a photo or image from the web. This past week the sixth graders learned how to navigate the tool’s features to build a concept map encompassing facts and images from their rocks and minerals research.
Buncee EDU is a free multiplatform tool for creating digital media projects. The platform offers an interactive digital canvas with thematic background templates that can be used to create stories, books, presentations, pamphlets, posters, etc. Students are able to customize the templates by adding animations, pictures, text, drawings, and videos. The Buncee platform also offers a very large gallery of searchable media that students can use in their projects or students have the option to import external media from their computers or other websites. Completed Buncee projects can be viewed online and/or saved as PDFs.
Educreations is a multi-platform tool that allows the computer or tablet to function as a digital whiteboard. The tool’s features allow the device to record the student’s voice and his/her writing and drawing which can be saved for playback. Once a student finishes their assignment or project in Educreations, they can save their work and then access it from any device with a web browser.
The students also worked with Google Slides to design a mock Facebook page about a specific rock. Mrs. Baughman used Google Slides to create a template that encompassed various components of Facebook and shared the template with the students as an assignment posted in their Google Classroom. Students used the template to design a fictitious Facebook page about their rock character to share facts they have learned about their rock such as how the rock is formed, where it is found, etc.