This week's hAPPy Friday app is Puppet Pals 2 School Edition. It is an app that allows users to create narrative and record their voices and animated characters. You can learn more through the app integration handout here. While there are some existing characters, it would be more meaningful and appropriate for students to create their own characters with camera images. Let the show begin!
Kindergarteners have been exploring things that go. Ms. Mireles, Ms. Parolini, Ms. Gardiner, and Mr. Peña designed centers for children to explore. Kindergarteners used many kinds of force and explored how the different types of force set objects in motion. Later, Ms. Moore shared the Path and Go apps with students so they could start coding Dash robots to move too. Go, Kinder, go!
Fifth graders had the opportunity to explore design challenges and coding the day before Spring Break in all three class rotations. Ms. Moore and Ms. Douglas designed 4 centers -- coding with Dash and the Blockly app; coding with Apple's SWIFT playgrounds; creating tall towers to help little leprechauns watch for gold monsters using Straws & Connectors; and building structures (using Keva Planks) to store water safely from the water dragons. Students came up with lots of creative designs and codes, and we had fun in the process. Play can foster learning!
Valley View Cardinals spent a day filled with messy, playful, hands-on learning last Friday, and joyfully engaged in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) activities. VVE parents Ryan Herrman and Barbara Paier assembled an army of volunteers, including VVE parents, Westridge Middle School students, Westlake High School students, and even local and national talent to share so many exciting learning activities. We began the day together with bird expert Kevin Gaines from Sky Kings, who brought some very special guests to fly through the cafeteria! Cardinals watched, laughed, and learned alongside a hawk, owl, vulture, and even a kookaburra! Students then went back to their classrooms for rotations through multiple centers. We concluded the day with younger students attending a chemistry demonstration and older students observing the physics of flying through BMX biking experts. Check out a newsteam video here and see the photos below.
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Holly Moore, Educational Technologist, and Melania Ionescu, Instructional Partner, share student learning here, in our Cardinal Community Blog.