39. Learning Adventure – Day 7

Useful Pages

PART I. Stop Animation
If you are still working on stop animation videos, don’t worry too much about your progress. You are not lagging behind. If you have a concrete idea about your learning adventure, other components do not take your time much. Also, don’t forget the specific due date is up to you. (I will ask your preferred deadline on April 21.)

PART II. Learning Adventure – Explore
The purpose of this Explore page is to give more advanced information for students. Please provide a list of websites (2-5 websites) that are age-appropriate (not just the first 5 listed from a Google search). Make sure you list the name of the website and write a description. Other than Google, Thinkfinity is another good site that you can find more information. This website is an appropriate resource regardless of grade or subject area.

PART III. Learning Adventure – Organize
When working with your learners you want to make sure you give them specific places to go with specific things to do – an advance organizer will help with this.

This will serve as a “to do” list. Use age appropriate graphics. You may find something you like on this teacher site, you may choose to create an organizer using WebspirationBubbl.us or even using Word,  Google Docs, Google Forms. Here’s a huge list of more premade templatesREMEMBER  your advance organizer should be an original – not from a template.

After you’ve selected or created an organizer for your investigation, include a write up on your site for students. Just posting an organizer isn’t enough. You need to write to the students, explaining what they are going to do with it. Do you want them to print it? If so, you need to tell them. Let’s take some time in class now to create an organizer and write directions for students.

** How to arrange the Google Site navigation bar

If you are using Google Sites, and your pages are automatically arranged in an alphabetical order, there are two ways to rearrange your navigation bar. One way is simple: numbering your components. The other way is using the navigation function. Please do the following steps. This guideline was developed by the former instructor, Won Park.

Step 1. Click ‘More.’

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Step 2. Click ‘Edit site layout.’

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Step 3. Click the navigation bar.

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Step 4. Uncheck ‘Automatically organize my navigation bar.’

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Step 5: Click ‘Add page’ if you need to add a page to the navigation bar. Sometimes you create a new page and it doesn’t show up in the navigation section automatically. After adding the page, it will then show up on this screen.

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Step 6: You can use the arrows to arrange the page order. First, you click on the page you’d like to move, and then click the up/down arrows. The left/right arrows will indent pages to create hierarchy and connections among pages.

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Step 7: Click ‘ok’ when you are finished arranging.

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38. Learning Adventure – Day 6

Today is a project day. I don’t check your attendance today. Please work on your project wherever you want to. BTW, I will be in the classroom in case you have any question or need a place to work with your team members.

Also, if you have any question, please leave comments or tweet questions to me.

Here are the questions that I have received during classes.
1. Due date of stop animation?
– Stop animation project is a sub-project of Learning Adventure. Thus, you need to complete your stop animation video by the due date of learning adventure (which is scheduled on April 23, and I will ask your preferred deadline on April 21, Monday.)

2. Further schedule?
As I posted, here is our further schedule:

  • 4/14 (Mon): Learning Adventure – Explore
  • 4/16 (Wed): Learning Adventure – Organize
  • 4/18 (Fri): Learning Adventure – Show What You Know
  • 4/21 (Mon): Apply & Parent Teacher Letter
  • 4/23 (Wed): Learning Adventure – Author Introduction/ Due
  • 4/25 (Fri): Evaluation day (Peer review at home)
  • 4/28 (Mon): Last day of class. Final grade announcement

The order of the project components is my ideas. You don’t have to follow my suggested schedule. In other words, you can work on Show What You Know first then Organize page. Just make sure that the final project has to be done by the due date.

 

37. Learning Adventure – Day 5

PART I. Stop Animation: Props Day
Please keep working on props if you haven’t finished yet. If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know.

PART II. Stop Animation: Filming Day
We’ll take pictures (you’ll want somewhere between 80 and 100 or more pictures) today – that’s the goal. If you get any further than that, great! But don’t rush creativity!!!

If you do finish taking your pictures, you’ll want to import the pictures into iMovie (or whatever tool you want to use). Here are the brief steps of how you import the pictures to iMovie:

Connect your camera to a laptop and copy them to the desktop (or any other place that you can easily access).

  1. Open iMovie
  2. Create a new project
  3. IMPORTANT: we want to turn off default zoom (Ken Burn effect – Do you remember Ron show this?): Go to File > Project Properties and click the “Timing” tab in the top left corner. In the “Initial Photo Placement” drop-down menu at the bottom of the window, change the option from “Ken Burns” to “Fit in Frame.” If you skip this step you’ll have a zoom effect on every picture you import into your video and it might ruin your project!
  4. Now, you are ready to edit your animation!!
  5. Also, remember what we talk about the copyright issue. If you want to use some background music, make sure that you are not breaking the rule.

PART III. Learning Adventure – Explore
Let’s review this Google Docs. The stop animation videos are for Hook section. After completing this Hook section, my suggested section you work on next is Explore page.

