Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bat Project: Videolicious

Last week, I had the opportunity to work in a second grade classroom (Mrs. Miller's) at South Side Elementary School. When I first worked with these kids about a month or so ago, they struggled with knowing how to navigate through the iPad. Following directions was difficult because they were just plain excited about using the devices. What a change I have seen in this group of students since the beginning of the year! Now that the novelty has worn off a little, they listened carefully. It was almost so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. It was so quiet that they actually laughed at my jokes! They also have no problem moving throughout their iPad.

The students were working on a bat project where they would share pictures and report facts that they had learned about the animal. They used an app called Photo Farm (new to me) to find pictures so that they could import them into Videolicious. It is a pretty good, simple app that pulls picture from Google pictures without using a web browser, or difficult steps to save the pictures. Some students also used Doodle Buddy to make their own designs along with pictures with bats. When they finished making their Doodle Buddy pictures, they just saved it to their camera roll so that they can import it into their project.

The Videolicious app is pretty simple to use. It starts out with the students choosing up to 10 pictures to use, they take a video of themselves while telling about the bats then they finished up with choosing a song that was already preloaded in the app. The app automatically coordinates the music, pictures, and video into a quick finished project. Lastly, the students emailed their project to their teacher. It only took some students about 5 minutes to make their final product.

I do have a sample of a product. There was a lot of background noise since all the students were working on their own project at the same time. Some of the Doodle Buddy pictures were sideways as well. These are all issues that the students will work out as they get more accustomed to using the devices. However, I didn't think it was too bad for a second grader's first time using this app.

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Then later that afternoon, while I was in another classroom, I started get a ton of emails! I was wondering what was going on and when I had a free moment, I realized that I was getting pictures of a Popplet project the students were doing with their afternoon teacher, Mrs. Becker. Popplet is a really simple app for organizing thoughts and ideas into boxes that connect with one another. Here is what Mrs. Becker had her second graders doing with it:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Getting Ready for October 13th

Thursday is a very big day. The peer coaches of East Noble School Corporation have been working hard to provide opportunities for teachers to learn or gather ideas for ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. Zack and I have had the unique challenge of trying to provide sessions that are applicable to lower Elementary as well as grades two through four. It has been good for Zack and I as well because it has forced us to look for more materials or even just to become more oriented with materials that have previously been discovered. My wife, Michelle Yoder, is even helping with this endeavor as she is sharing her experience with first graders as she has tried to use the iPods for more than just skill and drill. This is exciting for me as I have been an active part in her classroom and have been able to watch the kids use the iPods as learning tools.

Here are some things we will be presenting:
Big Universe - Big Universe is a collection of online books for grade levels k-8. Here the teacher has the ability to assign texts to students and have them take tests to check their comprehension (tests unavailable on iPod/iPad.) Students also have access from home. Take advantage of these excellent materials.

Top Ten Apps:
Must have apps for iPods and iPads. These are apps that will assist you and your students to make good use of the devices in the learning environment. You may want to have these apps already downloaded on your teacher device. Show Me (iPad), Leaf Snap(both), Popplet lite (iPad), Singing fFingers (Both), iMovie (iPad Paid), Videolicious (both), professor garfield (iPad), Story Kit (ipad/ipod), iBooks (both), Discover (Wikipedia iPad),

iPods in the classroom (K-1) – Michelle Yoder. - Young students can use their iPods to create, not just skill and drill. Come listen and share ideas of how you can use Doodle Buddy and Story Kit to publish work. Also learn how to share it with family members to build rapport between the classroom and home.

PDF’s on the iPad/iPod (K-4) – Lance Yoder. - Check out the neu.annotate app. Find out how you can create pdf files on word, send them to students, and have the students fill in their answers using neu.annotate. Students can even store and organize their files on ibooks! Both apps are necessary for this session.

Mini modo - Using Edmodo in the k-4 classroom. We will setup teacher accounts, give some basics for navigation, and give practical ideas for how the ensc.edmodo.com website can be used. We will hopefully have time to brainstorm and discuss as teachers how to implement it.