A Simple Tool Brings Excitement
Who would have thought that putting a digital camera in the hands of a student would stir such excitement? I witnessed that excitement with a group of 3rd graders who were instructed to go around the school and take pictures of simple machines. I heard comments like, "Can we do this again?", "This was so much fun.", "I've never used a digital camera before.", "Can we find some more things?". The pictures were put into a Photo Story and the students then had the opportunity to record their voices explaining why their picture was a simple machine. Their end project was used for a test review. The excitment didn't stop there--a 4th grade teacher asked them if she could show the project to her classes when they reviewed simple machines! What a wonderful way to learn and share!