Photostories were on the menu for 2-5 students this past week. The subject was "A Day in the Life of A...". Students chose an object, a person, or anything else they could think of, and they told about a day in the life of that object.
Part 1: Photostories
Because of some changes in the media class where students do these activities, I did a screencast lesson using Screencast-O-Matic. Initially, I create the lessons for the class, but someone else executes them. Because of there being a substitute in the room, I thought the best way to deliver the lesson was through a screencast. Within Google Classroom I shared my video. Then they used Google Slides to complete their project.
Video 1 was a breakdown of the lesson. I am sharing it with you below.
Students then started creating. After they initially created them, I went in and commented on those that turned their projects in to me. Many of them had overlooked a few of the items talked about in the lesson.
First Lesson Examples
Part 2: Photostories
When students came back for their next class, they watched the second video I created. Students who had turned in their project were to read their comments and make appropriate changes before moving on to the rest of the requirements outlined in the video. Those that had not turned in went in and completed the first round (and were encouraged to watch the first video again) and then moved on through the second video.
Overall, I was impressed by how well the students did with the video lesson. When I saw students after the lesson was completed in media, many of them commented about how it was me in the video. Doing a video made the situation of having a substitute less stressful because I knew they were getting a lesson that explained what they were doing. Then the job of the teacher in the room became that of assisting students with the directions. As soon as students finish the second part of this project, I will create a post to share more of them!
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