November 6 2018

Using png files in Pic Collage – Bug on My Arm

Students in Div. 9 read There’s a Bug on My Arm That won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh.

We used the iPad camera and imported an image as a background into Pic Collage App. Students used png files and captions to show their ideas, exported their work to the camera roll and uplaoded the images to Google Drive.

It’s a multi-step process that is a great way to show learning. Check out the video below of the creations from Mr. Gauvin’s class.


There’s a Bug on My Arm That Won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh Div 9 from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

We also experimented with a low tech version of this activity using LEGO.

November 5 2018

There’s a Bug on My Arm That Won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh

Students in some classes in Grades 1 and 2 have been enjoying There’s a Bug on My Arm That won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh.

We have been figuring out how to use the iPad camera and import images as a background into Doodle Buddy App. Students drew their bugs on their arms and then exported their work back to the camera roll.

It’s a multi-step process that is a great way to show learning. Check out the video below of the creations from Mme. Correia’s class.

There’s a Bug on My Arm That won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

October 25 2018

Student Centered Book Fair Planning

This week we have begun to get ready to the Martha Currie Book Fair. The event is approached as a learning opportunity and as a festival of books. Here are some of our pre-planning activities.

Using Tangrams and Birds-eye view mapping to figure out how we could best fit all of the Fair Displays into the library space.

Uploading to Google Drive to review our ideas

Using the sneak peek box of books to practice money and math addition skills.

Designing our own book display stands with some of the new Fair titles.

Problem solving, negotiating, cooperation and team work as students figure out a support schedule for the Fair.

October 25 2018

Categorization and Instructional videos using Floto

Primary students used the Floto App to create gif style videos to show learning about categorization. The app dashboard is very simple and intuitive to use for younger students. Here is a sample.

Using Floto with Grade 1 to show learning about Categorization from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

We also used the app to show learning about taking pride in keeping the library tidy.

Intermediate students using Floto to create 'instructional' videos for primary peers. from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

October 25 2018

Getting into character with text messages

Students shared ideas about a favourite Mo Willems story ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus’. We discussed character and motivation and persuasive arguments and used Fake Text Message to show our learning. We uploaded these to Google Drive and read them together in class. Here are two examples and the website dashboard.

Here’s the dashboard of the site. We ended up taking a screen shot and cropping the image. The create image function did not work on our iPad 2s.

October 25 2018

Bringing our Fall Tree to Life

Before we added our fall leaves to the hall display, students used the wool leaves to create digital ideas to show learning. We used Pixaloop App to show the movement of the trees in the fall breeze and Stop Motion App to show the content of a book about Fall emerging from the pages. Students independently uploaded their work to Google Drive so that we could share what we had made with class peers. Here are a two sample videos.

Using Pixaloop to show the movement of Fall Leaves from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Stop Motion brings the Books to Life from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

October 12 2018

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

In the Learning Commons, students have been discussing the changes they observe in autumn. We have shared several fall stories and were inspired by Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf to create our own fall tree. The project encourages cooperation and teamwork. Some classes were responsible for the yarn and others did the cutting after the glue had dried.

The leaf shapes were copied onto coloured paper with strands of yarn added.

Here’s the painted tree shape before the leaves were added.

October 8 2018

Sharing work from the iPads using Google Drive

This week in the Learning Commons students began using Google Drive to share their learning. In the past I have used Dropbox but this app was much easier for students to navigate. Students need to be able to export and save their work from the creative app to the camera roll first. With primary classes, I usually teach this as the first lesson with the uploading to share as a second lesson. Intermediates usually can figure this out in one class with a review the following lesson.

The iPads stay signed into Google Drive so when students open the app the large blue plus button is clearly the first step. The upload arrow is also intuitive for many learners.

Select Photos and Videos and give permission to access the photos – This only has to be done the first time the app is used. Then Upload. 

Students like to be able to see that their work has successfully uploaded and the larger images in Google Drive make this much easier than in Dropbox. Downloading to my computer was also a snap. 

Thanks to Simon at our Surrey School District’s IMS for helping to resuscitate the Learning Commons iPad 2s.



October 8 2018

Photography skills with Googily Eyes

Holding the iPads horizontally to take a photo from above is not always intuitive for students. It can be helpful to review how to use the camera with a meaningful activity. Bringing book covers to life allows students to practice their photography, filter and photo editing skills. All you need are some googily eyes!