Interesting Projects

Great Brook Project

posted Nov 13, 2013, 12:04 PM by Unknown user

Fourth grade students in AES recently worked on an art and science integrated project on animals that can be found in the Great Brook behind the school. The students researched their animals and created field guide. As a presentation, students recorded their animal facts. Their images plus audio files were uploaded into VoiceThread. From here the staff will be presenting to the school board and sharing the links with parents. Here is the link t to their project - CLICK TO VOICE THREAD

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

posted Oct 31, 2013, 10:35 AM by Unknown user

Students in first grade learned about a pumpkin's life cycle. Writing in the first person, students wrote about each phase of a pumpkin's life. Then, they created a Photostory about their life as a pumpkin. Below are four movies students made.

autumn movie.wmv

jon movie.wmv

libby movie.wmv

ronia movie.wmv

Internet Safety with 3rd and 4th grade

posted Oct 24, 2013, 11:36 AM by Unknown user

This year (2013), guidance, library, and technology came together to create an Internet Safety lesson. Our district supports Common Sense Media however for the 3rd and 4th grade, we were looking for an interactive lesson for these students to do.

After searching, the team found a lesson on Brainpop Educator. It combines an instructional video in Brainpop, Jr. and creating a picture in a website called Kerpoof.  In the pictures, students typed in a statement about what they learned about Internet Safety. The pictures were saved into their portfolios and a copy was sent up to Animoto. Technology combined the pictures and created a movie that was shared with the classroom teacher and the safety team. Below is a sample video of what students in 4th grade learned about Internet Safety.

2013 internet safety video.mp4

Personal Narratives

posted Oct 22, 2013, 6:59 AM by Unknown user

VoiceThread is an interactive collaborative and sharing tool that enables users to add images and voice. This is a collaborative tool so all participants have a voice. Many teachers and students are using VoiceThread as a storytelling tool, a deep thinking tool, a research tools, an expository communication tool, and even an assessment tool.

You can choose to publish your VoiceThread so that only you and those you designate can view it, so no comments are allowed, or so comments are allowed but moderated by you before being made visible to others. If you post it to your website, only the individuals you designate can view it.

Audacity Audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio.
VoiceThread - Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SLAdd drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL: Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 1 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SLCreate audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

1. Students write complete sentences about a themselves or a place they had gone to.

2. Students record their stories in Audacity and the recordings are exported as .wav or .mp3 files.

Audacity 1.mp4

3. Students create pictures to go along with their stories.

4. Pictures are scanned onto a flash drive, via the copiers, and saved as .jpeg files. Click Here for directions

5. Upload all the pictures (.jpeg). Add the individual audio files (.wav or .mp3) to each images in VoiceThread

VoiceThread 1.mp4

Digital Posters

posted Jun 11, 2013, 6:59 AM by Unknown user

When it comes to Social Studies, I can never get enough Glogster. This year the 4/5 multi-age classroom researched, reported,  created, and reflected on the American Revolution. The artifact were digital posters created in Glogster. Click Here to watch the classroom presentation.


Many Uses for Photostory

posted May 7, 2013, 12:21 PM by Unknown user

Photostory has been around for many years. Because it is a free download, many pc users adopt using this as a way of telling a story digitally. The elementary schools enjoyed using this tool with their students. Here are some examples of how we used it:
Grade 1: Read the story "Painting the Sky". Students created their own books. The teacher scanned in the pictures, put them in order and then guided the students to record their stories. Instead of adding all the great stories to this page, we combined them into voicethread. Take a look.

Green Screen Movies

posted May 7, 2013, 12:21 PM by Unknown user

Students in Grade 2 were studying different types of weather. For their final project, they created green screen videos in iMovie. These turned out great. Take a look for yourself:

MR FAB projects

posted Feb 22, 2013, 12:02 PM by Unknown user

The 3rd graders at DCS have been working diligently on their New HampshireMR FAB (mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, birds) projects. They used digital and print resources to research information. Then they created posters for their parents to see during a showcase night. We added a twist to the project so parents who are not able to attend will be able to hear about the New Hampshire mammal. The students took pictures of their posters. Then in one day, each student was video'd on 2 or 3 facts they remember about their topic. We then used Movie Maker 2.6 to superimpose and create a green screen effect. The students loved the project and were very helpful with using the digital camera.

Grade 2/3 "My Life" Comic Strips

posted Apr 12, 2012, 12:15 PM by Unknown user

The 2/3 multiage class at DCS created comic strips about themselves. So parents could enjoy this information, I compiled it into voice thread. Take a look at the great work.\

Winter Animals

posted Mar 28, 2012, 5:48 AM by Unknown user

The 1st grade in Mrs. Hughes class learned about winter animals. They used assorted colored paper to create a picture of their animal and then wrote three sentences about their animal in winter. The pictures were scanned in, uploaded into VoiceThread, and students recorded their three sentences. Here is the final product:

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