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Fun Firsts!

We are starting a new year and so we have created our first digital book about our school this year!  We read a story in one of our books about a school.  We decided to create our own version using the iPad.  First, we decided which places we needed to have in our book.   Then, we went around the school and took pictures with an iPad of the places in our school the children thought were important.  The Big Rock and Chester were key items on our list!

The next step was to take the pictures and import them into a neat app called Strip Designer that lets us add captions to our pictures.  We saved those pages to the camera roll and then imported them into another app called Explain Everything which lets us create a book!  We imported each page onto its own page in Explain Everything and then recorded our voices saying the words on each page.

After we finished recording, we saved our book as a movie.  Then we watched and listened to the book we created about our school.  We hope you enjoy it! You may recognize a voice or two!

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Our Alphabet Book! Augmented Reality Style!


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This is the alphabet book that we created this year using augmented reality!  We think it is pretty cool!

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We used a combination of apps to create this project.  The children have been using the app AR Alphabet Flashcards this year a lot!

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 They love trying to hold the augmented images that appear when you hold the iPad over the trigger images.

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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.

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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.

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I imported all the pictures into Explain Everything in alphabetical order.  Then we had Owen, Celia, and Elsa narrate the story!

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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!

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AR Colors and Shapes Fun!

 

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We have been working with some Augmented Reality apps in the classroom over the last few weeks.  The newest one is AR Flashcards Shapes and Colors.

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This is a really neat app that introduces colors and shapes in a fun way.  The children hold the iPad over the trigger images and these lovely augmented images appear.  You can change the color of the shape by tapping the color icons at the top of the screen.  Lots of fun practice learning about colors and shapes.

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There is a story in one of our beginning readers that talks about shapes.  We decided to make our own book using these augmented images as a starting point!

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The students searched our classroom for the different shapes and then we arranged our collections around the trigger image picture.  Then we took a picture of the shapes within the app with the trigger image engaged.  Next, we opened up the Strip Designer app, imported the picture and added a sentence about the shape to the page.

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Then we opened up the Explain Everything app and imported our pages to make a book.  The students volunteered to narrate the pages.  We saved our book to the camera roll and uploaded our book to YouTube.   This is the result!

This was a fun project!  They had a great time searching for the shapes we needed and arranging them around the trigger image!  Great practice and fun, too!

 

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Another Year of Fun with Technology!

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We have been having a lot of fun during the first few weeks of this school year!  We have had a lot of fun creating a book using the iPad based on a story we have been working on in one of our readers.

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The story focuses on introducing the school in the story.  We decided to create our own book about our own school using the iPads.

We had a great time travelling all around the school taking pictures of the important sites in the school according to the children!  Then we imported the pictures into an app called Strip Designer and added the text.  Then we imported these pages into another app called Explain Everything to create our book.  Then we recorded our voices reading the text.  We saved our book to the camera roll and exported it to Youtube.  We hope you enjoy our efforts!

I have also been experimenting with Aurasma again this year.  This app allows us to attach files to a trigger image such as a picture.  When you view the picture within the Aurasma app it triggers the attached file to display.  You need to follow our class on the Aurasma app to see the Aura.

To see our auras, please follow the following steps.

1.Download the app Aurasma on your device.  It works on iPads, and iPhones.  I believe there is also an android version.   The app is free.   It will ask you if you want to register.  You do not need to register to see the auras.

2. Search for our channel and follow it.  Our site is

mrsantonsclass or mrsantonsgradeone

You can do this by choosing the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen.  Type in either site name.  Our channel should come up!  (I have tried it on every device in my house and had my family try it so it should work!)   Then choose the Follow button. The text will change to Following.

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You should then see a little snapshot of the picture above.

3. You can then trigger the aura by choosing the option at the bottom of your screen that has the four corners (the one in the middle).

Aim your device at the trigger image above on this screen on your computer and you will see the aura activate with a purple swirl.  The attached file should then display.   The attached file is the book that we created above.  It is pretty cool!  Now you have two ways of viewing the same book!.

