Lesson Idea Communication Through Photographs, Drawings, Pictograms and Ideograms

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Communication Through Photographs, Drawings, and Pictograms/Ideograms

Use photographs and drawings to tell a story to someone who doesn’t speak your language. Develop a Pictogram Ideogram Communication (PIC) system and communicate with children who speak a different language. Use Etoys 4.1. Pair with a country where your language isn’t spoken.

Lesson 1: Groups brainstorm ideas for subjects for photographs that would communicate an idea or tell a story without words to someone who doesn’t speak your language. No words! Take many photographs to make you idea or story visible. Learn/review the Etoys tile category basic.

Lesson 2: Learn/review the Etoys tile category color. Put your photographs into Etoys and create your idea or story. Be creative in how you use your photographs. Exchange your photo essays with children from your paired country.

Lesson 3: Learn/review the Etoys tile category geometry. Work in groups to understand the photo essay messages from the other countries. Develop a class response using only photographs to the children from your paired country.

Lesson 4: Groups brainstorm ideas for subjects for drawings that would communicate an idea or tell a story without words to someone who doesn’t speak your language. Make many drawings using Etoys. No words! Learn/review the Etoys tile category pen use. Review the class response from your paired country.

Lesson5: Learn/review the Etoys tile category scripting. Put your drawings into Etoys and create your idea or story. No words! Be creative in how you use your drawings. Exchange your drawing essays with children your paired country.

Lesson6: Learn/review the Etoys tile category tests. Work in groups to understand the drawing essay messages from the other countries. Develop a class response using only drawings to the children from your paired country.

Lesson 7: Learn/review the Etoys tile category variables. Work in groups to develop a PIC language. Use flaps to store the PIC elements. Try to communicate to other groups in your class using short messages in your PIC language. Refine your PIC language based on the outcomes.

Lesson 8: Learn/review the Etoys tile category miscellaneous. Create messages in your PIC language for students from your paired country. Exchange your PIC messages with children from your paired country.

Lesson 9: Learn/review the Etoys tile category input. Work in groups to understand the PIC messages from your paired country. Based on reading the PIC messages, refine your PIC language and write a response to a particular PIC message. Exchange your new PIC messages with children from your paired country.

Lesson 10: Learn/review the Etoys tile category speech bubbles. Work in groups to understand the new PIC messages from your paired country. Write a final class to children from your paired country.

By Randy Caton

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  1. Oct 08, 2010

    Stephen Thomas says:

    One idea would be to have kids exchange the stories between groups within the cl...

    One idea would be to have kids exchange the stories between groups within the class and or other classes in the school and/or local area, as it may be hard for teachers to find a "paired country"

  2. Oct 08, 2010

    Stephen Thomas says:

    From Avigail email: I was looking for a discussion on the material for Haiti in...

    From Avigail email:

    I was looking for a discussion on the material for Haiti in the Ed committee today. Mostly because I too struggle with the subject. I am trying to do a unit in math and with all the freedom of the world, but without knowing the kids and the culture find it extremely difficult. Still need help.

    Here are some things that come to my mind reading this draft:

    I LOVE the idea of Picture Communication with no, or minimum words. I also think that using the OLPC camera is a perfect match. As for the accompanying Etoys features, I would use some that are related, like bringing an image into Etoys, scaling it, and making other changes. I would use the Quick Guides of the Help for this as it is suitable for self learning by kids and adults. I don't think the menu tiles are as good for this. For example, I would choose the one in Object Catalog ->Digital Image for the first/second session.

    Will work with Script Tiles-> Scale Factor and Width Length in the second / third or fourth one.

    If you want to go into more scripting, they can use change in scale factor in a script to get the effect of getting closer and further from the viewer  This can be a great use of decimal numbers, since you need really slow pace of change. In my experience, it is a very needed math opportunity. You can see an example in the project Small Ideas in Squeakland website:http://squeakland.org/launcher/?http://squeakland.org/content/showcase/everyone/accounts/avigail/Small%20ideas%20f.010.pr

    The Etoys category Color is not for every object, so I would not introduce/explore it in the context of painted or imported objects.

    The Scripting category seems to be very complicated to most users, and with some delicates choices, so I recommend to introduce tiles of this group in a slow and instructive manner.

    I would love to see this unit in action. This looks like a gem of a program.

    Avigail