This week we will be looking at the Vikings. The goal is to create another book like the one we created for Ancient Rome. Here are some sites to help you gather the information you will need to get started. Don't forget to use a Creative Commons search when looking for images and information. Please feel free to search elsewhere if you wish too.
Our Ancient Rome book is now available on iTunes
So after a few failed attempts our collaborative book on Ancient Rome is now available on the iTunes Store. The book is a collection of chapters which the children worked on in groups on the weeks we had the iPads which we then compiled into a larger book. The book contains text written by the children, images sourced using a Creative Commons Licence and even a few illustrations drawn by some of the very talented artists in our class. Some used OSMO for iPad to help them create theirs. There are even a few (very amusing) animations created by the children included too.
If you have an iPad or iPhone the book is available by clicking on the link below. If you ever wanted to know about life in Ancient Rome then this is the best place to start. Hopefully this will be the first of many created by 4th Class A. Over the next few weeks and months we will be getting data on how many downloads and where in the world our book has been downloaded.
The Montgolfier Brothers by Anna
I've been outdone. Here is a wonderful video created by Anna all about the inventors of the first Balloon, the Montgolfier Brothers. She sourced all of the images using Creative Commons searches, added a green screen effect and especially for her geeky teacher added in a Darth Vader Balloon. You can't ask for much more than that. Well done Anna. I'm very proud of this. It's Fabulous. 😀
Cormac's First Mobile Phone
It seems like far too long ago but today I brought in the kids my first mobile phone. They started to get very small soon after but they now seem to be going in the opposite direction and getting bigger again. Who knows what the future has in store. The kids seemed to have a lot of fun laughing at me and my big clunky Motorola phone.
Famous Inventors and Inventions
These are two sites that should be useful for finding some information about your chosen inventors and inventions.
Today we began work on our Ancient Rome Project. The children will have access to the school iPads over the coming weeks so today was about looking for information. Some have already begun this process at home so some even got around to typing up what they have already found out. It was wonderful to see the children so involved in their groups today. This is a gallery of images of the kids busy at work today. The desks may look a little cluttered but that's because the desks were filled with the wonderful paper snowgflakes they all made today. We will have pictures of their work up on the site tomorrow in the Art section.
These are the links to some sites that you might find useful when researching about Ancient Rome.
Remember to spend some time just reading through the information first. Take some notes if you need but the most important thing is to take in as much information as possible.
When you have done this start thinking about what information is important. What can you leave out? What is the best way to share this information.
Because we are making a Digital Book you can also include images, animations, videos and even a narration and music. But make sure that any images you use are sourced using a Creative Commons Search.
A little late but here are the final projects the children put together about the Gods of Ancient Greece.
This is a video of some of the children creating their art for their Greek Gods Projects. We used a device a called OSMO for iPad that teaches the children to draw and is great for hand/eye coordination. We will all be getting a go using this throughout the year.
This week we are learning about Ancient Greece. Here are some links to help you do some more research on this amazing time in History.
Ancient Greece for Kids
Greek Daily Life
Ancient Greece for Kids
Greek Daily Life
This is something we will be using a lot over the coming months. It's called Adobe Spark and allows us to create beautiful presentations of images, text and video. We hope to use it to showcase some of the projects we will be working on over the coming months so keep checking back. This one is all about the Apollo 11 Moon Landings especially for Space Week. As always all images were sourced using Creative Commons.
This is a short video of the book we used today to learn about the Apollo 11 Moon Landings.
The following websites are good places to learn all about the Moon Landings of 1969.
The Sinking of the Titanic