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We tried it out this morning in our classroom with my iPad and the pictures!  Lots of fun!

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As we create other auras this year we will share them to this channel.

You can share the aura by choosing the share button.  You can share it via email or twitter.

I have also shared the book on our Twitter site.  Our twitter address is @mrsantonsclass.

I  have added the twitter feed to the blog on the right hand side!  You can see some of our tweets.

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Today we tweeted about the Global Read Aloud 2014.   We have joined with a large group of teachers worldwide who are completing an author study of the Peter Reynolds stories.  This week’s book is I’m Here.  We watched the trailer about the book.  Then we posted about it using the Global Read Aloud hashtag. You can see our tweet in the twitter feed on the side of the blog.  We are hoping to connect with other classrooms in the world and find out what they think about the books too!

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Isaak’s Mom has voluteered to help us with our Twitter page.  We have started sharing our news on the twitter board and will soon be posting our tweets on our Twitter page on the computer!

 

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Having lots of fun with technology!  Definitely something to tweet about!

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Augmented Reality Alphabet Book Fun!

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This is our Augmented Reality Alphabet Book!  We think it is very cool!  We have been working with the AR Flashcards app a lot this year!  This book is a compilation of a lot of work!

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The children each choose a letter of the alphabet and then scoured the room looking for items that begin with their letter’s sound.

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Once they had a good collection of items we arranged them around the trigger picture for that letter in the AR Flashcards app!  Then we opened up the app and took the picture of their collections when the trigger was activated!   Very cool!

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Then we used the Strip Designer app to import the pictures to create a page for each alphabet letter.  We wanted to make an alphabet book to share with the kindergarten class!

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We made a variety of pages using these pictures.  We made pages with the trigger picture and other pictures using Doodle Buddy as well as taking pictures of items in the classroom or the school!  Once the students got started they wanted to make more than one!

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Then we decided that we needed the label the objects in our pictures.  We used the text function in Strip Designer to add the captions to our pictures.

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Then we took all the pages and imported them into another app called Explain Everything!

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After we had the book put together with all the pages we had to record our voices on each page.  Each student recorded their page!

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Once the book was complete we saved it to the camera roll!

Then we watched and listened to our book!  Too cool!

I uploaded the book to my channel on Youtube so we can share it with everyone!  We think we might have made the very first Augmented Reality alphabet book!

Way too much fun!

 

 

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Space Travel AR Style!

We took all the pages we had created about Space using the Strip Designer app and put them together to create a book using the Explain Everything app!

Then the students recorded the captions on each page and we saved the project to the camera roll.  I uploaded the video to Youtube so we can share it with everyone.

We wrote stories about a space trip using the pictures we created using the Spacecraft 3D app.  Each child  choose the spacecraft that they wanted to have their picture taken with and then posed with their choice.

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I took their picture within the app with the trigger activated and we used this picture as the spark to trigger some creative writing!

 

I also attached the space video using Aurasma to the creative writing project!

They wrote and they wrote and they wrote!

 

The trigger for the movie is on the cover of their project.   I will send home the aura I created in Aurasma via email.

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They love viewing their work augmented reality style!

 

 

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AR Alphabet Fun!

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We have been having a lot of fun creating a lot of cool things on the iPads!  We are working on an augmented reality alphabet book! Each of the students has chosen a letter of the alphabet and have collected a variety of things found in our classroom that begin with their letter.  Then we put the collection together with the trigger picture from the AR Alphabet app.  Once the trigger is activated we take the picture of the collection!

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We are then taking the pictures and importing them into Strip Designer to create a page for our alphabet book!

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The children are also creating a page with text using Strip Designer.  The children are importing pictures they created using Doodle Buddy. AR Flashcards, and taking actual pictures using the iPads for their letter.

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We can’t wait to share them with you!  We are hoping to compile all the pages into a book with audio using the Explain Everything app!  Stay tuned!

 

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