05 November 2017

Digital Storytelling


Blabberize allows you to add voice to a hand-drawn picture that you upload to the site.
I have used this website for students to publish writing. I often integrate science or social studies into my writing block. 
For example, for third grade you can have students write about a region of Georgia to go along with your science standards. Then have students draw a picture of an animal from that region. After that you would take a picture of the drawing and upload it into blabberize. Lastly, you will record the each student reading their writing. When you play it back it will look as if the drawn animal is talking and reading the writing. 

Some ideas for each grade level (based on 2017 Georgia Standards of Excellence):
K
1. Have students illustrate a picture of themselves and write about themselves or their family at the beginning of the year. Record their dictation of their writing.
2. Have students draw a picture of the Statue of Liberty or Bald Eagle and tell about American Symbols after writing about the topic.
3. Have students draw themselves and then tell about rules and why they are created.
4. Draw police officer, fire fighter, etc. and write about the work they do. Record each student reading their writing.

1
1. Students can draw a picture of Johnny Appleseed (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about Johnny Appleseed.
Record students reading their writing about Johnny Appleseed.
*same activity with Ruby Bridges, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Sacagawea, etc.


2
1. Students can draw a picture of Jackie Robinson (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about Jackie Robinson.
Record students reading their writing about Jackie Robinson.
*same activity with Mary Musgrove, MLK, Juliette Gordon Low, Jimmy Carter, etc.

3
1. Students can draw a picture of John Cabot (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about John Cabot
Record students reading their writing about John Cabot.
*same activity with Henry Hudson, Christopher Columbus, etc.

4
1. Students can draw a picture of Paul Revere (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about Paul Revere.
Record students reading their writing about Paul Revere.
*same activity with John Adams, Patrick Henry, Benedict Arnold, etc.

5
1. Student scan draw a picture of Thomas Edison (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about Thomas Edison.
Record students reading their writing about Thomas Edison.
*same activity with George Washington Carver, Alexander Graham Bell, Langston Hughes, Babe Ruth, etc.

Examples:




Example 1

Storybird
This website allows you to set up a classroom account for free. Students can then create their own books and use professional illustrations in their book. 
I use this website for students to create ideas based on the illustrations provided. Students can get as creative as their imaginations allow.

You can share their finished book by embedding the book on your webpage, sharing it in an email or even through class dojo and google classroom.







Voki

Your students will absolutely love Voki. You can publish any piece of writing that your students have completed by creating an avatar on voki and having the avatar read the writing. I often have students type their writing into a google doc and then copy and paste that into the text portion of voki for the avatar to read. My students especially enjoy the strange accents that the characters have.

Example 1

Example 2

Voki Tutorial



Powtoon allows you or students to animate your own presentation or story.
There is a free and paid version of Powtoons, the free version is limited on characters and objects. The free version will work perfectly fine for students to create stories or presentations.

After selecting a premade template or starting from scratch, students can add their own characters and objects and text to the presentation.

At the end they are able to add a voice over to each slide and apply music provided by the website. 

The end result is a very professional looking presentation or story.




Google Slides
Students can access this from google. I call it a "bingo board" that they click on in the upper right of google and then they can select slides.
Students can share their presentation/story with other students and work together to complete the presentation/story.



They can add pictures from kiddle.co or draw their own illustrations using Google Drawing (go to bingo board, Drive, new, and then google drawing).




I know that some of you have iPads and would like to know how to do this with apps. Here are some noteworthy apps, but voki and google slides are offered as apps as well.

Morfo

See my past post for Morfo HERE

Sock Puppets





Toontastic




Telestory

Tellagami



02 November 2017

This Week in the Media Center- 10/30/17

Here are a few things we did in the media center this week.
First off, we dressed up to say, "Boo to Bullying!"
I was Lilo and my paraprofessional was Stitch. Basically, all the kids thought I was Moana and she was a mouse. I guess I went a little too old school on the cartoon reference.


