Fun Firsts!

We are starting a new year and so we have created our first digital book about our school this year!  We read a story in one of our books about a school.  We decided to create our own version using the iPad.  First, we decided which places we needed to have in our book.   Then, we went around the school and took pictures with an iPad of the places in our school the children thought were important.  The Big Rock and Chester were key items on our list!

The next step was to take the pictures and import them into a neat app called Strip Designer that lets us add captions to our pictures.  We saved those pages to the camera roll and then imported them into another app called Explain Everything which lets us create a book!  We imported each page onto its own page in Explain Everything and then recorded our voices saying the words on each page.

After we finished recording, we saved our book as a movie.  Then we watched and listened to the book we created about our school.  We hope you enjoy it! You may recognize a voice or two!

Leave a comment

Filed under Comic Strip Designer, Digital books, Explain Everything, iPads

Fun with Coding!

IMG_6602

We have been having a lot of fun recently learning how to code!  One of our favourite coding apps is called Daisy the Dinosaur.  It is a perfect app for our age group!

IMG_6600

The children have to use a code called Blockly to make Daisy the Dinosaur move.  They join pieces of code together to get Daisy to move forward, spin, grow and shrink.  It is a great app to introduce coding.

IMG_6610

We have also tried Scratch Jr.  The children really like working with this app.  Once they were familiar with how Blockly works they were right at home with Scratch Jr.

IMG_6614

In this shot, one of our students is sharing her expertise  on how to add words to their page.

IMG_6606

Each block of code makes the kitty do an action.

IMG_6611

The students like to create their own pages with the characters and backgrounds available within the app.  They can program the characters to do a variety of actions on each page.  Way too much fun!

IMG_6548

We also experimented with the Tynker app.  The children have a variety of different options with this app. It also uses Blockly which the children are starting to feel quite comfortable with!

IMG_6546

These three apps have rapidly become favourites!  I love the thinking they inspire!

Leave a comment

Filed under Blockly, Coding, Daisy the Dinosaur, iPads, Scratch Jr., Tynker, Uncategorized

Fun with the Handhelds!

IMG_6396

We have been having some fun recently using the handheld devices that came with our Promethean board.

IMG_6400

We have a device for each child to use.  These handhelds are part of the Promethean board that we received as part of the Mind Share Learning Video Challenge package we won in 2014.  The ActivInspire software lets the students respond to questions individually using the handhelds.

They respond to the questions by typing in their response and then I can collate their results and share them!

IMG_6457

You can see for this question we got 100%!

IMG_6468

IMG_6469

One of our students really got into it!

IMG_6473

The students love this way of responding and were awesome about helping each other!

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Mind Share Learning Video Challenge, Promethean Board

Fun Making Digital Books!

Check out our digital books!



IMG_6480

We have been having a lot of fun creating our own digital books!  The children have been using a combination of different apps to create their own version of Read to Me stories!  The children pick their favourite books and then use the camera on the iPads to take pictures of each page.

IMG_6450

IMG_6378

Then they import each picture of each page into the Explain Everything app.

When they have imported all the pages they go to a quiet place and record themselves reading the story!  We wanted to make it like a “read to me” book where each word is highlighted as it is read so we used the pointer option in Explain Everything.  There are a lot of different pointer options in this app.  You can use an arrow, a hand, and the very special light sabre!  You can guess which pointer is the most popular!

I love that you can listen to each child reading and how it encourages their reading growth!  They can hear themselves and they want to make their reading come alive for the listener.  They often will redo pages if they don’t like how they sound!  How cool is that!

 

IMG_6381

When the book is complete we save the book to the camera roll.  When the project is saved to the camera roll in Explain Everything it becomes a video.  Then you can open it and listen to the student reading the story as they point to each phrase or word in the story!  It is amazing!  The best part is that they can share their reading with everyone!  During Eat and Read time I open up the SeeSaw app and we watch and listen to the children in the class read us stories on our big Promethean board!  The children love listening to their classmates read their stories.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

We have been using the SeeSaw app to share our work on the iPads this year!

IMG_2081

This is an amazing product that lets us share the work that each child does in a digital format.  Each child saves their work to their own folder which can be accessed at school using a class QR code.

IMG_2076

The children can access their own work at home using their own personalized QR code.

IMG_2078

The children are able to create projects and then share them using the QR codes to access the site and then upload their projects from the camera roll!  Way to much fun!

IMG_6332

We also read our books to our favourite stuffies without any technology! Both ways are awesome! Had to take this picture as it was way too cute!

