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Technology Newsletter December 2016

Hi all,

Can you believe it’s already December? 2016 has flown by so fast! We’re doing a lot of fun stuff in technology this month!

In the 2/3 classes, we’re still getting to know our Google Drives, learning to use word processing programs, and learning about file types. Coming up, we will begin our Digital Storytelling unit using a great site, Storyjumper.com. We’re going to start with a templated book where they will be writing about themselves. Next, we’ll be working on a collaborative book! Storyjumper just added a great feature where students can edit books together in real time! Exciting!

In the 4/5 classes, we will be working on our Pure Michigan videos. Students are picking places in Michigan to write a poem about, then in Tech class they take their poem and turn it into a Pure Michigan video complete with photos and music. This year we’ll be adding an exciting new feature to the project as well. (You’ll just have to wait to find out what it is!)

In Middle School, we’re still working on our Podcast projects. Students picked a historical event and are writing/recording a script to tell about it in 5 minutes. They are using a collaborative, online audio mixer to record their script and create the intro/outro music for the podcast. I hope to get them on the website when we finish. Elective students are continuing to develop well-rounded games. Now we’re looking at the coding side of making games using Scratch.mit.edu.

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