Thursday, December 1, 2016

Demonstrating Learning Through Video

Check out the awesome work of these 7th grade Spanish students. They not only showcased their learning of romance languages though iMovie on their school iPads, but their teamwork, organization and thorough planning is apparent in this quality video. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

First Grade Math, Writing and Technology!

Check out this great project created by our 1st graders! Students combined procedure writing and math while using their iPads to create videos, document their learning through pictures and ate lots of apple along the way! Awesome use of technology to engage and visually demonstrate their learning.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pic Collage App in 7th Grade Math

Students have been using the PicCollage app on their school iPads in Mrs. Robinson’s middle school math classes. The students are asked to create their own math problem that involves rational numbers (decimals, integers, fractions). After they complete the problem, they are then asked to solve the problem and then share their problem with their classmates. The PicCollage app helps students get in the mindset of writing the problems and not just solving them. The students realize how this relates to real life and how they may use this skill set in the future!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Kindergartners Showcasing Their Math and Technology Skills

Our Kindergartners are learning about 3D shapes. To engage them in their learning, their teachers designed a project in which the students used their iPads to take pictures of 3D shapes around the classroom. The students then created a collage with their pictures and inserted this collage into their digital portfolios using their own voice to narrate their learning. Wow! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

2nd Grade Virtual Field Trip

Today our 2nd graders learned all about black bear habitats in Sleeping Bear Dunes through a virtual field trip. They video conferenced with a park ranger for a fun and interactive program!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Laker Spotlights and 3D Printing

Our elementary "Laker Spotlight" students are learning about 3D printing! They will get to choose their design, add their name and print their award. We will post a picture of what they printed when they are done!

Monday, October 3, 2016

September Teacher Spotlight - Matt Soltysiak

For this month's teacher spotlight, we are highlighting Mr. Soltysiak and his broadcasting students! Mr. Soltysiak does some fantastic things within his Spanish classes as well, but for this spotlight we are showcasing the hard work of creating, producing, editing and sharing the high school announcements every other day!

Each day in the broadcasting class, students rehearse, film (in front of green screen), use specialized software to add backgrounds and effects, edit the production in Adobe Premier and finalize the clips into a finished product - Whew! While the students rotate through the different roles, some have become experts in certain areas and are able run parts of the production completely independently. Mr. Soltysiak stated that because the class is completely project-based with a finished product due by the end of the period, students gain experience troubleshooting and collaborating on the fly with a short turnaround time. In addition, he shared that the class "gives students a different perspective on what all goes on behind the camera to produce a news show". The announcements are posted to our Laker Media YouTube channel as well as posted on the website every other day.

Tommy and Grace, current broadcasting students, shared about their experiences in the class so far. Tommy said he was "intimidated at first" but now that he has gotten used to the roles and procedures the class is fun. He was surprised by all the work that goes on behind the scenes that you don't see on camera. Grace shared that the class has helped with her public speaking skills and confidence on camera. She also did not realize all the work that went into creating the secondary announcements.

Great job Lakers!

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