Last year I went out on a limb and decided to do Slowmation project with my Grade 2 class. It was quite risky as I’d never tried it with students that young before but with some scaffolding, it turned out to be one of the best projects I did with any of my students in the 2010-2011 academic year. The girls had a blast and got so much out of it. They a chance to review their knowledge in a tactile and verbal way and really solidify their understanding of the topic they were studying in class, water cycles.
As the end of the year was so busy, I forgot to share the video with everyone and when I was talking about the videos over the weekend at the amazing ‘The Network Educator‘ professional develop course, I realized I had forgotten to post up the students videos. So here it is, finally, given the credit it truly deserves.
For the complete album of the work, click here to see the students outstanding work. Also make sure to leave a comment for them giving them feedback, I’m sure they would love it!
This year, not only do we have brand new Macbooks for the K-2 building that teacher can take and use at almost any time in their own classrooms, we also have done a lot of work in the junior school lab, which is now only used by Grades 3 and 4, giving them much more time in the labs. Mr. McCright, head of Media, has replaced all of the computers with newly reformatted computers that all have the same software installed, so all of the computers are now the same in the lab and run at about the same speed, giving us a distinct advantage when all of the students are working on the same projects.
We also had new headphones delivered that the students love! One of the comments while wearing them was, “Look, I’m a DJ!”
The mice we previously had in the lab were a mix of old roller ball mice, new but large optical mice and small optical mice, which are best for the students hand sizes, especially in the younger years. So there was also an order place for a whole new set of small, optical mice. Now the lab is looking and working great!
When I got to work on Tuesday, my boss had a big present waiting for me. She showed me the 34 new Macbooks that the school had purchased for use in the new temporary K to G2 building on the old field. I can’t wait to use them with the K-2 students!