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Lego Conversations

Lego Conversations

Use what students love and know in the classroom. LEGO! Create entertaining dialogues using ONE photo and the Ken Burns lens. A simple animation your children can direct.

Drawing on children’s interest makes learning in the classroom highly engaging. Using LEGO men or women students can create an animation that is easy and simple. This movie is made with just one photo, and a simple effect named Ken Burns Lens (iMovie).

In literacy, a story plan can be devised, identifying the setting, character and conversation by the children. The children use their story plan and create a dialogue between their characters. The dialogue could be about a conversation a family is having, it could be an argument between siblings or it could be about a robbery. It is open ended and can be accessed by all learners. See below for the Modern Family plan (right click to save).

Once the setting has been identified by the children, simply encourage them to find a background using flickr.com or google images. Once the background has been chosen, make sure the picture is in full screen mode. Place your LEGO characters in front of the computer screen and get the children to take a photo. The idea is to only take the background and LEGO characters and not the screen. Upload the photo into iMovie and use the Ken Burns Lens feature to direct the start and end point of motion. The children record their dialogue over the pictures. The picture timing will need to be adjusted accordingly to match the dialogue.

Robot Dotted Thirds Worksheet

Robot Picture
Try this dotted thirds creation. It is sure to improve the look of your publishing paper and your classroom displays.

Software

Pages/MS Word, Preview

You will need

Dotted Thirds

How To

1. Open Safair (Internet Browser)

2. Navigate to www.google.com.au

3. Click on IMAGES and search for a picture that relates to your topic. For example, ‘Robot Outline’.

4. Select an image and COPY and PASTE the image into Pages.

5. Open the ‘Dotted Thirds’ document and COPY a section of the lines.

6. PASTE the dotted thirds into the Pages document and adjust accordingly.

Digital Cameras in Classrooms

Digital Camera

Today’s ‘standard’ technology is equipped with a camera. Why not harness the simple camera facility in the classroom for all aspects of teaching and learning.

It seems that today’s ‘standard’ technology is equipped with a camera. Why not harness the simple camera facility in the classroom for all aspects of teaching and learning. Taking photos in the classroom should not be completed as a standalone activity. It should have meaning and relevance thus integrating this skill into a real life context is ideal. Posing a simple question to children can lead to a hearty integrated inquiry.

In this case, the question of “If I were a Bee, what would I see?” lends itself to a literacy and numeracy approach. In literacy, students could research about bees, finding out information about its habitat, its behaviour, prey, predator, what it eats and its daily lifestyle. The children are encouraged to read for meaning when researching as they will be using their new gathered knowledge to inform their digital product. In numeracy, a look into counting patterns could be investigated through exploring the number of black stripes on a bee’s abdomen. The possibilities for integrating ICT into these two key learning areas are endless and should be tailored according to the needs of the students.

Once students can articulate what a bee may see on a busy spring’s day they can begin to take photos. The idea is for students to take photos of what a bee may see. For example, flowers. The student chooses one subject (flowers) and stands in a stationary position. They can take photos of the flowers on an angle, portrait or landscape positioning. They are to remain stationary. Once the photos have been taken (about 6-8) and printed they are to be arranged according to how a bee may possibly see. See example below. The idea is to layer the photos on top of one another so that each piece fits another.

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Where’s Wally? The iCT Edition.

Where's Wally? The iCT Edition

Using the all time favourite book Where’s Wally? students can learn photo manipulation. Can you find the iCanTeach icon?

Using the all time favourite text Where’s Wally students can learn photo manipulation, sizing, copying and pasting. The iCanTeach team had a ball when making their very own Where’s Wally? iCT Special Edition. Can you find the iCanTeach icon?

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Paper Animation

Tree Papermation

Try making a papermation to showcase understandings or to tell a story. There are no limits to the imagination in this digital product.

Software

iPhoto, iMovie

How To

1. Fill in the Story Plan and Story Board to plan your papermation. This is particularly important for students as they have something to refer back to. Conference with groups to ensure their idea sounds valid and achievable.

2. Students begin to make or find online pictures for their papermation. If their story is set in the desert a good idea for their background is to go online and find a large image of a desert. Otherwise children can design and draw their own.

3. Set up the camera so that it is attached to a tripod. The camera needs to be facing downwards at the images. Alternatively an easier and more efficient method is to use an ipad.

4. Using the Story Board begin to map out the story with students. As there are about 5 in each group they will each have their own ideas. It is best to clarify and map out the story with them before beginning.

5. Place the papermation pieces within the camera frame and take a photo. Slowly move the paper pieces to desired location and take photos. See below

6. Take as many photos as required for papermation. The more detail within the papermation the more photos. Classroom papermations usually contain somewhere between 94-160 photos.

7. Transfer your photos onto iPhoto by connecting your camera to your computer and switching it on. Click on IMPORT.

8. Once the files have been imported and saved to the computer it is available to use in most programs.

9. Open iMovie. Click on FILE > NEW PROJECT> NO THEME.

10. Name your papermation.

11. Click on CREATE.

12. Click on the CAMERA ICON. Look for your photos and drag into workspace.

13. Highlight all photos and click on the SETTINGS COG > CROPPING, KEN BURNS & ROTATION.

14. Click on FIT.

15. Highlight all photos and click on CLIP ADJUSTMENTS.

16. Set timing to 0.5 seconds, click APPLY TO ALL STILLS.

17. Click on the PLAY ICON to watch your papermation.

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Here is an example from a group of Senior teachers trying to teach their children about saving money.

Lifecycle of a Minibeast

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After completing this animation with Grade 1 students, there was a need to revisit this concept again on a bigger… grander scale. The students had the know how of animation creation and just needed another experience to expand their understandings. This project was difficult to manage at first as there was a lot planning involved. This is especially true when you are trying to work in small focus groups with individual groups with varying ideas. To coordinate and achieve this, the teacher must plan an independent activities for the remaining class whilst the teacher works with the small focus group.

Although this seems like a lot of work and planning. The results are magnificent.