How-To: Tie Your Shoes

Mrs. Moore went to an awesome education conference this past weekend called, EdCamp Detroit. It was full of amazing Michigan educators who love helping students learn! We had many great conversations and shared a whole bunch of cool ideas. When I told Mr. Medvinsky we were creating How-To videos, he shared a cool app with me called, SnapGuide. Guess what? I loved it and couldn’t wait to share it in class!

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We jumped right in and made our first guide. Take a look at what our 1st graders created. Each photo is captioned and there are even videos at the end.

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Check out How to Tie Your Shoes by 1st Graders by Kelly Moore on Snapguide.

Have you used SnapGuide before?

 

How do you think you could use this tool?

How-To Videos: Math

Here are a few more of our class’ first How-To Videos. There are many things we have learned through the making of these videos. We hope to build on these skills and make improvements.

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The Distributive Property

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Adding Fractions

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Our music was remixed using the awesome website, UJAM!

Watch for us to share more about this great website in the future.

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What strategies do you use when preparing to make a movie?

Do you have suggestions for how we can improve our videos?

How-To Videos

Our classes are talking about making “How-To” videos.

How-To Videos would give step by step directions for how to complete a task. The younger Techie Kids are thinking about time order words such as First, Next, and Last. They are also practicing following directions.

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The older Techie Kids are considering storyboarding and how to create videos using tools like Photo Story 3 and Windows Movie Maker. Both of these tools are Free.

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Here are our first 2 attempts at making a plan and filming our idea.

Our first video features Lauren as she shows us how-to draw a cartoon panda.

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Next, we would like to share how-to find the area of a right triangle.

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We are hoping to share more how-to videos soon. Thanks for watching!

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What other how-to videos should we create next?

What tips or strategies could you share with us about making a quality video?

Do you have any storyboarding websites that you would recommend?

What how-to videos have you created?

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Ballet: A Student Post by Emily & Claire for Mr. Mannell

This is a student post by Emily and Claire for Mr. Mannell (and a short video for all of our readers!)

You can visit Mr. Mannell’s site, Extended Comments for Students, by clicking here. 🙂

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We are so thankful for the video you sent us! The student performers did a great job! We can tell they had practiced.
The costumes were magnificent. We loved the way they portrayed their characters. We noticed their feet were pointed and this showed their marvelous technique. We liked how they expressed their character. This interpretation seemed less traditional and formal than other ballets we’ve seen. It made the story more unique and interesting. We also have to applaud the choreographer for being able to pull it all together in a beautiful production.

 

As part of our thank you, we would like to share a little bit of ballet foundation with our readers. Please enjoy our short video of ballet’s basic feet technique.

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What did you think of how we explained the basic feet positions?

Could you share a story about dancing with us?

Do you have any questions about ballet?

Luna Interactive Projection Camera

Our classes have been loving a new piece of technology in our lab.

Learning Resources has given us a Luna Interactive Projection Camera and we have found so many ways to put it to good use! Take a look…

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We’ve used our Luna for choral reading,

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Peeks in our World Atlas,

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Reading a single copy of a postcard,

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Keyboarding instruction,

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Up close looks at our cords,

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And our digital cameras. 


It was so nice to share something small with the whole group at the same time. Instead of repeating the information 30 times with each student standing next to the camera, we can share close up directions of each camera’s features all at once.

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This device can also record video. Here’s a short recording made special for our Kindergarten Techie Kids.

Control, Alt, Delete from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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We are so thankful!

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Learning Resources is allowing us to give away one of these cameras. Leave a comment on this post if you’d like a chance to win your own Luna Interactive Document Camera. Please leave an email that you’d like me to contact you at.
***Winner will be announced Monday, May 14, 2012.***

 

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