Sunday, January 20, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. and Technology 2 Enrich and Engage

There are a million great ideas online to use in the classroom to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here are just a few of the things that we will do in our classroom on Tuesday to honor him while integrating technology:
Each year we use iMovie to make"Our Dreams" class video. One year I used the iMovie App on my iPad, but I was unable to use the GreenScreen effect so now I just video tape with my iPhone or Flip Cam and import into iMovie. By using The GreenScreen effect, students can be standing in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and not even travel to Washington DC! Come back soon to watch our video!
There are many resources at the iTunes Store to enrich your Martin Luther King Jr. lessons! Here are the ones that I purchased. 

 I used the Raz Kids Informational Text to guide my questions for the Jeopardy game because it had a Table of Contents, Glossary, Real Photos, and Captions and we could practice using various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently. 
 (Common Core Standard RI.2.5)  
Students will have their own individual copy to look through to find the answer for each Jeopardy question like they did 
for a previous post for George Washington Carver.

Here is the link to my online Martin Luther King Jr. Jeopardy Game:

We definitely can't afford a field trip to Washington DC to see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial so we will use Google Earth instead. I love using Google Earth on our Smart Board for virtual field trips and practicing map skills! 

You can see street views!
You can see real pictures!
That's me! I was lucky to see the monument in person on a tour when our school received the 2011 Blue Ribbon Award from the US Department of Education. 

For those of you who have a LEARN 360 account, don't forget these great videos! Remember lesson plans and quizzes are available to download for each video!

American Heroes and Heroines: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

American Heroes and Heroines: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Grade: Pre K - 2, 3-5
Run Time: [14:37]
A combination of costumed re-enactments and archival footage of the civil rights movement shows how our country's foremost civil rights leader transformed race relations in America.

Holiday Facts & Fun: Martin Luther King Day, 2nd Ed

Holiday Facts & Fun: Martin Luther King Day, 2nd Ed.
Grade: Pre K - 2, 3-5
Run Time: [11:27]
This video highlights the career of America's foremost civil rights leader. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s first experience with prejudice is discussed, as well as his ability to speak in front of others, and his unwavering belief in nonviolence as the be…

Here are a few links that I used to collect lesson ideas:

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