My students need an iPad mini to create iMovies and documentaries about California history.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." I'm sure when Benjamin Franklin spoke those words he was not imagining the 21st century digital learners in our classroom today; however, this age old quote is as true today as it was back then.
My students are fourth graders in a middle class community.
Our cultures are varied, from Asian, Samoan, Filipino, Hispanic and everything in between. Even with all the diversity in our classroom, the one thing all of these children have in common is their desire to use and access technology. Our school is a neighborhood school including regular education, GATE inclusion and a special ed program on site. We have strong parent participation at all levels.
My Project: My class will be using iPads to record and present student written and directed videos from all areas of the curriculum. Fourth grade curriculum involves California History. My students will be taking the age old written reports in a different direction. After conducting research through the Internet function, these 9 and 10 year olds will be creating documentaries and movie trailers about everything California. These videos will be the culmination of student author projects involving storyboards, script writing and scene development. In addition, they will create monthly newscasts, again using the camera feature, to post on our website depicting classroom events.
21st Century Learners require the skills to work collaboratively and creatively.
Digital media is becoming ever present in children's lives. This project will allow them to direct their own learning and ignite their curiosity while completing the required standards for their grade level. It takes them away from paper/pencil learning and opens the door to a new creative outlet.
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