A Touch of Kindness

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What We’re Doing in 4th Grade Technology

I started a project in December with 4th grade. There is a focus in the late fall on kindness and 4th graders every year have a full day kindness retreat where they talk about bullying, sing, play games and at the end get to apologize to classmates if they want to. This year I decided to focus a big project on the kindness theme.  It’s a collaborative project.  I used the “name picker” page in Notebook software for the Smartboard and picked groups of 3 that way.  some complaints at first of course if there were 2 boys and a girl or the other way around but only one group out of 4 classes has had any real issues with it.  In fact since we started this project they haven’t even been working individually on computers during their tech classes.  We’re in the process of creating….. from script to finished iMovie.  Their scripts are done, they’ve broken them down into recording chunks.  Some are telling about the retreat, some are working on a story of their own about bullying, and others are doing kindness tips.  They’ve also planned what pictures they need for their movie and are using pictures from the retreat, taking pictures around the school, or acting out a scene and taking posed pictures.  Some are drawing pictures in Tux Paint and others are designing pages in Comic Life.  They’ve had free reign.  During my last 4th grade class half the class was out of the lab with cameras or out sitting in a quiet spot recording their voices with their scripts.  It’s been great to see them huddled around one computer, talking, typing and planning.  This project has gone much better than I ever expected and I’m anxious to get them started putting it all together.  Watch for an update when I’m done and the projects are public!

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