Later on today, I will enjoy the afternoon with my two year old niece. I am linking up with my awesome friend, Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for Positive Thinking Thursday to share great quote that shows one of the reasons I love kids. I think it is perfect!
I am also linking up with the fabulous Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday.
This is a throwback to one of my first technology posts. This activity turned out to be one of my favorites of the year. The kids thought so too. Since this is a throwback post, I am also linking up with the wonderful Angela from The Teacher's Desk 6 for Throwback Thursday.
I would like to share my experience using iMovie during a social studies unit on the French and Indian War.
I divided the students into three groups. Each group had to write a skit from either the French, British, or Indians' point of view. The students made signs to introduce their skits. I recorded all the skits on an iPad.
We did not act out the war for obvious reasons. However, I had students make signs for some of the major battles. I took photos of all the signs and incorporated them into the movie. The last sign stated that the war was over, and the Treaty of Paris was signed. The final part of our movie was an interview with all three groups. In the interest of time, I scripted this one.
With the help of my tech committee, we were able to add some fun sound effects. My students especially loved the suspense and footstep sound effects.
If you are interested in using iMovie, but don't know how to get started (like I was), here is a great video with the basics. Having a crew of tech savvy students is also a huge help!
My students LOVED this activity. It was highly motivating, and they learned a lot.
Update - I ended up using iMovie quite a bit last year. I highly recommend using it or some other video program. Next year, I am going to play around with Photo Story. That one is loaded on our computers at school, and comes recommended by our awesome GATE teacher.
Finally, I wanted to let you know that I have updated one of my products. Previously, I had writing and language learning targets posted in my TPT store. I gave this product a makeover, and I added learning targets for Reading: Information, Reading: Literature, Reading: Foundations, and Speaking & Listening. I have marked them 20% off until Saturday. Click here (or on any of the pictures below) to view the product in my TPT store.
***If you have already purchased my Writing and Language Learning Targets, you should be able to download this new version at no addition cost.
That's all for today. I'm off to check out some other posts on positive thinking, technology, and throwbacks. Afterwards, I am going to finish getting ready for my niece's visit. I can't wait! I just love being an aunt!
Have a great day!