This week we celebrated World Oceans Day and joined in two #LiveDives off Vancouver Island. Students were able to see the scuba diver and ask her questions about what they observed under the water. Students tweeted and the Fish Eye Project team replied. Check out some of these great questions here on our #LiveDive Storify
Division 8, Grade 4 class created an instructional video for Kindergarten students on how to line up using our plush toys from ‘Stuff the Learning Commons’
How to Line Up from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Grade 3 and Grade 2 students showed that Cooperation Counts and created pages for an I Spy book. They also included Kindergarten students in the design process. It was a great way for 65 students to work together on one project. Slide share of the book coming soon. Here’s a sample page. Can you find all of the items?
This week Kindergarten students have been designing structures. We have been exploring with cups to figure out how creative we can be with our building. The focus is to cooperate as a group, to share the materials and to be respectful of each other’s ideas and work.
‘Stuff the Learning Commons’ is in full swing! There is still time to join in with a labelled plush toy. This is an activity that brings lots of joy and that everyone can participate in.
This week in the Learning Commons some classes have begun to experiment with our new button maker. This was purchased with greatly appreciated funds from the GVPAC, the school and with profits from the Book Fair. It has been a great success and we can see lots of possibilities. The students are designing smiling faces to help us remember to smile as we pass each other in the hallways.
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.
Team work, Problem solving, Cooperation, Creativity, Critical Thinking
Boom! Stop Motion in the Learning Commons from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Breathing new life into art prints with stop motion video.
Check out our 3D printed Spirograph set!
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
The Vanier MakerSpace is almost ready for business. Check us out!
We have been exploring with our new green screen in our Vanier MakerSpace. Some students in Grade One made Digital Creations using Doodle Buddy App. Students were photographed examining the art in front of a green screen. We replaced the green background with art and added fancy frames from Photo Frames. Thanks to @fuglefun for the great idea. Check it out! Continue reading