The quest for the next Bill Nye the Science Guy continues. Students in all cohorts worked on creating a science video that included a experiment demonstration. Students conducted this video project in two weeks. The first week included researching and creating a project outline. During second week, students used the first days to record their demonstrations. Then students spent the remaining two days to edit and put together their movie. Students used the camera on an iPad to record their demonstration. Then students dropped their footage in iMovie to begin editing and adding sound effects. Also, students used garage band to create music for their video. During this process, students collaborated to create their science video. Lastly, students participated in the Bill Nye Oscars in Room 4. Students walked the red carpet while being interviewed and photographed. During our award ceremony students view all videos and used the iMovie rubric to evaluate their peers. We used Edmodo polls to finalized the winners on May 22, 2017.
Check out our red carpet moments below!
During our intervention block, students have been designing and implementing lessons. Each student picks a topic that he or she is comfortable with. Once students select a topic they need to prepare a fifteen minute lesson. We start by creating a project plan proposal essay. Guided by the teacher, students write an essay with details of their lesson, materials, and expectations. The students carry this essay with them so that they can read it to any teacher or administrator who is curious about their project. The lesson must include an introduction explaining the rules of equipment, explanation of learning objective and student practice. In this intervention group, students picked robotics, garage band and virtual reality. Students conducted their lesson with first graders and second graders.
Michelle Villasenor is an elementary teacher that focuses on educational technology and student-centered learning to promote love for learning.