March 14, 2012 · 9:11 pm
Today I went to a sharing event for the iPad project at the DRC in the morning. It was awesome to see all the projects that the teams have been working on over the past five weeks! When I got back to school the children wanted to know where I had been so I commented that I had been sharing their awesome projects with other teachers in the district. They wanted to know all about it of course and then their comment was “that I should have brought them (the class) with me because they know lots about iPads!” They were right of course! They would have been great “little teachers”!
One of the teachers actually did bring a few of her students with her to share their projects and it was awesome to see how skilled and comfortable they were with the technology!
Because I had my computer with me today we watched our Photostory about our project again as some of the children were away on our sharing day and it was their first chance to see it! Then we had to dance to the music! Lots of fun!
Some of the students got a chance to play with DoodleCast today and it is a hit! What amazes me is how quickly the children catch on to the apps! One demo and they are off! They seemed to really enjoy talking about their drawing while they were drawing and then enjoyed watching the instant replay. Unfortunately I forgot to show them how to save their work! Three little boys totally engrossed in their drawing and storytelling! Too cool!
March 13, 2012 · 8:02 pm
Today we read the story The Mitten by Jan Brett. We have been very successful making it snow this year by reading snow stories and doing snow art. Every time it has started snowing we have been helping it along with great results! When it started snowing this morning we couldn’t resist working our magic once again! We made a story map to go along with our story! Each mitten contained a part of the story. The children read the parts and put them in the correct sequence. We then put a mitten in the middle of our “snow” that the animals could snuggle into by hiding an envelope behind a wallpaper mitten that was camouflaged in the snow. We also read The Hat by the same author at storytime today. Jan Brett has a great website. It has some fun things for children to do.
I found two more apps that I like for primary students. The first one is DoodleCast. It is a cute little app that lets children draw a picture while narrating what they are doing in their picture. You can then play it back and watch the drawing unfold before your eyes and listen to the story behind the picture at the same time!
The other app is great for encouraging the correct formation of letters in printing. It only pays attention when you start the letter at the correct spot. As you print the letters you also spell simple words and see children’s illustrations depicting the words. It is called I Write Words.
Two fun little apps!
March 12, 2012 · 9:38 pm
Today we talked about 100. If we could wish for 100 of something what would we wish for…. If we could eat 100 things what would it be? What kinds of things would we prefer not to eat 100 of…. What could we make 100 of? We got some really neat answers. The children brainstormed items for each category. Then they chose the ones that matched their personal preferences to complete the story frame. The final item was to indicate what they liked best about our 100 day celebration. They liked the 100 day cake, the 100 fruit loop necklace, the 100 trail mix snack, reading 105 stories together, and making 100 stamps on the iPads the best. To culminate the activity we mounted their story frames and then they had to surround their story frame with 100 stickers! 10 sets of 10 equals 100!
I promised to post more of the snowmen pictures made by the parents at our iPad open house!
Have to admit that I really miss the iPads! Wish I had 100 of them!
March 10, 2012 · 8:07 pm
Yesterday was the last day of Project iPad! To celebrate our journey we hosted an open house for our parents. We had a stellar turnout! Lots of parents and even grandparents came to see our project and we had a great time sharing our learning with them!
The children have worked hard on a Pictello book about the snowman they created with their families. The books are very cool but what really makes them special is that each child narrated their own stories. Listening to them read their stories themselves always brings a smile… I have managed to load all the stories onto the Pictello server. I will be emailing the corresponding codes as soon as possible. If you have an iPad and the Pictello app loaded on your ipad you will be able to download your child’s story and keep it! I have also downloaded a PDF file for each book that will be going out via email as soon as possible. Unfortunately the audio component is not part of this file. But you will still have all the pages for the book! It takes a little time to copy in all those email addresses so please be patient!
To begin our celebration we viewed a little movie that I was able to create on a neat product called PhotoStory3. This program lets you take the photographs that you have taken and put them all together into a slide show. You can add comments and put it all to music for a really cool finished product. I had used it before for our school mural project so this time I found it a little easier to put together. Not such a steep learning curve this time! The children loved seeing all their projects and it was fun listening to their reactions as they took a trip down memory lane! Apparently it is possible to email the photostory. I will have to try that!
Then the children shared their stories with their parents. I hope they enjoyed them as much as I did! Then the children taught their parents how to use the iPads. We gave the parents the snowman labelling project to attempt. They were great students!! Here are some of their attempts! I had so many neat snowmen that I will have to save some for future posts!
The children also got to share their favourite apps with their parents. It is difficult to decide which one would be their favourite. They certainly seemed to enjoy them all!
We also repeated our buddy picture project with the parents. The parents and students took a picture of themselves using the camera. Then they imported the picture into the Puzzlemaker app, created a puzzle using that image, and then proceeded to complete the puzzle.
The forty five minute long Open House time just flew by! I would like to thank the parents and extended families for coming! There were lots of adults so every child got to share their story with someone and no one felt left out! I know it is very difficult to come in the middle of the day to an event. Please know that it was greatly appreciated by both the students and myself!
After school I had to drop the iPads off so that they could move on to the next lucky school… What a great experience we had with them! I know that we will really miss them.
I am hoping to continue to explore the use of the iPad in the classroom albeit on a significantly smaller scale! We will continue to try to find ways to use it in the classroom and hopefully continue to share these efforts on our blog…. So please stay tuned!
March 1, 2012 · 10:11 pm
Today we worked on finishing up our books. We had some pages that needed to be tweaked! I have uploaded all the books to the Pictello server and made PDF copies of all the books that were created. After our Show and Tell Day I will email these to each family that would like a permanent record of their child’s work.
Our books have four pages in them. Each page represents a project. Each project explored different concepts and provided a variety of learning opportunities. The books themselves take only a minute or two to view but they represent hours of learning. I think that the children really liked creating their projects on the iPads and are eager to share their efforts. I am very, very, very proud of the work they did!! And the best part is that they had a really good time doing it! I bet they didn’t even realize that they were learning!
We are also sadly finishing up the time we have with this project. We have had the iPads for five weeks. I wish we could have them forever….. They are moving on to the next lucky group of students and teachers next week. We will have our final day with them next Friday. They have been an absolutely fabulous addition to our classroom and our learning. Boy, will we miss them!