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!
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!
We have been having a lot of fun with the app Chatterpix! I took a picture of each of the snowmen and had the children bring their snowmen to life using the Chatterpix app. They had to add a mouth to their snowman and then talk for thirty seconds as if their snowman was talking. Some children chose to speak as their snowmen and others choose to speak in a conversation with their snowman. Some students preferred to talk about making their snowman with their family. Then I took the Aurasma app to link the Chatterpix video to their picture. Aurasma is an augmented reality app that lets you augment the viewing experience by adding another layer of participation to the object. In this case it is the picture of the snowman. To see the Chatterpix video you simply hold the iPad over the picture. The picture is now the trigger image within the Aurasma app that triggers the link to the Chatterpix video. This is called an aura. I have created auras for each of the snowman pictures linking the pictures and the Chatterpix video.
To see the auras you will need to download the Aurasma app. It is free! You do not have to join or sign in to see the auras. Click on the little triangle shape at the bottom of the screen. Choose the search option. Search for mrsantonsclass. You will be directed to all the auras that I have posted to that channel. Choose the channel option at the top of the screen. Click on the link for mrsantonsclass and you will be given an option to follow, like, or share the auras. You can choose to follow our channel by clicking on the follow option. Now all the auras posted to that channel will become available on the device you are using. Then you choose the option at the bottom of the screen that looks like a window. Hold the ipad over one of the pictures on this screen and a swirling image that lets you know the aura is activating.
You will then see the video staring up!
As you can see I was able to access the aura on my computer screen while writing this post!
Once you set up to follow a channel you will be able to access all of the auras that are created on that channel on that device. You will need to set up each device that you use to view the auras the first time. After that, you will be able to access any auras posted to the public channel when you use that device. Sometimes I post things to the private channel. Then you only get to see it if I email you the link. Lately, I have been posting everything to the public channel. Their projects are just so much fun to share!
I have also created a special page for all of our snowmen iPad project movies! They are all together in one space! Just click on the link at the top of the page to see the wonderful work the children did using the snowman pictures and the Explain Everything app! Enjoy!
I have also created auras for our dinosaur pictures that we took! When you hold the iPad over the picture you can see the dinosaur Chatterpix videos we created.
I will need to upload all the pictures to a page for you to view them.
You can also access this aura from the creative writing exercise that we completed about the dinosaurs invading our classroom!
I have created a page for the dinosaur pictures and the snowman pictures. You should be able to see the pages at the top of this blog! Just click on the page link at the top of this blog.
When you visit the page you will be able to activate the aura right away using your device and the picture on the computer screen.
Or you can wait for the pictures to come home in the scrapbook! I’m too impatient for that!
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 having a lot of fun with the Walking with Dinosaurs app. This is a really cool augmented reality app that lets us pose with an augmented image of a variety of dinosaurs. We use the photo booth section of the app to create these life like images! The children choose the dinosaur they wish to pose with and what they want to act out. Then I take a picture of them with the dinosaur superimposed on the picture. It looks real, doesn’t it!
We used these pictures to create a movie trailer about “The Day the Dinosaurs came to School” using the iMovie app. The children had a really good time helping me with the captions for the movie trailer. It was a great taking off point for a creative writing exercise about what happened with “their dinosaur”! They did a great job!
Then I used the Aurasma app to attach the iMovie trailer to their story. I put the trigger image for the movie on their writing paper.
The Aurasma app allows me to attach a video to a trigger image. The trigger image I choose is the little triceratops on the picture. When they hover the iPad over the image it triggers the iMovie trailer to open and play! Please come in and ask to view it with one of our iPads.
I will also be sending the trigger picture home in the next few days as well as the directions to view the image at home. You will need to download the Aurasma app on your device. This app is free at this time. To view the trailer you need the link and the trigger image as I have not placed it on our public channel. We used this app earlier this year for our At My School book we created on the iPad.
We have been having a great time with a new app called Chatterpix. I used this app to create this little video! You can add your voice and animate the picture to appear as if the picture is talking with this app. Lots and lots of giggles with this one.
We have been slowly having the children take turns animating their dinosaur pictures using this app. The children have to decide who will do the talking in their video. Then they mark the mouth on their picture and start recording! It is not easy to think of what your character will say for thirty seconds! I have been attaching the videos to each of their dinosaur pictures using the Aurasma app. The Dinosaur stories will have two trigger images. The dinosaur for the dinosaur movie and the picture of them and their dinosaur for their Chatterpix video. Definitely a fun app with lots of possibilities!
We have had way too much fun with our dinosaur pictures!
I thought I would show you what else we did with the pictures!
I printed off the pictures of each child with their dinosaur on my color printer at home. Then I made up a writing sheet with the title The Day the Dinosaurs Came to School!
We looked at all the pictures together and brainstormed about the pictures and possible things that could happen if a dinosaur came to school! And we had the pictures as proof! What fun! Then the children started writing their stories! We have some amazing stories!
I also placed the trigger for the aura we made on Aurasma on the writing page as well as a special bonus! The aura is linked to the iMovie trailer we made with the pictures.
I sent the aura link home to everyone in an email already but now the picture trigger is embedded in the creative writing that the children did as well! You need the picture to trigger the Aura!
After the children finished working on their stories, we used the iPads to trigger the auras.
They all came running to see the first one!
I have put the finished products out in the hallway for everyone to see. The pictures alone are really cool and getting a lot of attention! (So glad I found this app!) The stories are amazing and fun to read.
Adding the aura with the iMovie trailer we made with the dinosaur pictures adds a fun extra! Sometimes, we have people who stop to look at the pictures and read the stories. Then if I can, I have them use my iPad and have them try our “secret code” trigger picture as well. They are always surprised to see a picture start an iMovie trailer!
Way too much fun!
Still working on another project with the dinosaur pictures on the iPads….
Takes a bit longer and still trying to figure out the best way to share them…..
A little while ago we made a iMovie Trailer with our pictures that we took using the app Walking with Dinosaurs!
I am hoping my attempts to share it with you using the Aurasma app are working! The movie trailer files are too big to send via email so this is my attempt at a go around! Hopefully you have found the link to this aura in the email I sent home! You should also have the trigger picture of the dinosaur at home as well!
Follow the directions in the email to access the aura! Remember that you must open the aura within your email.
We had great fun slotting the pictures we took with the dinosaurs into an iMovie trailer slots and then figuring out what the words should say to go with the pictures!
I have to admit that we are having entirely too much fun with these three apps!
Dinosaurs have been crawling all around our classroom!
Can you see the dinosaur crawling on her pants? That’s the first time I have ever heard “Mrs. Anton! There’s a dinosaur crawling up my leg!”
We have been working with the Adventure mode on the Walking with the Dinosaurs app. You download a printable target and print it off in colour. Then you point the iPad at the screen and suddenly there are dinosaurs crawling all around!
You can feed them and they come running! I wish I could record the student’s faces! Too much fun for me!
We are going to write about the dinosaur pictures we took last week.
I am hoping to get the stories posted to their personal blogs!
Watch for them!
Today we did another science experiment too! Science is magic!
You pour water out of the pitcher and it “sticks” on the string to the cup! Everyone got a turn to pour the water and catch the water! That’s why everyone got a piece of string in their planner. You get to try it too!
I used a little pitcher that I had from a child’s set of dishes. You could use a creamer… Make sure you do this over a sink or have lots of paper towels handy!
Don’t get too wet!