We had some fun with this new app this week! It is called AR Flashcards Space. These cards are from the same company that made the Alphabet AR Flashcards. They are very cool! You need to print off the cards in color and then hold the device over the picture and the augmented reality image appears!
We have started a new theme about Space. So these cards are a fun place to start!
We also watched some of the videos Chris Hadfield made while he was at the Space Station! They are awesome! Ever wonder how astronauts sleep in space? Take a look!
My favorite is this one because I love chocolate cake!
We have been working with the Doodle Buddy app to work on some math concepts and story writing activities.
The children have been creating 100 stamp collections using the stamps. They had to choose 10 different stamps and create 10 sets of 10!
We also used the app to create one of the pages for our snowman books.
I finally broke down and bought the extra pages for the CoLAR app. Very glad I did!
This little guy is really cute! The children have to color him front and back and add his face details! It is amazing to see him pop up looking just like the drawing the children have just done!
We had a lot going on this week! We also had our first Skype call to the classroom! Will tell you more about that soon! Lots of fun!
The students are having a great time exploring our new app called Letter School! Really popular app!
The great thing is that the animations are fabulous. As the children work through several repeats the animations keep changing! Very cool!
I have added a few new pages to the blog. We now have our very own gallery of the wonderful snowmen. If you check at the top of the blog you will find the Snowmen Gallery.
I think I have almost all of them. The missing ones should be there shortly! I thought that the snowmen were just awesome and wanted to display all of them. I hope you approve!
I am also planning to start our spelling tests. I have created a new page and joined a website called Spelling City. You should see the page at the top of the blog.
If you click on the link on the page it will take you to our class home page on their site. The first list is posted on the site. The children can practise the words and there are some games such as word searches that they can do to help them practise. This is new for me and I am excited about the possibilities for the children to practise their words online!
Please make sure that you check in on the student blog site. This week our big buddies helped up personalize their sites. The children got to pick their own template and avatar! I know they are very proud of them. You will need to ask them for the password to view the contents of their sites. We posted a new entry about Twin Day this week. The Kid Blog site graciously increased our storage space! We had run out! We kept trying to post entries with pictures that refused to load until I realized that we had a storage problem. The people at Kid Blog were very helpful and we are very appreciative!
I would like to thank Courtlynd, one of our Grade Four big buddies, for her help with our student blogs on the Kid Blog site! She has become quite a blogging expert and was an invaluable help to me when we were trying to figure out how to get the permissions set so the children could personalize their blogs! Nice to know I have an expert to consult with about blogging!
Yesterday was the last day of Project iPad! To celebrate our journey we hosted an open house for our parents. We had a stellar turnout! Lots of parents and even grandparents came to see our project and we had a great time sharing our learning with them!
The children have worked hard on a Pictello book about the snowman they created with their families. The books are very cool but what really makes them special is that each child narrated their own stories. Listening to them read their stories themselves always brings a smile… I have managed to load all the stories onto the Pictello server. I will be emailing the corresponding codes as soon as possible. If you have an iPad and the Pictello app loaded on your ipad you will be able to download your child’s story and keep it! I have also downloaded a PDF file for each book that will be going out via email as soon as possible. Unfortunately the audio component is not part of this file. But you will still have all the pages for the book! It takes a little time to copy in all those email addresses so please be patient!
To begin our celebration we viewed a little movie that I was able to create on a neat product called PhotoStory3. This program lets you take the photographs that you have taken and put them all together into a slide show. You can add comments and put it all to music for a really cool finished product. I had used it before for our school mural project so this time I found it a little easier to put together. Not such a steep learning curve this time! The children loved seeing all their projects and it was fun listening to their reactions as they took a trip down memory lane! Apparently it is possible to email the photostory. I will have to try that!
Then the children shared their stories with their parents. I hope they enjoyed them as much as I did! Then the children taught their parents how to use the iPads. We gave the parents the snowman labelling project to attempt. They were great students!! Here are some of their attempts! I had so many neat snowmen that I will have to save some for future posts!
The children also got to share their favourite apps with their parents. It is difficult to decide which one would be their favourite. They certainly seemed to enjoy them all!
We also repeated our buddy picture project with the parents. The parents and students took a picture of themselves using the camera. Then they imported the picture into the Puzzlemaker app, created a puzzle using that image, and then proceeded to complete the puzzle.
The forty five minute long Open House time just flew by! I would like to thank the parents and extended families for coming! There were lots of adults so every child got to share their story with someone and no one felt left out! I know it is very difficult to come in the middle of the day to an event. Please know that it was greatly appreciated by both the students and myself!
After school I had to drop the iPads off so that they could move on to the next lucky school… What a great experience we had with them! I know that we will really miss them.
I am hoping to continue to explore the use of the iPad in the classroom albeit on a significantly smaller scale! We will continue to try to find ways to use it in the classroom and hopefully continue to share these efforts on our blog…. So please stay tuned!
Today we worked on finishing up our books. We had some pages that needed to be tweaked! I have uploaded all the books to the Pictello server and made PDF copies of all the books that were created. After our Show and Tell Day I will email these to each family that would like a permanent record of their child’s work.
Our books have four pages in them. Each page represents a project. Each project explored different concepts and provided a variety of learning opportunities. The books themselves take only a minute or two to view but they represent hours of learning. I think that the children really liked creating their projects on the iPads and are eager to share their efforts. I am very, very, very proud of the work they did!! And the best part is that they had a really good time doing it! I bet they didn’t even realize that they were learning!
We are also sadly finishing up the time we have with this project. We have had the iPads for five weeks. I wish we could have them forever….. They are moving on to the next lucky group of students and teachers next week. We will have our final day with them next Friday. They have been an absolutely fabulous addition to our classroom and our learning. Boy, will we miss them!