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August 20, 2012 – iBand Journal Entry No. 1
I met with three fifth grade students this week to see if they could even play a few chords on the iPad. So I downloaded some lyrics that showed the chords for Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day, I know nothing about music so I hoped this going in the right direction.
I started up my iPad and launched GarageBand and selected the smart guitar, I set it to the correct key (F minor) and showed the kids how to strum the guitar on the iPad.
I was surprised at how fast they picked it up, especially John, he had no music experience but played the chords well. After 15 minutes it actually started to sound like the real song. There might be something to this after all so I went to www.specialistID.com and ordered some lanyards for our Band, you can't have a band without some '”All Access” lanyards.
Brad Flickinger, tech teacher, Bethke Elementary.
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Yesterday after school my fourth-quarter filmmaking group made up of fourth and fifth grade students, met for the first time to start filming “The Ghost of Bethke.” Although we have been writing the script and planning the movie for the past few weeks, this was the first time we met to start filming, but this time there is a twist. This time we are filming our movie exclusively on a new iPad (the iPad 3). I was impressed with the new camera on this iPad and I wanted to see if a movie could really be shot and edited on it.
There were a few things we added to the iPad to make filming with it easier. First, we added a wide-angle lens (magnetic) to the lens of the new iPad. Next, we added a Tascam iM2 directional microphone so that we would get better sound. And finally we added a tripod mount to keep the iPad steady.
I must admit, filming was easy on the new iPad, the big screen made it easy for me as the teacher to check to make sure our 10-year camera operator had a good shot. We could also easily review a shot to show our actors what needed to be fixed for the next take. It is nice to be able to gather 8 or 9 students around the iPad to explain something. At first I though the big screen of the iPad would make it awkward, but it turned out to be very helpful.
We should wrap up filming by the end of May, but I will keep you posted as we continue filming and editing on the new iPad.
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke ElementaryRead More
We need to prepare our students to act responsibly when the moment of stupidity arrives. We should not just hand students technology and expect them to use it responsibly. They are kids after all.
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What an elementary teacher learned from the Titan of Tech.
Some would argue that an elementary tech teacher and one of the great innovators of Silicon Valley could not be further apart, but regardless of that distance I have learned a lot from the man who influenced much of the technology we use every day, whether or not is was made by Apple. So as my humble tribute to this man I offer the three things that I learned from Steve Jobs.
Simpler is always better. When I design my lessons for my students I always look for the simplest way to get things done. This past week I have been teaching digital photography to my fifth grade students and instead of a million different rules about what makes for great photography I only have three. Three rules that are easy for my students to remember, three rules that allow my students to take surprisingly good photos.
Always tell a story. When I get up to show my students a presentation I now go away from bullet points and use powerful images instead, images that help to move my story forward. When I teach my students about the history of podcasting I have images behind me of a family gathered around an old radio listening to a radio-drama, and then I move to an image of students hanging out at a skate park and listening to the radio and the students draw the connections that a podcast is like a radio show that you can listen to anytime and anywhere. That is when an image of a person on a subway listening to a podcast comes up and the connection is solidified. Images make the story.
Never give up. Let’s face it we all get kicked around by the world we live in. Focus on what’s important and don’t let anyone stand in the way. For years I had these ideas of what an elementary news show could be like and time after time, it just wasn’t quite right. So I would make a few adjustments and slowly we began to move towards the show that I have imagined years ago. Now we have a great show, everything I ever wanted from my students.
So farewell Steve and thank you for making my world better place for those of us who like to “think different.”Read More
This school year I added Bob the Puppet to our morning news show. At first I didn’t really think that fourth or fifth grade students would be capable of operating a puppet — boy was I surprised. The student I have this quarter is fantastic at it and has raised the bar for the students that will be the puppeteer in the upcoming quarters.
Here’s the problem. Bob is such a celebrity in our school that students line up outside the our podcasting studio just to get a glimpse of Bob. Here are some photos of Bob and the rest of our podcasting crew.
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elmentary
Behind the Scenes Video so you can see Bob and the podcasting crew in action.Read More