Classroom Applications

 Joanne Ruppert:

  Because of this workshop, my 8th grade class and I have taken on a huge project, to probably be called "Washington, D.C. through the eyes of 8 th graders." Our hope is to create a WWW page where students from all over the United States can call in and discover how to prepare for their trips to Washington, D.C. and collect and add documents to the archives that we will have started. So far we have created six groups, each with their own assignments. These groups include the scribers, the gathererss, the videoers, artists, the sounders, and the shutterbugs. We are starting our project now, March,1996, our trip will be in May 23,24,and 25, and we intend to continue our finalizing upon our return.

I think that the workshop made me look at another technique of teaching using modern technology.

Sometimes I need to remember that my students learn in different ways. Using the video camera gives the students a chance to learn ,using all their senses, not only the traditional written word, but they learn to use their eyes to discover, ears to listen, and their feelings to sense the whole area which surrounds them. Once they view what they have created they can now extend it, by picking their favorite parts and removing what they do not like (editing). We can tie it now to writing projects, art projects, and research projects on things they have discovered and have gained an interest in. The curriculum has now become part of them, their interests are now peeking, and they enjoy what they are doing because it is theirs. FUN has become LEARNING and LEARNING has become Fun.

 Renee de la Cruz: The experience of working on the North Park Nature Center project has stimulated my thinking of the use of video, photography and drawing in the classroom, and particularly on a special project I am beginning with some of the students. About 30 Native American students will be working on documenting their family and community histories. We now plan to include videotaping, photography and student created art to enhance the projects. Although plans do not include the making of a "project video," the videotaping will also serve as an audio recording the students can immediately use. The videotapes will be saved as unique and useful archival material.
 Gerry Kulans : After twenty-six years working with primary children I am really looking forward to working with older students using different techniques such as the video camera. I can imagine the wonderful projects that are so different than traditional classrooms, the classroom without walls, moving out into the world. This week-end we discovered that colleages could become friends. We shared gloves and laughs. I know that we can teach our students the fun of working and discovering together.
 Therese Kennelly: Interactive video taping opens up another possibility for helping all children, particularly
those with learning difficulties. It gives teachers and students the opportunity to teach, practice , and assess understandings of concepts taught while participating in a group activity . This past week-end our little group discovered how differently we began to interact with our environment as we viewed it through a camera lens. It was exciting to interpret a scene from one's own viewpoint in much the same way that an artist interprets a scene. I'm anxious to try video taping with our students at Audubon and feel certain that it will be a memorable, learning experience for all of us.

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