Visit the full site here: The Pilgrim Perspective Newspaper
Here's a letter from the senior editors that summarizes what they did:
We are pleased that you have chosen The Pilgrim Perspective as your number one source for pilgrim news. Our fourth graders became pilgrims, and then wrote from the perspective of pilgrims.
To start our research we first learned about reliable resources. These types of resources came from different Internet websites and from resource books. We learned how to hunt down quality and relevant information, paraphrase what we read, and proceeded to do individual and group research.
You’ll have to forgive our senior editors. Some of our journalists discovered a time machine in the basement and realized that writers used it to travel around. They traveled back and forth in time, and then came back to the present to write articles about what they had seen. What they saw was just so interesting and exciting we couldn’t wait until the proper year to share it with you!
We would like to thank Ms. Hyde and Dr. Terosky for supporting the fourth graders in their learning journey. We would also like to thank Mr. Rhys for all of the technology support in making this the first digital pilgrim newspaper! And of course, this newspaper could not have been possible without the dedicated and incredible 4th grade journalists.
Once again, we’d like to thank you for choosing to read our newspaper. We have been working long and hard on creating articles that would give you a glimpse into what a pilgrim might have seen, heard, and thought during this time period. We looked at events in history through their eyes, and did our best to infer what they might have written. So take a break from churning all that butter, sit back, relax, and enjoy The Pilgrim Perspective!"
3rd Graders in Ms. Kirksey-Floyd's class decided that it was important to persuade their community to give aid to Japan in light of the recent disasters they endured, and are dealing with. Students came up with this concept to connect disasters we've endured in the US to theirs through images and the lyrics of the song "Lean on me". Then they storyboarded video shots to communicate the feeling that we are all in this together. In the process they collaborated in iMovie using the Smartboard to put all of their media articles in sequence, add voiceover, and decide what images should be seen when. The results (below) are both poignant and moving. Well done class 3-118!
This year, Anderson Middle School students were asked to sign a Digital Citizenship Contract that raised many questions and led to a thoughtful class discussion. Students presented these thoughts in the form of a Video News Release.
To access the contract, click here.
For the project rubric, click here.
Read more and check out all of the student blogs on the: Immigration Blog Hub (Circa 1880s-1930s)
Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Schliessman's health classes put together some amazing digital productions. Read about them in their own words, and check out the sample production below, then go to the Health, Physical Education, and Athletics website and read and watch more!
media literacy. Students today receive an enormous amout of information about health related issues through the media that surround them daily. Students read about health in magazines and newspapers or online, hear about health on the radio or television, and see health-related advertisements on the street. To make healthy decisions, students need to be able to take messages in, think critically about what they are viewing, and reflect on how those messages affect their health and lifestyle.
Rather than have the students put together Powerpoint or Keynote presentations and read off of the board, I wanted the students to create multimedia presentations that give them a voice in the media formats that they experience everyday -- to combine audio, graphics, and images to create digital stories. Students in small groups were given a choice of different presentation formats which allowed different types of learners to excel in different aspects of the production process."
Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets, Massachusetts - Rhode Island, 1653, The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 and wrote diary entries from those characters' perspectives as blog posts.
After completing their posts, students were assigned blogging partners, and commented on characters from other stories comparing and contrasting elements of their story and time period with their partners'. Those who were talking to characters from the past, would talk about cause and effect, and give advice based on their characters' experiences.
Their final assignment was to reflect on the differences between blogs and diaries. Students wrote about issues around the respective technologies, privacy and personal reflection itself. Interesting stuff!
Check out their Pilgrim Project Website to read all of the entries!
CommonCraft.com style tutorials using drawings and narration to help people understand new media and related concepts. Visit the Library Media Center website to see all of the videos, and stay safe out there!
See how Mr. Conway's sixth-graders learn about the weather by producing weather reports! This video was presented at the 2011 National Science Teachers Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Visit the Showcase Page to see all of the videos: http://sites.google.com/a/ps334school.org/mislam/3rd-grade-psas-showcase-page
Visit Ms. Fischler's Civil War Era Blog Hub
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