May 19, 2015 · 9:14 pm
We have been having a lot of fun with our new green screen app called Green Screen by Do Ink and an app I found last year called NASA Spacecraft 3D.
The NASA Spacecraft 3D app is an amazing augmented reality app! You can download a trigger image from their website, and use it to view an amazing variety of spacecraft that NASA has deployed in space over the last few decades. My favorite is the Curiosity spacecraft that went to Mars. I showed the children a few examples of the various spacecraft and then they chose one to pose with. Last year we took the pictures with the classroom for a background but this year we have green screen technology! We used our improvised green screen made of construction paper on the back of our classroom door to take the pictures this time. Now we can add an background from outer space!
We quickly were reminded that you cannot be wearing green!
When we put the picture taken with the green shirt as one of the images in the green screen app we found out that part of Celia had disappeared! She quickly put on her sweatshirt and we retook her picture!
I have downloaded a variety of images from the internet to use as our background images. The children picked the image they wanted to have in the background too! Now I have to figure out how to add videos to our green screen images!
The NASA Spacecraft 3D app is fun because not only does the trigger image allow access to a variety of spacecraft it also show them moving! It also gives a lot of information about the various spacecraft!
We will be using these images as a starting point to generate some creative writing!
It is a bit easier to imagine yourself in space when you have a picture that shows you there!
Watch for the voyages of the Starship Mountain View!
To boldly go where no child has gone before!
(Courtesy of Green Screen and augmented reality technology!)
(I love Star Trek!, Can you tell?)
May 19, 2015 · 8:53 pm
We have an activity bin in our classroom that we call Sound Sort! It is a bin full of lots of little things that children seem to like.
The object of the bin is to sort all of the objects into the correct letter tub that matches the beginning sound of the object.
I happened to mention that last year someone had sorted all of the items into the bins and we had finally seen the bottom of the bin!
I guess that was a bit of a dare! A group of students started trying to sort all the objects and see if they could see the bottom of the bin!
We decided to leave the bin out and lots of students started helping!
When we finally got everything sorted we had to take a victory picture!
Don’t they look proud!
May 19, 2015 · 5:00 pm
Hopefully, everyone had a great Mother’s Day! The children had a great time making their special project for you! Some of them were very comfortable making a video and some were a bit shy but I think they all turned out perfect!
Thank you for your help sending me an email so I could forward their special Mother’s Day cards to you! It made the whole process a bit simpler. We use the app Explain Everything to make the cards. I took a picture of each of their cards that we made using their hand prints. Then I superimposed a video onto the page and recorded their comments. Some of them need a little prompting but I think they were pretty happy with their efforts! Then we saved them to the camera roll as a movie.
I copied them off the iPads and saved them onto my computer at home. And sent them to you!
We hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day flower pen bouquets as much as we enjoyed making them!
When I explained that putting the florist’s tape on the pen was like wrapping a hockey stick with hockey tape the boys really got it!
I wish you could have listened to their comments as they were making the flower pens! Lots of nice comments about their Moms. It was fun to hear about why their Mom might like a particular color or flower!
Hope you all had a Happy Mom’s Day!
May 19, 2015 · 4:57 pm
We have been having fun with a new to us app called Hungry Fish by Motion Math! It is a great little app that lets the students practice their addition facts.
We have the free version loaded on our iPads at school which only has the addition operations displayed.
If you want you can download the paid version to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations.
The object of the app is to join bubbles with addends that make the total!.
You can add more than two or more bubbles together to make the sum!
We have also been having fun using the shortcut QR code that I created for our class website. The children can use the Scan app and hold the iPad over the code and it takes them right to our class website. I have them scattered all around the classroom so the children can access them easily!
That is a lot easier than trying to type in the urrl! QR codes are fun!