We have been having a lot of fun creating books about dinosaurs! We used a combination of two apps and “smashed” them together to create our dinosaur books. It is called app smashing when you use several apps together to create a project. Click on the play button to see two of the books that were created!
One of the apps we used is an augmented reality app called Walking with Dinosaurs. We use the photo booth option in the app to create pictures that add an augmented image of a dinosaur to a photo! We had a lot of fun creating photos in which we posed with an augmented image of a dinosaur! We will be using these pictures for a creative writing exercise.
The children used the app themselves to take pictures with their favourite dinosaur in various settings in the classroom. The children had to take about ten different pictures of their dinosaurs super imposed on a variety of settings. They had to resize their dinosaur and figure out how to pose it and then take the picture. They saved their favourite efforts to the camera roll.
Then they imported their pictures to another app called My Story. The children have to create the pages and then import their pictures to each page on their iPads. They add text to the picture and create a story!
I am very proud of the students because it takes quite a bit of thinking to take pictures using the iPads and add an augmented image that they need to resize. Then they had to save it to the camera roll, open another app, open a new story within the app, go to the camera roll, import the pictures, resize the pictures, add text, and use the text prompt to check for spelling. Then they repeated the process to make the required number of pages. Pretty good for six year olds!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
The children glued the facts onto the correct category sheet and we created our dinosaur reports!
Check them out to learn some cool facts about Apatosaurus!
We have been having a great time learning about penguins! The children have been learning how to sort different facts about penguins into categories. They divided the facts into four different categories: What They Look Like, What They Eat, About the Babies, and Cool Facts.
We observed the penguins in real time on webcams located at the Vancouver Aquarium and SeaWorld, Orlando. It was fun to watch their antics. Some of them were very loud! One penguin likes to play peek-a-boo with the camera.
We added a QR code to our penguin reports that links to the Vancouver Aquarium penguin cam! We use our Scan app to scan the code and it takes us directly to the Penguin webcam!
It almost seems like magic!
We have had a great time during the last few weeks working on a variety of projects. One of them has been a mini-unit about bats. We watched a movie about the flying fox bat that I found on the National Geographic kids channel. We also read a few books about bats to find out about all the different kinds of bats. We made a little poem by filling in the blanks with our favourite bats. Then we made our bat covers!
I created a QR code to attach to the project! When the students scan the code using the iPads the video we watched about the flying foxes comes up. The urrl for the video is attached to the QR code. I use a QR code generator that I found online to attach the urrl to a code which is generated and I then print off!
The children have been asking me to add QR codes to everything now!
I couldn’t get a good picture of the QR code in action because it linked to the video too fast! Good WIFI!
We use an app called Scan to view the QR codes! If you have Scan or a QR code reader on your idevice you can view the video we watched too! Have fun!
We had a great time getting ready to share our projects for our Open House evening. The children practiced using Aurasma to share their projects. We love using augmented reality apps to share our projects.
It was fun to see how excited they were opening their projects and taking a look at their friend’s projects too.
I loaded all the projects on our class channel so the students could view any of the auras we had created.
Each snowman triggers the corresponding video that we created using Chatterpix. You should be able to use the pictures on our Snowman project page to view all of the auras if you follow our channel.
Our channel is called mrsantonsclass. If you open the Aurasma app and search for our channel using the search option our channel should come up. If you follow our channel all of our cool auras should be accessible. You could also use the trigger images we created to view our iMovie trailers about Dinosaurs and Space that we created using the pictures we created using the Walking with Dinosaurs app, NASA Spacecraft 3D, and our new favorite go-to app – Green Screen by Do-ink. The trigger image is embedded on the creative writing pages. We linked the movie trailers to the projects using Aurasma! You should be able to view the movie trailers at home using the Aurasma app and the trigger image of the dinosaur or the spacecraft! Just remember to follow our channel!
We have talking dinosaur pictures and talking snowmen!
The children also got a chance to share their books that they have created.
Here are a few samples!
We used a lot of different apps to create our projects. Our favorite apps to create these books are My Story and Explain Everything.
We had a great turnout for our Open House evening! Thank you to everyone who made the special effort to come back to school in the evening to view our projects! It was greatly appreciated! Thanks to Isaak’s, Abrielle’s and Rayva’s Moms for helping me get the refreshments ready!
Rayva’s Mom made some awesome cupcakes for the event. Very yummy!
We shared a Photo Story about all of our projects too! We hope you enjoyed viewing the projects!
Sorry I didn’t get any pictures during the Open House! But we were very busy!
This is the alphabet book that we created this year using augmented reality! We think it is pretty cool!
We used a combination of apps to create this project. The children have been using the app AR Alphabet Flashcards this year a lot!
They love trying to hold the augmented images that appear when you hold the iPad over the trigger images.
We created the pictures for our pages in our book by having each student pick a letter. Then they searched the classroom to find other real objects that began with the letter they had chosen. We grouped the letters together around the trigger image picture. Then we opened up the app and took a picture of our collections with the trigger imaged engaged.
The children then imported the picture they took into the app Strip Designer from the camera roll. We used a simple frame to title each page. They then used the balloon option in this app to label the objects in the picture.
I imported all the pictures into Explain Everything in alphabetical order. Then we had Owen, Celia, and Elsa narrate the story!
We then saved it to the camera roll and I uploaded it to our Youtube channel to share with the world!
We hope you like it!
We have been having a lot of fun with our Space theme! We created this movie trailer in iMovie using the pictures we created using a green screen app called Green Screen by Do Ink and the NASA 3D Spacecraft app. We took all the pictures we created and popped them into the storyboard in the iMovie app and then worked together to add the captions! We LOVE our movie trailer. We have watched it numerous times! We hope you will watch it too!
We used the movie trailer to get our imaginations going. We brainstormed together and talked about the things we had learned about space. Then I encouraged the children to write a story about their adventure in outer space. I printed off a colour print of the picture we created for each child and added it to a writing frame. The children seemed to find it very easy to imagine themselves in the story when they saw themselves in outer space. They wrote and wrote and wrote!
The stories are amazing. I have put them up in the hallway. Please come and have a look!
I attached the movie trailer to the creative writing using the Aurasma app. The rocket ship picture is the trigger picture for our movie trailer.
If you have the Aurasma app loaded on your idevice and you follow our channel you will be able to activate the movie trailer! Our channel is called mrsantonsclass.
The stories are amazing and a lot of fun to read!
Come and take a trip with our Mountain View Astronauts!
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?)
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!