MakerSpace and Adobe Spark: Tell the Story

My class visited MakerSpace for the first time this year.  MakerSpace is new to my campus.  What is MakerSpace?

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I used Adobe Spark to document the experience.  Adobe Spark is simply amazing.  You drag and drop media into pages, posts, and slides to create and document the stories you want to share with the world.

I am truly excited to see what my students will do with this technology.  It is simple to use.  There are themes to choose from.  You don’t have to do much yourself, except have your photos, and video ready to go.  And best of all, it’s free!  You can sign in with an Adobe account if you have one.  Or, you can sign in through a Google account.  My team and I already have some plans on using Adobe Spark with our kiddos.

Click Here to view the page I created about MakerSpace.  My video is included in the page.  You have to scroll down to see the whole page.

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Have you used Adobe Spark?  Have an idea for Adobe Spark?  Please share in the comments.

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Reading, Science, and Technology

I am always looking for ways to enhance my instruction so that my students will get the most out of whatever we happen to be learning.  This past spring, I combined a Reading and Science lesson and paired it with a technology concept.  My students thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the lessons.  I was impressed and pleased to see that they were indeed internalizing prior knowledge.  I use Common Sense Media’s K-2 Scope and Sequence for many of my technology lessons.  Here is a link.  If you haven’t used this material, you might want to check it out.  As an extension of learning to search the web, and learning about copyright, we discovered NASA’s public domain site for images.  We were also learning about the sun, moon, and stars in Science.  There was a non-fiction space story in our basal reader (which I don’t use very often) that the kids always enjoy reading.  This was an evolving lesson.  I had planned for the kids to find images on the NASA site, download the images, and write a caption for each image.  We did this, but I intended the project to be in google.  The kids wanted to print their images so each student ended up making a paper book.  After downloading and printing images, we visited NASA’s student page.  Almost all of my students found their image.  They were able to find information about the image to use in writing the caption.  This whole process took a bit longer than I had planned, but my students learned how to download and print an image.  They remembered previous lessons on copyright.  They also learned about non-fiction text features and how to write a caption for an image.  And of course they learned many new and interesting facts about the space, a highly engaging and motivating topic for 2nd graders.

 

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