2010 Top 10: #7 Mr. McRae’s Class Voicethreads! & #8 Ms. Manti’s Class Google Docs!
#7 Mr. McRae’s Class Voicethreads (Documentary Video)
Take a look at the size of the tag Mr. McRae’s Class 09-10 in the tag cloud on the lower right, and you’ll realize just how much work his class published to the Internet! 169 posts this year and counting! They are in the top 10 for more than just volume — Mr. McRae’s integrated technology into the writing process in a way that had students building technology skills and media literacy, while learning what makes good writing. Watch him and his students explain how they wrote, typed, and produced videos throughout the year in this documentary video:
Bonus Clip: Also watch Jesse explain her class’ Web Publishing & Reflection process:
Mr. McRae’s students would not be the producers they are, without the groundwork laid by 2nd-grade teachers building fundamental computer and typing skills. Ms. Manti’s class worked on keyboarding skills through Dance Mat Typing, then on becoming proficient with laptops, and finally being able to log in to Google Docs on their own to type their fiction stories, and add images from the Internet to support their writing. They are now ready for publishing work in 3rd grade! Here’s a sample from one of Ms. Manti’s star students, who by the way, just learned English last year!: