My class is a wonderful mixture of kids from a high poverty area. My students are African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian and attend a Title I School. They have hard-working families who want their child to have a great future.
My kids are awesome because they all have different strengths!
They enjoy working in groups and with hands-on materials. They need to make connections between school learning and life skills.
Many of my students are in Tier reading and math groups and need extra encouragement to push themselves. It's amazing to see their faces light up when they grasp new concepts that they struggled with.
Our students are the first true digital natives. They love technology and need to know how to utilize it to learn and show what they have learned. Instead of written reports, why can't this generation of You Tube lovers make their own videos?
My students will use these performing arts materials to make movies about history and science, and promote school activities on Facebook with trailers.
These materials will be used across the school population to allow students to make movies about content but also to become active school community members by making trailers for school events such as PTO meetings, book clubs, and field trips for our school Facebook page.
The green screen will allow students to act out scenes and use movie editing apps such as iMovie to place a new digital background in the movie. The Snowball microphone will allow all students to act in the movie because it will project even the quiet voices. And, of course, the LED writing board will allow the "producer" to write casting choices or to allow an artist to introduce our productions!
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