Thursday, April 24, 2014

Learning How to Use iMovie

                     This week, during Technology, we are learning how to use the spectacular app, iMovie. We are currently working on making our own movie trailer using the templates that iMovie has. This app gives us the opportunity to create a professional-looking movie trailer. In iMovie, there are many different templates from which to choose. Each template has a theme to go with it.  For example, scary, pirate, and indie are different templates within the app. After we choose our template that we would like to use, we start filming the movie trailer with the iPad Airs. There are several shots in a trailer, including wide, group, and single. When we finish learning the process of creating a movie trailer, we will be able to create our own original movie from scratch. Overall, the fifth grade technology class is enjoying their time using the iMovie app, which encourages creativity.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 earning our badges

         This week, we are using a website called  On this website, you can choose a skill category, such as Animator.  Then, you can choose to do three challenges within that skill.  Once that is done, you will earn a badge for that skill.  There are many badges so there is something for everyone.  To turn in a challenge, you can upload a picture demonstrating you completed that challenge or you can upload a video of you doing the challenge.  For some challenges, you can only do a video.  It is a great website for children because it gives us the opportunity to choose something that we are interested in and learn more about it, which is very entertaining.
Under the Architect skill, Nicholas is building a house in Minecraft.

Ella is completing a challenge under the Interior Designer skill set and is using Fotor to create a color collage.

Will is working toward an Athlete badge and is completing a challenge that requires him to develop strength.  He has chosen the plank to accomplish this.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sphero Balls

        This week we learned how to program Sphero Balls. First, we went onto the Nearpod App and learned all about the elements of the Sphero Ball. Next, we connected to our Sphero Balls by using Bluetooth. Once the Sphero Balls were connected, we went onto the MacroLab app so we could complete five different challenges. Each challenge is called a Macro and each Macro has many different commands within it. Overall, the Sphero Balls were really fun!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It was a programming kind of day....

                Today, our class had to program an alligator and a Sphero ball to move or do different actions. First, everybody had to complete a programming challenge. In this challenge, we had to program our alligators to splash into the water and open and close his mouth ten times when it senses a Lego man approaching. Once the challenge was completed, we got to play and enjoy the Sphero balls! On the Sphero Ball app, we could control our balls and tell it to move around or do tricks. In conclusion, this was a very fun and enjoyable day!