Fourth and Fifth grade classes have been using webcams and PhotoBooth software to take some fun and wacky pictures of themselves that can be used in a Comic Life project. Here are a few photos of the students taking their photos:
After the students took their photos, we opened Comic Life. Students learned how to drag and drop the photos between two windows. We also reviewed how to save files, use the undo command, and we are now exploring ways to add effects and text into their comics.
Our fifth graders always enjoy using the webcam to take photos! They dropped the pictures into Comic Life and added cool filters to their faces. Finally, they added speech bubbles sharing some of their goals and hopes for the new school year. Skills covered in this lesson included opening and saving files, using the undo command, working between two windows/applications, adding and editing text, and creative use of filters. Here are a few examples of their work!
Last week the kindergarten students worked with partners to use Pads to take photographs and make these color posters using the Pic Collage app. Here are some of their posters below. (A few projects may be missing due to technical difficulties with saving their projects.)
On Friday, the fourth grade students went for a world record by joining students from around the world for the World’s Largest Language Lesson! In order to qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records, students had to be counted by tickets, video taped entering the room, and photographed while participated. The lesson was broadcast from Great Britain and was viewed via internet and projector. It also had to be attended by two outside witnesses. Thank you to Southfield Councilwoman Tawya Morris and to Gail Henderson for being witnesses to our event!
Students watched and listened to the hosts and students explain the activities they were going to be doing. In the lesson the students used the app Pettson’s Inventions Lite to solve puzzles. As part of the Language Lesson, they shared predictions with their partner on how they thought they could solve the puzzle and then explained their solutions to each other. At the end of the lesson, all students had to take a short (easy) test!
Students were very engaged with predicting, solving, and explaining the puzzles during the lesson. We also are delighted that a one pound donation per student was made to children’s charities by the event’s sponsor.
Thank you to Mrs. Swanson for arranging for/organizing for the fourth grades to join in this lesson. Hopefully their world record with soon be made official!
Field Day 2015 was a great success! Thank you to Mrs. LaFata and all the parents and others who helped make this day so much fun. Miss Bosch was the photographer for the event. Here are a few pictures from the day!
These happy flower faces were made by the first graders using Photobooth and KidPix! They used a number of new skills to make them including:
Taking a photo of themselves using a webcam
Saving/exporting the photo
Opening/importing the photo
Using an eraser tool and the undo button to erase a background
Using a textured drawing tool and a fill bucket
I created the video of their pictures using the Animoto app.
Fifth grade students are busy at work creating tours of their life of using Hyperstudio software. They are demonstrating great creativity and skills as they use multiple tools in unique ways.
Our first-graders have been learning to use keyboards for typing. This week they learned to move and resize graphics, and then combined them with a background. Finally, they created a text box, and typed stories to go along with their pictures. We focused this week on typing as much as we could while spelling the best we can. They did a great job using the keyboard, space bar, and period key!
It’s not easy to draw people using a mouse, but it is skill that will help students illustrate their stories. Miss Bosch taught the students some tricks to help them use many tools in KidPix to make these wonderful people drawings!
We had a great time this week in the elementary school for Spirit Week. Here are some of the photos that Miss Bosch took during Crazy Hat Day and Blue and Gold Day! Click on the photos below to view them in large size.