Daisy and J.W. figured out that our final video assignments are too big to email. We will work in January to find a good solution for this problem, but because today is the last day before break, here are a couple of suggestions that might work just for today. There is a low quality video below that explains all the steps and shows an example.
Export the movie from iMovie to the Camera Roll using the “Medium” setting.
This term students have used Keynote in a variety of settings as a visual aid for presentations to parent communities, other grade levels and each other. As a tool, Keynote allows us to organize our thoughts into a logical sequence and then reference images, video and charts.
As students get more comfortable with the purpose of presentation tools, teachers will be adding requirements to projects: source citations, lists and bullet points, formatting, visual design and more. That said, initial 5th grade projects demonstrate a strong technical understanding of the app’s feature set:
A history of the Olymic Coast, by Christopher (5th grade)
5th grade student Emma recently decided to play with Keynote to tell a story. The language in her video is a reference to ICanHasCheezburger, a multi-million dollar Seattle-based website famous for making people laugh.
Novelist is a fantastic resource that is all about reading and all about books! It is a HUGE database of fiction books for children, teens, AND adults. In addition to information about specific books, it also offers:
book recommendations and reviews
interesting articles about books
book lists on an array of topics
book discussion guides
award winning books and more!
This resource is available through both the King County Library system and the Seattle Public Library system, though SPL’s version deserves a PLUS because it includes non-fiction books as well!
How can I access Novelist?
Novelist is one of the many databases to which the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and King County Public Library (KCLS) subscribes. You can access Novelist with a valid SPL or KCLS library card and PIN number. Here’s how:
Log in with your KCLS library card number and PIN number
How do I use Novelist?
Novelist is very easy to use. Simply enter a title, an author, a subject, a book description (yes, you heard me correctly! Novelist will search for books based only on a DESCRIPTION such as ‘mystery in New York’ or ‘adventure with trolls’.), and series title in the search field and Novelist will track down titles for you. You can then limit those results by age group, genre, writing style, location, award-winning titles, fiction or non-fiction (in the case of Novelist Plus via SPL), and more!
What can I do with Novelist?
Do you love books by Gary Paulsen or some other famous author? Discover authors that write in a similar style or about similar themes to one of your favorite authors.
Have you just finished reading a series, such as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, loved it, and not sure what to read next? Novelist offers book recommendations and series’ read-alikes based on what you have already read.
Are you looking for a Book Discussion guide for your Book Club? Novelist maintains a massive collection of Book Discussion Guides complete with discussion points, story summaries, questions to ponder, and more.
Do you need to read a Coretta Scott King Award winner for school? Search Novelist’s numerous Award winning Booklists to find what you need.
Do you love Sci-Fi books about aliens OR historical fiction set during World War II? Browse a variety of themed booklists to discover new titles to read.
I have crafted this Newsletter in an effort to spread the word about the extremely handy AND free databases available through our local public libraries. I believe that the databases featured in this Newsletter are fantastic tools that can be used in the classroom, in the library, at home, and beyond!
….stay tuned for more issues of D’BOM, otherwise known as Database of the Month, brought to you by your School Media Specialist!
“A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website supposed to be updated with new content from time to time. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.” (Wikipedia.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog)
Why are blogs useful for educators?
As a blog reader, an educator can learn of individual classroom experiences and experiments around the world. We can borrow, modify, and build on lessons from around the world.
As a blog writer, an educator can share philosophical insights, classroom successes and failures. By publishing to the world, we invite constructive criticism and spark conversations with other professionals.
How can I fit blog reading into my busy schedule?
Most educators don’t have time to visit 10 different websites a day to see if anything new has happened. Instead, people rely on aggregators – an application or service that automatically checks as many blogs as we want every day and then delivers the new content to a single place for quick scanning/viewing. You already have a subscription to a powerful aggregator with your Westside Google Apps account. The tool is called “Google Reader” and here is a 3 minute introduction to how it works:
How do I get started with blog reading?
Watch the 3 minute introduction to Google Reader above.
Hard to believe it is already December! Next week you will be spending class time putting together many of the things we’ve learned this year. The test will include some questions that YOU provide and a choice of a few projects, also designed by you.
Your homework assignment is to fill out the form 2 times: once with a project idea and once with a question & answer idea. This is due on Friday night, 12/9.
Please watch the video below that explains how to use the TEST IDEA FORM (below the video) that the 5th grade helped to develop. You’ll use the form to submit your ideas for what should be on the test.