Third and fourth grade students from Charles E. Walters, Coram, Ridge, and West Middle Island Elementary Schools have been working collaboratively, without ever leaving their classrooms, to create a gallery of interactive web-based research.
Utilizing Google Apps for Education (GAFE), the students created slideshows combining multimedia with content area based reading. Each project was chosen by the students to reflect their creativity and interests. Using Google Slides, students created digital research projects to share their knowledge.
The students created teams and partnered with other students within the District. Working collaboratively, they reviewed each other’s work and provided feedback to their partners located in a different classroom in a different school.
“It was fun because I got to meet the kids from Charles E. Walters,” said Coram fourth grade student Justin Merkle. “I learned new things, and I’m excited about doing the program again.”
As students met for the first time, they were able to share experiences and demonstrate their projects utilizing QR codes. Partners selected projects to review and record at least one new found piece of information. Presentations included animation, graphic layout and design, importing video and photographs.