The purpose of this Explore page is to give more advanced information for students. Please provide a list of websites (2-5 websites) that are age-appropriate (not just the first 5 listed from a Google search). Make sure you list the name of the website and write a description. Other than Google, Thinkfinity is another good site that you can find more information. This website is an appropriate resource regardless of grade or subject area.

PART IV. Looking Ahead

  • 4/14 (Mon): Learning Adventure – Explore
  • 4/16 (Wed): Learning Adventure – Organize
  • 4/18 (Fri): Learning Adventure – Show What You Know
  • 4/21 (Mon): Apply & Parent Teacher Letter
  • 4/23 (Wed): Learning Adventure – Author Introduction/ Due
  • 4/25 (Fri): Evaluation day (Peer review at home)
  • 4/28 (Mon): Last day of class. Final grade announcement

For Friday:
This Friday is a project day. Please keep working on your project.

36. Learning Adventure – Day 4

Housekeeping

  1. Please frequently check your attendance calendar. This calendar is updated after every class.
  2. Reminder of the attendance policy
    1. Participation and attendance are worth 10% of your overall grade.
    2. You are permitted to miss three classes without penalty.
    3. One late pass may be used to excuse an absence. Although you may have multiple late passes, they cannot be used for multiple absences.
    4. If you miss four classes, the highest grade you can earn for this course is a 90%.
    5. Missing more than four classes may result in a WF for the semester.
  3. If you are ready to take pictures today, you’ll need a camera. You may check out a tripod and a camera downstairs in OIT – rm 232. You can use your phone, of course.

PART I. Stop Animation: Props Day
Hope you all have played with either iMovie or any other tool a little bit. Please do spend sometime this week to get yourself familiar with the tool.

Please keep working on props today. If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know.

photo 1 Construction Paperphoto 2 Color markers and pencilesphoto 3 Threadsphoto 4 Beads, Paper Clips, Rubber bandsphoto 5 Glues, Scissors Photo

 

PART II. Stop Animation: Filming Day
We’ll take pictures (you’ll want somewhere between 80 and 100 or more pictures) today – that’s the goal. If you get any further than that, great! But don’t rush creativity!!!

If you do finish taking your pictures, you’ll want to import the pictures into iMovie (or whatever tool you want to use). Here are the brief steps of how you import the pictures to iMovie:

Connect your camera to a laptop and copy them to the desktop (or any other place that you can easily access).

  1. Open iMovie
  2. Create a new project
  3. IMPORTANT: we want to turn off default zoom (Ken Burn effect – Do you remember Ron show this?): Go to File > Project Properties and click the “Timing” tab in the top left corner. In the “Initial Photo Placement” drop-down menu at the bottom of the window, change the option from “Ken Burns” to “Fit in Frame.” If you skip this step you’ll have a zoom effect on every picture you import into your video and it might ruin your project!
  4. Now, you are ready to edit your animation!!
  5. Also, remember what we talk about the copyright issue. If you want to use some background music, make sure that you are not breaking the rule.

For Wednesday:

  1. We will keep working on making stop animation videos.

35. Learning Adventure – Day 3

Housekeeping
If you are ready to take pictures today, you’ll need a camera. You may check out a tripod and a camera downstairs in OIT – rm 232. You can use your phone, of course.

 

Today we are simply working on props for your stop animation video. If your group is still working on the storyboard, that’s fine too. Try to finish it up and move on to building props. Those are available materials today.

photo 1 Construction Paperphoto 2 Color markers and pencilesphoto 3 Threadsphoto 4 Beads, Paper Clips, Rubber bandsphoto 5 Glues, Scissors Photo

 

You’ll need a camera and you may want to check out a tripod downstairs in OIT – rm 232. If you don’t want to use a regular camera, you can use your phone – you just want have a tripod. You’ll also want to bring in connecting cords so that you can download your pictures to a computer. You can use dropbox to transfer pictures from your phone to a laptop but it takes a lot longer than just using the USB cable (unless you use iCloud).

For Monday:

  1. You will continue building props. If your props are almost ready, bring a camera, tripod, and a connecting cord to take footages for your animation.
  2. Please do spend sometime this week to get yourself familiar with the tool that you are going to use to create a stop animation video (e.g., iMovie, Windows movie maker, Stop Motion app or any other tool)

34. Learning Adventure – Day 2

PART I. Your topic and partner(s)
I hope you have thought about your possible topic and partner(s). Again, before you choose your topic, you ‘d be better to think about these questions first.

  1. Which grade level is your Learning Adventure targeted at?
  2. What is the subject?
  3. What is the topic of the Learning Adventure?
  4. What Georgia Performance Standard (or any other content standards) does your Learning Adventure address?