Leave a comment

Filed under Digital books, Explain Everything, iPads, Promethean Board, QR codes, Read to Me Books, SeeSaw, Youtube

Fun with Talking Snowmen!

IMG_6286

We have been having a lot of fun with our snowmen!  We created talking snowmen by taking a picture of the snowmen that were created by each student on an iPad.  Then we used a very cool app called Chatterpix to add a voice to the snowmen.  With this app the children can have their snowman talk in their own voice! I posted a few of the videos here for you to view.  Just click on the play button!  Too much fun!

Within the Chatterpix app you can choose the picture you would like to use and then draw a mouth on the snowman.

The children then record what they want their snowman to say for thirty seconds. The app then makes it appear as if the snowman is talking with the recorded segment.  Very cool! You can save the video to the camera roll and send it on in a variety of ways.

I chose to use the Aurasma app, which is an augmented reality app, to link the picture to the video and then I posted them to our channel on Aurasma.  Now, when the children open the Aurasma app on any iPad at the school and hold the iPad over any snowman a talking snowman appears.

IMG_6294 The pictures act as a trigger image for the snowman Chatterpix video linked to that picture.  Each snowman picture brings up its own talking snowman video.

The children had a lot of fun listening to, and viewing each other’s talking snowmen! IMG_6292

If you have an i-device and you have downloaded the Aurasma app you can view our talking snowmen too!  You will need to follow our class channel to view our snowmen.

IMG_6281

Just do a search for mrsantonsclass in the search menu and you should see our class.  Choose to follow our class and you will be able to see everything we post!  You can either come into the school and view them here or watch this space as I plan to upload all the pictures to their own page.  Then all you will have to do is hold your i-device over the image on the screen and you will be able to see all the talking snowmen you want to!

IMG_6275

Leave a comment

Filed under Augmented Reality, Aurasma, Chatterpix, iPads, Snowman iPad Project Movies!, Snowman Project

Fun with Kid Blog

IMG_5980

We have been using Kid Blog for a little while now.  This is an educational site that allows children to have their very own blogs!  Each student in our class has their very own blog on our class Kid Blog site.

IMG_1957

Kid Blog is a educational website made especially for kids to have their own blog site in a safe environment.  IMG_6005

Please go to the Student blog heading at the top of the home page to find the Student Blog page.  Please read over the “rules” of the student blog site!  Click on the link to go to our classroom site.  At the site the student will need to log in and add the password.  They know what it it is!  IMG_6091

The children have been posting to their blogs each week.  It is amazing to watch them navigate their way through the steps it takes to create their blog each week.  There are quite a few steps to create their entries. IMG_6088

I love the new interface on the site.  It is much easier to navigate!  That being said, I am still impressed with how fearless the children are when it comes to trying new things in technology!  To create their blog posts, the children have to figure out how to navigate through a variety of steps to get to the site and then follow the procedures to add their header image, a title, write their post, choose the audience that they want to see their post, and then choose to send it to me for approval! That’s a lot!

IMG_6090

After the first few weeks, the children are now able to go to the lab, choose the entry from their journal that they would like to share and complete the post with only a little assistance!  Some of the students are choosing to write their own entries on the spot!  They loved choosing their own avatars too!

Leave a comment

Filed under Blogging, KidBlog

Dinosaur Fun!

IMG_6004

We have been working on creating stories on the iPad using two different apps.  We are creating the pictures using an augmented reality app called Walking with Dinosaurs.  It lets us put a 3D image of a dinosaur in a photo.  It is amazing because it looks very real!

IMG_6002

The children are using the Walking with Dinosaurs app using the Photo Booth option.  They choose the dinosaur they would like to have in their story and then pose the dinosaur with something in the classroom.  We have dinosaurs reading books, playing with Lego, playing with the toy dinosaurs, and hanging out!  The children take the picture and save it to the camera roll.  Then they open the My Story app and import the picture from the camera roll into their story.

IMG_6001

We are almost finished our dinosaur stories.  The children have been taking turns going to our “recording studio” to record themselves reading the pages of their books!  We are almost ready to share! They will be posted on this blog very soon!

We have also worked on a dinosaur research project.  We learned all about the Apatosaurus (also known as Brontosaurus).  The children sorted the facts about Apatosaurus into four categories.  After we read through all the facts the children decided which category was the best fit for the fact.

IMG_5990

The children glued the facts onto the correct category sheet and we created our dinosaur reports!

IMG_5988

Check them out to learn some cool facts about Apatosaurus!

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Augmented Reality, Dinosaurs, iPads, My Story, Walking with Dinosaurs