This morning in the AT&T Classroom RCET kicked-off the second Spring session with Mrs. Alison Svenson and her second graders from Rootstown Elementary. Over the next two weeks the class will be exploring a variety of digital tools to support their learning in science, math, and literacy. The students started their morning with an introduction to Buncee Edu, a free multiplatform tool that students can use to create multimedia projects. The platform offers an interactive digital canvas with thematic background templates that can be used to create stories, books, presentations, pamphlets, posters, etc. Students are able to customize the templates by adding animations, pictures, text, drawings, and videos. The Buncee platform also offers a very large gallery of searchable media that students can use in their projects or students have the option to import external media from their computers or other websites. Completed Buncee projects can be viewed online and/or saved as PDFs. The second graders are using Buncee EDU to create animal cartoons to share the facts they learned from their science research.
The second graders also had their first coding lesson this morning using the Daisy the Dinosaur iPad app. Daisy the Dinosaur is designed to introduce children to the basic elements of coding through a challenge mode and a free play mode. The challenge mode tutorial shows the student how to use drag-and-drop steps to make the dinosaur move, jump, shrink and grow. There is also a free play mode in which children can design their own program to animate Daisy.