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Gingerbread Man App Smash

Apps, iPad, Technology

We created a class gingerbread story this week.  We used our iPads and app smashed our way through the process. Step 1: Students were greeted with a pile of craft materials.  They were asked to create gingerbread people. Many students wanted a template to cut out, but I didn’t provide one and simply encouraged to them to do their best!  We used: construction paper glue sticks, wet glue, and hot glue yarn pipe cleaners pom poms buttons beads feathers foam…

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Today’s Tech Plan

Daily 5, iPad, Technology

When students are using Chromebooks or iPad technology during our literacy or math workshop blocks, I’ve learned that it’s important to have a “tech plan” for the day.  This past school year I created one for the SMARTboard.  I usually do this when I find myself repeating the same expectations over and over again.  That way, when the topic is broached, I just pull up the anchor chart, or have it ready, knowing the kids will need the reminder. The…

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Talking Animal Reports

Apps, Daily 5, iPad, Science, Technology, Writing

My students absolutely love the app Chatterpix.  They create hilarious projects with it, from talking classroom stuffed animals to singing classmates. Recently we used the app to create Talking Animal Reports, during their Daily 5 sessions.  Download the SMARTboard File Students self-selected a book to read.  They wrote five or more facts about the animal they read about.  Then they used the iPad app Hello Crayons to illustrate their animal.  After saving their illustration to the iPad’s photo gallery, they…

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Build a Bug App

Apps, iPad, Technology, Writing

We love our classroom iPads! I’ve been moving my students toward a more creation environment, rather than consumer environment when it comes to iPad technology.  We have five iPads in our classroom and they get used A LOT.  We love them.  In fact we kind of wish we had a class set at times. One of our projects utilizes the Sago’s Mini Bug Builder app.   View/Download Sago Mini Bug Builder App This project integrates technology, writing, and speaking.  Students…

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