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5 Reasons to Teach an “All About Me” Unit of Study

All About MeStarting a new school year with an All About Me project is a popular teaching strategy. There are many benefits to incorporating this unit into curriculum. Here are five:

  1. Build Self-Esteem: Use the All About Me activities to have students reflect upon what makes them special. By recognizing characteristics that make them unique, students develop a sense of self-worth.
  2. Learn about Students: Use the All About Me activities to get to know your students. Discover their strengths, goals, likes, and personal interests. This is a fun way for students to tell you about themselves. Use this information to support learning.
  3. Develop Friendships: Use the All About Me activities to help students recognize others in the class that have similar interests. This can become a starting point for fostering relationships among students.
  4. Build a Sense of Community: Use the All About Me activities to have students learn about one another. By sharing personal details students form a connection with one another.
  5. Develop Oral Communication Skills: Use the All About Me activities to have students practice public speaking and active listening.

TechnoKids’ TechnoMe technology project integrates an All About Me unit of study with technology.

All About Me

Start the new school year with a unique approach to an “All About Me” unit of study.

In the new TechnoKids project TechnoMe, all about mestudents in grades 1 to 3 build technology skills as they create a slide show about what makes them special. They use a Google Slides or PowerPoint template to make a mini biography. Students tell personal facts, accomplishments, goals, and interests. On completion, they share their slide show with a friend to compare how they are similar and different. Enhance self-esteem, foster relationships, build self-awareness, and develop fundamental computer skills in a fun, inspiring technology project.

Students like to tell about themselves. But limited keyboarding and computing skills can cause frustration. Using the TechnoMe template, students are given the tools to create a fun slide show with a title page and predesigned slides that require students to complete sentence starters and insert pictures. Beginners learn to:

  • format text
  • Insert images
  • apply transitions
  • present a slide show to others
  • pose questions and listen to responses

The fun begins with a title page. On the template, students learn how to format font, size, style, and color of text. On the next slide, they finish sentences to tell basic facts about themselves.

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Beginners experience success with the TechnoMe template.

In following activities, students search for pictures to illustrate their goals and things they like. They learn to resize and move images. Optional suggestions include inserting student photos, printing the slides, and creating a class bulletin board.

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To finish, transitions are added to the slide show and then it is shared with friends. Students are encouraged to discover similarities and differences in the shared projects.

TechnoMe includes many optional extension activities with ideas to challenge students to create additional slides.

Spark student interest with this fun, new project using Go Suite or Microsoft Office!

View a Sample All About Me Video

Digital Storytelling, Cartoon Style

Digital Storytelling
Inspire students to use their imaginations for digital storytelling with a twist – write in the style of a cartoon. TechnoToon is an all new technology project in which students create a digital story as an animated comic strip.

Students love the visual format of cartoons. The recent boom in graphic novels for children and teens confirms how popular this genre has become. Hook student interest by developing writing skills using the comic strip format and then animating the story!

View a Sample Graphic Story

About TechnoToon

In TechnoToon, students use Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint to construct a story with text boxes, images, callouts, starbursts, and word art. Then transitions are inserted between slides to divide the scenes. Finally, animation is applied to objects to sequence the timing of events. Upon completion, the digital story is published as a link with the slides set to play automatically. Challenging extension activities support learning with optional assignments such as advanced animation techniques, collaborative peer-editing, or screencasting.

digital storytelling

Hook student interest with digital storytelling. Create an animated comic with Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint.

The TechnoToon teacher guide includes many ideas for integrating comic style writing into curriculum: language arts, social studies, science, health, and history. Build computer and writing skills with a highly motivating, fun technology project. In the illustrated, step-by-step instructions, the student workbook includes story ideas, practice templates to complete, a plot planner, image search tips, a checklist, and more. Many sample digital stories created in Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint also inspire creative ideas. Optional extension activities offer enrichment suggestions and advanced animation techniques.

Writing a digital story as an animated cartoon is a sure bet to capture the imagination of young writers!

Integrate Technology and Visual Arts with Google Apps

Support the Creative Process in Primary Students

Integrate technology with TechnoGallery.

Integrate technology and art with TechnoGallery.

In a previous post, I described TechnoGallery. Not only is this project fun for beginners, but it integrates technology into the visual arts curriculum. Using Google Apps for Education, the activities in TechnoGallery gradually introduce drawing tools and techniques to support the creative process of making art using technology.

To start, students explore and experiment with tools. Next they study artwork to gain inspiration. Afterwards, they apply their skills to create a series of creative designs. The completed artwork is shared with an audience in an art exhibit. Students then reflect upon the experience.

Integrate Digital Art Tools into Visual Arts

There are many benefits to including digital art tools into visual arts:

  • Encourage Playful Discovery of Art Tools: Exploring program features is a fun act of discovery. The artist can “click around” to reveal the purpose and options for each digital art tool. Each click provides instant feedback.
  • Invite Risk Tasking into the Creative Process: Digital art can easily be revised. The artist can instantly undo an action, revert an object to its original state, replace an image, or adjust a design. This provides the freedom to take chances.
  • Experiment with Different Design Choices: An artist can keep their original artwork intact by making a duplicate. This allows them to make different design choices on the copy.
  • Explore the Elements of Design: Digital art tools allow the exploration of line, color, texture, shape, and space.
  • Develop an Understanding of the Principles of Design: Digital art tools allow artists to make choices to create contrast, repetition and rhythm, variety, emphasis, proportion, balance, unity and harmony, or movement.
  • Combine Multiple Forms of Media in Artwork: Digital art tools allow an artist the ability to combine a range of media such as objects, images, and text onto the same canvas. This presents a wide range of creative possibilities.
  • Develop Fine Motor Skills for Art Making: Creating digital artwork requires precise movements of the hands and fingers. Artists gain coordination by using digital art tools.
  • Realize an Imagined Idea: Artists often have ideas that are difficult to create because they lack the skills to draw what they imagine. Digital art tools can support artists by providing them with tools that bridge the gap between imagination and ability.
  • Incorporate Digital Art into other Work: Digital art can be easily inserted into a presentation or report. This allows the artist to express their ideas using other media.
  • Share Original Art with an Audience: Digital art can be shared with a large audience. It can instantly be uploaded to a website, posted in a blog, or sent in an email message.
  • Respond to Artwork Digitally: Digital artwork can be commented upon electronically. This allows the artist and the audience to have a conversation about the work.

Learn More About Google Drawings Activities

Integrate technology The TechnoGallery technology project is a unique way to develop fundamental computing skills. The drawing activities develop the fine motor and keyboarding skills necessary for using technology efficiently. In addition, by producing an animated art gallery, students learn basic graphic, word processing, and presentation skills to provide a foundation for future learning.