What your colleagues are doing
“During my technology class, students complete lessons that support content they are receiving in their classrooms. Recently, students worked in Frames to support a third-grade science unit on the water cycle.
On day one, students watched a water cycle animation and wrote sentences explaining each stage of the water cycle – evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. Then students used Frames to create a title page and learned how to save their files.
On day two, students created six animated frames for each stage of the water cycle, learning how to change the size of clouds, add in rain, and so on. On day three, students learned how to connect a microphone and record the sentences they helped write the first day. On day four, students completed unfinished parts, and learned to export their files.
Students loved sharing their projects outside of school. Engagement increased, and learning did too.”
“In a recent third-grade American History curriculum unit at Copper Hill, students used Pixie to present their presidential research reports. After learning how to take notes and research with the librarian in our media center, students worked with their classroom teacher to use their notes to compose the life story of one of the presidents of the United States of America. Students typed their compositions into Pixie, inserted a photo from Pics4Learning, and recorded an introduction to their work.
School administrators and parents had the pleasure of attending the final presentation by the third graders. As the students took their place in front of the screen showing the biography and president’s portrait, Pixie played their voices introducing the report. They finished the presentation by reading the rest of the biography.
People may think Pixie is just a kids’ drawing program, but we know it is so much more!”
“My students are active, inquisitive, creative, and fearless. Perhaps too fearless! So, long before the state mandated Internet safety as part of the curriculum, I included it in ours.
Since I discovered Pixie, it has been my tool of choice for the students to use to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of Internet safety. Younger students create and print out posters and combine their pages into slide shows and trading cards.
Older children create comics with Pixie and use it to design interesting opening screens for videos, as well as create the foundation artwork they import into Web 2.0 applications.
We don’t limit our use of Pixie to our study of Internet safety either. Besides our Internet browsers, it’s probably the most used program in the lab. We’ve used it in math workshop, language arts, science, and just for fun! Pixie appeals to all of my students, from Kindergarten to middle school.”
“To kick off the new school year, students used Pixie to design a logo for their table and persuaded other members of their team to vote for their designs.
We began by discussing what a logo is and describing logos we have seen. I showed an example of a finished logo made in Pixie and modeled how it was made. Students headed to the computer lab to work on their designs.
In the classroom, I shared examples of persuasive writing and discussed the purpose of a persuasive letter. Students then wrote letters of their own; prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising/editing, and finally finishing the final draft.
The students shared their logos, read their persuasive letters, and voted for a team logo they wanted to hang above their table.
This is an easy way to get back into school with a motivating and authentic writing and art activity!”