My administrators performed one of their wonderful Pay Day songs!


I had all 3-5 students bring their chromebooks with them to the media center this week and add the media center google classroom code in order to join my classroom. Now, I can easily send links and information to them.

We learned about the Media Festival and I explained that students could easily use Google Slides to create a presentation or tell a story. We discussed how students must be very concise of copyright when submitting projects for Media Festival. I showed students that one option for illustrations would be to use Google Drawings to create their own graphics and pictures, instead of finding images on the internet. They were excited to learn how to access Google Drawings. We also practice selected an image they created in Google Drawing and pasting this image into a Google Slide presentation. This may seem obvious to you, but my students were pumped to learn how to do this.


We also created accounts in Powtoon and discussed how a presentation in Powtoon would be considered animation in the Media Festival categories. We practiced using the premade templates and swapping out the characters and objects. I also discussed adding a voice over and background music on the presentation. This part was a bit rushed and I intend to review Powtoons with students another week when they visit the media center.



Book Reviews using Flipgrid
I showed each class how to use Flipgrid to record a book review. We talked about how it should be a commercial/advertisement for a book and should not give the entire book away. Students said to not give too much information or else it would be a spoiler alert! They giggled and laughed so much while watching me record myself do an example of a book review.



Lastly, I had students listen to my very favorite Halloween story.


29 October 2017

Co-Teach with Technology October

For one week out of the month, I go into classrooms and Co-Teach with Technology with teachers. Teachers are able to sign up on a google doc for a time and session of their choice that interests them.
This week the sign up ended up looking like this:

We had so much fun learning about Flipgrid, Google Slides, Google Docs using an iPad, Chatterpix, Incredibox, and Epic.

Here's a recap of each:

FlipGrid
FlipGrid is a terrific website that allows you to create a grid with a question. Students can then answer the question by recording a video response and add stickers to their response before posting. Students can then view the FlipGrid and see each student response. They can add a celebretory emoji as a reaction after viewing their classmate's responses or write a comment or even respond with a video.

I've created one to use with my reading bowl students.
This week I worked with teachers to create FlipGrids for students to tell their understanding of the Phases of the Moon, Number Talks, and to even read a book aloud for others to view.

This is an extremely easy to use tool.


More info about Flipgrid


Google Slides and Google Docs
In my district, K-2 have 1:1 ipads and 3-5 have 1:1 chromebooks. We just received these last month and have been working hard to learn how to effectively implement using the 1:1 devices. I am helping each teacher create a Google Classroom account and put all of their students into their classroom. I've also started exposing teachers and students to the greatness of google docs and google classroom. K-2 teachers were excited to learn how to use these apps on the iPads and connect it all to their Google Classroom. The 3-5 teachers were happy to learn how to share google slides for multiple students to work on the same presentation at one time. 



ChatterPix
ChatterPix is an app that allows you to take a picture of a drawing and then record audio to make the picture talk.

We watched the read aloud of Creepy Carrots from this youtube video:

Then students drew a picture of their very own creep carrot and recorded themselves retelling the story.


More info about ChatterPix


Incredibox is a really neat website that I just learned about even though it has been around for a long time. On this website you can create beats/harmonies/music for background of presentations. I showed this resource to the music teacher and she is excited about what she can do with this. The graphics on the website are fun and engaging.
Let me know if you think of other ways we could use this resource in the classroom.


Epic
Epic is a free website with a collection of audiobooks. You can set up a class account and assign students specific books based on lexile level or interest. During the co-teach session, I helped teachers figure out how to create collections and assign these collections. We are also working to create some basic templates that students can respond to on google classroom after reading stories. These templates will have students tell about characters, setting, plot or text features.

This was a fun and productive week!

06 August 2017

First Week in the Media Center

Over here in Georgia our Summer is over and we are back in school. We just finished up our first week and it was a success in the Media Center.

