Once our research was finished, students used Word to type a first draft of their report. For many, this was the first time using an adult word processing program and it was a great chance to use their skills from Type to Learn! We focused on writing in sentences with capital letters, periods, and correct spacing. Each student wrote several indented paragraphs for their report. We printed the first draft, then students made corrections based on teacher feedback. (Note: the reports are in their computer lab folder which will be sent home at the end of the year.)
Once the reports were finished, the creative fun began! Students were challenged to use Minecraft to design a habitat for their animal based on the facts that they researched. This was a great opportunity for students to use and transfer their knowledge into a new context. My Minecraft expert students helped their classmates. I was impressed with how the third graders put their designs together and how they applied the facts that they learned!
Over the month of February, the elementary students have been doing a variety of activities in their classes to learn about Black History. In tech class this week, the 4th and 5th grade classes learned to use the Flipgrid app to record a video reflection about what they did and learned. The students were asked to talk about:
– What did you learn about?
– What was new that you never knew?
– What activities did you do to learn more?
– What kind of projects did your class do?
– What was your hall display like?
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.
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.
Fourth and Fifth grade classes have been using webcams and PhotoBooth software to take some fun and wacky pictures of themselves that can be used in a Comic Life project. Here are a few photos of the students taking their photos:
After the students took their photos, we opened Comic Life. Students learned how to drag and drop the photos between two windows. We also reviewed how to save files, use the undo command, and we are now exploring ways to add effects and text into their comics.
We’ve had a busy few weeks getting started with our technology classes!
Miss Bosch brought iPads into PreK (Thursdays) and Kindergarten (Fridays) classes for tech instruction.
First graders used the Smartboard to review the things to do/not do in the computer lab, then made some “rainbow spaghetti” in Kidpix to practice using the mouse.
Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders used Kahoot to play a game to review Technology Expectations. The game was filled with crazy gifs to remind the students about the rules. (Sorry, forgot to take photos while we were playing the game!) Over the next week, they will be designing their own nametag to use in the computer lab.
The fourth graders have been keeping a big secret! Over a month ago they used the free Cookiecaster website to custom draw and design a cookie cutter to give as a gift on Mother’s Day! The students came up a with wide variety of design ideas that would be perfect for mom including animals, shoes, states, and a Wonder Woman symbol. One lucky mom is even going to get a Death Star cookie cutter!
The website is very easy to use – simply draw or trace a shape and it will convert it into a 3D cookie cutter file which can be downloaded and printed.
Here is a video that was featured by Dremel that shares our process of designing and making the cookie cutters:
Our Dremel Ideabuilder printers were very busy printing out all the cookie cutters to get them ready for Mother’s Day. Check out this U of M cookie cutter being printed!
Mrs. Swanson also came into the computer lab and had the students type poems that could be given to the moms along with the cookie cutters. The poems are very clever and creative! Here’s a couple of examples of their poems.
And here are all the poems and cookie cutters, packaged and ready for delivery!
We hope mom enjoys her new cookie cutter! (Note: the plastic used to print the cookie cutters may not be food safe, so it is suggested that you wrap the cookie cutter in foil or plastic wrap when using.)
This week Mrs. Swanson had her students create Word Cloud Poems about themselves on our iPads. We used the Word Cloud app by ABCYa (which is currently free on the US iTunes store). Their word clouds look amazing and I wanted to show them off here!