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.

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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.

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April 5

Chalkboard

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Students in the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ began to use the fabric paint to create their T Shirts. They have been tweeting their progress on  https://twitter.com/VanierLC  There are 75 T Shirts hanging up to dry in the Learning Commons!  CLICK HERE to check out our latest STORIFY of student tweets.

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Ms. Dhaliwal’s class created Earth Day messages in the style of Todd Parr. We used more than one app (PicCollage and ProCreate) to create our work. This is called App Smashing. This favourite author even ‘favourited’ our tweet when we shared our work. Yahoo! Check out the student blogs for Division 5 at http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

Plasticine App Smash

Division 9 AppSmashed ColorEffects and PicCollage to manipulate photos of their plasticine tsunami creations. We wanted to demonstrate the power and devastation of a Tsunami. Check out their blogs: http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

Many students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 used chalkboards and Chalkboard App to respond to Bill Tomson’s picture book, Chalk. Students imagined what they would draw if their creations could come to life. Check out their great video:

Chalkboard from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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January 21

What Does the Fox Say? Stamp Club, ColarMix App

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This week in the Vanier Learning Commons, the Natural Disasters Club used a web-based program called Today’s Meet to demonstrate their learning about the Japanese Tsunami. It’s a great way to assess student comprehension of the novel and a fun way to share ideas. Check it out at Todaysmeet.com.

The stamp club also met again this week and we will get together again on Wednesday at lunch in the Learning Commons. We are using the iPads to help us figure out where the stamps are from. If you have an album from last year, please bring it. Albums supplied free for new members. Lots of great free stamps so come on by. Open to Divisions 1 – 12.

We celebrated the upcoming Chinese New Year with a new 3D image creator using the ColarMix App. The Year of the Horse was celebrated with a horse carousel which, when viewed through the app, made the student’s creations move in 3D. Kindergarten students also experimented with a Sock Puppet App to share some of our learning about Pirates. All of our videos may be viewed on the Learning Commons Vimeo channel.

Kindergarten and Grade 2/3 classes helped to create a video featuring a new book. We read and danced to ‘What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis and illustrated by Svein Nyhus. We thought the pictures of the fox were great. We also learned some facts about foxes. Check out our video.

What does the Fox Say? (or, The Read Aloud Everyone Wanted to Read) from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

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November 23

Many Languages, One Voice / Keynote App

Students in the Learning Commons have been learning how to use Keynote App to share their learning about The Body and Extreme Weather. Division 7 and 8 have been blogging their presentations.

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Some classes have been learning about postage stamps. We are learning how to identify country of origin and explore ways to categorize and organize our collections. Some classes have been given mini albums and starter sets of stamps. Sets will also be available for students who choose to attend a lunch time club. Meeting dates yet to be decided.

We are lucky to have so many students from around the world at Georges Vanier. We decided to celebrate that with a video based on the book “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox. Many thanks to all of the students who participated.

 

Many Languages, One Voice from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

 

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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.

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