Friday, November 23, 2012

The 5th Graders Created AWESOME PhotoPeach SlideShows!

Our 5th graders just finished up a fun project and created really amazing PhotoPeach's that I couldn't wait to publish in this post.  

Within every lesson I pull in several things from the Digital Citizenship, Technology, Library Curriculum,  as the ones that I pasted above.  For this lesson tying into digital citizenship, I focused on the topic of protecting ones privacy online.  
There were several resources I used for this lesson including Rosen Publishing CyberSmarts interactive eBook series which are housed in Van Meter's mackinVIA.  The 5th graders know how to  go into the "Groups" within mackinVIA and find the group entitled "Rosen's CyberSmarts Series". There are five titles within this series.  They come in print and eBook format.
The students read the eBook entitled Protecting Your Privacy Online during the first class time within this project.  These eBooks are interactive and the students work through a simulation of being online within them.  Our kids really love learning from these eBooks and think it is very cool to work through the eBook while learning so many new things.
From the information that the students gained through the eBook and our conversations, they used the Web 2.0 tool PhotoPeach to create slideshows.  
I created a simple storyboard for them to use as a guide in creating their slideshow.  They pulled information from the eBook and put it into their own words. 
And remember one of the standards I wanted to hit during this project was to "Recognize digital resources that are copyright free"so we also reviewed using iClipArt and they used it to find images for the project.  
 After they had their storyboard filled out with their partner, it was time to create their PhotoPeach.
 The 5th graders worked on these for 3 weeks and did a wonderful job working together.
During the last week, the 5th graders presented the slideshows to their classmates.  It was so much fun seeing what information they had to share and the images, music and words they used to create each project.
I was very impressed with them and just couldn't wait to share them with everyone.

We hope you enjoy and please feel free to share with your students too.  
If you would like to give CyberSmarts a try, click here or contact Rosen Publishing at 1-877-381-6649. You can check out their website here.

The interactive eBooks are also available from Mackin Education Resources.  You can send questions to or call Mackin at 1-800-245-9540.  

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