M grabbed one of 3 digital cameras and a year 7 buddy (I am not allowed to go without him) and headed across the playground to the creek. Took at least 10 photos of the creek - talked about showing the important things, getting close (mud, rubbish and weed) and telling a story. The creek was really pretty clean but M thought the slime and the mud were 'gross' - she was thrilled to find the Coke can 8-} I am not sure how she would have handled it if the creek had been pristine??? Got back and dismissed Year 7 - "thanks X". The rest was all done on her own.
- Downloaded photos - had to search for the cable 8-}
- Opened Comic Life
- One screen large photo of Coke can and comic lettering YUK
- next screen 4 photos with captions (got help with spelling!)
- Saved as .jpegs
- Opened Photobooth and then spent time thinking about what she was going to say about the state of the creek. Had 4 trial runs and deleted them all.
- Happy with the 5th - 18 seconds of commentary!!!! Dropped movie onto desktop.
- Opened KidPix made a title page - no clip art - her drawing of the creek with a 'Mind our creek' title.
- Inserted coke picture and caption on second slide.
- Brought in 4 picture jpeg and added some colour (frilly stuff with the pencil) onto slide 3
- Then embedded her movie commentary in the middle of it - checked it a couple of times - giggling
- then went to slideshow and bought in each of her 3 slides - timed them herself!! so that her commentary finished.
- Exported that as a Quicktime and put it on the shared drive saying 'this is going on the class story (shared keynote I think) ticked a box on the board so the teacher would look at it and then went off and did a maths exercise with counters.
I sat back thinking 'Far out' or something similar - I must note here that i had been 'floating' around the class.
This was a quality learning experience, all of the tools worked and were suitable to age stage and focus. There was significant thought, planning, multi literacies, minimal collaboration, mountains of construction. She problem solved verbally throughout (and not just because I was there)."