Oct 27

Here is a fun activity to do in the Fall using Kidpix. Scan or take digital pictures of real leaves on a white backgound. Bring the images into Kidpix and save each one as a separate file. (I have a red, yellow, orange, and green leaf file that I use and I let the children pick the color of leaf that they want to use.) They use the wacky paint brush and stamp tools to turn the leaf into a person. I always use this lesson to teach the children how to “flip” the stamps so the the ears and feet go in matching pairs!Here’s an example, and yes, the child told me it was Indiana Jones!dsc00557.JPG

Click here to see all of the students’ pictures:

Leaf People Gallery

I took individual pictures of each picture on an orange background, and used Smilebox to create this little slideshow. Enjoy! Here is the link to the Smilebox.   Please visit our page and leave a comment!  Thanks!

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Oct 27

The second graders have been learning about communities in Social Studies. They have studied urban, rural, and suburban communities. They recently made illustrations of these communities in the computer lab. Here is a video which features their work:

Oct 27

We recently did a neat project where we used video clips in a Kidpix project to make a movie about ocean creatures. This is a perfect way to use Discovery Streaming video clips. Here are the steps:

1. Students picked an ocean creature and did research to learn some new facts about it. We used books in the classroom, but you also could use the internet. Students came into the computer lab with a paper that had one or two sentences about their ocean animal already prepared.

2. I had downloaded video clips in Quicktime format from Discovery Streaming and stored them in advance in a file that the students could open. I made sure that there was at least one or two clips for every animal.

3. Students came into the lab and started a new Kidpix picture. I first showed them how to import a video clip onto their page and position it at the top of their page using “IMPORT > MOVIE” from the top menu bar. Then they used the paint bucket to color the page a solid color. Finally they created a text box and typed their sentences about the animal. When they clicked the green arrow button, the movie would play on their screen. Here is a picture of what their pages looked like:

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(Another great way to use this process would be to let the student select a clip to import into Kidpix. They would watch the clip, and then write a sentence or two that told about something that they learned from the clip!)

5. Bonus: The students stopped the movies when there was a good picture of each animal on the screen. We printed 2 copies of their pictures. One copy was to hang on the wall and eventually go home. The other copies we bound into a hard cover so the class would have a book. We use book covers from lintorpublishing.com to create our books.

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6: Double Bonus: I saved each one of the pictures as a individual Quicktime movie file using FILE > EXPORT > QUICKTIME MOVIE. I saved these files on our server. Then I used iMovie and dragged each individual file in. Now all the clips were combined as one movie. I extracted the audio off of each clip. Then I had each child come and record their text. (I think you could record the narration in Kidpix as well, but I think it is quieter to do it one at a time.) I added a little background music and then burned the entire movie as a DVD. Now the class has their own movie where they can watch everyone’s video and hear their report!

Oct 23

digital-photo08-2.jpgI offered a 3 week after school digital photography class this fall. The students had so much fun and took some incredible shots. Here is a link to a gallery of some of their best photographs.Digital Photography Gallery

Oct 04

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One of the best way to use those clips from Discovery Streaming is to put them on iPods for students to watch. Here are some of our 4th graders watching segments on plants. The teacher had found about a dozen short clips which I loaded on the ipods using these directions from Hall Davidson. She simply asked the students to write down 3 new things that they learned as they watched. Such an easy assignment, and what kid wouldn’t want to use an iPod to do their work? They thought they were pretty cool!

We are so thankful to Best Buy for the grant that allowed us to purchase our iPods!

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