2010 top 10: #1 Hugo Cabret Documentary, and #2 Kindergarten Showcase Videos!
#1 The Hugo Cabret Unit Documentary (directed and edited by Ms. Abodeely)
Take a look at Ms. Abodeely’s third graders discussing the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. They use traditional literacy skills such as prediction and summarizing as well media literacy skills to “read” the many images in this exciting text, and use the novel as a touchstone for their fiction writing as well. The culmination is to produce iMovies based on their writing with text and “readable” images just like Hugo Cabret! This is the 3rd year Ms. Abodeely has developed a unit around this text, and it is clear from the exciting and engaging discussions in this video that it will not be the last.
#2 Kindergarten Showcase Videos by Ms. Toledo!
Kindergarten Writing Video from March 2010 — You have to give it up for Ms. Toledo for putting out the call for more coverage of the Kindergartners on the website this year. She was gushing about how she saw other schools presenting student experiences online, and, accepting no less for her students, got Mr. Rhys to help her use iSight and iMovie to start sharing the learning experiences that kids at 124 are having on the first floor with the world through the Internet.
April 2010: Kindergartners at PS 124 use activities on the Pre-K and Kindergarten Class Page on the Internet to build basic technology skills outlined in the National Educational Technology Standards, like using the mouse, opening and closing programs, and basic navigation of websites. Have a look!