Monday, March 31, 2014

Let me teach you....

This March, students have focused on reading non-fiction material and doing more than just looking at pictures.
Here are lots of "Did you know?" type facts from our fourth and fifth grade students.


Check out the many other slideshows our students have created.

Monday, March 24, 2014

First Ever Infotech Spring Break Adventure Challenge

What will you discover this Spring Break?
With Spring Break getting closer, it is time to announce the "First Ever Infotech Spring Break Adventure Challenge."

Whether you are escaping this hideous winter for sunny beaches or sticking around West Michigan, try to mix in some fun learning. For the challenge, students should document an adventure they have during Spring Break. Take pictures and dig for facts about what they uncover. This could be just a walk in the woods to flip over logs looking for critters, a ski trip, a museum visit, or a tour of a cruise ship. As long as kids get off of the couch to explore something, that counts as an adventure.

How the facts and pictures are shared is completely up to you and your kids. You can make a video of the adventure, a collage, a Word document, or if you feel intimidated by the whole thing you can send the pictures to school on a flash drive or email them to me at alosik@hamiltonschools.us. We will dedicate some time after we return to school for finishing.

Here is to many adventures and to warmer days!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Create a quick animal movie with Arkive.org, iPhoto, and iMovie

Here is a screencast that shows the steps in making a quick animal video using Arkive.org, iPhoto, and iMovie.




Make a Quick Movie with Arkive.org, iMovie, and iPhoto from Andy Losik on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Tinkering with Tinker Ball

Have fun exploring Tinker Ball. You can learn a lot and express your creativity at the same time thanks to Lemelson Center's "Invention at Play".

Get tinkering.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Finding non-fiction sources you can read



The Internet is loaded with unlimited amounts of information. The only problem is that often that information is too hard for kids to read.

Over the course of the next couple of months, I will be adding groups of elementary-friendly websites so that kids can read non-fiction material and actually understand what it is they are reading.

Here is our first group of websites:

PENGUINS

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Explore Polar Regions at Arkive.org



Explore the Polar Regions with Arkive.org.

There are pictures and videos of the habitats and the species that call the Antarctic and Arctic places home.

Arctic

Antarctic

When in Arkive.org, use the "Places" menu to help navigate yourself around the site.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bentheim Fifth Grade Colony Projects

The fifth graders at Bentheim have been applying the video principles they have been learning in Infotech and put them to work in these commercials for the original 13 American colonies.

Give them all a look.

 
Rhode Island Colony Commercial from Andy Losik on Vimeo.