Today the kindergarten students used KidPix in the computer lab to make their creativity bloom! They used textured paintbrushes (which we fondly call the “wacky brush”) with the mouse to digitally paint some beautiful flower gardens. Watch the video to enjoy seeing the students with their masterpieces!
These videos give you a quick look at the wonderful stories that the first graders recently finished writing and illustrating using Kidpix. I’m proud of how they can follow multiple directions on their own and their creative drawing and writing skills!
Here are the Sphero tasks for you to complete today (in this order):
1. Finish 4 tries of Sphero Target Practice. Enter the data on your data sheet. Your data must be in inches – if you did feet and inches you will need to convert it to all inches! (If all 4 tries were zero, see Miss Bosch. You will need to try again at a harder distance to get some numbers to use!) Here is the video if you forgot how to pair or set up the Sphero using the Drive app.
2. Find the total of your four tries (add) and put the total on your data sheet.
3. On your computer, click on Mission Control, then Dashboard. Use the calculator to find your average score. To find the average take the (TOTAL) divided by (4). Write down the average – it may be a decimal.
4. Go to the front computer. Type in your first name, your total, and your average into the spreadsheet. It will build a graph of your scores as you enter the data. If the front computer is busy, go to the next step and come back when it isn’t busy.
5. You may try out the Sphero and the Draw and Drive apps with your Sphero when you are done. Try to stay out of the way of other groups.
If we have time today, you will leave a comment reflecting on what you learned by using the Spheros:
1. What did you like about using the Spheros? What did you learn about using them?
2. What things were tricky about using the Spheros? How did you solve your problems with using them?
3. How did you have to use math while you did the Target Practice activity?
4. What is an idea of something you would like to learn how to do using the Sphero (a trick you would like to make it do)? Be creative!
This video shows some clips of the preschool students making their own animated VIDEOS (yes, preschoolers making videos!) using the Art Maker app. They were making videos about playing with friends, while using good friendship sharing skills to work together to build their videos. In the process, they used a variety of skills to pinch, move, and resize their characters. They also had to follow directions to tap the correct buttons to record, play back, save, and start over. You can see their imaginations were going full blast and they were having great fun. Such a great example of the power of iPads – 5 years ago creating something like this would have been unthinkable in an elementary school, let alone a preschool!
The Art Maker app is a fun, kid friendly app that is currently available for $2.99 on iTunes!
By the way, I tried out a new app called Lumify to edit the clips together. It was really easy, let you add the clips quickly, add titles, transitions, and music. It has some deeper editing if you wish, but I was able to merge these simple clips in under 10 minutes. Best of all, it is FREE and is not loaded with inapp purchases. AND it lets you save to the camera roll or publish to a variety of locations.
This happy face shows how the fourth graders were feeling today as we started to use the Sphero robotic balls which we were blessed with through a grant from Sphero! Total excitement and engagement!
The first task of the day was learning how to set up and move the Spheros using the free Sphero Drive app. Here is a video showing the directions:
Then the students did a “Target Practice” activity to see how close they could steer the Sphero to a dot on the floor in 8 seconds.
Students measured how close the Sphero came to the target and recorded the data. Each student made 4 tries. We will be working to find their average distance next week. We will be analyzing and comparing the data from their class using a spreadsheet.
I took some video clips on my phone and tested out a couple new (for me) video editing apps. This first one (below) was done with the free (with inapp purchases) Replay app. It formats the video into a square shape for Instagram and chops and mixes up the clips. There are a few options for titles and styles that come for free, many more for purchase. Saves to camera roll and shares to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
The one below is using the free Adobe Premiere Clip app. It was easy to add multiple clips, do simple edits, and had quite a few nice options for music. You can save to the camera roll and share to Youtube or use Adobe Creative Cloud. The big feature it was missing is titles – none at all that I could see. I saved my finished video to the camera roll and then added my title using iMovie
I hope the videos capture a bit of the fun and excitement that using Sphero generated in our classes!
Here are some of the comments that the second graders had about the book.
The preschoolers and the first-graders have enjoyed reading the playground book created by the second graders. Here are some comments that the first-graders had about the book.
Our first and second graders recently published eBooks in iTunes for free download! To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with the free iBooks app installed on it. Here are the links to the books in iTunes where they may be downloaded for FREE!
“Do You Want to Build a Playground” by the second graders contains their imaginative stories, illustrations, and audio narrations of playgrounds for people, for animals, under the sea, in outer space, and more! We are hoping that people who download our book will use the link contained in the book to donate towards our new elementary playground fund. Here is the link to download the book: Do You Want to Build a Playground?
“Snowmen Having Fun” by the first graders contains colorful illustrations, stories, and audio narrations done by the students. Our writing was inspired by the book Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner. Here is the link to download the book: Snowmen Having Fun 2015
If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below. On a Mac computer the book can be opened using iBooks software. On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file. If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files. (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.)
Our stories were made in computer lab using KidPix software. Miss Bosch printed and scanned all the stories and put them into the wonderful Book Creator app where each student made an audio recording of their story.
We have been excited to share our books with family and friends, but we are hoping that we can connect with even a wider “Authentic Audience” around the world. We would love for other students and classes to download our book. If you do, could you please leave us a comment so we can know who has been reading our books!
If you have a class that has created an eBook, we would love to do a book exchange with you! Please leave a comment with a link to the book file or contact Miss Bosch via email at email@example.com
Use these links to brainstorm research ideas:
Use this link to view the PBS 60 Seconds Presidents Videos
Use these links as part of our assignment:
Fifth-grade classes finished their Hyperstudio Tour of their Life project today. When students were done, they went around the room and left comments for other students about their projects. They left both complements and suggestions of things that could be improved. It was a great way to learn and grow from their peers.