It is such a pleasure to welcome Mrs. Gillespie and her sixth graders to Kent State's AT&T Classroom. During their two weeks in the AT&T Classroom the students will be introduced to several digital tools for use with their social studies projects. This past week the students were introduced to two tools they used to prepare their Interdependence research reports on an item manufactured in the eastern hemisphere and sold in the United States.
One of the tools the students are using is Adobe Spark Video, available 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. In addition to Adobe Spark Video, the Adobe Spark platform includes two other tools - Adobe Spark Post and Adobe Spark Page. Adobe Spark Post can be used for creating graphics for posters, flyers, and social media. Adobe Spark Page (used for this newsletter) 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.
The sixth graders were also introduced to Buncee EDU, 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.
In combination with the design tools the students are using to create their projects, the students are using digital eWriters to support their work. Each student has a Boogie Board 8.5 JOT LCD eWriter in their learning space. The Jot 8.5 utilizes LCD technology to provide students with a digital writing tool that functions seamlessly with other tools and media so that students are able to easily and quickly capture ideas, record notes, and express their learning instantaneously without the login/startup, connecting, and charging processes often involved when utilizing other digital tools. Students are able to use the eWriters for all writing tasks including drawing, text writing, and mathematical writing. The 6th graders are using the Jots as a pre-writing tool to outline notes and project components prior to design with the Buncee and Adobe.