Butterfly Project with Story Kit

Story Kit has been around for quite some time. It was one of the first applications that the teachers of East Noble really jumped on using to have kids create projects with their iOS devices. Now there are so many options for students to produce work and send to their teacher. However, instead of looking for a new tool, Mrs. Carroll of North Side contemplated how the tool could be used. Here she has provided two examples of her Butterfly project. The students recorded the events that occurred with their own butterflies as well as reported about facts and vocabulary that they were learning over the course of the project. Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of work from these second grade students. Story Kit worked well for her students because it allowed them to save their projects on a daily basis, take quick pictures and insert them into the work, and record briefly each day.

Try looking at the examples that she provided:

StoryKit Second Grade Carroll caterpillar project 1 StoryKit Viewer: Butterfly Book second grade carroll

Face on Coin Booth and Pic Collage

I have two sets of examples to post today. The first one I had blogged about several weeks ago on the presentation tools section of this blog. It is called Face on Coin Booth. Mrs. Sibert invited me into her class knowing she was going to cover decimals involving money. This provided a great opportunity to use Face on Coin since it was a really obvious application. Here we had students take their own picture, write the sentence “decimals separate dollars and cents,” and write three different ways to write a cents amount. Check it out for yourself:

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I also picture this application useful in areas such as writing character traits, telling import parts in a chapter, or even recording quick facts that were learned about a topic. I like to think of this app as a good one for quick projects to share knowledge and understanding. It is without a doubt not for upper level thinking, but it does make for a more engaging experience in the classroom.

Another set of examples is from Mrs. Abbs’ first grade classroom. Her students used the stickers in Pic Collage to demonstrate subtraction story problems. I hadn’t even thought of using the objects that were already available in Pic Collage for the math manipulatives.

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Mrs. Becker’s Area and Perimeter Activity: Skitch

Thanks goes to Mrs. Becker for this idea. Not only was it a good idea, but it looks tasty too! Here she took a creative activity and integrated it naturally with her class set of iPads. The portion completed with the devices is where she can assess how well the students grasped the skill. Could she use a quiz to accomplish the same task? Yes, but that wouldn’t be as much fun now would it? Also, it provides them with some technology skills that are applicable to showing work in any subject area, and even outside of the classroom.

There are numerous times that I use Skitch to ask or answer questions through email. Just the other day, I wanted to trade my car to an auto dealer. He asked me if I could show any defects so that he can properly assess the value of my vehicle. I used skitch to not only take the pictures, but to draw the arrows and annotate the issues I saw. These are real life skills.

In this lesson, Mrs. Becker had students arrange Cheez-It crackers to form a polygon. Then the students had to label the area and perimeter of the shape. I used to have kids sketch it on a piece of paper to prove their work. With an iPod or iPad, students can take a picture of the real evidence and label it in the same amount of time. Not only that, but the kids can email it so I don’t have to stuff my bag full of papers that will eventually get scrunched on the bottom. 🙂 (Yes, I’m a messy teacher.)

Thanks again, Mrs. Becker! This is great!

Second Grade Pic Collage: Characters, Inferring, and Vocabulary

Here we go again, more examples of how resourceful just one application can really be for your classroom. It reminds me of when I was first hired by Mr. Jim Tilghman back at the old Wayne Center before we had much technology to work with at all. He was famous for asking the “peanut butter question” during an interview. That question was the following: If you had a classroom, and you only had a jar of peanut butter, what would you teach? The whole point was to see how resourceful you could be on the spot. I don’t know how good my answer was, but I am thankful he hired me anyway. 🙂

I am looking at a lot of these apps that you can create with the same way. If you only had Doodle Buddy. If you only had Pic Collage. If you only had 30 Hands. If you only had Perfect Captions, If you only had Skitch. If you only had Multi-Photo Voice Recorder. The list could go on and on, but what would you teach? 

Mrs. Gaines of South Side recently sent a collection of examples with Pic Collage. I encouraged her to do so despite her noticing that I have posted a lot of examples of Pic Collage. (Thanks for noticing by the way.) Those examples are essential for sparking ideas in the minds of fellow teachers. I love receiving them, because ultimately this blog starts to become a resource where collaboration takes place across our five elementary buildings. (Comments are welcome too!)

I think what I like most about these examples is that it is proof that to integrate the technology, it does not mean you have to invest tons of time. These students were able to create a product very quickly and send it to their teacher.

Here is what is going on in Mrs. Gaines’ second grade classroom:

We are learning about the life cycle of butterflies.  We have some key vocabulary we are learning with this unit.  Students used pic collage to display their learning of the new words.

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We also used pic collage to display our learning during read to self.  We were inferring about characters and working on character description.

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Thanks again for the great work! I appreciate your willingness to share!