We discussed tips and suggestions for taking care of your library books. We then watched Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy and I was super excited to find the book being read aloud by the author. I always think it's special when you can find the author reading their own book. You can find the video link HERE.

After listening to this story students made a comic strip of what a dragon would do if they had their library book. Students were extremely creative. Here are some fun examples:










You can find this freebie in my TPT Store.
 library dragon


One humorous thing that happened was a student spelled my name wrong in their picture.

I also had to run to Kohl's this weekend to pick up some of my favorite Mo Willems characters for the library!



Overall, it was a great week and I'm looking forward to week 2!





17 July 2017

Using Technology to Publish Student Writing

Blabberize allows you to add voice to a hand-drawn picture that you upload to the site.
I have used this website for students to publish writing. I often integrate science or social studies into my writing block. 
For example, for third grade you can have students write about a region of Georgia to go along with your science standards. Then have students draw a picture of an animal from that region. After that you would take a picture of the drawing and upload it into blabberize. Lastly, you will record the each student reading their writing. When you play it back it will look as if the drawn animal is talking and reading the writing. 

Some ideas for each grade level (based on 2017 Georgia Standards of Excellence):
K
1. Have students illustrate a picture of themselves and write about themselves or their family at the beginning of the year. Record their dictation of their writing.
2. Have students draw a picture of the Statue of Liberty or Bald Eagle and tell about American Symbols after writing about the topic.
3. Have students draw themselves and then tell about rules and why they are created.
4. Draw police officer, fire fighter, etc. and write about the work they do. Record each student reading their writing.

1
1. Students can draw a picture of Johnny Appleseed (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about Johnny Appleseed.
Record students reading their writing about Johnny Appleseed.
*same activity with Ruby Bridges, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Sacagawea, etc.


2
1. Students can draw a picture of Jackie Robinson (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about Jackie Robinson.
Record students reading their writing about Jackie Robinson.
*same activity with Mary Musgrove, MLK, Juliette Gordon Low, Jimmy Carter, etc.

3
1. Students can draw a picture of John Cabot (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about John Cabot
Record students reading their writing about John Cabot.
*same activity with Henry Hudson, Christopher Columbus, etc.

4
1. Students can draw a picture of Paul Revere (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about Paul Revere.
Record students reading their writing about Paul Revere.
*same activity with John Adams, Patrick Henry, Benedict Arnold, etc.

5
1. Student scan draw a picture of Thomas Edison (or other person you've recently learned about)
Have students write what they have learned about Thomas Edison.
Record students reading their writing about Thomas Edison.
*same activity with George Washington Carver, Alexander Graham Bell, Langston Hughes, Babe Ruth, etc.

Examples:




Example 1

Storybird
This website allows you to set up a classroom account for free. Students can then create their own books and use professional illustrations in their book. 
I use this website for students to create ideas based on the illustrations provided. Students can get as creative as their imaginations allow.

You can share their finished book by embedding the book on your webpage, sharing it in an email or even through class dojo and google classroom.







Voki

Your students will absolutely love Voki. You can publish any piece of writing that your students have completed by creating an avatar on voki and having the avatar read the writing. I often have students type their writing into a google doc and then copy and paste that into the text portion of voki for the avatar to read. My students especially enjoy the strange accents that the characters have.

Example 1

Example 2

Voki Tutorial









09 July 2017

Watercolor Clip Art

I've had some fun this summer creating Watercolor Clip Art!


Cactus is really in right now and I think they are so cute! I'm planning to use them as the theme on my media center bulletin board. "Get Stuck Reading a Good Book!" I've seen some other great suggestions for classroom bulletin boards or doors for open house. "My Classroom is Sharp" or "Check Out This Sharp Work" "Stay Sharp This School Year" "We Stick Together" 

Find Cactus Water Clip Art HERE


Find Pineapple Water Clip Art HERE



Find Coffee Cup Water Clip Art HERE



Find Cat Water Clip Art HERE




FREE Cactus Table Labels HERE





Any suggestions for my next watercolor clip art set?