Month: April 2016

Makawalu: A 5th Grade Capstone Project

What I witnessed today was amazing.  The fifth graders at my school presented their Makawalu Project to younger peers.  It was set up as a live museum and students dressed up based on their research project.  From my understanding, they tied in Native Hawaiian, Native American, and European views into their projects and shared how they connect.  I give kudos to Karyl AhHee and Corrina Kay for planning such an amazing learning experience for our students. Not only was the topic and content of the project fun and engaging, but they covered so many learning goals.  The presentation of all the projects was magnificent.  I could tell the students worked really hard on their projects because each and every one of them were dense and overflowing with information. Students had great interaction and activities planned for their peers to engage with their presentations.  It was definitely not a “sit and get” ordeal.  Every student shared knowledge in their own unique ways.  Seeing them present to their younger peers made me proud for some reason. I can’t really explain why, but that is how I felt.  Watching their interaction and leadership was incredible.  I was blown away.

The nerd in me just needs to tell you all about things I was totally geeking out about and super excited to see.  As a technology teacher and maker, I was overwhelmed with the creativity I saw. There was a variety of high tech and low tech.  I saw homemade costumes, posters designed with great aesthetics and piled with information, business cards, green screen videos, QR codes, augmented reality, puzzles, building with blocks, word searches, lassos, musicians, dancers, food, homemade props, Sphero, artwork, drawing, acting, arts and crafts, trivia games, interactive maps, and the list goes on.  The variety was unreal.  All stakeholders were engaged and immersed in a rich learning environment.  Bravo papa ‘elima!

Twine

Do you enjoy choose your own adventure stories?  Is this something your students like? Twine is an online program that helps you create and build your own digital adventure story.  If you’d like to explore and try to make one on your just visit Twine.  If you’d like to read more to learn about how it works visit this link.

Google Street View

For those of you who didn’t catch this one at Hawaii Island TechEd Collaboration conference, Google Street View is a great way for students to go on a Virtual Huaka’i.  I’ve done this with Google Earth before but street view immerses them into that space as if they were standing on the street and did a 360.  Very similar to the Sphere 360 app I shared in the past.  Sorry for the late post this week!