This post was written by Mrs. Susan Young, 4th grade teacher at Harry S Truman Elementary School.
Reading is an important part of elementary school. Now is the time to encourage students to develop a love of books. The students in Mrs Young’s 4th grade class are required to read books from a variety of different genres. After the students have read their book of choice, they are required to do a book project. The students have a variety of choices to present their book project, though means of technology or paper and pencil. Evan read a poetry book and created a podcast in GarageBand.
After attending a workshop for our teachers on Apple’s iLife suite, Mr. Frick, 8th grade Foundations of American Government teacher at Salisbury Middle School, offered his students the opportunity to creatively tell a historical story using GarageBand.
Students created music and lyrics about an American history topic being studied. The original song/lyrics of the final product demonstrated student understanding of basic facts, essential knowledge and in-depth details and examples related to their chosen topic through the medium of music. Storytelling through the use of technology provides students with an alternate choice to traditional essays and posters. Through this project, students had the opportunity to understand, present and explain information while developing media and creativity skills.
As a part of the research process, students have access to many resources including the new American Studies etext. The new etext provides several advantages over the traditional paper textbook.
- tools for talking to the text – highlighting, post it notes for annotating text
- audio – students can listen to the text being read while they read along
- embedded web resources
- interactive components such as flashcards for vocabulary, games, self-check quizzes, the ability to email the teacher and use interactive graphic organizers