Digital Conversion Bytes
Vol. 18 - February 2018
Digital Book Reports at Sunset
This month, 4th grade students in Mr. Dow’s class at Sunset Elementary worked on creating digital book reports. In years past, the students would read their book and then submit a written report over the book they read. This year, Mr. Dow assigned each reading group a book through the Epic! app and had them create a Paper Slide presentation in lieu of a paper book report. The students also completed chapter assessments using ReadWorks.org. Students discovered how to record a video and upload it into iMovie, where they were able to edit the video by adding personal sound effects and music. The students uploaded their finished project to their Seesaw accounts. They loved using the iPads to record, edit, and publish their digital book reports!
Drama and Multimedia Classes Working Together at Sequoyah
Across the district, secondary teachers & students in a wide variety of subject areas have been piloting a product called WeVideo. WeVideo is an online video editing program that is easy to use. The pilot also includes the ability to use green screen technology, where filming takes place in front of a green screen. During the editing process, the green screen is replaced with another digital video or image.
One way WeVideo has been used is with the Fractured Fairy Tale project at Sequoyah Middle School. Drama students in Ms. Conrady's and Ms. Ragan's classes wrote Fractured Fairy Tales - fairy tales that we all know; however, the characters, setting, points of view or plots have been changed. Once the new fairy tale was written and acted out, students in Multimedia classes with Ms. Rodriguez & Ms. Laeau, filmed the drama students performing their Fractured Fairy Tale in front of the green screen. Students then used WeVideo to edit the video, including adding backgrounds, music, transitions and the opening/closing of the film. At the end of the project, students watched each other's videos to reflect and learn from each other. Below are a few of their Fractured Fairy Tales.
About the Project
Mission: Empowering all students to succeed in a
Vision: Advancing excellence in everything we do!
Digital Conversion, simply put, is about learning and not about technology. The project will provide student mobile devices, digital content (curriculum, including textbooks), professional development, network infrastructure, and a Learning Management System. This project will provide our students with the experience, skills, confidence, and adaptability they will need to succeed in college and in the workforce.