It all started with the Challenge group exploring water. One of the experiments involved white flowers in water coloured with food coloring. To enable the students to see the change in color they suggested filming the flowers and using iStopMotion on their iPads. A corner of the room, where light could be left on overnight, was created using black fabric to create a contrast background. White tulips where the first to be filmed and showed lot of movement. They did change color although it took sometime and pink was definitely the best. Lilies were next and as they are slow growers they were left over the February break. The water was so smelly at the end of the week that they had to be thrown away. Students asked if they could see some flowers open and die - I suggested daffodils. Here is the end result - we hope you like it.
The lower school have been having great fun experimenting with time-lapse photography.
Its been a crazy January with Marc and I taking 30 students to the Apple Leadership Summit in London. The lower school were showcasing their divisional project 'Sampling the Environment' and high school had built a 48 iPad wall that could receive images in real time. I'm keeping the words short this month BUT as they say - pictures say a thousand words...
It's been an interesting couple of months. The school was contacted in September to ask them to participate in an Educational summit they are hosting in January. After discussing various potential ideas, the lower school decided to focus on a joint Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and Fourth grade project.
It all began with the youngest students who were examining and discussing what was going on outside their classroom. The students were using their iPads to photograph the trees and views and and how they were changing from Summer to Autumn. The school is fortunate to have some 'Proscope' microscopes that project the images onto iPads and be imported into Photos. Enlisting the fourth grade students help, the Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students looked up close at different leaves, bark, stones, grass, flowers, in fact everything outside the classroom. Students were able to see how different things looked up close and discuss the similarities and differences between the images.
The fourth grade students were so amazed at the images the younger students took, that they asked to use the Proscopes to sample everything else in the school. They set about capturing as many different textures, colors, objects etc. Over 700 images were collected. This project is on-going, so stay tuned to see where these images take the students.
The month of May always brings new life to the lower school with tadpoles becoming frogs, butterflies emerging, flowers appearing in the gardens and chick's eggs arriving. This exciting time is explored fully in first grade, with technology supporting the students in exploring and recording what is going on in the world around them. Pic Collage has proved to be an easy and effective recording tool with a walk in the gardens producing some beautiful posters of the plants.
March was supposed to be a month spent exploring coding, but with many of our lease iPads due for return, much time was spent cloning, deleting and amending student and teacher tablets. Internet issues beyond the schools control compounded the problem but eventually lower school was complete.
With the IB Art show came an opportunity to recap with students the use of the camera and how they can view and edit them in the Photo roll. This photo shows two first grade students, wearing crazy hats for the day, practicing taking landscape and portrait pictures. They hadn't explored applying filters or cropping pictures before - and this lead into a discussion about the different apps that used the camera - Morfo Booth, Puppet Pals, Explain Everything, Book Creator etc. One student observed that it different apps needed pictures taken either in portrait or landscape - whilst Puppet Pals needed both, portrait for the actors and landscape for the backgrounds. Walking around the room and looking at all the pictures the students had taken, I think we may have to discuss 'trashing' pictures that aren't being used!
January has been a busy month of sharing information, ideas and resources with colleagues in London and from around the world. At the beginning of the month, info-Movies and iBooks author ideas were discussed during a professional development session in the first week back. More information to follow.
On the 7th of January, a group of friends from Cobham visited, followed by Ian from Colegio Gran Bretaña, Colombia and colleagues from TASIS in London. A group of teachers from St. Benedicts in Johannesburg spent a day exploring our technology programme when they were in London for the BETT exhibition and conference. Our last visitors were nine Dutch specialists who support schools using technology in Holland. The highlight of their visit was a presentation by two third grade students. They shared their favourite apps and projects including Hopscotch, iMovie, Book Creator and MorfoBooth.
Friday 24th saw a group of teachers from ACS Hillingdon visit BETT, the annual learning technology event in London. We met some old friends - including the brilliant Julian Coultas who always amazes us with his knowledge and understanding of learning opportunities. You can follow him at http://www.digitalroadtrip.org.
This blog is written by Sue Wakefield, a Technology Coach working with teachers and students from 4 to 10 years old. The macquarium is in the corner of our room and the fish see everything!