Collaborative Projects Elementary Content Areas

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Collaborative Projects Elementary Content Areas

  1. 1. Creating Collaborative Projects in Elementary Content Areas Kristin Hokanson, 3 rd Grade Teacher Maggie Caverly, Elementary Librarian ROBERTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Upper Merion Area School District
  2. 2. Technology with elementary students can be difficult <ul><li>HOWEVER… </li></ul><ul><li>It is a POWERFUL medium because </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kids learn from what they watch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They learn MORE by creating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It engages students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is an easy way for kids to convey what they have learned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It presents a cohesive summary of the project, whatever it may be.... </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Digital storytelling projects lend themselves to elementary.... <ul><li>Children are often bursting to tell their stories, and many teachers want to help them to become good storytellers. </li></ul><ul><li>Pushes the kids from learning the information to applying what they have learned. </li></ul><ul><li>At the heart of digital storytelling is writing, kids become better writers by telling their stories. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Objectives: <ul><li>Introduce some ideas for simple elementary projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase programs that can be used to integrate technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide examples of successful elementary projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Resources for more information. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Photo Story <ul><li>Showcase Student Writing ** </li></ul><ul><li>Who are we? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open House Introduction ** </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Country Projects ** </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Process—start with template ( PPT ** ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gather Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell the story </li></ul></ul>** Material is protected and links cannot be viewed from web-based download
  6. 6. Microsoft Producer for PowerPoint <ul><li>PowerPoint is a great way to direct research for different topics. </li></ul><ul><li>We have used PowerPoint for U.S. state research, country reports, animal research and biographies. </li></ul><ul><li>The Producer add on allows you to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add digital video clips from United Streaming or the Internet databases on Power Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add 2 different audio tracks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add videos (photo story) of related pictures and photographs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital video clips of a child’s narration of their research. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLES </li></ul>
  7. 7. Other Applications for Elementary <ul><li>Kidspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the Kidspiration: In the Classroom website for great examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fracturing fairy tales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rock reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planet Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeliner </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the Timeline: User Resources website for great examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biography Projects </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. More Information & Templates <ul><li>Project Templates from Roberts </li></ul><ul><li>http://umasd.schoolwires.com/roberts/site/default.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Library: Technology Projects 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Organizer Templates </li></ul><ul><li>http://graphicorganizers.wikispaces.com/Lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Other good Resources </li></ul><ul><li>http://umtechresources.wikispaces.com/Photo_Story </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mediafestival.org/downloads.html </li></ul>

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