"Teacher, Teacher! Look at this!" "¡Maestra, yo se! (Teacher, I know!)" The loud exclamations from my students often make me laugh. The excitement bubbles over and out of their small bodies. They can't contain it. They are 4 and 5 years old. The hum of the classroom ebbs and flows and all the while the children are learning while playing.
"Niente senza gioia.
Nothing without joy." This quote by Loris Malaguzzi, a progressive education scholar, beautifully describes how I approach my work with my students because joy is part of who I am and part of who they are. No matter what happens in their household or what they may see in their neighborhoods my students come into the classroom with joy.
100% of my students live in the community surrounding the school which has a high crime rate. 99% of my students come from low income households. 50% of them are English Language Learners. All of them come into the classroom with deep funds of knowledge from their families and their neighborhoods. Each one of them comes in with curiosity and joy.
Last year the children and I visited a Nature Playground located a few blocks from the school at least two times a week. The language and cooperative learning that happened at the Nature Playground was spectacular. This year, I want to expand on the learning that happens there and combine nature and tech.
21st century children are surrounded by technology and what better way to reconnect children with nature than to combine the technology they use everyday with the nature that surrounds them.
The children will use the iPad in small groups and the SuperVision+ Magnifier app to take up close pictures of nature. Then, in the classroom, the children will project their images where the children will engage in discussion of the images they took and why they took those particular images. In addition, the children will write about their images. The children will also use the projected images to trace onto paper to manipulate the images in new ways.
As a culminating project, the students will use their photos and writings and work together to create a book using the StoryBird app to share with their families, other students and the community to help foster a love of nature. Through this project the children will develop their oral and written language skills as well as their scientific observation skills.
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DBPOWER T20 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector, Multimedia Home Theater Video Projector Support 1080P HDMI USB SD Card VGA AV for Home Cinema TV Laptop Game iPhone Andriod Smartphone with Free HDMI Cable
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