November 3

Celebrating Diversity

Some students have begun to tinker with showing their learning by creating with stop motion video. We read and discussed The Wall: A Timeless Tale by Giancarlo Macri. Students experimented with creating, saving, exporting from the app and uploading their work to Dropbox. Woot!

 

October 28

Adding Character to Book Covers

Many classes have been exploring how to carefully take a photograph. We have been looking at how to best highlight the important parts of the photo, to watch out for the background and how to use some editing features. We added googily eyes for fun. Some classes have also been practicing how to upload their completed work to Dropbox so that we can share their creations.

June 19

Pirate Selfies

Students showed their learning about pirates using Doodle Buddy app. We took selfies and imported the photo as a background in Doodle Buddy and then drew on the image. Students learned about importing images and exporting their completed work. We also discussed on what makes a good photo, including distance from the subject and background.

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March 16

Mighty Women Revisited

This term another class was interested in learning about and creating Mighty Women.  A third class will be beginning the activity after Spring Break.

The project begins with lots of discussion about diversity, imposed gender roles, inequality and the traits of a leader. We also spent time on body image and Barbies’ impossible physique.

Students began by discovering possible subjects to research. From these names, Mighty Women were assigned based on reading levels of available print materials and to ensure a diverse, global mix. Both online and print resources were used to complete research.

Students were asked to focus only on the most important facts so could only include what would fit on one library card.

Materials were organized into baskets. We switched to ziplocs when we began sewing to keep the pins and needles accounted for. Dolls were $1.25 – funded by the Book Fair – available at Dollar Tree.

After designing the costume, students used a step by step slide share on how to complete the sewing – available here. Fabric ends from Thrift store – funded by the Book Fair

The Slideshare allows each student to proceed at their own pace. For many students this was the first time they had done any sewing. No materials were to be brought in from home and no work could be taken to complete at home.

We used book stands from past book fairs to display the dolls. The stands were cut down the middle.

Students photographed their dolls and used Superimpose app to place them in appropriate settings. All of the work was uploaded to the student’s digital portfolio.

Amelia Earhart digital work in progress.

November 6

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

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

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.