Growing up in California, the California Mission report is a core part of the 4th grade curriculum. Mission models are constructed, oral reports are practiced, it’s a rite of passage for elementary school.
Things sure have changed. As an architectural designer even I didn’t feel like tackling all the intricate requirements of a Mission model. Kits are no longer allowed and every detail down to the trees and the rooms needed to be constructed. As I readied my wallet to head to the craft store, I noticed that one of the options was to choose to do a digital presentation as part of the fulfillment. Welcome to the future!
I set up Google Docs for the Kid where he typed an outline and added his research. Since it’s a mobile app the document was always with us and he added information to it when we visited the mission.
A smart phone was a great way to piece together the story of the mission's history. Not only did we use it to take photos of the building, but to take pictures of important written information to refer back to later.
Back at home he had all the information that he’d gathered at the Mission right in the Google Doc. He used that to write a rough draft, then a final draft for the report.
Apparently Powerpoint is so easy even a child can use it! I simply opened the program, showed him how to add text and photos and he was off! He added and arranged the photos that we took at the Mission, then referred back to his Google Doc to add headers and text.
The speed in which he picked up Google Docs and Powerpoint was impressive, and made the whole project a breeze. I guess all those hours of Minecraft typing really do pay off! The ease in which he took to the programs makes me confident that junior high and high school reports may not be so bad later on. Who knows what advancements will be made in technology for school by then!
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