This year I am the luckiest teacher in the world. I get to teach at the best school ever – International School of Morocco, with some of the best, most creative, teachers ever. Each time I walk into someone else’s classroom, I get inspired and we just seem to spiral great teaching ideas off of each other. It’s a wonderful place to teach, and since we are all collaborating, it’s a wonderful place for our kids to learn – a teacher’s dream, right? I have tried and tried to convince the other teachers to create blogs of their own to spotlight and share some of their amazing ideas, but everyone is super busy. Instead, they have each agreed to let me spotlight some of their ideas right here on Raki’s Rad Resources. So, each Friday night, I will be posting an ISM Spotlight.
This year, the International School of Morocco invested in 6 mini iPads. We have 3 mini iPads upstairs split amongst Year 3 – Year 6 and 3 mini iPads downstairs split amongst Year 1 & Year 2. Additionally, each classroom, including the nursery and reception classes have full size iPads. We use the iPads (full size and mini) for a large variety of activities, but one of the best ways is to have students create videos.
When students create videos, they work on all of the same skills that you use in writing – brainstorming, creating (drafting), revising, editing, publishing, knowing your audience, focusing your topic, including enough information, etc. However, with video creation, you also talk about things like animation, backgrounds, fonts, formats, embedding, and how long your audience will stay around to watch.
Videos can be used to talk about all of the genres of writing: re-telling common stories, sharing information (or teaching others), persuading others to do something, telling original stories or even reciting poetry or songs. Here are some examples of videos that have been made by ISM students.
These three videos were created by Year 1 and Year 2 students, re-telling the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. They were created using the Puppet Pals app.
These three videos were created by Year 3 – Year 6 students, to teach other students about math topics. They were created using the Explain Everything app.
I use this planning sheet and rubric when my kids are working on their math videos. Stop by next week for more information for what is going on at the International School of Morocco, or click on the banner below to find old ISM Spotlight Posts.