This week in the Learning Commons, all students from Kindergarten to Grade 3/4 painted one of our 3D Printed winter trees to take home. We think they turned out very well. A great inclusive activity in which every student could fully participate.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day we created Love Tokens on the 3D Printer and learned how to braid yarn. Click here for the stl file. A single print run for nine hearts was only a few minutes. I taped the wool strands to the desks ahead of time. We took a look at part of this video that shows the braiding clearly. Students did a great job and enjoyed the challenge.
This week many classes read ‘Please Open this Book’ by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe. We loved the characters and the great story sparked lots of discussion. Kindergarten students used the theme of the animals being stuck in the book to help them think about their digital work being stuck in an App. It was a great jumping off point for our lessons on saving our creations to the iPad photo album.
We tweeted our idea and the author wrote back!
We have also been experimenting with stop motion video using items from the Maker Space.
And don’t forget our Monster Book Fair is next week – April 11th – 15th. Classes will have an opportunity to visit the fair during their scheduled Learning Commons period. Student shoppers are welcome to bring their piggy banks at recess and lunch and everyone is welcome to come and check it out after 2:30. Parents and Caregivers are also invited to visit between 8:00 and 8:30 for a quieter browse.
What a great self portrait. Students used Doodle Buddy app to take a selfie, traced the photo and then removed the background image. Nicely done! Continue reading
Students created digital book reviews that incorporated 3D printed figures. This was a quick activity that was completed during a Learning Commons forty minute prep including book circulation with a grade 4/5 class. Continue reading
The arrival of the 3D Printer in late June sparked a lot of excitement amongst the students at Georges Vanier Elementary. Just as our digital tools are used to create rather than consume, I encouraged my students to think about how we might design and print items that were useful, that had a purpose. Items had to have the power to enhance or improve or function as a tool to show learning. Continue reading
We are getting ready for an exciting year in the Learning Commons with a movie making theme. Students will be showing their learning through digital art and video. The LC will be featuring some great “Books before they were Movies” and we will be building, designing and creating to show our learning. Continue reading
Look what’s new in the Vanier LC! We are looking forward to showing our learning using our Tinkerine 3D printer.