Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Using the camera to document

This year I am teaching Kindergarten! It is a new adventure and I am learning how to use the iPad effectively to play-to-learn with my students.

Everyday we spend time outside. We are currently learning about patterns. We decided to take our iPads outside and work together to document patterns we created using nature. Below you can see the patterns students made. Students used the iPad to take a photo of the pattern they created with their partner. I used the Pic Collage app to put the photos all together to be displayed below. We also used them to discuss patterning once we were back inside the classroom. The Pic Collage app is one of my favorites to use to document because it allows you to put a bunch of photos together and add text very easily. Photo creations are then saved to the camera roll.

Having the visuals of things we do in our day make conversations about them more effective. It helps to provide a point of reference for students. We enjoy smiling and laughing as we discuss the things we have done together.





Thursday, 20 June 2013

Dropbox and Workflow

Yesterday my class took a field trip to a local park/beach for an end of the year celebration. Today, they wanted to blog about the trip. I started off by finding some online images of the park. I dragged and dropped them into my Dropbox folder. I guess I should back-up a little bit....We have 25 shared school iPads. We a school dropbox account that all the teachers have access to. I created a division folder for everyone in the school in addition to our non-enrolling teachers (LAC, ELL, Music, Library). In my class folder I created another folder for every student and then a few other folder for things like images. So to continue I searched for images online and then dragged and dropped them into my images folder in my dropbox class folder. Then working in partners, the students opened the image of their choice and saved it to the camera roll. Once in the camera roll they logged on to Kidblog and wrote a blog entry about our class trip and added the image from the camera roll.

School Dropbox account with all folders for different divisions and teachers

My class folder

My images folder

This is how you save to the camera for use in other applications such as Kidblog

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Haiku Deck and Butterflies

I had a small group of students play with this visually stunning app to create a little presentation on butterflies. Three students worked together and searched through the images on the app for their presentation. Haiku Deck is a great app for visual literacy. The app contains a bank of amazing photographs. It also has a great website resource for educators and anyone wanting to use the program. Once complete, presentations can be shared on the web for others to see.

Check our the presentation my students created! Les papillons par Ava, Rowan et Alyssa

My Story and the Life Cycle of the Butterfly

I have had an amazing student teacher these last few months so I have not been teaching as much. Therefore, I have not updated this blog for awhile.....

We have butterflies in our classroom (like to many of our primary friends) and we are observing the life cycle. Students wanted to make a book using My Story to show the life cycle. They all chose to draw the pictures themselves but they could have taken photos or used ones found on the web. Students worked together with a partner to illustrate, write and record the life cycle of the butterfly (in French). Below I have linked in a few examples (from their blogs). Once they were complete they posted them on their blog site on Kidblog. It was the first time students posted a link rather than a picture with their work. I also had students send them to their Evernote notebook so I could keep a copy in their eportfolio.

Le cycle de vie du papillon Par Ava et Alyssa

Le cycle de vie du papillon Par Faith, Stella et Lola

Le cycle de vie du papillon Par Jackson et Luca

Le cycle de vie du papillon Par Sarita et Braeden

These are two screenshots of the whole story but the writing is not visible under this setting in the app. Follow the links above to view their stories.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Pic Collage and Initial letter sound

Today we decided to use iPads to practice and reinforce the different things we could think of that started with a specific letter. First, I put students in groups of two. Then, I assigned each group a different letter of the alphabet. Students walked around the class finding different objects and toys that started with their letter. Once complete, students sent the collage to Evernote and then posted them to Kidblog.

Friday, 19 April 2013

MoMa Art Lab and Kidblog

 I have not posted for a long long time.....sorry.

For the last few months my students have been using Kidblog. They each have their own blog on our class blog. Everytime we use the iPads to create something they post it to their blog on kidblog. Parents, grandparents and friends can view the blogs and leave comments. The best part about kidblog is I as the teacher have all the control. Every post and every comment must be approved by me before it can be viewed. Kidblog is such an easy blogging site that my grade ones can use it independently!

Today we used the MoMa Art lab app to have some creative time. It was the first time I had used this app with my whole class. I put the music on and allowed students to make a picture of their choice using this app. During the lesson, we stopped a few times to do a gallery walk and see what classmates were creating. I also asked students to mirror to the screen at the front to show others what they were doing while everyone was working.

Once complete, students saved the picture to the camera roll and emailed it to my Evernote and then posted on their blog. You can check out the blog to see examples of the picture students created.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Pic Collage

As a class we get together on a weekly basis with our 'big buddies' (grade 7 students). We work together on a variety of projects from things like reading together, to more complicated projects such as building towers out of recycled materials.

My students love to work with their big buddies. They look up to them and enjoy saying hi to them outside the classroom. I could go on and on about the positive aspects of this relationship and how it is building community within our school but I will move on to the project :)

Recently, we made a collage using the app Pic Collage. Students took photos, and drew pictures, and added text to create an 'all about us' collage. Below you can see a few samples with the faces blurred out.

I have also used this app to share with parents a snapshot of what we are doing at school. You know the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words", well it takes me about five minutes to take some photos of students at work and then create a Pic Collage that can be sent home to parents as your class newsletter. Below are two samples. One is from our 100 day celebrations and the other is a daily update as we build roller coasters.

I have also seen this app used to demonstrate a number of things. You could:
  • document patterns they seek in the classroom
  • show the same number represented a number of ways
  • show the steps they took to build something
  • take photos of things that start with the letter _ 
  • take photos of things that rhyme
  • there are endless possibilities.......