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:
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 a gallery showing their stories. (Note: a few students were absent when we worked on this project, so their stories are missing.)
This week the fifth graders used our new Apple Pencils and the free Sketches School app to design their own emojis! It was an easy lesson to introduce them to drawing with the Apple Pencil (or a stylus – we don’t have enough to go around). This lesson was taken from Apple’s new Everyone Can Create curriculum. Here is the link to the Drawing multitouch book which is available for free download:
Everyone Can Create: Drawing
Here’s a short Clips video showing some of the emojis and the students in action:
I heard students talking about how they much they enjoyed this activity. One girl even mentioned that she now wanted to use her birthday money to get an Apple Pencil!
This week the 3rd graders finished their autobiography stories and illustrations that they made using KidPix software. In this lesson, the students:
- saved and opened a file
- used the paint bucket to fill the background
- created a text box
- typed their autobiography
- used a variety of drawing tools to illustrate their story
- used the undo button to correct mistakes
It was great to see that the third graders can type longer stories in one sitting and also can move easily between multiple tools in KidPix. Here are their autobiographies (click on them to enlarge):
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!
Letter Skills: ABC Gurus and Writing Wizard
Word Skills: Endless Alphabet and Memory Match
Creative Exploration: Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood app
This week we used the free Hello Crayons app to do some simple touch drawing. Students learned:
- Using different tools to write and draw
- Switching between tools
- Clearing the page
- Using paint bucket fill
We will be continuing to learn about more apps that let students create on the iPad over the next few weeks!
The second graders recently completed ocean reef pictures during 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 and stickers
- make and type in a text box
- use the caps lock and delete keys
Here’s a music video showing their lovely ocean pictures. Enjoy! (Note, a few student pictures may be missing because students were absent when they were finished and printed.)