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 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!
This is one of the counting books that one of our students finished making today! The children have been using the My Story app to create simple counting books! This app is a very versatile app! The children can use a variety of mediums to create their books. For this project the children used the stamps within the app to create a simple count-up book! The children had to choose the image, learn how to copy it as many times as needed for each page, add the appropriate text, and then record their text for each page!
It sounds pretty simple but please remember that we are only in Grade One! That’s a lot of steps! Creating the book, adding pages, adding images, and then copying them as needed, adding text including the correct spelling and punctuation, and then finally recording them is really quite impressive! All by themselves!
When the children finished their stories, I had them record their sentences in our “recording booth”! It is a quieter spot to allow their voices to shine! We still get a bit of background noise but it is helpful noise!
I love this app because you can save the book as a movie, which lets me share it with you! I can upload the movie to our Youtube channel and then put the link to the movie on this page for you to view!
Here is another one!
They were so focused!
Hope you enjoy them viewing them as much as we enjoyed making them! Too much 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!
Here are a few more of our dinosaur books! I am very impressed with these books as the children used a few different apps to create them. They were actually “app-smashing”! When you use a variety of different apps to create your projects and put them together to create something entirely new it is called app smashing!
They took the pictures they created using the Walking with Dinosaurs app and imported them into the My Story app. This is a multi-step process! First, they have to take the picture in Walking with Dinosaurs which involved choosing their dinosaur, resizing it to fit the picture, choosing what they wanted their dinosaur to do and then taking the picture!
Then they had to save it to the camera roll, open My Story, choose to import a picture, find their picture in the camera roll, import it into the page, re-size the picture to fit the page, and then add the text to match the picture. Then they repeated the steps for four more pages!
Then they added text and recorded their voices reading their stories!
Very proud of my Grade Ones!
After they were finished I saved their story as a movie and uploaded it to Youtube.
Then I loaded the URRL code into this blog post and voila! Augmented reality dinosaur stories! Enjoy!
More stories coming your way soon!
We have been having a great time with the Walking with Dinosaurs app and the My Story app this week! Today we put all of our work together to create these awesome books! The children had to take pictures of their favourite dinosaurs within the Walking with Dinosaurs app first. This is the first time that the children had the opportunity to take pictures by themselves using the iPads this year in class. They also had to postion their chosen augmented image of the dinosaur in the picture before they could take the picture.
The children had to make at least four pictures to make their books first.
They had to figure out what they wanted to have their dinosaur doing in their story and then take a picture of the dinosaur doing it!
Then they opened up the My Story app and imported their pictures from the camera roll to each page of their book. As usual, they were absolutely fearless! They didn’t even bat an eye and just jumped right in and created these amazing books!
When they imported their pictures they had to position the picture on the page. Then they added text to their page. After they completed their pages, the students went to our “recording studio” to record their stories. ( We found them a little quiet spot for them to record their stories.) After a few of them had recorded their stories they became the experts that helped their classmates complete their recordings! I had a lot of eager helpers!
The My Story app is a great little app that just got even better. With the last update I made I discovered that it now has several new ways to share the stories you can create. The best option for our class is the option to share the book as a movie. We were able to share each book as a movie, open it in iMovie and save it to the camera roll. Then you can take the movie and upload it to Youtube. We think we have uploaded the first book made using pictures created with Walking with Dinosaurs app! The children had a great time creating these books and were awesome about helping each other figure things out!
I have a lot of eager students who are very keen to have their books uploaded to Youtube for the world to see! I managed to get these ones up today! Please watch for the others coming soon!
We have been working with place value concepts in anticipation of our 100th Day of school!
The children had a great time being the giant hand on the projector creating numbers using the base ten materials.
The children have also been learning how to create sets of ten using a variety of materials as well as creating sets of 100 on the iPads. Last week I found a really cool app for place value called Base Ten Fun! You can find the game on the the ABCYa! Site as well! It is fun to assign math practise and have the children cheer!
We have been working hard on our Snowmen projects as well. The children have been creating books about their snowmen using the My Story app. I LOVE this app. The children have become very proficient at it. We can import files left, right, and center! We are looking forward to sharing these projects with you at an Open House day soon!
We have been creating stories about the snowmen. Here is a sample of what a snowman likes to eat!
Here are some more snowmen diagrams created with Doodle Buddy!
I never get tired of seeing the wonderful illustrations that children are willing to create for me on the iPads!