Thursday, May 28, 2015

Weather with the seventh graders!

We are wrapping up our school year with one final green screen project. This time seventh graders showcased what they have been learning in Science about weather in creative videos where they had to play TV meteorologists and predict the weather in a region of their choice. Since seventh graders were already familiar with the apps Green Screen by DoInk and iMovie, I showed them a couple of other apps to smash into their final videos: Explain Everything and Skitch. With Explain Everything, students were able to pre-record background videos to use in their green screens. They were able to add images, mark them up, and record annotations. With Skitch, students were able to add text and annotations to their images. Check out some of their final products.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Navigating through US history with My Maps

Fifth graders in Mr. Wegner's Social Studies classes have turned to Google Maps to showcase their learning. Using Google's My Maps, students pinned specific locations on a Google Map and then added descriptions, images, and videos for each location to create virtual tours of important landmarks and locations in early American history.  If you are curious about some of the important details and places related to the American Revolution and the US Constitution, view these examples below.  Click on each pin to read what our fifth graders have learned about each location and how it relates to that part of American history. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Presenting the Great Minds of Ancient Greece!

Sixth graders in Mrs. DeMoulin's Social Studies classes found a creative way to learn more about Ancient Greek philosophers: create their own videos using the green screen! After each group did its own independent research on a chosen Greek philosopher, the students wrote scripts and recorded their videos using the app Green Screen by Do Ink. Videos were then edited with iMovie and uploaded to YouTube for sharing. View some of their examples below to learn more about the great minds of Ancient Greece.



Monday, May 11, 2015

American Legion Poster Contest Winners Announced

All Integrated Technology students had the opportunity to participate in New London's American Legion Auxiliary Unit digital poster contest.  Students were asked by the organization to design a poster representing members of the American military.  During Integrated Technology, students learned how to use Google Drawing to create their posters.  Following discussions of copyright and legal use of images, students searched for appropriate rights-cleared images from various sources that promoted the American military, freedom, or patriotism.  Once the posters were complete, submissions were judged by the local organization, and this week the winners were announced.  The top three posters each received a cash prize.  With so many fantastic entries, the organization could not stop with just three.  In addition, seven posters were given an honorable mention.  View all winning posters below.  The top ten posters will also be displayed at local businesses in New London.  Congratulations to all of our winners! We look forward to working with this wonderful organization again.

1st place

 2nd place


3rd place

Honorable Mentions