May 13

Division 9 iMovies Natural Disasters Club

This year the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ meet over a three month period in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons. Three classes, about 75 students, participated from grades 3 – 5. The goal was to encourage reading using a high interest topic using fiction and non-fiction sources. Students blogged their ideas, created digital art, showed their learning through a variety of apps and web based programs, tweeted their progress and read, read, read. Students designed and created T Shirts to reflect on their learning and each made an iMovie Trailer to bring together the many facets of the project. We are appreciative of the My Class Needs and Fuel Your School programs for the support for this project.

Div 9 iMovies Natural Disasters Club from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 7.59.15 PM

Category: Natural Disasters Club | Comments Off on Division 9 iMovies Natural Disasters Club
May 13

Division 8 iMovies – Natural Disasters Club

This year the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ meet over a three month period in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons. Three classes, about 75 students, participated from grades 3 – 5. The goal was to encourage reading using a high interest topic using fiction and non-fiction sources. Students blogged their ideas, created digital art, showed their learning through a variety of apps and web based programs, tweeted their progress and read, read, read. Students designed and created T Shirts to reflect on their learning and each made an iMovie Trailer to bring together the many facets of the project. We are appreciative of the My Class Needs and Fuel Your School programs for the support for this project.

Div 8 iMovies Natural Disasters Club from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 6.42.02 PM

Category: Natural Disasters Club | Comments Off on Division 8 iMovies – Natural Disasters Club
May 13

Division 7 iMovies- Natural Disasters Club

This year the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ meet over a three month period in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons. Three classes, about 75 students, participated from grades 3 – 5. The goal was to encourage reading using a high interest topic using fiction and non-fiction sources. Students blogged their ideas, created digital art, showed their learning through a variety of apps and web based programs, tweeted their progress and read, read, read. Students designed and created T Shirts to reflect on their learning and each made an iMovie Trailer to bring together the many facets of the project. We are appreciative of the My Class Needs and Fuel Your School programs for the support for this project.

Natural Disasters Club Student iMovies from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 5.39.25 PM

Category: Natural Disasters Club | Comments Off on Division 7 iMovies- Natural Disasters Club
February 28

I Love this Book

 

In the Learning Commons, some classes are beginning to share the nominations for the Surrey School’s Picture Book of the Year. We have ten books to choose from. Students are judging the books on how engaging they find the story and the style of the illustrations. Watch this space to find out which book we finally select at Vanier.

screen-shot-2014-02-27-at-9-14-25-am

Students in the Natural Disasters Club have been giving a lot of thought to their feelings about the devastation caused by Tsunamis. We used an online tool called TodaysMeet.com for students to list some words or phrases to express their feelings about the natural disaster. We organized our thoughts using the Keynote App and shared our learning on the student blogs.

screen-shot-2014-02-27-at-9-17-38-am

 

Some Grade 1 and 2 students are continuing with our ‘Love your Learning’ theme and used the iPad camera, PicCollage, Balloon Stickie App and Dropbox to create mini posters that feature a book that they love to read. The best part is…this is independent work! From camera to importing to creating to exporting to uploading. Yahoo! The images were complied in iMovie and are posted on our Vanier on Video Vimeo channel athttps://vimeo.com/annacrosland/videos

I love this book from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Category: Digital Makers, Natural Disasters Club | Comments Off on I Love this Book
February 14

Avatars

Some Kindergarten to Grade 2 students created Avatars using the app IMadeFace. We also imported them into Doodle Buddy and turned our faces into Pirates.

Creating Avatars from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

The Learning Commons has been celebrating how much Georges Vanier students LOVE learning. We learned about QR Codes and used the iPads to scan Valentine’s hearts. The QR Codes linked to examples of student creations. Some divisions took a screenshot and blogged “Celebrating Learning”.

izabell

Strong Start Pre-School also joined in and the Love Bugs learned about caterpillars and made a Valentine’s butterfly. We had a full house and even had time to explore on the iPads.

valentines-strong-start

Our Natural Disasters club for Divisions 7, 8 and 9 is almost finished our novel, ‘I Survived the Japanese Tsunami’ and we will be next be creating with clay to make our own tsunami iMovies. Division 4 has been trying out the ProCreate App. Students are importing their art into PicCollage App and adding their poems.

natural-disasters

Did you know…?
Many students that bring their own devices to school are using the CardStar App to check out books from the Learning Commons. This is a free app that generates a bar code that can be read by the scanner on the Learning Commons computer. It works much like scanning a Starbucks card! The App uses the number on the front of the student’s planner. See Ms. Crosland if you would like help generating your own barcode.
Tip: Some students have taken a screen shot of the code so they do not have to open the App each time.

cardstar

April 11

Because of Books…

Natural Disasters Readers Club ’13 from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Students in Grade 4 and 4/5 classes at Georges Vanier Elementary participated in a lunchtime club. Our focus was on “I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005” by Lauren Tarshis. Approximately 75 students read the novel, both as a group and independently. We explored the nature and causes of hurricanes, the resulting devastation, global warming and recycling.

Students used apps to explore hurricanes, learned about other countries through a postage stamp club, designed and painted T Shirts and blogged their learning. Each student created a 10 page book “Because of Books…” in which they shared their favourite stories, character quotes, illustrated non-fiction facts, created avatars and encouraged their peers to read. The books were professionally printed and bound for each student to keep. In addition, a compilation hard cover volume was produced and add to the Learning Commons.

This video was shown at a school assembly where students shared their learning and showed off their T Shirts. A movie and pizza feast completed the project.

Category: Digital Makers, Makers and Makerspaces, Natural Disasters Club | Comments Off on Because of Books…
January 24

What I would Save in a Hurricane

Students in Divisions 7, 8 and 9 have been reading about Hurricane Katrina and discussing the devastation caused by the hurricane. Students were asked to come up with 5 items they would choose to rescue from their homes. We decided that all of the people and pets would be rescued so the students needed to think of five other things they valued. We discussed sentimental value vs. monetary value. Students then had to settle on saving one personal item only. They drew their item using the Doodle Buddy App and uploaded their pictures to their blogs.

 

Category: Natural Disasters Club | Comments Off on What I would Save in a Hurricane
January 9

The ‘Natural Disasters’ Club

Students in Divisions 7, 8 and 9 are enjoying a lunch time reading club in the Learning Commons. We are reading ‘I Survived Hurricane Katrina’ by Lauren Tarshis. Students will be learning about hurricanes, global warming, sustainability and recycling.

We will be creating student designed books, painting T Shirts and finding stamps from the countries we discuss. We will have a celebration at the end of the project in March.

We will be creating a video of the project to share during the assembly and to post on the school library blog.

The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century.

Barry’s family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry’s little sister gets terribly sick, they’re forced to stay home and wait out the storm.

At first, Katrina doesn’t seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry’s world is literally torn apart. He’s swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century — alone?

Category: Natural Disasters Club | Comments Off on The ‘Natural Disasters’ Club