Nocturnal Animal Presentations
Lesson 6 of 6
Objective: Students create a presentation on the iPad about what they have learned about nocturnal animals.
I ask students to sit at their seats to receive directions on an iPad project about nocturnal animals.
Students have been working in technology and are very familiar with using the iPad app called PicCollage.
When giving directions for this project, I tell students “You will be working on your own to create a PicCollage about what you have learned about nocturnal animals.”
Since we have enough iPads for each student to work independently, I allow them to do so. Have each student make their own PicCollage makes it easier for me to assess the knowledge that they gained during this unit.
Students are given a set of criteria that they will use for this project. I go over each of these things with them and I also have the directions on the board for them.
The criteria is:
- Use at least 3 pictures from the Internet – students are able to pull pictures from the Internet within the app itself
- List at least 3 facts about nocturnal animals
- Include both partners names on the collage
- Save the PicCollage to the iPad camera roll
I use this type of assessment to see if students are able to restate information on their own as well as using technology in the classroom. This meets technology standards and presentation standards in addition to science standards.
Independent Work Time
Students are given about 30 minutes to work on the collage while the adults in the classroom are available for help when needed.
I explain to the class that while they are working on their collage, they can use their peers as well as the adults to help them as needed. I do encourage students to do much of the collage on their own.
There are several adults in the classroom that are available for help and they are all walking around helping where needed.
There has been a significant amount of teaching throughout the school year in the way of technology. My classroom has a set of 30 iPads, 4 MacBook Air laptops, a Smartboard, iPods and voice recorders. It is my philosophy that children in kindergarten are perfectly capable of using these technology tools in their learning. I do not use them for games and kill and drill types of activities. The technology tools in my classroom are used for productivity. We use them to create projects and use them for presentations. I feel this is important to learn at a young age because of the amount of technology all around us in society. Even our standardized tests are now taken on technology devices.
I use technology in all subject areas. We do not use the devices every day but we do something with them at least once per week.
By the time I teach this lesson, students have had a significant amount of learning time using the app, PicCollage. The students were able to move through this assignment with ease because of the preteaching that was done.
After I see that students are finishing up, I ask them to come back together as a group at their seats.
Students are asked to present their collages to the class using the iPad and the AirServer software. AirServer is a software that is on my teacher computer that allows the students to connect their iPad to my computer and then my computer is projected onto the Smart Board so that the whole class can see.
As students connect to AirServer, they students are asked to explain what they have put on their collage and why. If needed, I will ask clarifying questions.
I have them do a presentation to meet several standards. Common Core expects students to be able to research and present their research.
If you do not have the technology resources available to you to create this lesson in your classroom, you could have students create a collage using magazine pictures.
Link to Air Server here.