Our second graders recently completed this inspiring Christmas project in technology class. They began by using the Drawing Pad app to draw a portrait of one of the people who were present at Christmas: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, or the angels.
Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their portraits. They used our new Apple Pencils to draw! They enjoyed being able to draw easily with detail – much better than using a finger or a stylus!
Next, they wrote a short story that told the first-person account of what that person saw and heard on Christmas day. Finally, they used the ChatterPix Kids app to record the story and make their drawing talk!!!
The videos of their talking Christmas characters are uploaded into this gallery in Vimeo linked below. There are 44 videos so you will need to click the arrows at the bottom to go through the pages of the collection if you are looking for a specific video.
I am looking forward to presenting with Mrs. Nesbitt in March at the MACUL conference about “Eight Great Elementary Learning Strategies using Keynote.” The goal of this session will be to share ways that Keynote can be used for learning that go beyond simply making a presentation. Here are a few simple examples of ways that our students have been using some of these Keynote strategies in our technology classes.
The ability to easily record audio is a valuable Keynote feature for the elementary classroom. It allows students to record themselves reading text or explaining ideas and solutions. Before Thanksgiving, I created a simple template where our second graders could share some things that they were thankful for. Students learned to use the iPad keyboard to type their ideas and then recorded themselves reading their stories. If time, some students used the Keynote shapes to illustrate their stories. Here are a few examples of this project.
We were blessed to receive a grant from MACUL to purchase Apple Pencils for our students to use with our iPads. Before Christmas, our third graders used them to draw an illustration of “My Best Gift.” It was interesting to view the different ways that students interpreted this idea prompt. We saved their drawings into the camera roll, then loaded them into iMovie and stretched the image out to play for 30 seconds. Then students inserted a green screen video clip of a package being unwrapped that I had created. The students thought it was pretty cool to see their picture being “unwrapped!” One class had time to add some music to the background of their movie. If we had had more time, I would have had students record audio explaining why this was their best gift. (If you didn’t want to use the green screen in iMovie, the recording could have easily be done right in Keynote.) Here are a few examples of their recordings.
Keynote is a perfect app to use when you want students to annotate text. Our fourth graders used a simple Keynote template that I made to create a “Book Snap” where they annotated a text from a story. They used a series of video tutorials that I created so they could independently guide themselves through the project. Students were asked to use different colors to show an important idea, a vocabulary word, and something they had a question about or were curious about. Then they used the Keynote shapes and emojis to help visualize the text. Here are a few examples of their Book Snaps.
The fourth graders recently created thanksgiving “Raps with Apps” on the iPads. They began using the Smart Drums feature in GarageBand app to develop a pattern of beats. Then they wrote their rap to go along to the beats. Then they used a second iPad and used the Voice Memos app to record their rap with the beats playing in the background. The final step was to email their completed file to Miss Bosch.
Students had a lot of fun and did a great job being creative with music tools while praising God. I have posted some examples of their raps. (Note: not all students completed completed and/or emailed their raps to Miss Bosch, so are missing. A few were emailed without names and were not posted.)
Here come the funny leaf people! In this KidPix lesson, the first graders learned to create and type their name in a text box. Then they followed 4 steps to decorate their leaf person using stamps, flipped stamps, lines, and paintbrush tools! Here is a gallery sharing all of their leaf people! Click on a picture to see a larger view. (Note: a few students were absent last Tuesday when we made these pictures, so they won’t have a picture.)
Note to teachers: Although we did this in KidPix, this would work great in Pages or Keynote on an iPad. Students could photograph a leaf, then use the drawing tools and shapes to decorate!
Recently, the third graders have been learning about multiplication arrays. Mrs. Parris and Mrs. Archer brought their classes into the computer lab to design an “Array City” with “buildings” that represented multiplication problems.
We used Keynote on our Mac Mini computers to make our pictures (although this lesson would also work on iPads). I used April Requard’s iTunes U Course: Array City in Keynote for inspiration. I simplified the lesson by using tables to make our buildings. Students learned how to adjust the sizing of the tables to match the multiplication problem they were representing. They added text boxes to write the problems by each building. Then they used the formatting tools to change the line and the fill colors for each building. Finally, they took advantage of all the new shapes in Keynote to add roofs and decorations to their buildings.
Here is a gallery showing all the Array Cities. Click on the image to see a larger view.
The second-grade students were very excited to use our new Apple Pencils to learn to draw on our iPads. We used the Drawing Pad app. Students explored the different drawing tools in the app, while learning to pinch in and out to add details to their drawings. They made pictures of fall vocabulary words. Here are a few photo I took of the students while they were working.
The second graders have been using KidPix to learn about ways to use computers to type, edit, illustrate, and erase. Recently, they made “sentence stretcher” stories. They learned/reviewed how to type, resize, center, and edit text in a text box. They chose between a variety of drawing and stamp tools to illustrate their sentences. They also were able to use eraser/undo tools to help them as they illustrated their stories.
This lesson supports the second grade Common Core standard:
On Fridays, Miss Bosch visits the kindergarten classes. The students
have started out the school year by doing a variety of iPad apps that
let them work on letter, word, and memory skills. They’ve also done some
apps that simply let them have imaginative exploration! Students have
to follow lots of directions to open and close apps!
The second graders recently completed ocean reef pictures during our technology class. We first viewed a video about coral reefs before starting our pictures.
In this assignment students learned/reviewed how to:
save and open files
use paint, fill, and drawing tools
use, resize, and edit stamps
make and type in a text box
use the caps lock and delete keys
The student pictures are very colorful and turned out great. Here is a gallery showing their pictures – you can click on an image to see a larger view. (Note: if you child was absent on Monday when we completed this project their picture will be missing.)