Vanier students are Makers. After creating designs last week, students came up with a construction plan and worked cooperatively to build their own interpretations of the Eiffel Tower. They figured out that communication is the most important thing when working together.
We had fun in the Learning Commons playing Musical Cushions. Students circled the books until the music stopped and then read the picture book. We practised looking at the details in the illustrations and worked on remembering how to turn the pages carefully so that the book does not get damaged.
Grade 4 classes used Doodle Buddy App to begin our design plans for our giant Eiffel Towers, the 5/6 classes continued with their Mighty Girl projects and the 4/5 class began looking at all of the fantastic ways that First Nations Peoples used Cedar: The Tree of Life. Continue reading
Choosing apps for school iPads can be a transformational task that might encourage discussion on learning goals and school missions. There are many great apps available but there are a few things to consider.
Begin by clarifying your vision for the use of the devices. What are your objectives and goals, the ‘why’. Look at apps that help you meet those goals.
Look for apps that are used to create rather than consume. Continue reading
Kindergarten students have been exploring I Spy books. We have been using the pictures to search carefully for shapes, colours and items. Students used colourful miniatures to create and photograph their own I Spy pages. We will use these next week to challenge each other’s searching skills.
Using the green screen, three classes demonstrated how expressive and creative they can be. Some students imagined themselves as future doctors, engineers or pilots. We also re-created some iconic images and put them in a video to share at the Primary Assembly. Lots of fun!
We decided to advertise some of the great books in the Learning Commons at the front of the school. Students sketched their current favourite book covers including the author’s name and book title and we re-created them on the sidewalk. It was a great way to celebrate our reading.
This week many classes read ‘Please Open this Book’ by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe. We loved the characters and the great story sparked lots of discussion. Kindergarten students used the theme of the animals being stuck in the book to help them think about their digital work being stuck in an App. It was a great jumping off point for our lessons on saving our creations to the iPad photo album.
We tweeted our idea and the author wrote back!
We have also been experimenting with stop motion video using items from the Maker Space.
And don’t forget our Monster Book Fair is next week – April 11th – 15th. Classes will have an opportunity to visit the fair during their scheduled Learning Commons period. Student shoppers are welcome to bring their piggy banks at recess and lunch and everyone is welcome to come and check it out after 2:30. Parents and Caregivers are also invited to visit between 8:00 and 8:30 for a quieter browse.
What a great self portrait. Students used Doodle Buddy app to take a selfie, traced the photo and then removed the background image. Nicely done! Continue reading
Students created digital book reviews that incorporated 3D printed figures. This was a quick activity that was completed during a Learning Commons forty minute prep including book circulation with a grade 4/5 class. Continue reading
This week at Georges Vanier we joined schools from across B.C. and Canada to Drop Everything And Read: D.E.A.R. These photos show the worlds that books can take you. The pictures were snapped in classrooms as students sat down with a good book. I used Superimpose App to change the background. Attributions below.
Check out more of the wonderful places a good book has taken some Vanier students and staff…