Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Women's History Month With QR Codes

March is Women's History Month. To share some famous women with my students I created a set of posters that have a famous woman's picture, a quote by that famous woman, and a QR code. When students look at the picture and read the quote they are to guess who the famous woman is. Then, when they scan the QR code they get to learn who the famous woman is. Kids enjoy learning this way. They also enjoy making their own QR code pictures with sayings or famous people.

If you would like these posters to share with your students you can download them here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxOiAHva3B1hb1pnejVheUhoWGM/edit?usp=sharing 

Want to learn more about QR codes? Check out this presentation on QR codes -https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1OOBxDeX8yDcJpcXq_uOz6HXsRsUdNuBtvbBDmqgknzA/edit?usp=sharing

Ancient Egypt PechaKucha

My reading class has been reading the nonfiction book Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure by Lila Perl. We have been enjoying learning about ancient Egypt and nonfiction text features. I was looking for a culminating project that would focus on summarization, because it is a skill that was identified as one we had to work on by Discovery Education Assessment. When searching, I had to look no further than the Discovery Educator Network Spotlight on Strategies Blog. There I found a post on PechaKucha. A PechaKucha is a presentation format where an image is shown and the presenter speaks for only 20 seconds. This was perfect! My students have been working on their oral fluency and summarizing, so this project was great for them. Each student was assigned an image from Discovery Education Streaming Plus. I share the image link with them on Edmodo. They then clicked on the link and logged into Discovery Education. Then, they learned about the image on Discovery Education in the Details section with the image and from other sources. The put their image into a Google Drive Presentation and also put the citation on their slide too. They wrote up a summary that would take them about 20 seconds to read. Students practiced reading their summaries and we used the Chrome App MoveNote to record their presentation. Students ran the recording in move note and showing of the slides live from Google Drive presentation on an iPad on the screen in class presented through Apple TV.

The picture shown below captures students running the recording of the presentation.

The link beolw is our PechaKucha Presentation on Ancient Egypt. Students did all of the recording and directing for the Movenote presentation. Students are empowered when they get to run the show. You will see an authentic project made by students, miscues and all! Please enjoy!

Ancient Egypt PechaKucha

What students liked about the PechaKucha -
- It was very visual. You could see exactly what they were talking about.
- The presentations were short, you did not have a chance to get tired of listening to them.
- They could practice their fluency. They learned that it was true about how many words they read in a minute.