Thursday, May 15, 2014

End of Year Writing Gone Tech

Hello everyone!  I am in the middle of the "May Crazies"!  (I mean really, how much more can you pack in a month!!)

It "May" be crazy at school, but great things are still happening!

Every year I have the students reflect on their year.  I love hearing what their favorite things were and even what they didn't like.  This year I added a little more to the traditional writing.

First, the students wrote their script.  On this planning form they wrote about their 3 favorite things and the one thing they didn't like.  They did this at their "Write On!" center.  (Click here to download this planning sheet freebie!)

After the students finished their scripts, I reviewed it with them.  Then they used one of our 3 class iPad mini's to publish/ record their writing piece.  Since it is the end of the year and we have used several different recording apps, I decided to let the students choose.  They could do a traditional video recording with the camera app, use Puppet Pals 2 or ChatterPix.  They would take their script and the iPad and go into the recording studio (my office or the hallway) and finish creating their project.

Once the projects were finished we screened them for the class.  The projects turned out better than I ever expected!  Check out this video created by Ms. Reina.  It literally brought tears to my eyes and reminded me why I do what I do!

Yes, she is in a traditional first grade class and did this all by herself!  I love the way she changes her voice to interview herself.

They turned out so well, I am using them to make an interactive end-of-the-year bulletin board.  I'm using a QR code linked to each video.  I will then post these on the hallway bulletin board.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Take Note!

Notability is FREE for a limited time! (Until Wednesday, May 7th, 2014)

Notability is an amazing app for the iPad!  You can do so many things with this app; it will increase your productivity!  Of course you can take notes with it.  You can also take write on top of any PDF, record notes, organize files... the possibilities are endless.  

To find out more information about Notability visit their web site here.

Both of my daughters are in paperless iPad classes and use this app for almost everything they do.  It amazes me how organized they are with it.  They also take their time with their homework and make it their own.  It is my goal to learn from them and become the expert they both are with this app!  (The teacher becomes the student!)