Archive for October 28, 2019

Second Grade Drawings with Apple Pencils

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.

Second Grade Sentence Stretchers 2019

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:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.f
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 a larger size.

Here is a gallery showing their stories. (Note: a few students were absent when we worked on this project, so their stories might be missing.)

Kindergarten iPads 2019

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

We also have started to explore using our iPads as a creativity tool. 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
  • Erasing tools
  • Clearing the page
  • Using paint bucket fill

2nd Grade KidPix Ocean Reefs 2019

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.)

5th GradeTour of My Brain – Created with Keynote!

Over the past two weeks, the fifth grade students worked in Keynote on our Mac computers to create a visual representation of a “tour” of their brain. This project helped students learn/practice/review a variety of technology skills including:

  • taking a photo with a webcam and inserting it into a document
  • opening and saving files
  • adding, moving, resizing, and formatting graphics and text
  • using copy/paste (to add arrows – not everyone got to complete this step)
  • using color, space, and sizing to creatively and effectively design their project and show their ideas

This project is my variation of a Keynote Silhouette project that is posted on the Apple Teacher website. Students did a great job following multiple steps (given both orally and in writing) and using their creativity to design their “tours.” The final documents are very colorful and so interesting to look at.

Here is a gallery showing the students’ projects. (Note – a few student projects may be missing if they were absent on Monday when we finished the project.) You can click on an image to see a larger view.