This honestly has to be one of the most inspiring elementary edtech blogs that I have ever come across. Kristi Meeuwse is a kindergarten teacher from South Carolina that frequently blogs, tweets, and pins all kinds of useful ideas on the internet. Her intellectual property is extremely valuable. I am always appreciative of someone that is so willing to share for the greater good of education.
In this blogpost, Kristi has students use Pic Collage to report about “pirate vocabulary.” They also use Doodle Buddy to illustrate their own pirates to place into the collage. Along with the text, illustrations and pictures, I would say that these kindergarteners were able to produce some mighty fine products.
Please take some time to look at her blog. I think you will find inspiration there as well. 🙂
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.
We also used pic collage to display our learning during read to self. We were inferring about characters and working on character description.
Thanks again for the great work! I appreciate your willingness to share!