We are supposed to post about our favorite technology tools and how we use them. I LOVE using my iPod and my Flip camera.
I also use it for some of Kagan's cooperative learning structures and to play just for fun during writing time or while we play math games.
- I recorded a silent tour through my apartment. I showed it to them at school, and they searched for living and non living things.
- I recorded myself talking about how I take care of my birds when we were studying pets. Then, all the 1st graders got to watch it in their classroom.
- I recorded snippets of our classroom time during different activities to put in a slide show for the parents to watch at Open House.
- And my favorite... we were studying goods and services in Social Studies. I wanted to introduce them to the concept of an assembly line, but I wanted it to be an exploration. So... this is what I came up with after some collaboration with a teammate: We gave each table group materials to make 4 cards exactly like an example we had. They had to put the stickers in the right place, spell "Happy Birthday" correctly in the inside and all. I didn't give them much direction other than saying they had to make the 4 cards and I would be inspecting each "factory's" (table group) cards to see how they did. I used the Flip Camera to record them as they worked. When they finished we watched the video and talked about how it went. No one had perfect cards and after watching the video, they came up with the idea to have each person do the job they were best at; perfect to lead into ASSEMBLY LINE! Then, they did it again, but this time their desks were set up like an assembly line. I recorded it again and we watched it to see how much more efficient it was to use an assembly line. My students LOVED this and keep asking if I can record them doing something again so we can watch it.
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