By this time of the school year, I have worked with the 5th grade classes on creating a Chatterpix and PowerPoint. To add an additional tool in their digital tool belt, we worked on making Prezis.
When working with the students, I’m not really going for a perfect product. Rather, I am hoping that they will be experienced enough with the tool, that they will be able to use it on their own. I do look the creations over and have them edit for grammar, punctuation, etc. But, if after the allotted time and the group is not completely finished, the project has to stay that way.
Unfortunately, students have to be 13 years old to sign up for their own account (and I haven’t been successful in getting teachers to sign up for their own accounts), so they have to use my account. I will change my password after this project is over!
Coordinated with Social Studies Unit of Inquiry
I designed a graphic organizer that reflected what the students were studying in their current Unit of Inquiry so as to build on the prior knowledge of the topic and to reinforce concepts they are learning in the classroom. They were learning about the U.S. during the 1920’s and 1930’s. I looked at the Georgia Performance Standards and based the topics on these standards:
SS5H4 The student will describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.
a. Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914- 1917) ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. b. Describe the cultural developments and individual contributions in the 1920s of the Jazz Age (Louis Armstrong), the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes), baseball (Babe Ruth), the automobile (Henry Ford), and the airplane (Charles Lindbergh).
SS5H5 The student will explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.
a. Discuss the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dust Bowl, and soup kitchens. b. Analyze the main features of the New Deal; include the significance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Works Progress Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. c. Discuss important cultural elements of the 1930s; include Duke Ellington, Margaret Mitchell, and Jesse Owens.
I created a Livebinder to curate the websites for the students to use for their research. They bookmark the website and it reduces the time needed to complete their research. The do use their tablets for researching.
I did not have the students use their 1:1 devices (Dell ProVenue tablets) to create their Prezi as it is too difficult to see what you are doing on the small screen. Fortunately I have 8 Dell All-in-One computers with large, touch screens! Check out one of their Prezis: