Monday, October 27, 2014

Stop Motion Animation

Recently Mrs. Trejo's Treefrogs completed an interest survey, and many of the Treefrogs are interested in making movies. Mrs. Trejo, Mrs. Kownacki and Mrs. Sara Richards helped the Treefrogs create some stop-motion animated movies using our Next Gen iPads and the Lego Movie Maker app.

The students were given two choices for movie topics: converting fractions to mixed numbers or showing the effects of weathering and erosion. They were given one hour and some playdoh, and worked with partners to create a masterpiece.

The final products were great! The students were really creative and focused on their projects. When the movies were completed, we were able to upload them from the iPads to the students' Google Drive folders for easy sharing.

Way to go, Treefrogs, and thank you to Mrs. Trejo and Mrs. Kownacki for taking a risk and trying something new and out of the box!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Enrichment Clusters - Full of Technology!

Every year, LME students are asked about their interests and passions so that we can incorporate those things into our lessons and activities. This Schoowide Enrichment Model is one of the best things about Laurel Mountain. Inevitably, those interest surveys show a huge amount of students who love to learn about and with technology!

Enrichment Clusters, which happen each Friday, are one part of the SEM model. For our 4th and 5th graders, those clusters have begun! The students are so excited to attend their cluster meetings each Friday morning.

Take a look at these Enrichment Cluster topics. So many of them will use technology, even if it's not included in the description, because LME students and staff do an excellent job of using technology as a learning tool!

Join us on December 12 for our Showcase, where you can see the amazing products our students produce during these Enrichment Clusters!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Google Classroom Takes Off!

Over the summer Google launched a new tool called Google Classroom, which enables teachers and students to seamlessly share documents and communicate digitally. Many of our teachers have decided to take the plunge and try it out with their students!

Mr. Hance was an early adopter, and he and his 5th grade students have figured out the intricacies of being a Google Classroom. He is doing a great job of getting other teachers interested and helping them learn how to get started!

Mrs. Shrull has begun using Google Classroom with her TAG students as well. She gives her students choices on how to turn in their assignments (handwritten or digital, or a combination of both), and is experimenting with how this new tool can help them be more efficient and productive.

Be on the lookout for more LME teachers and students connecting digitally via Google Classroom!