Cathy Muus
4th grade
Twin Falls School Distric

Haiku ppt

Content Area Objectives Addressed: Students will be able to create a classical Japanese form of Poetry called Haiku. 

Technology Objectives Addressed:
Students will be able to:

1.  successfully use a digital camera

2.  use file management techniques to save work

3.  use photo editor to manipulate pictures

4.  create a slide in PowerPoint including inserting graphics and text

5.  use internet to research and gather information on Haiku (address provided to ensure safe environment) 

6.  assist teacher in compiling slides into one PowerPoint presentation  

Activity Description

What was the process that your students went through to complete this lesson?

The students first had to learn about the digital camera. 

We then learned about the Poetry form of Haiku.  The students were shown examples of Haiku along with pictures or photos.  They were given time to practice their own creations.

A lesson on File Management proved valuable.  Most were clueless.

The students then needed to go and take a digital picture of an object.  This took some time as they needed to check their photo and see if the quality was acceptable.  Retakes were often necessary.

I think they had the most fun doing the next part-  Photo editor.  They really liked manipulating the picture.  A few came up with some wild ideas.  

The students had to insert the picture into a PowerPoint slide and write text next to it.

The students worked in groups.  These included searching the Internet for information on Haiku, and taking digital pictures of everyone for opening slide.  We are still amateurs as you can see from the presentation!

The slides were compiled into one PowerPoint Presentation and shown to the students.

How did you monitor student progress?
I observed students while working and viewed individual disks.

How much time did you dedicate to this project? 
Total – 17 ½ hours
Daily (approximate)

How was the final product presented?
PowerPoint presentation

Who was the audience for the final product?
The classroom was the audience.

Learning Issues

What prior knowledge was required on the part of the students in order for them to be successful in this project? (include curriculum and technology knowledge)
Students needed to know differences between narrative stories and poetry form. 

I naively expected the students to at least have been exposed to file management and PowerPoint.  This was not to be the case.  We spent time learning how to care for disks and how to save data.

Resource Management

What was the student to computer ratio?
Four computers  for 27 students

How did you schedule your students’ computer time?
I frequently used a time when my class was split. One day a week half of my class goes to Library.  The other half stays with me.  Later in the day the other half goes to Computer, leaving half with me. This provided a manageable amount of  students and allowed for feedback and follow-up.

What was the location of the computers and other technology equipment used by students?
Four computers are located in my room.  I also used four computers from a neighboring class for one session.  These were used for Internet research purposes.

How would you suggest beginning teachers obtain computer resources for their students? (Knowing some of your strategies would be valuable for our pre-service teachers.)

  1. I would suggest letting desires and wishes known to your supervisor.  Sometimes equipment is available that only administrators are aware of.  
  2. watching for grants available proved extremely valuable in my circumstance.
  3. Attending conferences can be helpful in locating ideas and resources.  
  4. Internet searches are great sources of information.

Rate the level of access for students to use computers/other technologies as they needed  --high, medium, low

Rate the level of supervision required for students during the project, specifically for computer and other technology use –high, medium, low
Medium for the majority This varies with the age and composition of the class.


What hardware was required for your project? 
PC-  Four worked out o.k.
Digital camera
Smart Board- not necessary, but nice

What software was required for your project?
Microsoft PowerPoint


What kind of assessment did you use for this project? (Include a copy if you can.)
I used their individual disks and the finished PowerPoint Presentation

What categories did you assess? (I.e.:  content, screen design, depth/breadth, etc.)
Screen design
Correct form of Poetry


How does the product that you submitted compare with other students’ products for this same project?
The quality of each individual slide depended on the ability of the student.

What did you like best about this project?
I really liked the amount of computer technology each child received.  They appeared to truly exemplify the saying, “Knowledge is Power!”  

What did the students like best about this project?
I would have to say they enjoyed learning how to use the digital camera.  Not one student knew how to take digital pictures prior to this project.

Rank the level of student involvement in this project –high, medium, low

Rank the level of student interest in this project –high, medium, low

Would you teach this lesson again?