Thursday, November 17, 2011

Biomes, iPads, and FUN

To view a video of this...



As culmination for our Life Science unit, students chose a biome from around our AWESOME planet to research and create a project to present to the class. We used our learning from the first quarter and our resources to get great info.

Our resources included:
-Our textbook (homework to gather information)
-Class animal card set (donated by a great student)
-Our iPads Internet resources (Including http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/ and http://www.mbgnet.net/)

Students grouped together based on biome interests to create a representation of their learning. They were able to chose to create:
-iMovie
-Keynote presentation
-Electronic postcards with LifeCards app
-Mini-display board (reused iPad boxes)
-Pages poster
-Toontastic cartoon

*Students will have an opportunity to create a project with the media that didn't explore this time later. ;)

Some observations-
-Students are great problem solvers, but not great with quality checking their work. They will figure out a way to draw a picture on one iPad, drop it into Dropbox, and pull it up on another ipad to add to an iMovie. Wow...right? BUT...do they think to adjust volume, check the picture after inserted? Nope.
-Students were SUPER proud of their work, and they loved using Edmodo for feedback! They gave each other great praise and support. It was really cool to read their comments.






To view some student projects, please visit our website at www.bit.ly/huronlacrosse and go to Student Projects. There are 5 class periods to surf through under that. You can send feedback to our class twitter account @lacrossescience

Remember, the students have been using the iPads since September. They are not iMovie experts (I'm not either.). So, be kind. ;)

Now...onto Earth and Space Science which started with a blast! Seriously...volcano lab!
Check it out.



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