Friday, December 13, 2019

Adobe Spark & Skype in the Classroom Inspires Learning Around The Grand Canyon For Our 4th Graders!

This week, the 4th graders wrapped up learning about the...
...Layers in Time of the Grand Canyon with a special Skype in the Classroom with the Grand Canyon National Park Distance Learning Center. 
The Park Rangers at the Grand Canyon did an amazing job teaching,
asking questions,
and getting our students excited about sharing what they have been learning about the Grand Canyon.
They showed the students lots of neat things including photographs, fossils, the layers of the Grand Canyon and so much more.  

We will definitely put this on our list for Skype in the Classroom connections next year too.  
This was such a valuable connection for our students and teachers as they have been teaching and learning about the layers of the Grand Canyon over the last few weeks. 
In fact, they shared their knowledge of a layer they were assigned by creating an Adobe Spark web page with a partner.  This is a new digital suite of tools for us at Van Meter Community School, so we were very excited to try it on for this project. 
On the 4th Grade Grand Canyon Adobe Spark Webpages Project Padlet,
 you will find all of the amazing projects they created.
You can see them by clicking on one and scrolling down through the Adobe Spark web page.  You can do this within the Padlet or... clicking on Open in New Window and it will open up with Adobe Spark.  Take a look what one looks like....
Adobe Spark lets our students create amazing presentations by pulling in striking fonts, providing beautiful images to choose from, giving interesting layouts and making their knowledge, creativity and voice easy to share with classmates, families and others around the world. 

At the end of the Adobe Spark web page, the Credits from all of the images are automatically provided and become part of their project.  

You can view the one shown above here.  Isn't it great!  
We loved seeing the work they did and everyone enjoyed hearing each group present too. 

This was a very meaningful project for our students as it tied everything together with the creation and sharing on their web page and through the connection with the Rangers at the Grand Canyon.  
You can find the Grand Canyon National Park Distance Learning Center here where you will find their information and how to connect to their program schedule and registration. 

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