We need more girls involved in STEM activities/competitions/courses! Great article!
I want to share a great article by a friend that offers some great suggestions for those that are leery when it comes to learning technology. Thanks Jacqui!
Next week I am introducing animation to my third and fourth grade students using a free program called Pivot Animator: It can be found here. Pivot Animator uses stick figures with pivot points as a way to move them. What I like about this program (other than being free) is it simple to use and allows for basic customization. You could have your students create their own backgrounds and objects with Photoshop or other image editing programs or import pre-made images from other sources. Once they have created their animation it can be saved in the .gif format. I will upload their creations to my school website for their parents to view at home.The website does offer a help file and FAQ for support.
The ISTE standards I have identified are:
|1.a: Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
1.c: Use models and simulation to explore complex systems and issues.
6.a: Understand and use technology systems.
6.d: Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
The objectives I stated in my lesson are:
|The students will:|
* understand that animation is created through a series of images (or ‘frames’) that are run in quick succession
I will share some of my students artifacts in a couple weeks.
Let me know if you use the program and how!
I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org:
Give to my classroom by December 28, 2014 and your donation will be doubled thanks to Disney. Just enter the code DISNEY on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $150).
If you chip in to help my students, you’ll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.
Thanks so much,
P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along!
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I decided to create a Facebook group where technology educators can share their successes in the technology classroom as well as become a repository of ideas to share with one another. I love collaboration and perhaps this group can be a valuable resource for all of us to use. Consider this post as an invitation to join us.