We have been having some fun with a cool augmented reality app called Quiver (used to be known as CoLAR). I downloaded the trigger image page which is a colouring page found on their website. I had the children colour the page and then used our smart board to share what happens when you hold an iPad with the app open over the trigger image of the pumpkins. The pumpkins get up and dance around! Too much fun!
You can find additional pictures on their website. You can download the trigger images and experiment! There are a variety of trigger images to choose from with ranging in subject area. Some of the images are free. Some of the images require you to download the images within the app for a small fee.
We hope you enjoyed the little booklet we made to help us practise our Halloween or Fall vocabulary using the words we are trying to practice! The children had fun making the funky covers!
We have also been practising our new sight vocabulary words using our word bank bags. The children cut out the words and then try to make up sentences using the words. You should have received a small ziplock bag with a Halloween or Fall sticker on it with a lot of small pieces of paper with words on them last week. I hope the children taught you how to play with them! I took a few pictures of some of the sentences the children have created using these words. The object of the exercise is to create as many sentences as you can! We have the children create sentences and then we go around the classroom and try to read each other’s sentences! Hopefully you have had some fun creating sentences at home. It is a great way to practise the Dolch words in context! Please take pictures of the sentences you create at home and with your permission I will post them on our blog! Just email the pictures to me!
Here are the first sentences emailed to me! Yeah!
We have been having some Halloween fun using a new app for us called Popplet!. The children have been working in partners to create an idea web about Halloween.
I created a folder of Halloween clipart for the students to choose from on my iPad. Then they created their Popplet by importing the images from the camera roll into their popplets and adding text to the pooplet using the words on the word walls and pocket charts in the classroom.
The children are making them in partners and we will post more of their efforts as soon as they are ready! I love how fearless they are when it comes to technology!
We have also been having more fun with the CoLAR app and the pumpkin trigger picture.
I incorporated the image into a writing exercise. We brainstormed some ideas about the dancing pumpkins and the children chose their favorites to add to the story prompt.
After the students wrote down their ideas and colored the pictures we used the iPads to activiate the trigger picture. Lots of giggles and fun!
Over the past few weeks, the children have been experimenting with a variety of augmented reality apps. The first one I introduced is a favourite of mine called AR Alphabet Flashcards. I love this app. When the students hover the iPads over the trigger images, an augmented image of an animal appears as if by magic! The app is still free. You need to print off the trigger images on a color printer. You can find these images at the AR Flashcards website.
The children like to see if they can pick up the animals by putting their hand underneath the image. If you tap on the screen you can hear a child say the name of the letter and the animal. Too cute. We will be using these images later this year to create an augmented reality alphabet book. You can see the one we created last year here.
This app also includes some dinosaur images!
We have also been doing a little with the CoLAR app. This is an awesome little app. I gave the students a special coloring sheet about pumpkins that has an augmented image embedded in the page. When they hold the iPad over the image within the app the trigger engages and the pumpkins begin to dance around! It also picks up the exact colors that the student used to color their page. Lots of fun.
We have also started our science experiments. I hope the children remembered their promise to do this one over the sink!
A couple of the students had to hold onto their cups for a long time before the force of gravity exerted itself! Lots of fun! Wet, too!