Making a poster about water conservation using an iPad app (PosterMaker), in the context of the drought California is going through and related to water in the curriculum, 4th and 5th grade.
material: iPads with the Poster Maker app., colored paper, markers, sharpies, colored pencils, scissors.
No is glue necessary: the elements can be moved around so different solutions can be worked and photographed.
How it works
Session 1 – 1 1/2 hour
1. Power point presentation showing different posters (taken from online images) about conservation of water. How does the message work? What are the principal elements? Text (message part one + message part two), image (photo, drawing).
The teacher asks how can we conserve water? The students answer and make a list. Then the teacher continues the presentation with a complete list, in which students can get new ideas.
2. The students work on the message of their poster. The message has to be clear and simple. What do you want people to do/not to do and why? If you only have a message about what to do or not do, the student is missing half of the message.
Session 2 and 3 – 2 x 1 hour
Elements worked on paper, photographed with the iPad
and integrated in the poster.
During Session 2 and 3, the students work on their iPad.
1. Open the app.
2. the teacher do a brief tour of the app – with presentation of the principal features.
3. The students explore the app and the possibilities of how to express their message clearly. They work the text with the different options of size and types of fonts.
They compose images that they can photograph with their iPad and integrate in the poster. They search for images on internet that they upload on their photo album to use in their posters. They save different versions of the poster on their iPad.
At the end of the 3rd session, each team of 2 or 3 students chose 2 versions of their poster and show them to the class through the projector and the wifi.
The class helps to make the final choice, by explaining why a version is better than another.
5. The posters can be printed to be displayed inside the class, uploaded on the school’s website, or sent to participate to a contest about water on the occasion of the World Water Day each year in March.