Hi.. I am new to Classroom 2.0 and thrilled to have stumbled across it. Excited about the prospects of connecting with other elementary tech teachers around World. Looking forward to sharing ideas and improving my skills as an elementary teacher.
Eve, I'm glad it worked for you. I actually did the cemetery one in moviemaker and then did the voice over with a microphone directly into moviemaker. Would have worked better if the voices of the students did not vary so much--hard to set the volume right. i'll have to check out your new post. Appreciate all your tips on science notebooking and have forwarded your notebooking blog to my teammates.
Timing is everything when it comes to the projects!
I will be trying notebooking for the first time in an outdoor science unit that three of us teachers in our school are piloting. The unit is from the Missouri Conservation Department. I think the notebooking will be very effective since the students are observing outdoor conditions each day. But I know just the basics about notebooking and I'm sure there is lots to it. I will check out your blog on this!
I exactly see what you mean about large projects... Hang in there with the composting!!!
my History Comes Alive...(cemetery) project feels that way at times. It is ongoing...one class passes the torch to the next. I have found it a little easier to fit it all in by going cross-curricular...we read, write about the people who are memorialized there, learn about weathering and. erosion for science, perimeter for math, etc all centered around the cemetery, for a few weeks. The cemetery is then our "curricular anchor". Have you done cross-curricular work with the composting at all? Are you doing notebooking in science?
Thank you! Glad you like it...a great way to share a project! I used still photos from throughout the year and we inserted them in the order we wanted in Windows moviemaker. Then the kids do the voice-overs right into Windows moviemaker with a microphone. So easy! Each year, I make a "class movie" like this. It uploads into blogger as easily as pictures do. An added benefit, if we need to present info on our project for a conference or to a district event, we have a little movie to use as an intro and then the students can do a question and answer afterwards. So cool to have students present this way! I carry it around on my jumpdrive just in case I have a chance to show it to someone for funding for the project and one time I did have an alderman "cornered" at a party looking at it! HA!