Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Friday Projects

Each year at UTES we are tasked with working on an Innovation Challenge.  This is something that is new, research based, and brings a new dimension to the classroom learning.  This year, my Innovation Challenge is to start Friday Technology projects.  This spring semester every Friday 3rd-5th grade is given time to work on the project of their choice.  They are given a list from which to choose, but also they are free to come up with their own idea and get it approved.  The idea is that they can pick something we have already done in class that interests them and go to a deeper level with that project.  Sometimes they are learning beyond what I even know and teaching me new things!  Some of the projects that have been chosen are:
Scratch programming
Digital Storytelling
Stop Motion Animation
Video Star (making a music video)
Research projects with digital presentation
Drone Making

The students can work on some of these projects individually, but most of them take a group effort.  They are allowed to choose their own groups for this based on interest.  It's nice to see that the project seems to be driving the groups, not just friendships.  So students are working in groups other than their main social group.  The result of these projects will be showcased at the end of year showcase event for all special areas.  I'm very excited to see what they create!

This student is working on coding using

These students are working on an iMovie.

She is working on creating a circuit loop with copper tape.

These girls are working on their Claymation project!

They are doing Stop Motion Animation with Legos.

They are working on a music video using Video Star!

Caught mid air while filming an iMovie!

Getting the shot just right for stop motion animation!

Making a music video that is full of fabulous!

Claymation in progress!

Stop Motion animation takes a lot of tenacity!

A very dramatic scene in the iMovie!

Making a music video requires lots of dancing!