Hologram Heads!

Students thoroughly engage with the skills and potential of using technology when presenting their work to an audience. Year 4 students integrated technology into their English poetry unit.

I’m so very fortunate to work with a talented and fabulous teacher, Mrs Hale, who sourced dark transparent acrylic material to laser cut square pyramids (thank you to Bop Industries for original pyramid) to use as a tool to view holograms of the girls reciting their poems.

Thank you, Mrs Hale, for describing the poetry unit:

During the Year 4 poetry unit, the students explored a range of elements to deepen their understanding of poetry. Initially, the students learnt about the importance of purpose, audience and context. The students inferred that most poems are written for a purpose, this could be to entertain or to express thoughts or feelings, but poetry could be written on a very wide range of topics. The students then examined poems that had poetic devices, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, word play and imagery. Understanding these devices enabled the students to develop their own poems from picture stimuli provided.

The poems recited for the hologram task incorporated at least one or two poetic devices. The students thoroughly enjoyed practicing and reciting their poem in front of the class for an oral assessment but loved it even more when they could record their poem and turn it into a hologram!

Once the girls had their poems ready, they recorded each other against a black background and dressed in a black top. The idea was to just have a floating head reciting the poem! Girls liked this concept!

The next step was to create a black Power Point slide to insert their video into, making corrections to the background to match the black on the Power Point slide. Then, duplicate the video four times, rotating it so it appeared around a square where the pyramid would be placed and sync the sound.

How to make a Hologram Video sheet I created to help.

Once the girls completed their holograms, they were able to share it with plenty of ‘ows’ and ‘arhs’…

Again, thank you Mrs Hale and Year 4 girls for your creations 😊

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!

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