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.

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