This week in technology class, the kindergarten students enjoyed reading a collection of Thanksgiving/Fall eBooks that I put together on the Epic app. Students were able to choose the books that they wanted to read. Many of the eBooks included audio narration which worked perfectly for emerging readers. Students listened while following the text on the page.
Epic has a vast collection of fiction and nonfiction books for kids appropriate for ages PreK through 6th grade. It contains audio books, picture books, chapter books, and even videos. Some books include quizzes at the end. There is something for every student interest level and students can immediately read the books – no trip to the library required!
Epic allows teachers to create an account for use within their classroom for unlimited books for FREE! I like that I can create collections for students on a topic or for a certain reading level. You can even set up collections for individual students which is a great way to meet specific learning needs. Students can also search for their own books based on their interests.
Parents can get a monthly subscription to Epic. You get a free 30 day trial, and then the current price is $5.99 (a 25% discount), which is much less than the cost of one eBook purchase. SCS parents, if you use this code to connect to our account, we will receive points that we can use towards rewards for our classroom. You can read the books on an iPad, Android, or computer.
SCS Epic Code: DYR-4572
This week the second graders used the Write About This app to write a story about things that they are thankful for. They learned some new tricks about typing on an iPad (which are different typing on the computer keyboard). They also had an opportunity to record themselves reading their story within the app. It was great to see how the students thanked God for their blessings.
Write About This is a wonderful app to encourage student writing and fluency. It has a large collection of pictures with writing prompts to inspire writing (or you can add your own pictures). We love that you can easily record the student reading the story right within the app and then save the finished story/audio to the photo album. It currently is available on the US iTunes store for $2.99.
Last Friday the kindergarten students had fun using the Faces I Make app to build silly faces out of food stickers. In this lesson, the students had to use those fine motor skills to pinch to resize and rotate the pieces to fit on their face. They also learned how to delete pieces and start/save projects.
Here is a video that I put together showing the students’ crazy faces. (Note: if you don’t see your child, they may have been absent or there may have been an error in saving the finished picture.)
Faces I Make is currently available on the US iTunes Bookstore for $2.99. It has a large variety of object “stickers” that can be combined in creative ways to make all kinds of pictures, not just faces!
The second graders have been using KidPix to learn about ways to use computers to edit and erase mistakes. Recently, they made “sentence stretcher” stories. They learned/reviewed how to resize, center, and edit text in a text box. They also were able to use eraser tools to help them as they illustrated their stories. This lesson also supports the second grade Common Core standard:
Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences.
The second graders did a great job working on these stories. Click on each image to see it in larger size.
Here is an example of what a Book Snap looks like. You are going to be using the Pic Collage app and the video tutorials below to make your project.
The funny leaf people are back! In this KidPix lesson, the first graders learned to double click to open a file. They created and typed their name in a text box. Finally, they followed 4 steps to decorate their leaf person using stamps, flipped stamps, lines, and paint brush tools! Here is a video sharing all of their leaf people! Enjoy!