Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Google Drawing Project

In one of my tech classes we have been learning about and exploring all of the various Google Apps.  Recently, students completed a Google Drawing project--which was actually 4 different mini projects all in one!

After learning the ins and outs of Google Drawing, students got to pick from a menu of project items 4 different projects they were going to complete using Google Drawing.

Along with the bullet points for each project, students were required to use Google Drawing to create their project.  After that, the creative juices were left to flow with them to see what they could come up with to fit that project!
Overall, I am super impressed with what these ladies came up with for their projects!  Very creative, and very detailed projects from all 8 categories were turned in!

Here are a few samples of the projects below that the girls' turned in.  I really think these types of "menu" projects are great for students because it allows them choice in how they are demonstrating that they understand the content at hand, and they are able to pick a project that they like rather than just being assigned one way to do it.

Anyways, here are a few project samples from our recent Google Drawing project:

Hero Project Revisited

Last year with my middle schoolers I had them complete a hero project in tech class.  Well, this year at my new school, I decided to use my old hero project from MRH as the perfect project and tool for teaching how to use Google Presentation/Slides.

The directions students had for this project were spelled out fairly clearly for them: they were creating a hero (using the HeroMachine 2.5) that they then were creating a presentation of detailing their life, enemies, superpowers, family, sidekicks, background, and much, much more.  This project was to practice and demonstrate the students' skills and understanding of using Google Presentation, but it also allowed them some creativity in creating their hero and what he/she's characteristics are.

Click on the links below to go to a few examples of the complete Hero Projects the students created.  If you click here you can see the directions for this project as well.  Enjoy these heroes--they are fantastic!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WeVideo Project

When I was teaching at MRH, I loved doing a good video challenge--whether it was in social studies or technology, I really loved challenging the students to create a video using the elements I had provided for them (and a few that they had to provide on their own).

Now that I'm at Ursuline Academy, one of the classes I teach is Video Production--yes, that's right, an entire class dedicated to creating videos!  It's going to be awesome.  To start off the year in this class, I decided to do another video challenge, this time to get the students acclimated to using the online video editing software we will use all semester, WeVideo.

Each of the students got a copy of this doc, which included a folder of images, video clips, and sounds that they MUST use in their video (along with any other ones they wanted to include on their own).  They had to somehow tie all of these media elements together, using WeVideo, to create their final product.

The students had a few days in class to both play around with WeVideo and learn how to use it, and then create their sample project video.  I am loving the way all of these videos turned out!  Check out a few below...and click here for the entire playlist!  Enjoy!

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