Introduction to Electricity

 

This week we had the pleasure of several visits from math and science helping teacher Justin Moore who introduced us to LittleBits.  LittleBits is a platform of easy to use electronic building blocks for creating electric circuits.

Day 1 – Students were asked to think about how electricity is an integral part of the lives and might constitute as an electronic device.

Day 2 – Students were introduced to components such as a power supply, counter, motors, LED’s, and buzzers.

Day 3 – students were given a task to make one of two items – either a tickle machine, wave greeter, or hypnotising machine using the LittleBits and a box of art supplies.

Day 4 and 5 – Students were given the task of using the LittleBits to ‘create something that does something.’

Day 6 – Students presented their creations to the class and created a series of reflective blog postings such as this one.

During this exploration of circuits and electricity, students were exposed to a variety of different disciplines such as science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (#STEAM)

LittleBits are quite expensive but if you’re interested to checking out the cost you can visit the store.

Div 1’s Stop Motion Videos

Div 1, I would like you to give feedback on one of the stop motion videos below in the comment section of this post.  In your writing you should express one thing you like about each video, one think you think the creators may want to work on, and finally one thing you have learned from your own experiences about making stop motion video.  Make sure to use the title of the video in your comment so we know which one you are referencing.  Below is a sample comment:

 

“In the movie Growing Spots I liked the way the creators of the video matched the low tempo music with the low tempo feel of the video.  I think the creators need to find an alternative to holding the camera because the video looks a little shaky.  One thing I learned from the process of making stop motion videos is that it takes hundreds of pictures to create a movie.”

 

1. Draw Off!

Draw Off! from Mr Lister on Vimeo.

 

2. Growing Spots

Growing Spots from Mr Lister on Vimeo.

 

3. Jeffrey the Dinosaur

Jeffrey The Dinosaur from Mr Lister on Vimeo.

 

4. LOL

LOL from Mr Lister on Vimeo.

 

5. Story Project Video

Story Project Stop Motion from Mr Lister on Vimeo.

 

6.  Spring Bloom

Spring Bloom from Mr Lister on Vimeo.

 

7. ZED’s Production

ZED’s Production from Mr Lister on Vimeo.

Blog Assignment

Wow!  I have been thoroughly impressed with the way our class reporters have been going about their daily task of reflecting on the days events.  Well done!

 

We have exciting blogging opportunities coming up this month and next, so I want to make sure we are fine tuning our posting and commenting skills.  With that in mind, below is an outline of a blogging assignment I would like to complete today:

 

Steps:

1. Create a new POST.

2. Please title the new post, My School In A Snapshot.

3. You will take a picture of one part of the school that is most important to you, or an area of the school you are fond of.

4. Once you have thought of a suitable spot, I would like you to write about why it is important or meaningful to you.

5. Remember to follow the blogging guidelines about content and media.

6. Finally, ask your readers what their classrooms look like.  This will facilitate a dialogue with other students and their classrooms around the world.

 

 

Example

 

My School In A Snapshot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used this recent art project as an example of something that is meaningful to me in school.  One of the reasons this picture is significant is because it took the whole class to make it, and collaborating is an important skill in school and in life.  Another reason this picture is particularly meaningful to me is because it is a reflection of school life.  Each quadrant in the quilt art is different from the one next to it, and that reminds me that every student in the school is uniquely different from the next, and that is what makes our school community such a vibrant and diverse place to be a part of.

 

I borrowed this art idea from a wonderful art blog named Art Projects For Kids designed for elementary and middle school students.

 

What makes your school unique? What images are important to you in your school, or your learning environment? Please post your response in the comment section of this post.