The Jewel of the Nile
HOW IT WORKS
The Jewel of the Nile focuses on Ancient Egypt
for its cultural wealth and historic implications. Technology advances students’ resources
by providing a great deal of research materials and enabling each
student to organize materials found by using semantic maps. This
hands-on approach personalizes the understanding of the subject
matter and makes for a more meaningful learning experience.
Selecting catchy titles such as "The Jewel of the Nile" for this program
and “The Mummification of Pyrus Malus” for an iMovie the students
create makes the students hooked on learning.
Early in the program,
the class takes a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view
the Ancient Egypt exhibit. Within a classroom of 30 students, the
children are placed on four leveled teams. Each team has a leader
who has computer skills. The teacher trains these students
before and after school to become “mini mentors” for their peers. This process is
ongoing, with the goal of each child becoming proficient
on the computer by March. All the research that the children gather is placed
on the desktop in a folder labeled “Egypt Research.” The main
activities used for the mummification of pyrus malus (an apple) are
gathering information on the Internet, utilizing note-taking strategies,
writing a report, narrative procedure, and poetry in standard form.
Children are trained to use a digital camera. Then they import the
images onto an iMovie. This movie is shared with the entire school at
an annual science fair. The students create a web page displaying
their iMovie so that other students can view the “The Mummification of
Candice Lowe graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s
degree in Elementary Education and recently received her master’s
degree from Long Island University in Computers in Education. She
has been teaching in the New York City school system for four years,
has always utilized the computer in the classroom, and has expanded
her knowledge of technology and incorporated new components each
year in order to enrich her students’ learning. She is also a turnkey
trainer for the language arts standards and shares her expertise with
This program follows the third grade curriculum for New York City.
This activity is appropriate to use in grades three through five.
WHAT YOU NEED
Several iMac computers with Internet access and one printer are
necessary, as is written and Internet material on Egypt. This material,
along with technological support, enhances the childrens’
learning. The computer applications that are used are iMovie, Inspiration, and
the Internet. The hardware used is iMac computers and digital
In The Jewel of the Nile, all New York State standards are met.
Curriculum areas include Social Studies, Science, Math, Technology,
and Language Arts.
Today’s children are highly
visual learners. Therefore, creating an iMovie within the content areas enables the students to
have complete ownership of their learning by using their higher-order
thinking skills. If children are educated in technology early, they have
a good career foundation. This style of teaching opens an array of
creativity for all of those who are involved. The students’ self-esteem
is raised when they have participated in the actual process of creating
a product (their iMovie).