Monday, February 17, 2014

Sound Experiment

   Recently, we have been learning about the properties of sound. The knowledge and understanding that I want students to gain is the relationship between energy, vibrations and sound. Through our experiment, not only will students see and hear this relationship, but they will also manipulate volume and pitch.

Task 1: Create a instrument with recycled materials, focusing on creating a vibration. The more creative, the better!
Task 2: Before the experiment, students had to determine where the vibrations are created on their instrument and where will they place the contact mic to capture those vibrations.
   With a few students at a time, they were able to experiment with the contact mic creating a change in pitch and volume. I was able to control the volume of all instruments through a mixer (to maintain an equal volume). The mixer watch attached to the classroom speaker (for students to hear) and my laptop (recording through Garage band).
    Below you can hear the sounds made from then vibrations of students' instruments.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Quel est le rôle de la technologie dans les jeux olympiques?

Inspired by technology and the Sochi Olympics, the students were asked what role does technology play in the olympics? Using their ideas as a lead, they researched their inquiries first before sharing the facts. We then used a shared Google presentation to communicate the ideas and research.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sweater Day February 6!

     Our school will be taking part in National Sweater Day on Thursday, February 6!
National Sweater Day is an annual event organized by World Wildlife Fund Canada. On National Sweater Day, WWF asks Canadians to turn down thermostats by two degrees Celsius at home, at school and at work to highlight the role that energy conservation plays in preventing climate change.
  Our school buildings will be a little chillier on February 6, so we are asking that all students wear or bring a sweater to school.
   In addition to turning down the heat and turning up our sweaters, our class will be participating in a number of activities designed to help students understand how everyday actions affect our planet’s future.

We are looking forward to a cozy day in the classroom!