The end of the year has appeared out of the blue, and with it, the rush to finish up those little projects that have been lingering before summer comes. One of the projects that I did this year which was new (but inspired by a project from AASL), was a "Shape of My Heart/All About Me" project. I tried it out with grades K-2, and while the younger kiddos did their illustrations by hand, the 2nd graders got to learn how to use KidPix to create digital representations of the things they love. Next, we used Explain Everything for students to record themselves talking about what they'd put in their images and why, then finally uploaded everyone's work into a class video. The results are great - not only did kids have fun, they got to showcase the elements of their personalities and interests that are the most meaningful to them. I got to know my kids better (even though this is our third year together), and the results can be shared with family members outside of school. This project was a blast, and I can't wait to do it again next year.
My name is Ms. Bery. I am a PK-8 library media specialist in the Boston area. In addition to being a certified school librarian, I am also certified in instructional technology, and have a strong interest in exploring and integrating technology in new and exciting ways in the classroom.
I am also a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, and a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award.
Check out the Sandbox for apps and websites I've found useful in supporting student learning and creativity. I also (very occasionally) review children's and young adult literature on my book reviews page.
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