Thursday, October 17, 2013

Welcome to Multiage University! In a cute play off this summer's kid favorite "Monster's University," each of our Multiage (first, second grade) students created a "Meet My Monster" poster introducing the other Jamestown students to an M.U. monster they created.  To help learn the writing process, the students took their monster from beginning to end including brainstorming, first draft, peer edit, revising, teacher edit, and final draft.  Their product was typed in pages, and the students created a portrait of their monster using Drawing Pad. Merging the two together in pages was the final step in bringing their monster to life.  Huge eyeballs and multiple arms galore.... meet our monsters!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

5th Grade Book Trailers

The 5th grade created movie and movie trailers using iMovie on the iPad.  The project was designed to demonstrate students' knowledge of story elements based on their reading group novel. Students collaborated to plan and create their iMovies.  Groups began by using a storyboard organizer.  Many students chose to organize their iMovie using the apps Popplet Lite and Corkulous.  After planning, groups filmed scenes using the built in camera on the iPad.  They organized the clips in iMovie and added music, voice over, and transitions.  Students presented their movies to the class to spark interest in reading their novel.  Teachers used a rubric to grade the final presentations.  Some students chose to use iStop Motion to create stop motion videos.

Creating Interactive eBooks in Second Grade

Creating interactive, multimedia eBooks on the iPad is easy and fun.  The creation of these books supports the writing and publishing process and can be done right in the classroom using a set of iPad apps for the workflow.
writing workflow (created in Inspiration Maps for iPad)

 Example from Ms. Blake's 2nd Grade Class:

The publishing flow and the apps that support the publishing process:

  • Brainstorm you idea with Popple or Inspiration Maps for the iPad
  • Create your illustrations with DrawingPad and save to the Photo Album for use in the book
  • Create your book in Book Creator  for iPad or Book Writer for iPad, adding text fields, illustrations and movies
  • Share your story to the iBooks on your iPad to be read like a book
  • Share to Dropbox to share with the larger community and parents
  • Create a QR code to share your online books