Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Occasionally Zack and I have had an email from a teacher that claims that the apps are not on the sync cart computer in their building. This does happen from time to time because something happened to the Macbook, and it had to be cleaned off. Don't worry, your apps are not gone. This link will provide directions on how to get them back onto the computer so you that you can sync your devices once again.
Story Kit still remains one of my favorite apps to use in the classroom. Yesterday I had the opportunity to introduce it to two first grade classrooms at Avilla Elementary. It took a little time to get things going, but once the students got started, they were quickly able to complete a small e-book with text, pictures, and audio. The project was to create a five senses book. Prior to yesterday, both classes took a walk outside to find things that they can hear, see, touch, and smell. (They had to take a picture of something to taste later so that we could discourage them from tasting objects outside!) Yesterday, they used the pictures saved in their camera roll to make a short book. The results were great, and the best part is that the app no longer continually crashes on the students as they use it.
Here is an example that I particularly liked. The student didn't exactly record what was written, but it was too much fun so I couldn't resist sharing.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Also, for this to apply to your classroom, you need to be using the Symbaloo links that Zack and I created. You can get those working on your iPods by viewing this link:
Monday, September 17, 2012
Here are the basics of the app:
1. Select pictures
2. The students record his/herself discussing the pictures
3. Choose background music
Here is a basic preview for what the app can do: Videolicious Preview
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
If you highlight the link, right-click, and copy the address, you will be able to paste it in an email and send it to the helpers so that they can use their laptops as a reference guide. No need to print and waste valuable ink.
The directions, however, are missing a key component: that is the passwords. Please, if you have student helpers, do not have them put the actual passwords for the email accounts into the devices. They should not have access to this information. What will need to happen is that you or another adult will need to finish the job by putting the passwords into the devices. Yes, this is a tedious task, however, it should save you valuable time since the password is the only information you should have to put into the devices. Here are the directions for putting in the passwords: