Archive for June 10, 2021

Projects from a Pandemic Year

So this year, I have had to let go of blogging our student work. There just were too many new things to navigate including teaching in person and online, posting to Seesaw and Google Classroom, keeping iPads clean and hauling them from class to class, and just the uncertainty of what each day might bring. But our elementary students were awesome and did some amazing work on our iPads this year. Because of the nature of not knowing which students would be in person or at home, projects had to be short and had to have options for students to do at home if they didn’t have an iPad.

One of our first challenges was finding a way for students to safely share iPads for our classes. Did you know an iPad will work inside of a Ziplock bag? So each student had their own zip lock and I would place the iPad into the bag for each class. The hope was that any germs would stay on the plastic bag and their hands, sneezes, and other germs would never touch the iPad. We discovered even our Apple Pencils would work over top of a plastic bag.

Here is an overview and a few examples of some activities that the students worked on.

Our 4th and 5th graders used the Pages app to write about what they would do if they were president. They learned how to format the text, used some tricks for effective typing on an iPad, and then selected and formatted shapes to illustrate their writing.
Then they wrote health safety commercials about wearing masks and other things they could do to stay healthy. The commercials were animated using the ChatterKid app.
Our younger students did many projects and activities using KidPix on our iPads. A favorite project at the end of the year was to design a custom shoe using drawing tools, paint bucket fill, stamps, and text.
Another fun activity was to use colors and textured brushes to create a spring flower garden.

We also spent several weeks using Code Spark Academy to learn about coding and problem solving skills. They learned about loops and if/then statements and discovered some of the basics of how their favorite games are developed.

These are only a few of the things we worked on this year. They students rose to the challenges of this year and did some amazing work! I am proud of them! I hope you all have a great summer!