What We’re Doing in 3rd Grade Technology
I’ve been taking on a lot of larger projects this year with the different grades. For 3rd grade I decided to do book reviews as a major production. Well…we’re coming up to the “put it all together” stage. Again I started with the program Comic Life. If you want one program that can be use multi grades and is great for creating an eye popping page of work this is the program you need. The kids have created 4 pages in Comic Life about a book of their choice. They used the built in camera on the computer and the capture function in Comic Life to take a picture of the book. Then they set to work creating their pages. They had to have a consistent front page and had to have a short summary on one page but after that it was their choice. Some are talking about characters, favorite parts, who they would recommend the book to, funny parts, etc. They’ve drawn pictures in Tux Paint and brought them in as well. We’ve done a mini lesson on creating an interesting eye catching but clean layout for their pages as they tend to go overboard with all the bells and whistles in Comic Life.
This first part is now finished. We are exporting the pages into iPhoto. Then comes iMovie. They brought their pages in and were thrilled to see the beginning of the final result. They’ll be adding their voice to each page so have also had to write a script that has their plan for each page. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t have a single complaint about creating those in Word, though they could just copy and paste any text from Comic Life.
The final steps are recording voice and importing to iTunes. Then bringing it all together in iMovie with transitions, pictures and voice clips matching, beginning and ending screens, and background music track. And these are 3rd graders! It never really dawned on me how big this would be and how much they would have to do but they’re proving themselves capable of the task. When I realize how much they’re learning, how much they’re doing, and how young they are, I’m in awe! I really love my job!