23 weeks = the length of time it took for me to actually create something I pinned.
I love Pinterest, but typically the ideas just get pinned onto a virtual board rather than my actual classroom. I am an idea person, so just seeing ideas is enough. I file them into my "to think about later" category in my brain. Sometimes I remember to refer to them. Sometimes.
This particular pin was something I saw and recalled frequently, looking for the perfect opportunity to incorporate. To me, technology is not about technology. It is about how to incorporate technology in a way that enhances learning. With the state testing requiring a fast pace, I did not find an opportunity to incorporate this particular idea until the end of the year.
So what was the task? Where did I get my resources?
Create an Instagram picture that captures a moment from an event we learned about in 5th grade history.
Students had to choose a specific moment, rather than a broad topic such as World War II.
I turned to my friend Google. I found the same image I had pinned before. I continued on with the search, until I found this blog post by Erin Klein. I already followed Erin on Twitter, so I knew she was a great source. That thought was confirmed when I realized she had shared the digital resources for FREE on TPT!
How did we make it actually happen?
I first downloaded Erin's template. I shared the files with my students through our class Edmodo group.
Students were then asked to save each image into our student folder.
Click on each image (to enlarge it, rather than saving the thumbnail view)
Right click and select "save as"
Rename the file to include your first name (Ex. Mareena_instagram)
Repeat for second image.
Students then opened the instagram image in Paint using our student laptops.
We then went over the basic tools for Paint. We used the space outside of the iTouch image to create the history picture. Students then used the select tool to select the image and resize to fit inside of the "screen" of the iTouch.
I hope that our work has inspired you to try something similar in your classroom! If you do, please share a link or a picture!
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.