Third-graders learn new technology skills on Apple field trip

Students on Apple Field TripSchuylerville Elementary School students are taking a science lesson to the next level after a high-tech field trip. On Feb. 3, students in Mrs. Thivierge’s third grade class visited the Apple Store at Crossgates Mall in Albany.

The field trip was scheduled as part of Apple’s initiative to foster relationships with area schools to assist them in integrating technology into the classroom.

“We thought it was a great opportunity for our students to explore how to use technology to advance what they’re learning in class,” Principal Gregg Barthelmas said.

Mrs. Thivierge’s class is currently part of a pilot iPad program at the elementary school. Her class, along with two others, has begun to utilize iPads in the classroom on a regular basis.

During the field trip, Apple team members helped the students work on an iPad project about the life cycle of a frog, something the students had been studying in class.

Students were introduced to the Paper 53 app. They each used the app to draw a series of photos illustrating the life cycle of a frog. They then learned how to save their images and import them into iMovie. The field trip concluded with each student creating a movie about the frog life cycle, using transitions, text, titles and voiceovers.

“It was a great experience that the students really enjoyed,” Eric Blakely, director of computer services, said. “On the bus ride home nearly every student was making their own additional movies using the skills they had just learned.”

Thivierge says the field trip created a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in her class.

“Students brought their knowledge back into the classroom and they are already working on creating iMovies incorporating other topics being covered in class.”

Click below to watch a video about the field trip.