Our second graders recently completed this inspiring Christmas project in technology class. They began by using the Drawing Pad app to draw a portrait of one of the people who were present at Christmas: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, or the angels.
Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their portraits. They used our new Apple Pencils to draw! They learned how to pair the Apple Pencil with their iPad and enjoyed being able to draw easily with detail – much better than using a finger or a stylus!
Next, they wrote a short story telling the first-person account of what that person saw and heard on Christmas day. Finally, they used the ChatterPix Kids app to record the story and make their drawing talk!!!
The videos of their talking Christmas characters are uploaded into this gallery in Vimeo linked below. There are 40 videos so you will need to click at the bottom to go through the collection if you are looking for a specific one.
Recently, the third graders have been learning about multiplication arrays. Mrs. Parris and Mrs. Archer brought their classes into the computer lab to design an “Array City” with “buildings” that represented multiplication problems.
We used Keynote on our Mac Mini computers to make our pictures (although this lesson would also work on iPads). I used April Requard’s iTunes U Course: Array City in Keynote for inspiration. I simplified the lesson by using tables to make our buildings. Students learned how to adjust the sizing of the tables to match the multiplication problem they were representing. They added text boxes to write the problems by each building. Then they used the formatting tools to change the line and the fill colors for each building. Finally, they took advantage of all the new shapes in Keynote to add roofs and decorations to their buildings.
Here is a gallery showing all the Array Cities. Click on the image to see a larger view. (A few pictures might be missing if a student was absent or if it didn’t print – I will make adjustments as soon projects are finished.)
The fourth graders recently created thanksgiving “Raps with Apps” on the iPads. They began using the Smart Drums feature in GarageBand app to develop a pattern of beats. Then they wrote their rap to go along to the beats. Then they used a second iPad with the iTalk app to record their rap with the beats playing in the background. The final step was to email their completed file to Miss Bosch.
Students had a lot of fun and did a great job being creative with music tools while praising God. Here are a few examples of their raps:
Recently, the Kindergarten students used the Faces I Make app to make funny food faces. Here is a video I put together showing their faces. (If your child’s project is missing, they may have been absent or we may have had a technical problem when saving their picture.)
The second graders recently made these “Happy Thanksgiving” pictures in computer class. While doing this project, students learned how to format text to change the size, color, centering, and font. They also had to follow multiple steps independently to draw their turkey using a variety of tools and then learned to send the completed picture to the printer without help. Here is a gallery showing all the completed turkeys. (If you did not see a turkey for your child, they may have been absent or it might not have been completed during our class time.)
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:
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:
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!