Upper Grade Digital Media

Dear families,

In Digital Media for November, the primary focus is to integrate digital media tools with social studies, reading and writing projects. A few key terms that will come up within the next few weeks are search engines, key words, uploads, downloads and bookmarks. In each grade level, students are learning how to create a google doc and submit it to their teachers on google classroom.

Here are a few interesting projects that have been completed or will be completed by the end of the month.

4th grade Comic Book Project

In groups of two, students created Comic Book pages that demonstrated their understand of Digital Citizenship. The students had to create a digital superhero that would stop people from committing acts such as cyberbullying, identity theft and plagiarism. We used a website called Pixton to design the comic books. The final products are being displated on a bulletin board outside the Digital Media Center.

Examples

5th Grade Public Service Announcements

As a final project for their digital citizenship unit, the 5th graders recorded public service announcments using Loom. Loom is a screen casting application that allows students to record videos of themselves. Students could talk about topics we discussed in class such as cyberbullying, identity theft, clickbait, plagiarism and copyrights.

Here’s my Public Service Announcement. Students used this example as their template.

3rd Grade Minecraft Education Project

In the 3rd grade, students (teams of three) are using Minecraft Education to create structures in a 3 dimensional world that can withstand a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tropical storm. The world simulates the biome of Lousiana which has forests, swamps, water and open area. Student sare expected to follow the rubric to this assignment and complete their projects using creativity and careful planning. Each team has been assigned their own property and will be teleported to it by Mr. Goodman. Students will find a sign on their property like the one below:

Example

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X coordinates = East and West

Y coordinates = Altitude

Z coordinates = North and South

Typing at home!

It is highly recommended that students practice typing at home at least once a week for 25 minutes. Students should go to typing.com, login with their school accounts and complete all the lessons by the end of the school year.

Here’s the tutorial: