Monday, April 8, 2013

Working with IT


Inquiry through IT

To support our inquiry process and the use of our hundred languages, we encourage children to express their ideas in many different ways. One of these ways is though IT where they can extend on previous ideas, develop further representations or drawings by using the computer, and can research and investigate their understanding further through questioning. Children and adults can work together closely, or children can work with a peer in a paired situation Small groups are able to work together to explore wider interests such as rockets in space, where they can draw and animate images.
Some representations of space from the children.
We worked with the children on the computer, but projected it onto a larger screen so that other children could see what they were doing and have their own discussions.

The children explore kid pix to represent their ideas digitally for the space scene background.
They drew their own rockets, cut them out, and took pictures of them moving across space.
After we explored animation with rockets, some children wanted to create their own videos with props to tell a story. With the help of adults, the props were set up, moved and photographed to develop an animation which was shared as a movie to the rest of the children.
More animation ideas and pictures to come! This is a new area of exploration for us and we're continually learning and creating with the children.

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