Saturday, June 16, 2012

Alphabet Digital Photography Project (Summer School)

Hi all! I hope you are all enjoying your summer vacations!

I've been teaching summer school for the past two weeks and I'm loving it! I get to be a reading specialist in the morning and I teach technology in the afternoon! It's exciting to experience a different kind of teaching in the summer. Also, I love the opportunity to visit other teachers' classrooms during their reading block so I can get new ideas from them. I wish we could observe the other teachers during the standard school year- it's so educational! :)

Anyway, for technology class, the intermediate and primary students are working on two different projects. The younger kids (k-2) learned how to use digital cameras and upload pictures onto a computer. They examined different photographs and discussed what made a good photo and what made a bad photo.

Then, they went around the schoolyard looking for and photographing the letters of the alphabet. It was amazing what they found! Watch the video below to see their amazing work! Let me know what you think!

The older students are working on making how-to videos on iMovie- During their first week, they just learned how to use the program. For their second week, they'll be recording and perfecting their projects. All of the students got to choose a math game to teach. We will post their how-to math game videos on the school site so that teachers can refer to and show the videos throughout the school year. I'm super excited to see the results!

Also, I got permission to jazz up my school's website (does anyone else hate Dot Net Nuke??) Maybe when I finish it up, I'll post the link. Check out the cool logo I made for the site, though! I used Instagram and ActivInspire to make it. I'm feeling totally artsy!


  1. Oh, lucky you...teaching my two favorite subjects.

    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

    1. I know! It's been really fun- PLUS I've learned a lot about imovie as I taught!

      P.S. I noticed you're a fellow Nebraska teacher! It's good to have a local friend on here! :)

  2. I am so glad I just found your blog! I love it. The video was awesome. The Q and W amazed me the most, what creativity!! I'm trying to integrate more technology into my classroom. I'm actually going to a training on Wednesday for using iMovie on the iPad. I'm excited about the possibilities! I'll definitely be stopping by your blog more often :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

    1. I have never had my students create imovies before- it's surprisingly easy to teach. Even second graders could easily make impressive movie trailers in the program.

      I'm thinking about using imovie to make commercials for the big sixth grade fundraisers next year. There's nothing wrong with shameless advertising to students if it's for a good cause, right? :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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