Archive for December 12, 2017

Print Shop Christmas Card Tutorials

Fourth graders, please use these tutorials AND the worksheet to guide you through the steps for creating the inside and the outside of your card.

Pic Collage Book Snaps by Fourth Grade

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Over the past few weeks in Technology Class, the 4th graders have been using the Pic Collage app on their iPads to create “Book Snaps.” To make a BookSnap, take a photo of a page in a book, then use an app like Pic Collage or Book Creatorto add lines, text, images, and emojis to dive deep to annotate and visualize the text. Students used these video tutorials to independently work through the steps involved with using the app for this project.

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Our Book Snaps were created about the play called “Stage Two” which the 4th graders read in their reading textbook. We used the PicCollage Kids app. The drawing tool (which was recently added to PicCollage) works perfectly for this strategy. I asked students to use red to show an important idea, green to show something they had a question about, and blue to mark a vocabulary word. Students added text boxes to tell about their annotations. They also used the photo search feature to add pictures that illustrated parts of the story. Finally, some emoji’s were added to show their emotional reactions to parts of the text. Here is a gallery showing the BookSnaps that they made. (Click on an image to see it full view):

We love using the Pic Collage Kids app for everything! It currently is $1.99 on the US iTunes store. There also is a free version of Pic Collage, but be aware that it contains ads and social media features that may not be appropriate for students.

First Grade Christmas Trees

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The first graders recently used KidPix as a way to review a number of skills they had been learning. They had to follow these multiple steps to complete their Christmas trees:

  • Draw with straight and freeform lines, shapes, and textures
  • Use the paint bucket to fill a shape
  • Switch between tools independently
  • Add stamps
  • Add, resize, and move stickers
  • Create and type in a text box

I put together a video in Animoto showing their Christmas trees. (Note: if you don’t see your child’s picture, they may have been absent when we did this project.)

May you have a most blessed Christmas season celebrating the birth of Jesus!

 

PreK and Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood App

Last Thursday the PreK students used the Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood app in class. This was the first time we have used this app, but as soon as I opened the app and they heard the music one little boy shouted out, “PBS!” After quick instructions on how to use the arrows to navigate the app and making some predictions about what they might find inside each location, the students started to explore by tapping and moving characters with their fingers.

The app is very intutitive and the students had no problems discovering and playing all the interactives and games and helping each other to locate all the “cool” features. They all knew the characters from the show and liked that they could decide which ones to play with. They especially enjoyed interacting in the park and the store. This kind of app is perfect for PreK because students can use their imagination and make up stories in their mind as they move about the scenes. While they played, we had great discussions about the characters and what they were doing.

Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is currently $2.99 on the U.S. iTunes store.