Philosophy & Scope
According to our Tech Club parent permission slip, "The purpose of the club is to offer students a chance to explore some of the school’s software such as Comic Life, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, Garage Band, and Keynote; and to create projects that are not graded or linked to curriculum." The school day doesn't seem to allow time for as many creative tech projects as we would like, so we offer a tech club to give the students a chance to explore.
We designed a scope that worked for our grade levels at our school. We wanted to introduce the programs in order for the teachers to utilize the skills we covered (if they decided to incorporate the programs into the curriculum) and a scope allowed us not to repeat programs from grade to grade and it also allowed for kids to be in tech club year after year with out repitition of material.
3rd grade:Keynote (presentation), Stykz (simple animation)
4th grade: iMovie (moviemaking effects), GarageBand (music creation & podcasts)
5th grade:Google Sketch Up (3D drawing), Alice or Scratch (programming), Gamestar (game design)
Stykz is an animation program that we use with 3rd-5th graders. First we introduce the program to the students, and show them the features of the program and how to navigate the tool bars. Next, we assign all the students with the same assignment, to make the stick figure walk. We discuss the movement your body makes when walking and we show examples and non-examples of a person walking. After the kids make their first animation walk then they are given free time to create and design their own animation.
The possibities are endless when you are the designer and director in iMovie! Our students get a chance to be in charge of desigining movies using still pictures, video recordings, music designed by them in garage band and the list goes on! We introduce our students to the user friendly features of designing their own movies and the kids blast off with their creativity!!
When it comes to progaming we tend to use it with our older students in the building. We introduced it to our 4th graders this year. First, we show the program and how to navigate through the system. Then we assign them to work through the tutorials which reveals the ins and outs of the program. After they complete the tutorials they are set free with their creativity to design their world.
Keynote is a presentation program that we use with our 3rd and 4th graders. The program has many amazing and exciting features to offer. In tech club we expose the students to the dynamic features it has. The children design "All About Me" projects utilizing all of the special features we demonstrate. It is a great way for the kids to be creative and have a skill they can use on school projects in the future.
Music and Sound
Some students have that musical ear! During tech club we allow for kids to create their own music from scratch. Students have the opprotunity to put their musical talents in action with Garage Band. They can design creative beats with a single instrument or an entire rock band! The possibilities are endless!!
Our students today love to play video games of all types! So why not teach them how to design them?! In our 5th grade tech club we introduce our students to the world of creating games. Gamestar is designed to take them through all the dynamics of game design. After the accounts are set up for each child the fun begins. With the use of the teacher guide and the website, the children not only get to play games designed by kids their age but they get to publish games they designed!!
Photography and Images
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What child doesn't love hands on fun?! In lego robotics students get to design machines from the ground up and bring them to life! With a step by step guide and teacher direction, children have the opprotunity to build their own machine. After their macine is put together, they progam it to move through obstacle courses. There are no limitation when it comes to lego robotics!