The focus for the JS Library Makerspace in Term 4 is exploration with robotics.
Students have access to the following robotic resources
In Term 1 some Year 1 students were able to learn with the Lego WeDo).
Additionally, we try to match the concepts to literature.
Photos of students at the initial mentor training session
The ICT Mentors (and friends) have learnt how to use the cubelets and the sphero in an introductory session in order to teach other students. These student were already competent in the use of Bee Bots.
As a part of the construct of the Makerspace, it is desired to have some permanent stations or activities for the students as well as ones that are temporary and supervised (led by a teacher or the ICT Mentors) in order to support the more complex programs and tasks.
Year 3 ICT Mentor in Training Mentoring Preps!
Permanent Stations for Exploration: Bee Bot
The Bee Bots will be available each day and at first break.
The Sphero will be able to be ‘borrowed’ by other students (with a trained student willing to support the other students in its use and to assist with trouble shooting).
Temporary Station for Exploration: Cubelets
In Week 4 students across the Junior School will have the opportunity to use these resources and will be set a collaborative challenge to complete.
See below more information about these challenges below (select thumbnail to view larger size).
A group of Year 3 students have been experimenting with the green screen as a means to share their learning this term. These students have been considering ways to evaluate, reflect and report on reading.
These green screen movie reflections were created using a variety of apps on the iPad (using the video, camera, drawing and green screen apps).
Green Screen by Do Ink
This is what the students have thought about the process so far…
See below for two reviews they have created. When the students create their next review (in Term Two) they will direct this (almost) independently, with the aim to become experts for the other students in the class, teaching how to use the green screen and its associated apps.
These reviews are not polished presentations but have been created in a short time frame as a tool to engage and enhance the learning experience.
For a few years we have been celebrating Love Your Library month. It is an excellent way to introduce students to the library as well as getting teachers involved and enthusiastic about visiting the library.
This year we have had teachers select their own gift of a Picture Book, Fiction or Non-Fiction book and a bookmark that “Gives the Gift of Reading” through a list of recommended authors on a specific genre.
As a part of the Loving your Library concept we also have “Getting to Know You” and Library Orientation activities. These activities have been arranged around the PYP Concepts from the perspective of the library.
Classroom Teachers select how they would like to orientate their students and set up the Essential Agreements for the use of the library space.