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.

October 8

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

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!