|Stellaluna's Friends has been an exciting
project for both the students and myself! We were able to incorporate many second grade
learning objectives into this interdisciplinary unit that led to showcasing student
work on the Wide World Web. The class will be presenting Stellaluna's Friends' activities
to their families and community members at our school district's annual Fine Arts
Festival in April. Students will have an opportunity to make oral presentations of writing
selections featured on the web, make group PowerPoint presentations of the facts they
learned about bats during the project, sing the song they learned in music class,
present the original pictures scanned for our web page, and introduce our web page
to all present!
specialist, Liz Hall, and I will be making a presentation to the School Board
regarding effective use of the Internet in elementary classrooms. Stellaluna's
Friends will be highlighted as one of the BEST for promoting student learning! The
project objectives outlined by Susan Silverman and the web links made this a
teacher-friendly Internet project that ensured success for ALL students in the classroom!
Our second grade has enjoyed learning about bats. There
were so many myths about bats that we discovered weren't true. One of our favorite
activities was reading other participant pages and writing to them to share our
information, and to show our appreciation for their hard work. Getting students to write
was so easy when I said, "Tell me what you learned about bats today." Thanks to
Mrs. Silverman for doing all the hard work of posting everyone's information. Super job!
This is the best project I have participated in. My
students (First Graders) are still looking up information on the web and having a great
time discussing with each other what they have learned. Most of our creative writing now
is on "BATS". Thanks again. Looking forward for another project.
Being involved in this bat project has been a wonderful
learning experience for the first grade students in our class. They truly enjoyed learning
and writing about bats. The children continue to bring things to share in class about
bats. To see their work displayed on the website is very rewarding for all. Parents have
been very proud to see what the children have accomplished. Thanks for this
I think the project was great!! Our students really
learned a lot and enjoyed themselves. I was asked to speak at a Board of Education meeting
for our school district a couple of weeks ago because I have got 5 of our 7 teachers
involved in on-line projects in the past month. One of the projects I highlighted was the
Stellaluna project. Everyone was impressed!
Wonderful Bat Project!! My second grade students had fun
learning about this unique and helpful animal. We enjoyed the on-line activities about
bats. We especially enjoyed reading pages of other participants in this project. Our
school Prinicipal, Assistant Principal, and teachers were impressed. Thank you Mrs.
Silverman for such a "fantastic" web site.
As part of the Teaching, Technology and Learning Academy I attended last summer, I need to share my tecnology projects, favorite web sites, and through action research, show that technology does have a positive impact on student learning. I plan to showcase Stellaluna's Friends and projects next August when the Academy reconvenes for a week. There will be a panel discussion/presentation next week at the Technology In Education Conference. I am to be part of that panel discussion and hopefully I can also talk about what you have done to promote technology learning and opportunities for primary students. After experiencing the enthusiasm and high interest of my second graders with the bat project, I can attest to the effectiveness of this type of an activity. Thank you for providing this service for those of us just really getting started. Your efforts not only help students learn, but also their teachers.
Roxie Ahlbrecht, Robert Frost Elementary School,
Sioux Falls, SD
Stellaluna's Friends was a terrific internet
project for the my first grade. It was a wonderful vehicle for introducing my students to
the resources on the internet. We learned a great deal about bats, writing, and doing
research. They were so proud when our class' page was posted. Thank you for this
opportunity. Please continue to develop projects for primary classrooms.
This is to let you know how much we enjoyed
participating in your project! Last week I finally had a chance to bring the class in and
show them the Stellaluna pages on the big screen. They were captivated for almost an hour
reading other pages and marveling how good their work looked on the computer. It was the
last thing they did before spring break and many of them wanted to stay after school and
read some more! They were so proud of how much they had learned about bats.
The bat project was a great success. Thank you for giving
us the opportunity to
What a very informative and exciting opportunity for our
local children to have their work seen and appreciated by the world. I too have learnt
lots and look forward to the next project.