Archive for September 25, 2015

Second Grade Space Sketchnotes

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The second graders recently read an article about “Exploring Space” in their classes. This week in technology class, they used the Drawing Pad app on our iPads to make a sketchnote that showed what they learned about this question:

“What do people need to live and explore space?”

Here you can see some of the students very intently at work:

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Although not everyone was able to complete their sketchnote during our classtime, they did a great job showing what they learned with words and pictures. Here are a few examples of their sketchnotes (click on the thumbnail picture to see the full sketchnote).


The Drawing Pad app is currently available on the app store for $1.99. It is one of my favorite drawing apps for elementary students.

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Ocean Reefs by Second Grade 2015

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The second grade classes are off to a great start in technology class this year. We watched this video from PBS to learn a little bit about the beautiful coral reefs that God has created:

What are Corals?

Then we used KidPix to design our own ocean reefs. In this lesson we reviewed a variety of skills including using drawing tools, paint bucket fill tools, adding/editing graphics, and writing in a text box. We also learned to save and open our files.

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Here are music videos that show all of the pictures that the students made:



Kindergarten iPads with Hello Crayon!


Today, the kindergarten classes met with Miss Bosch to work on the iPads. The students will be focusing on using the iPads to create during the first part of this school year. We began by meeting Paddy the Frog and watching his video on how to treat the iPads with care.

Today they used the Hello Crayon app to draw apples and apple trees. They learned how to switch between the different drawing tools, how to use the quick erase, and how to use the paint bucket to fill the background. (Note: Hello Crayon is a free app and has an easy interface and simple textured tools that are perfect for kindergarten!)





Photo Booth Fun

The fourth and fifth grade classes had a blast today using our WebCams and Photo Booth to take pictures of themselves. Students will be using these photos in Comic Life pages that we will be completing next week. These activities will be a good review of skills such as working between multiple windows, opening and saving files, and using a variety of text and filter tools.