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| Description of our iMovie Our iMovie was on Literature Circles. We wanted to show the advantages of reading a book and then discussing what you read in a group as opposed to reading a book and only thinking about it alone. To show this, we filmed people studying alone and then had some of them make comments about how they felt. These were all negative comments. We then filmed people studying in a group. These people were much more energetic and seemed to be learning more. Some of these people were interviewed and they all had positive comments to make about learning in a group. We hope that teachers can view this learning strategy and see that students prefer to learn in a group. You can view our movie here.
Examples of teaching and learning with digital images One example of using digital images in middle school math is an iMovie called M3-Math Movie Minute. I found this example on the Apple Learning Interchange. This project involved students working in groups to solve an example of a real life math problem (such as ratios or rates). The teacher can provide ideas of topics or the students can create their own. Students research the topic and then film footage. Students also edit their own video. Once each group is finished, the entire class watches the movies and they can learn from each other since each group had a different topic.
Another example of using digital images in middle school math is a lesson called Our Math Trail. This example also came from the Apple Learning Interchange. In this lesson, students are divided into groups and they take digital photos of various things around the school. They then relate these items into topics they are covering in math. Each group compiles their photos into a digital photo book with a math problem that they have created. The answers and explanations are on a seperate page later in the photo book. The students create a map of the school that shows the areas they used. An example would be to take a picture of cement blocks on the ground and then ask what percentage of the blocks have grass growing in them. Fun with Fractions is an example from www.Pics4Learning.com. This uses digital images in a different way than the other two examples. Instead of creating a movie, the students create pictures using an image editor. Students are asked to provide a picture of a group of items such as holiday ornaments. They then use the computer to manipulate the images to convey different fractional amounts. Students could talk about the amount of one color of ornaments or the shape of ornaments or other various classifications.
A fourth example is Symmetry in Motion from Apple Learning Interchange. In this lesson, students learn about the four types of symmetry from their teacher in any way that the teacher sees fit. Then, they take their knowledge and produce an iMovie with the definitions and characterisitics of the types of symmetry. Along with this, the students provide examples of the types of symmetry that they find in the everyday world. This shows understanding of the types of symmetry by the information described in the text and in the pictures.
Reflection Digital images can be very helpful in teaching and learning. Most students learn better by seeing instead of just hearing a teacher talk. I wasn't familiar with iMovie until this project. I learned how to use iMovie by actually going out to film and editing our own work. From the information I learned during this project, I plan to use iMovie to teach some of the content areas in middle school math. I also hope to use other forms of digital images because I believe they are very important to the learning process. Math can be a boring subject for some students because there isn't always a lot of hands on learning or fun projects that kids can do. From the examples above, I think I can make math much more fun by including some digital image projects. In Symmetry in Motion and Our Math Trail, students are learning how topics in math can relate to the world around them. In both of these projects, the students are taking pictures of things they find in their daily life and showing examples of symmetry or percentages or many other math topics. The students learn the topics first and then are able to show their understanding by collecting images on their own. I think students would find learning this way more entertaining because they are actually getting involved and they are able to see the examples, instead of just hearing about examples. Then, when students leave the school building, they will continue to see examples of every day uses of the topics they just learned. Some students think that what they learn in school doesn't translate into the everday world, but these lessons show them otherwise. The example of M3-Math Movie Minute also encourages students to learn using real world examples and teaching others. In this example, digital images are important to the group collecting them because they show their understanding of a topic, but they are also important because the other students will be watching these examples in order to learn a content area. I think I would enjoy using this lesson because each group is learning on their own and then being responsible for making sure others understand. This would give students a fun way to see the daily life of a teacher. Fun with Fractions is an example of a still type of digital image becuase a video isn't used. However, pictures are collected and then used to demonstrate topics. This still is an excellent way for students to learn because it involves seeing images in order to learn. When thinking about a topic later, the student will be able to visualize the picture they used. I think this would be fun to use around the holidays. The students could have fun on the days before a break, but they would still be learning. All of the above examples show ways in which students can use digital images to learn and to teach other students. These examples provide fun ways to learn certain topics in math that might otherwise be boring or hard to understand. I believe students will greatly benefit from these lessons. Teachers can use these examples to teach topics that might be hard to teach without visual aids. Teachers can also introduce other topics with digital media. It helps to get students interested in a topic if something grabs their attention in the beginning. For example, in Fun with Fractions, instead of having the students gather the pictures of things around school, the teacher could gather the pictures and then show them as examples while teaching a topic or in the beginning of the topic to show what will be learned. Symmetry in Motion could also be used by a teacher. The teacher could gather the images of symmetry and show these images to demonstrate the types as they explain and give definitions. Therefore, these examples can be used by teachers and students. |