Story has quickly become a very popular app amongst teachers. Students can quickly create a high quality presentation or digital book with the app. It allows the user to put in pictures, captions, and full pages of text within the book.
Here is an example that Mrs. Yoder had her first graders build. For several days, the students collaborated and built a list of animals for each letter of the alphabet. Mrs. Yoder sent the list to me and I used Morgue File to gather royalty-free photographs. I then sent her about four or five letters worth of pictures to her so that she could forward them to her students. (Yes, teachers can email fairly large amounts of photos to students. In this project, I was able to send 26 pictures.) The first graders downloaded the images to their camera roll, imported them into the Story project, and if students had additional time, they added facts about animals.
There was one little hiccup though. Mrs. Yoder quickly found out toward the end of the project that the user can only make twenty two-page spreads. So to solve that problem, Mrs. Yoder had students use Pic Collage to cluster together the last few animals.
Here is the direct link to the Story example by Lauren.
As a former fourth grade teacher, one of the typical activities I would do every year when talking about geometric solids is have the kids do a scavenger hunt to find examples throughout the room so that they can connect the concept to their world. I would have them jot the objects down on a paper as they found them under each three-dimensional shape category. The students always found it fun and engaging to go on the scavenger hunt because who doesn’t like the opportunity to get up and roam around the classroom in order to complete a task in elementary school?
Mrs. Caylor of Avilla Elementary utilized Pic Collage for the same purpose. She had the students use pic collage to snap pictures and label them accordingly. This is an enhancement to the previous method. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken them to complete the same task without an iPad or an iPod touch. Not only that, but I would find it hard for someone to argue that it was less engaging than the previous method.
Thanks for sharing, Mrs. Caylor!
I had a pleasant surprise yesterday in my inbox. It was close to the end of the day and there was a video sent by a student in Mrs. Yoder’s first grade class. This is using the 30 Hands application that I recently blogged about in the Presentation Tools section.
Here the student took pictures of his math manipulatives, and recorded his voice telling what addition number sentence he was solving. The students not only sent it through email, but also posted it on their Kidblog.
The real benefit was when I went home and Mrs. Yoder was able to watch each video. Instantly, she was able to determine how well each student understood the lesson. It was as if she was able to check-in with every student all from one location.
Let me know what is working for you. Have a few students send me a sample from time to time. I think all teachers could benefit from seeing the products that our students are capable of doing with their devices. When you share, we all gain.
One of the challenges that Zack and I have faced the last few weeks is finding apps that allow primary students to create on an iPod. Sure, there are a lot of apps out there that help kids practice and develop skills, but most of the production opportunities are with the iPads and are too complex for a kindergartener or a first grader to use. Doodle Buddy has worked well in the past, but teachers obviously need more than one free app that will allow the students to be creative. This week I came across an app called Story Kit. (New to me, not to iPods.) I think this app will really allow young students to show their creative abilities. The kids have the option to take pictures, add text, and record their voice while reading it. I could see this being used in all content areas. It could be to demonstrate a skill, publish a story, publish a how-to book, share an event, etc. Not only that, but it is a pretty simple and straight-forward app. I hope to have the opportunity in the near future to work with some teachers and students on a project using Story Kit.
Last week’s post had to do with the exciting project that I was able to be involved with at Avilla Elementary. The students created spirit signs using Doodle Buddy for the Mount Vernon Nazarene Cougar volleyball team. The game is on Saturday the 10th and many of the students will actually be at the game. (I know I will, and I will get pictures!) This week, we actually heard back from the Cougars and they had a message for the Avilla first graders! What an opportunity technology has provided for these students. Who knows if this would have happened without the 1:1 initiative throughout East Noble Schools.
Here’s the action from the game!!!
Last week I had the opportunity to work in Mrs. Yoder’s 1st grade class. The students are using their iPods and creating pictures using the Doodle Buddy app to focus on being “College Bound.” (Being college bound is a mind set that college is in their future and they need to work towards it.) Mrs. Yoder’s sponsor school is Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU), and it just so happens that the MVNU girls’ volleyball team will be playing St. Francis in the near future. The students will also have the opportunity to go to the game; so the whole experience will be exciting for them. I was excited to be able to help them in this activity. They all took a picture of a volleyball and created some spirit posters to help encourage the Mt. Vernon Cougars towards a win. I helped them with the devices while Mrs. Yoder taught the lesson on how to use Doodle Buddy. They were extremely excited and some were even able to make multiple pictures. I hope to be able to continue participating in classrooms like I did in this experience.
Here are a couple videos to show the experience: