Archive for April 29, 2016

First Faces 2016

The first graders recently created self portraits and stories about themselves. In this project, they needed to use multiple tools to create their pictures and needed to create and format a text box to type in. Here is a gallery of their portraits. Click on an image to view it full sized!

Fourth Grade Short Stories Collections Now on iTunes

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I’m delighted to share that the story collections, created by our fourth grade students in Mrs. Swanson’s language arts classes, are now available for free download on 51 iTunes stores all over the world! Each student wrote and typed a story, created illustrations, and recorded the audio narrations. The stories are combined together into a separate volume for each class. This was a major project and required many days of work by each student to create a professional looking story for our collection. I am so proud of the students’ amazing work!

For iPhone, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with the free iBooks app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Here are the links to download the books:

Swanson Story Collection

Steer Story Collection

For other devices: If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below.  On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file.  If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files.  (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.) Here is the link to the epub file:

Swanson Story Collection epub file

Steer Story Collection epub file

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Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their colorful illustrations. Drawing Pad is one of my favorite apps for students to use to create digital drawings. It currently is $1.99 on the US iTunes store.

After creating the pictures, students added them into the wonderful Book Creator app and then typed the text of each story. When the writing and illustrations were combined and completed, each student made an audio recording of their story using the recording tools in Book Creator.

Book Creator is currently available for $4.99 US for iOS. There is a lite version which will let you try out the app and create one book. It also is available for Android and Windows.

We have been excited to share our books with family and friends, but we are hoping that we can connect with even a wider “Authentic Audience” around the world.  We would love for other students and classes to download our book.  If you do, could you please leave us a comment so we can know who has been reading our books!



Sphero Problem Solving – Reflect

Here is the data from the spreadsheets showing how accurately you were able to steer your Sphero:

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Students, I want you to leave a comment on our blog reflecting on the Sphero activity. Remember, no last names. Write several sentences telling me:

1. What did you like about using the Spheros? What did you learn about using them?

2. What things were tricky about using the Spheros? How did you solve your problems with using them?

3. How did you have to use math while you did the Target Practice activity?

4. What is an idea of something you would like to learn how to do using the Sphero (a trick you would like to make it do)? Be creative!

Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)

Kindergarten KidPix Flowers

This week the kindergarten students learned how to use textured brushes in KidPix. Here is a video showing some of the flowers they drew using the brush tools:

Comments for the 2nd Grade Guppy Bowl Book

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The first graders enjoyed reading and listening to the second graders Guppy Bowl book! After reading the books, they left some comments for the second graders!

Here is another comment that the book received from another teacher:

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