Students created an electronic scrapbook of their work which documented
highlights of the school year. This “portfolio” includes photographs, creative
and expository writing entries, and scanned artwork. The particular content
of each lesson is adaptable to curriculum or special events appropriate
for individual classrooms.
Computer generated templates
were created for each lesson. These
templates were then loaded onto the computer and the children inserted
photographs, artwork and text. Completed pages were stored in individual
student folders located on the computer desktop for easy access.
Each lesson required the students to observe the demonstration of a particular
IT tool (or actually use it if capable), add brief written commentary relevant
to the page theme, edit, embellish and publish their work. The use of templates
was intended to focus the student's learning on the technological tool
rather than the theme of the scrapbook page. The templates provided backgrounds
and layouts so that the students could easily complete the page utilizing
the tool or technique they were learning about (i.e. adding text by typing
entry into a preset text box or adding a scanned image into a preset image
box). If necessary, the teacher added digital and scanned images into each
student's folder to simplify the process for younger learners. Students
worked in groups, individually or with the teacher depending on what was
appropriate for the particular class.