I play it. They create it. Scratch.

About a year and a half ago I had the opportunity to listen and watch as Mitchel Resnick, creator of Scratch, demonstrated how this free, open-source programming language software engaged students around the world.  I was so intrigued with the program because it was so different and so far removed from the Atari games I played as a child.  And so, I  began experimenting with its possibilities both at home and in the classroom. My students used the programming language with ease (admittedly, I had much more difficulty then them and didn’t explain it well) but they used software tools to create digital storyboards about the Olympics, as culminating activities in our Space unit, to tell stories about Early Continue reading I play it. They create it. Scratch.

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Stop Motion – Olympics and the Four Host Nations

This week, students will be exploring a variety of story telling animation and art tools as part of our Olympics and Social Studies Connections Unit. I did a similar unit with a group of primary students last year, resulting in the following video: For this project, students will have a choice to create a biography of a Canadian Athlete, a Time-Line of a winter sport, or a spotlight about the Vancouver 2010 Host Nations. Students have already had opportunities to conduct research and create an assortment of graphic and text based accounts of sport highlights, athlete highlights and highlights of the Host Nations. In using Windows Media Maker, we ran into a variety of problems. First, students found it Continue reading Stop Motion – Olympics and the Four Host Nations

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Tools and Projects, Web 2.0, Technology and Differentiated Learning

VIDEO – Lawfield School – learning through INNOVATION – A three year Plan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kQqwJhQ4IY The following links give examples to some of the tools and projects that Lawfield School has used during their first year of their Innovation Plan. VIDEO – 21st Century Classroom/ Differentiated Instruction: http://gallery.me.com/zpipe#100038 Video Showcased at the ISTE Site and will be showcased at the NECC conference VIDEO – FLAT CLASSROOM: Example of how Classroom is using Skype to communicate with another classroom: http://gallery.me.com/zpipe#100047 VIDEO – Example of how a classroom used innovation to communicate and collaborate with SouthPole Expedition Team:http://gallery.me.com/zpipe#100043 VIDEO – Collaborative Project – stop motion video, being featured on the Olympic 2009 website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFeFS-mA6ok VIDEO – Example of how Classroom is using Continue reading Tools and Projects, Web 2.0, Technology and Differentiated Learning

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