Evernote is a great too for staying organized and I think it would be excellent for any research assignment such as the IB extended essay. This tutorial explains the basics of Evernote and how to use it as a research tool.
Grade 2 have been working on biographies but they are also studying about people from around the world. So in ICT class, I had small groups study a child from another country. We had four groups per class that first researched and answered questions about their new friend that they were studying. Then they made a slideshow from the findings. They narrated the slideshow and uploaded it to Vimeo. Here is one of the first videos that was completed. To see the rest, follow this link.
Grade two just finished a unit on food and where food comes from. They studies a variety of aspects of food and with such a multicultural classroom I decided that it would be great to allow the students to research and present the foods from their culture or a culture they have an interest in. They worked in groups to come up with these slideshows in Keynote and then they narrated the presentations and saved them as movies. Here is a great example of foods from Korea.
To see all of the movies with a whole spectrum of countries and cultures, click here.
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!
It turns out my last attempt at making a movie for people to make a room booking was totally wrong! Woops! I apologize. The reason it was different was because my account is an administrator account so I could automatically add booking to room calendars.
This time around I corrected the mistake and made another video for you on how to make a room booking in case you need a refresher. Here it is!
This is a very quick video to give and introduction to or a refresher to how to make a room booking with your Google Apps account. It does seem quite cumbersome but once you get the hang of it it is actually really powerful.
(Sorry for going so fast, I figured it was a video so you could stop and start it as needed)
Vimeo is a great resource that I have been capitalizing on lately. Vimeo is a movie hosting website, much the same as YouTube, but with less adds and a focus on created, user created content rather than pirated or copyrighted material, which is what makes up the vast majority of videos on YouTube.
From a teaching point of view, it is very effective for sending home private or secure videos to parents as it has a password protect function so that you can set any video you upload as private, unless you have the password. We have already seen the kindergarten teachers use this very well and parents have even been emailing the video to relatives in other continents, which is keeping family connected despite huge geographical boundaries. This is one of the biggest benefit of modern age connectivity.
So here is a simple screen cast of how to set the privacy setting on Vimeo so that videos are only viewable with a password: