Wednesday, March 27, 2013

iPad Lesson: Sun and Moon with Tellagami

The first grade students had a blast recording their facts about the sun and moon with the FREE Tellagami app on the iPad.  Their teacher wanted a new way for the students to present the information that they had researched for their astronomy unit.  I suggested Tellagami and it was a go!  The students colored their own backgrounds to represent the facts that they were going to convey in their recording.  Next, with the app, the students captured a picture of their drawing for the background and created their character.  In a quieter space, the students recorded themselves reading their facts that they had already prepared.  

All of the completed videos were emailed to the teacher and were compiled together using Windows Movie Maker.  The students loved watching their avatars doing the talking for them.  Success!

Friday, March 15, 2013

iPad Lesson: PhotoCards for Reflection

The 5th grade classes had an amazing in-school field trip to be CSI Forensic Scientists for a day.  Luckily an amazing parent was on-hand to take pictures to document the learning activities that took place like fingerprinting, blood-typing, using black lights, and marking crime scenes.

I suggested that a great way for the students to reflect on the learning they did for this day and to let someone outside of school know about their learning would be to create a photocard with the Bill Atkinson PhotoCard App on the iPads (FREE).

The app was so easy to use.  The students just tapped in the writing sections to add their text and to address their postcards.  Then we added the photos from the printed pictures by taking a picture with the camera on the iPads right from the app.  Students could even choose from a variety of beautiful stamps and themed stickers.

When they were finished, without registering for the app, students could save their photocards to the camera roll and then email them to their teacher.  If you do register for the app (which is also free) you can immediately email completed photocards and for a fee the service will even print and mail your creation for you!

iPad Lesson: Story Retelling with the FaceTalker App

One of the Kindergarten teachers that I work with was looking for a fun way to retell the story of The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly using technology.  It is always fun to record the students telling their stories in kindergarten, but this time I decided we could add a bit of a twist to our usual recording projects and record with the Facetalker App on the iPad.  The Facetalker app allows the student to place a mouth on any object and make it talk in the student's voice.

The Kindergarten teacher had each student draw a picture of something that the old lady would swallow in their retelling of the story.  Then the kindergarten teacher and I worked together using several iPads to capture the images and student recordings.  We first placed an old lady cutout next to their drawn image and took a picture within the app.  With the student's help, we added the mouth to the old lady, and then we helped the student to record.  The videos were created, emailed to the teacher, and then combined together in Windows Movie Maker to create the final project.

The kindergarten students love watching their new book that they created with the iPads.

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