Kahoot Computer Lab Rules Game August 2014

Here is the link to join the game:

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Use your first name only to join the game! Miss Bosch will tell you the game pin number to join the game.

Apple Distinguished Educator Global Institute

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This July, I had the honor of being selected to attend the Apple Distinguished Educator Global Institute.  I joined 367 educators from 30 countries around the world for 5 intensive days of learning experiences and inspiration.  Not only did we attend keynotes and seminars given by experts and top educators, but we also participated in 3 days of off site excursions as with a science/environmental focus. We became students using iTunes U to direct us through learning activities using iPads, iPhones, digital cameras, and laptops.  Sites that we visited included the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Cuyamaca State Park, and Torrey Pines State Park.  Below is a picture of our group at Torrey Pines. (More pictures from the conference and our excursions in this Flickr gallery.)

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One of the great things about this conference is being able to meet and learn from some of the most innovative educators around the world. Sometimes I have known these teachers “virtually” through blogs, Twitter, or Facebook, but it was the first time meeting face to face. I was especially excited to meet Southfield Christian alumni Robin Montgomery who now teaches in a Christian school in South Korea.

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One again, Sport Illustrated and Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bill Frakes shared his incredible photography and videos with us.  Here he shares one of his photos from the Olympics which you may recognize!

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This year, we were challenged to record some of our learning using sketchnotes. Since I have been making sketchnotes for sermons in church for about a year, I was very excited to improve my skills.  Here are a few of my sketchnotes that I created using the Paper53 app.  This is the first time I have done much work in Paper53, and enjoyed being able to learn from others (especially Brad Ovenell-Carter) some great hints on how to use this app. (My ADE14 Sketchnotes)

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Paper53 supplied 10 of their Pencil styluses to be gifted to ADEs who shared sketchnotes from the conference.  I was thrilled to be selected to receive one of the Pencils and have been enjoying using it. Thanks, Paper53!!

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I am so very blessed to be able to participate in this program and connect with Apple Distinguished Educators around the globe!

 

Field Day 2014

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Field Day = Joy & Determination

Hope you had a great day!  Click on the photos below to see a larger version of each image:

Popplet App – Memories and Goals

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To wind up the school year, the fourth graders used the Popplet app on iPads to create word maps of their memories of fourth grade and their goals for the summer and fifth grade.  Here are a few examples of their word maps.

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Popplet is currently available on iTunes for $4.99.

If you want to try it out, there is a free Popplet Lite which will let you create one Popplet.

 

Fifth Grade Wiki Login14 – updated

Fifth graders, here are links to the wiki resources:

Login link to the 2014 President Wiki

 

Use this link below to help locate images that you may legally use for your wiki page:

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APPlied Poetry – Creating and Publishing Multimedia Poetry

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I (Miss Bosch) am delighted to share that a book that I wrote for educators called “APPlied Poetry – Creating and Publishing Multimedia Poetry” was chosen to be published as a part of 102 books featured in the “One Best Thing” collection by Apple Distinguished Educators.  This book gives detailed lesson plans for iPad poetry and includes examples of poems by some of our SCS students.  The book is available for free download for iPad:

APPlied Poetry – Creating and Publishing Multimedia Poetry

Augmented Reality Stories using the Chromville and Write About This Apps

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On Friday, the second graders had a blast exploring the Augmented Reality app called Chromville. To use this free app, you must first print and color out the special pages from the Chromville website (link below). Currently there are 6 pages – I chose the page that lets you create a character because of the creative possibilities that it offered. Students designed and colored their character during the week and came with the completed sheets to technology class.

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We began by using the Chromville app to scan their pages. The students were so excited to watch their characters pop to 3D life on their iPads and dance in front of them!  The app also has a button which allows them to take photos of their characters which are saved to the camera roll. The cool factor on this is off the chart! You really have to see this in action.  Here is a video showing the students scanning their creatures!

Although I love these kind of cool AR activities, my question has been how to link them with some kind of learning. The characters created a highly motivating opportunity to do some creative writing. So after they had taken pictures of their 3D characters in using the Chromville app, we opened up the Write About This app.

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Students created a custom page where they inserted a photo of their character, named it, and then wrote a story about it.  After the crazy fun at the start of class, now they were engaged and focused using all that creative energy to write!  The Write About This app also allows student to  read and record audio their story. Unfortunately we ran out of time, so only a few students got to the recording step.

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Mixing these two apps together was a great fit for this lesson!

Link to the free Chromville app on iTunes

Link to the free Chromville coloring pages. (You must print and color these pages to scan with the app.)

Link to the Write About This App (currently $3.99, there is a lite version available if you want to try it first)

First Grade Faces – KidPix Style!

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The first graders recently typed short stories about themselves and then created these cute portraits.

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Here are 2 Animoto videos showing their work. (A few students were absent, so they are not included.)

i3D Augmented Reality Cards

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Today. Mrs. Carter’s class used the iPads to scan augmented reality interactive cards about wild animals.  As they scanned the code on each card, a 3D moving animal popped up on the iPad screen. A voice told about the animal and the animal would do “tricks” or make sounds when they touched it! Students also were able to take photos of the animals.  Here are a few photos of the animals that they saw:

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Above you can see a close up of the card/code and the iPad screen.  The animals appeared like magic!  It was very fascinating! The students enjoyed picking out which animal card they wanted to scan.

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I purchased the i3D Interactive Cards from Amazon.  They have cards for letters, numbers, and wild animals.  They were under $10 for each set of cards – prices vary. Here are links to the cards:

i3D Interactive Animal Cards

i3D Interactive Number Cards

i3D Interactive Letter Cards

The apps to scan the cards are available for free from iTunes:

Cypher Kids Cards Animals

Cypher Kids Cards Numbers

Cypher Kids Cards Letters

 

 

Body Tours using the Doodle Buddy App

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Recently Mrs. Voytal’s fifth grade classes made tours of the human body!  This has been one of our favorite iPad activities and I wanted to show off the amazing drawings of body systems that the students made using a photo of themselves and the Doodle Buddy app!  I think the projects this year are the best ones yet!  Here is a gallery of their pictures – click on an image to see the full view:

Some of the students also recorded audio tours of their body systems using the Audioboo app.

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Mrs. Voytal attached a QR code to the pictures so that you can scan the code and listen to the tour.  Here are some links to a few of the tours:

Digestive System by William

Circulatory System by Khennedi

The Doodle Buddy app is available for free on iTunes. It is one of the few free drawing apps that also let you type text. Note that the free version does include ads.

Audioboo is a free app/online website.  It will let you record 3 minutes of audio and post it online to your account.  The online account includes a QR code which you can easily generate and print out to glue onto a picture.  You also can include a photograph or image that can be viewed online along with your recording. Note that recently Audioboo made the social aspects of their app more visible and there might be inappropriate content. You may want to navigate to your account to the recording area prior to letting students use.

Link to the Audioboo app

Link to the Audioboo website (create a free account here)