PART II. Creating your Learning Adventure site
You will need to create a NEW site for this learning adventure project. If you’d like to create a new Google Site, you know how to do it. If you’d like to create a site using other sites, such as wordpress.comblogger.com, or tumblr.com, please feel free to do.

Please do the following when you create a site:
1. Make sure the title of your site reflects the nature of your adventure.
2. Make sure your navigation bar reflects the sections in the Rubric.

PART III. Stop Animation Video
For the next 3-4 class days, we’ll be working to create stop animation videos. The videos will be used for your Hook page. Let’s watch some examples first.

Now, you should have some idea of what stop animation is. So, the purpose of a stop animation video is to explain a concept in a creative and engaging way. The basic mechanism is that you take a series of pictures and present them as if they are moving using a video-editing software (e.g., iMovie, Windows Movie Maker) or Apps (e.g., Stop Motion). If you are not going to record your voice, Youtube is another option you can use.

PART IV. Getting Started on Your Video

1. Find your group members.

2. Come up with an idea for your video. Please make sure the video should be helpful to engage your students to learn your learning topic.
– You should consider GRADE LEVEL, SUBJECT, and GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARD when your group decide the topic.
– No whiteboard videos. There are big problems with glare from the whiteboard, and drawing everything on a whiteboard defeats the purpose of this project.

3. Plan your story

4. Decide what props and equipment you’ll need.
– People often use resources such as felt for the background, construction papers, foams, sticks, yarns, clay figures, etc. Of course, Scissors and Glues will be needed. Basically, you can use anything! Be creative!

5. Start writing your script, if you are going to record your voice.

For Friday:
You will be working on storyboarding and building props for your video. Available materials that I can prepare are construction papers, color markers, coloring pencils, beads, paper clips, rubber bands, glues, scissors, and others. If you need any other things, please bring those to class.

photo 1 photo 2 photo 4 photo 5 Photo photo 3

 

 

 

 

 

33. Learning Adventure – Day 1

Housekeeping:
You are able to check your updated score through your email today. If you have any question regarding your score, please don’t hesitate to ask.

PART I. Your topic and partner(s)
Before you choose your topic, you need to think about these questions first.

  1. Which grade level is your Learning Adventure targeted at?
  2. What is the subject?
  3. What is the topic of the Learning Adventure?
  4. What Georgia Performance Standard (or any other content standards) does your Learning Adventure address?

This project asks you to develop your lesson plan based on the mandated content standards in this country. Here are a list of content standards you can refer to create your learning adventure:

  • In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards”, or GPS. They are written for every grade level (K-12) and most subject areas. Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then select your subject and grade level.
  • If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards as well.
  • If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others), view the “Quality Core Curriculum Materials” – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet).
  • If you are interested in speech therapy or special education, here are some possible standards: “IEP Goals & Objectives Bank.”

Also, because this project asks you to complete a lot of things, I would prefer you worked with a partner (or partners) for this project. It’s okay if you find yourself planning an adventure in a subject or grade different than the one you identified at the beginning of the semester. I am open to people working alone, but you need to be forewarned that this is a lot of work – being able to share the work load will help you stay on target. If you are going to work in a group, 2 or 3 members would be good.

PART II. Essential Questions

You’ll want to get students interested in your topic by starting with an essential question. Please read this article and get some ideas about an essential question.

  • Essential questions are organizers and set the focus for the lesson or unit.
  • Essential questions are initiators of creative and critical thinking.

We’re going to try and write a few ourselves today.

  1. On an index card, write a question related to a topic about which you enjoy learning. For example, “what happened to the dinosaurs?”, “why did the Titanic sink”, etc.
  2. Get in a group with 2-3 other classmates, and use a tubric to turn your question into an essential question.
  3. How good is your question? Use the essential question development checklist on the last page of this handout to see how well you did.

For the rest of class time, work with your partner to create some essential questions to guide your adventure using the handout. Complete the Inquire section of your adventure.

PART III. Creating your Learning Adventure site
You will need to create a NEW site for this learning adventure project. If you’d like to create a new Google Site, you know how to do it. If you’d like to create a site using other sites, such as wordpress.comblogger.com, or tumblr.com, please feel free to do.

Please do the following when you create a site:
1. Make sure the title of your site reflects the nature of your adventure.
2. Make sure your navigation bar reflects the sections in the Rubric.

PART IV. Stop Animation Video
For the next 3-4 class days, we’ll be working to create stop animation videos. The videos will be used for your Hook page. Let’s watch some examples first.

Now, you should have some idea of what stop animation is. So, the purpose of a stop animation video is to explain a concept in a creative and engaging way. The basic mechanism is that you take a series of pictures and present them as if they are moving using a video-editing software. I am currently thinking of using Youtube, instead of a specific software. Youtube will be much easier to use to create a video.

For Friday:
We will be the first day of creating stop animation videos.