Sunday, November 1, 2009

Would you like to learn how to draw a dog?

I checked the date of my last post and realized that it has been awhile. I am still here (barely) treading water to stay afloat. I feel like I am trying to wrap my brain around too many things at one time. But tonight I had some extra time and I wanted to come back to the posts on Pixie ( you can click here, here and here to visit) so that I could share with you a slideshow turned into a movie that one of my students created. I have asked her parents permission to share her piece with you on my blog and I am excited to do so. Before I do, I want to list some of the practice that the kids have experienced taking a written piece and publishing with technology.

Students have learned to ...
Take their picture ( with the camera attached to the monitor) and manipulate the picture
Add a text box, type, use the shift key for uppercase lettering, change their font
Add stickers
Create with paint tools and shape tools
Add their voice to a slide
Undo something they wanted to change
Add multiple pages, manipulate and change the order of pages
View their slideshow and notice what is working and what needs changed
Save their work
Export their piece as a video

I am amazed at what they have created and I wish I could share them all with you. Please know they are completely kid created. It would be wonderful for them to look perfect (spelling, punctuation, etc.) but I had to be realistic with balancing time guiding them ( very little I have to say) and allowing them independence with their creation. Here is Grace's How To Draw a Dog. (After viewing online, I noticed the voice attached to the slide lags due to the buffering but I think you will get the idea...)


Franki said...

Love these! They learned a ton:-)

Karen said...

How great would it be if 2nd grade buddies taught their 5th grade buddies how to use Pixie??? Just an idea... :)

katied said...

Love that idea!! Let's plan in it!

Mary Lee said...

I guess one of the things I might do this week is play with Pixie so that when I get back, I can guide my kids in doing some more meaningful work with it than just exploring. We have had "teach me to draw" sessions on the chalkboard, but it would be fun if they each made a short video!

(PS -- I promise I'll finish my part of the NCTE presentation BEFORE I play on Pixie!!!)

The Book Chook said...

I love seeing kids use technology this way to write for an audience. Great work!