Monthly Archives: April 2015

Augmented Reality Snowmen!



We have been having a lot of fun with the app Chatterpix!  I took a picture of each of the snowmen and had the children bring their snowmen to life using the Chatterpix app.  They had to add a mouth to their snowman and then talk for thirty seconds as if their snowman was talking. Some children chose to speak as their snowmen and others choose to speak in a conversation with their snowman.  Some students preferred to talk about making their snowman with their family.  Then I took the Aurasma app to link the Chatterpix video to their picture.  Aurasma is an augmented reality app that lets you augment the viewing experience by adding another layer of participation to the object.  In this case it is the picture of the snowman.  To see the Chatterpix video you simply hold the iPad over the picture.  The picture is now the trigger image within the Aurasma app that triggers the link to the Chatterpix video.   This is called an aura.  I have created auras for each of the snowman pictures linking the pictures and the Chatterpix video.

IMG_1523To see the auras you will need to download the Aurasma app.  It is free! You do not have to join or sign in to see the auras.   Click on the little triangle shape at the bottom of the screen.  Choose the search option.  Search for mrsantonsclass.  You will be directed to all the auras that I have posted to that channel.  Choose the channel option at the top of the screen. Click on the link for mrsantonsclass and you will be given an option to follow, like, or share the auras.  You can choose to follow our channel by clicking on the  follow option. Now all the auras posted to that channel will become available on the device you are using.     Then you choose the option at the bottom of the screen that looks like a window.  Hold the ipad over one of the pictures on this screen and a swirling image that lets you know the aura is activating.

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You will then see the video staring up!

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As you can see I was able to access the aura on my computer screen while writing this post!



Once you set up to follow a channel you will be able to access all of the auras that are created on that channel on that device.  You will need to set up each device that you use to view the auras the first time.  After that, you will be able to access any auras posted to the public channel when you use that device.  Sometimes I post things to the private channel.  Then you only get to see it if I email you the link. Lately, I have been posting everything to the public channel.  Their projects are just so much fun to share!

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I have also created a special page for all of our snowmen iPad project movies!  They are all together in one space!  Just click on the link at the top of the page to see the wonderful work the children did using the snowman pictures and the Explain Everything app!  Enjoy!

I have also created auras for our dinosaur pictures that we took!  When you hold the iPad over the picture you can see the dinosaur Chatterpix  videos we created.





I will need to upload all the pictures to a page for you to view them.


You can also access this aura from the creative writing exercise that we completed about the dinosaurs invading our classroom!


I have created a page for the dinosaur pictures and the snowman pictures.  You should be able to see the pages at the top of this blog!  Just click on the page link at the top of this blog.

IMG_1289When you visit the page you will be able to activate the aura right away using your device and the picture on the computer screen.


Or you can wait for the pictures to come home in the scrapbook!  I’m too impatient for that!




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Even More Fun with the Snowman Project!

We have been working hard to finish up our snowman projects on the iPads.  We have added a new component to our project.  We have created a talking snowman!  We are using the app Chatterpix to animate our snowmen!  This is a really cool app that allows the children to make any picture talk!  Lots of fun.

We took a picture of the snowmen and then the children animate the picture by marking the spot on the picture where the mouth is and then they record their voice saying whatever they want their snowman to say!  They have thirty seconds to record their thoughts!  They are lots of fun!  Enjoy!  I hope to link them to the pictures using the Aurasma app.  Watch for it!

I have uploaded a few more of the snowman projects that have been completed!  Enjoy!

I continue to be super impressed with how comfortable the children have become using the Explain Everything app.  They have figured out new things that I haven’t even found or tried yet!  Did you see the hand that is pointing to the words!  Very cool!


I have to say that I really enjoy the drawing the snowman instruction pages!  Too cool!

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Fun with Bunnies!


We had a great time learning about rabbits these past few weeks.  The children did a great job on their rabbit reports!  We read and sorted the facts about rabbits into four different categories.  The categories were What They Look Like, About the Babies, What They Eat, and Cool Facts.  The children glued the facts onto the appropriate category page and then we turned the report into a rabbit!  They did a great job!


We have been having a lot of fun hearing about the adventures of our three travelling bunnies.  Each night, the three bunnies travel to a different child’s house for a sleepover.   Each day we share the stories that have been written about their trip.  We have really enjoyed the adventures that the bunnies have had at each house!  Everyone seems very excited to have the bunnies come for a sleepover.  Thank you for your efforts helping to record the stories!


Here are a few pictures of some of the adventures that the bunnies have had!  Benjamin looks like he is really enjoying the story!


He likes to play games too!



Everyone seems to be really enjoying this picnic!

Thanks for sending me these amazing pictures and allowing me to share them with everyone!

We have also been having some fun with a few Peter Rabbit apps that I have downloaded on a few of the iPads.  Even Peter Rabbit has an app!  I have two favorite Peter Rabbit apps.  I downloaded the app from the official Peter Rabbit site and shared it with my students the first year I used the iPads.  This year it was as big a hit as it has been over the past few years.

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You can have the story read to you or you can read it by yourself.  On some of the pages you can take a shortcut to an activity page.  Lots of fun!


I love the coloring pages on this one!  It has a special paintbrush that paints with “Beatrix Potter” colors!


I also showed them the app called PopOut Peter.  It has a jigsaw puzzle feature that I really enjoy.  I think both of the apps might become favourites!


We also read a favorite story by Margaret Wise Brown called Home for a Bunny!


Margaret Wise Brown is one of my favorite authors.  Her stories are timeless and the children always love them.  We made story maps for this story and used our BooBoo Bunnies and a paper bag puppet we made to act out the story.  Hopefully they were able to share their story maps with you!


The children seemed to really enjoy the BooBoo Bunnies!  Hoppity Hop!


 And we got to have these yummy treats!  Thank you Kalem’s family!  Very cute Easter baskets!


 It was fun to see these cute real baby bunnies on the weekend at Coombs with my family!


 Lots of bunny fun!

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