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!

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.

Abstract Art and Freedom of Expression

This week, many classes in the Learning Commons learned about Paul-Émile Borduas (1905 – 1960) He is an important painter from Quebec. Students created their own abstract art. We shared different books to help us imagine what our emotions would look like if we drew them.

Some colours made us think of different emotions. We read ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox’ by Indigenous author Danielle Daniel, ‘ The Noisy Paintbox’ – a biography of Kandinsky and Dr. Seuss’ My Many Coloured Days.

We used Doodle Buddy and the smudge feature to show our learning. Students K – 4/5  exported their work independently. Handy tips: Paint a solid colour layer first and use the widest brush option. Use a QR code on the hallway bulletin board to share learning.

Check out the video of our creations.


Abstract Art with Doodle Buddy from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Selfie Digital Citizenship

In the Learning Commons, some students have been learning about Selfies. We have been discussing Digitial Citizenship and T.H.I.N.K. – Before you post, Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?

We talked about appropraite and inappropriate times to take Selfies. As a follow-up we made our own selfies using our own selfie in Doodle Buddy App and tracing and then removing the background. Students were pleasantly surprised to see how much their art work looked like them.

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.