MAP Test Vocab Tutorials using Explain Everything

Students, you did a great job putting together your MAP test vocabulary tutorials using Explain Everything on the iPad. Below, I have posted some of the videos that are completed. Note: a few videos had some difficulties (wouldn’t post for some reason, names with photos, errors in recording) and so they are not included – sorry!

Doing this project is fun and practical way to prepare for testing and provide a helpful resource for younger students!

Devotion Powerpoints December14 – Evaluation

Students, you did an outstanding job on your PowerPoint presentations! I enjoyed looking at them and hearing your presentations.  Please leave a 3 sentence comment reflecting on what you learned, evaluating yourself, and giving me any suggestions for the project in the future.

  • What new skills did you learn about creating a PowerPoint?
  • What did you learn about ways to design a good and a bad looking presentation?
  • How did you feel about giving your presentation in front of the class?
  • What things would you try to improve next time you make and give a presentation?
  • Do you have any suggestions how the teacher could improve this project for next time?

Thank you for your comment.  It is a part of your daily participation grade.

If the commenting does not work, click here to use the survey to copy/paste your comment:

Comment Survey Link

When you are done, click here to go the the MAP tutorials and watch some of the Language videos.

Sketchnotes using Discovery Streaming Video


This week, the sixth graders worked on taking sketchnotes while watching videos from Discovery Streaming.  We began class by watching this short video that I created which gave students an overview of the sketchnote process.

I also gave students a quick lesson on using the Flipink app and gave them about 10 minutes to test it.

I knew the students were going to be starting a unit on Africa. So I downloaded 4 videos from Discovery Streaming that talked about different regions in Africa. Students selected which video they wanted to watch and worked on creating their sketchnote as they worked. If they wished, they could stop the video and rewind it so they could write or draw.

IMG_0119 IMG_0117 Students were very quiet and focused as they worked. The mix of watching, listening, and drawing requires concentration!  Not everyone got totally finished with their note, but everyone was successful with trying out the technique.

Here are a few examples of the sketchnotes that they created from the videos:

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The Flipink app is a good app for beginning sketchnotes. It currently is $1.99 on the US iTunes Store.

If you are interested in learning more about sketchnotes, here is a page which I created with links to apps, examples, and other resources:

Creative APPtitude: Sketchnote Tools and Resources