ChatterPix Kids

These are hilarious!  Try the app Chatterpix Kids.  Take a picture of something, draw a line with your finger on the iPad where your photo will talk, and record yourself speaking for up to 30 seconds. Export to camera roll to share. That’s it!

Here’s an example of a first grader using the app during Daily 5. She is finding inferences.

Any ideas on how you would use with your class??

30 Hands – First Grade How-To Pieces

Here are a few examples of “how-to” pieces created by first grade students in Mrs. Yoder’s class. This activity took place over a couple of days to work with their devices.

Steps in the activity:

  1. The students created their rough drafts on paper with illustrations. The paper included four boxes and four spaces for text to make the piece a grand total of four steps.
  2. The students then used Pic Collage to snap a picture of the illustration and type their text in order to make “slides” for their presentations. It was then saved to the camera roll.
  3. The slides were imported into 30 Hands. Recordings were made for each slide as the students read their pieces aloud. The final product was saved to the camera roll as a video.
  4. The last step was for students to upload their video to Kidblog using the title of their work for the title of their blog post.

After finishing this project, the students were very excited and engaged in the process. The students love the opportunity to create a high quality publication using their iPod touch. So much potential lies within those devices. When students are given the opportunity to share their work through a creative means, it becomes very motivating for them. The amount of students off-task in other applications or in the settings was kept at a minimum due to the nature of the activity.

How to Write a Story

How to do University Time

And my personal favorite…

How to be Good

Organizing for Instructional Results

Organizing for Instructional Results

Kindergarten Students Blogging
Kindergarten Students Using Nearpod

East Noble School Corporation is getting close to wrapping up year-two of being a 1:1 technology school district. So now that we have come this far, the question is where do we advance from here? Teachers are having students use the devices on a daily basis. Teachers are having kids email their work, create books with Scribble Press, teach lessons using apps like Screen Chomp and Ask 3.

East Noble’s curriculum director, Becca Lamon, recently sent this article to me. As I read through it, it really causes me to question even how I have encouraged technology integration. Are we taking advantage of the technologies our students have in their hands? I think the answer is both “yes” and “no”.

The article breaks down how technologies are being used into three categories:

  1. Literacy Uses
  2. Adapting Uses 
  3. Transforming Uses

I would encourage you to look at the examples that are listed in the article. Our end-goal here is that we are providing students with the opportunities to transform their learning. Allowing the students to do something that was previously inconceivable without the iPad in their hand is making the best use of the device, is powerful in the learning process, and it is a lot of fun. 🙂

Kidblog Application Setup

There has been an overwhelming response to teachers implementing in their classroom. (I even have some Kindergarten teachers dabbling.) It is a great resource. I blogged about Kidblog a long time ago. However, the site has changed quite a bit. I will make an updated tutorial in the near future.

For now, I thought I would throw out a few materials for those of you that are interested in initiating a blog. The video embedded in this post is one I made for a classroom of second graders that needed to make the Kidblog application connect to their accounts. Feel free to use the video for your own classroom to get your students connected if I am not able to help you personally. Mrs. Gaines reported that her students did not have trouble connecting to the site after showing the video.

If you are thinking about implementing a blog, I would highly recommend looking at the following website: Getting More Out of Student Blogging. It is somewhat lengthy, but it includes a free webinar to watch. The blog post summarizes the webinar so you don’t even have to watch it if you would rather just read through the materials yourself. It will provide you with a strong foundation on blogging. It will get you thinking about how to establish it, build excitement in your classroom, and make blogging a successful activity in your routine.

Blogging is an authentic avenue for developing student literacy skills.   When you invest the time in teaching, modelling, revising and promoting high quality writing of comments, students can make great gains in their overall literacy development.” – Sue Waters



Doodle Buddy, Bill Atkinson Photocard, and Kidblog…Oh My!

I recently posted about a video tutorial that I had made for Bill Atkinson Photocard. I love the products that this application produces. Sure the kids can make their own postcards, but once the students have the steps down in this application, they can create it at a much faster rate than ever before.

The image posted here is of Mrs. Yoder’s blog. Students are merely using it as a digital portfolio. This process was extremely impressive as first graders used their iPods to send a thank you note to a guest reader in their class. (Based upon the image, I bet you can guess what book was read by Mrs. Leman.) The students first made their illustration inDoodle Buddy, saved the image to their camera roll, imporated it into Photocard, saved their project into their camera roll, and finally either uploaded it to Kidblog or emailed it. These first graders used three different applications to create this project. A set of tasks that would even have the majority of adults’ heads spinning.

The one drawback that Mrs. Yoder mentioned was that it would have been helpful just to have an extra set of hands present to field any problems that arose. Unfortunately, I was not able to be present for the project. (Hence the need for the video.)

If you are an East Noble School Corporation teacher, and you just need an extra set of hands, let me know!

Create a Symbaloo EDU Page

We’ve talked about Symbaloo being a great resource for your classroom.  It saves a lot of time and can be customized for different subjects, projects, and grade levels.  Plus it works across devices!  This (somewhat) quick video will show you how to create, edit, and share your new symbaloo pages with your classroom.  You can still use these as well.

You will also learn how to use the site to shorten lengthy URL’s into manageable sites that students can type independently.

This is the link to the previous post.


Bill Atkinson Photocard Tutorial

Bill Atkinson Photocard is an application that I had posted about previously in the Presentation Tools section of the blog. It is a great tool for anyone, teachers and students alike, to create postcards. Students could make postcards for almost any topic. I love finding applications that are extremely flexible and cross-curricular. If you have not heard of the application before, please check out the link I posted above. The video I am posting here is just a tutorial I made for a first grade teacher. I was not able to make it to her class due to conflict in our schedules so I did what is second best; I cloned myself  by making a video. This video should give students enough information about how to use the application that they will be able to successfully create a postcard, upload it to Kidblog, or send it by email through an iPod touch. (It is the same procedure for the iPad.)

Writing How-To Pieces with Story Kit

I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that you already know about Story Kit. It is old news. Your kids already use it. Though those things are true, I thought I would throw out how it was used today. This morning I worked with two first grade classrooms. The students had a sheet of paper had several boxes for illustrations and spaces for written text. The students made a how-to draft on this sheet of paper, and used the illustrations for use in StoryKit. Instead of using multiple pieces of paper for publishing, students used Story Kit and took pictures of their illustrations using the iPod touch. Check it out for yourself!

First grade students publishing with Story Kit
First grade students publishing with Story Kit
Publishing from the draft. This process took 30 minutes.
Publishing from the draft. This process took 30 minutes.


What is 21st Century Education?

Our world is changing at an extremely rapid pace. Everywhere you go you would be hard-pressed to not find someone with an iPhone in their hand. Six years ago the iPhone was still in development.

The posted video helps us as educators put into perspective how different our future will be based upon today’s statistics. How do we prepare our students for this world? How do we keep the classroom relevant to the future market? These are questions we must consider as we attempt to meet the needs of our students. Certainly this affects how we integrate technology in the classroom.

From Digital Doubter to Tech Guru

From Digital Doubter to Tech Guru

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“The tool is only as powerful as the user.”

Jennie Margiera was skeptical about the use of technology in the classroom. As you read through the article, you’ll see an example of how she went from looking for apps to cover state standards to having the students become creative, critical thinkers.

This article confirms my belief that technology is not something extra to do in your day. For it to work, it has to transform your teaching.