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 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.
What a week we have been having at Prairie Elementary participating in the Hour of Code! The students have been creating lines and lines of code! The level of engagement has gone through the roof and their excitement for coding is phenomenal! The first part of the week the website for the K-5 curriculum has been too sluggish to use this week. I started looking around for backup websites and found two that I absolutely love. My students have been using Bot Logic this week. The students are having a blast learning how to solve the various puzzles with fierce determination. I have seen the level of collaboration grow immensely this past week. It is awesome to witness.
Another website I found is a Google product called Made with Code. They have some neat projects available for students and adults. The two I played with are Holiday Lights and Snowflakes The Holiday Lights allows me to decorate a Christmas tree with lights – changing the patterns, lighting, flow of pattern with different variables etc. Snowflakes is where one can select their images, various animations and variables to create individual works of art. I thought of the kaleidoscope when I finished making mine.
You can see my images below!
Last year I created a short video of 3rd and 4th grade students participating in the Hour of Code.
Click here to view the video
Our time is running out. We have received several donations (THANK YOU SO MUCH!!) but still around $800 short to get to the finish line. Please check out my dream to bring robotics to my students by clicking the link below!