The third graders are learning how to make a slideshow/presentation using google docs. 4-5 students are in each group and all 4-5 can be in the same document at the same time editing it. They are learning how to change the font, the text size, the color, change the background color, add photos and clip art... The presentation they are creating is about a Utopia their group would like to live in - what are important jobs for people to have in a community in order to make the community successful. What landforms would you have nearby, what would recreation be like? What do people eat, where do they live... They did some research on natural resources and landforms and they discussed and agreed on what they wanted. It got silly at times like Pig City and Bunnyville. We tried to steer them into realistic worlds (they weren't allowed to have flying cars or anything else that isn't common place now) but some silliness couldn't be avoided. I wanted to teach them how to add video and photos so we went into the STEAMworks lab and had a MAKER hour where they could create anything that represents their Utopia - flags, maps, buildings... See the photos and a few videos below...Look for the final presentations to come!
Sample Video - Fat Cat City
My name is Anne Jarriel and I oversee the SteamWorks lab at Gullett Elementary. I'm blogging about what I see and lead in the STEAM lab which is mostly kids just having a great time!