Monday, April 10, 2017

We finished all the Lego building! It is incredible what the students have done. After they finished building, they took pictures of "Where I Would Like to Live". This was included in a story they were writing in their classroom about the character they created. The 'Lego Community' was set up and on display during our Town Meeting and our townsfolk were very impressed. Their robot stories are all hanging on our bulletin board and will be displayed during our Unified Arts Festival, as will their buildings and stories. Could we be more proud? No! :-)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Heading Into February Vacation... Already?
Our Community is Together for Vacation!

We are rolling right along with our community projects. Using Legos, the students have now completed the entire community. From brainstorming to collaborating; design to building; the students worked together to learn about all the wonderful aspects of the place where they live. After completing the building of the four different areas, they used a desktop publishing program to create signs to label each of the details. They saved, opened, highlighted, changed colors, centered text and printed. Each time we watch these younger students whizzing through all of the technology challenges we are amazed! How do they do that? Well, they do it in a easy, fluid manner that makes us very proud. 

We are now finishing, editing and printing our robot stories. You should see the happy faces of the students as their very own stories roll out of the color printer! As you can see by the images above, the students were yet again very creative. To get their story out, the used many technology skills: navigating the network paths to get to the story, inserting images from saved files, resizing, rotating, typing, and printing the final product. Wow! 

In the classroom, we have built characters from the community collection and they are in the process of creating stories on the Story Visualizer software. Students are adding details to their own stories using the villages that were created in the lab groups. They are very excited to tell stories and connect community members to our own community.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Welcome 2017

Welcome to the New Year!

One of the last activities we did for 2016 was to make our Art project robots ‘Mobile’. In the video above, you can see one of our builders taking their robot on a ride. All the robots were able to take a journey in our Village Activities Center during their Art blocks. The mobile platform was built with our LittleBits and worked much the same as the signs the students created for our Open House in September. They pushed the slider to make the platform go slower or faster.

As we enter the new year, we are finishing up our Legos Community Projects and our Robot stories using the Story Visualizer software. For the Legos project, they are building the school, our town area, the village area and a neighborhood. In the robot stories, the students are taking their robots through great adventures. 

Also in the classroom, we have been building our characters and rehearsing our stories. We will be introducing our characters and working with the Story Visualizer next week. 

Check out some of our robot friends below!