Every teacher that I meet is comfortable with a different level of technology integration, so my goal is to meet them where they are and help move them up the ladder on the SAMR model. You can learn more about the SAMR model by visiting my About page here on this website, or visit Kathy Schrock’s guide to everything SAMR. In this blog you’ll find projects that I’ve shared to help integrate technology resources, tools and skills. Please enjoy these ideas by browsing, using the search bar, or by clicking the tags on the left. I encourage feedback and requests for ideas, so please feel free to contact me!
In science, 1st graders have been learning all about the life cycles of various animals. They have seen their caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies, they are watching their tadpoles as they morph into frogs, and they are anxiously awaiting the first cracks of their chicken eggs. Throughout the year, these students have used the Draw and Tell app on their iPads and are very comfortable with the tools and how the program works. We decided to have them work with a partner to create a video demonstrating the life cycle of a chosen animal. Their teacher and I modeled how to work together with a partner, taking turns and changing roles for each portion of the video. Partner one drew a picture of the first phase, then partner two recorded an audio narration describing the process. They traded roles for each phase of the cycle. Once they completed each phase, they combined all parts into one video and saved it to the camera roll. They were then able to AirDrop the video to their teacher’s iPad, who will then create an iMovie combining all of the students’ creations into one movie. They will be showcasing this work when parents come to visit the classroom. Click here to view our final movie.
Kindergarteners used iPads to practice their sight words. They opened a QR Code reader app to scan codes placed around the room. Each code brought them to an animated video of that sight word (for a sample video click here). Once a video was watched the student recorded that word on a recording sheet to keep track of their work and to practice writing the words. You can access our recording sheet here. The QR code cards were created in Google Slides. You can access them here.
This was used as a center activity and completed over time. The sight words were rotated or changed each week to keep the activity fresh and interesting.
3rd graders have been learning about the water cycle in science classes. They are just starting to use Google Slides and Google Classroom, so I assigned a project to create an animated slideshow showing what they’ve learned. First we reviewed the phases of the water cycle by visiting the Earthguide animated, interactive illustration website. I then modeled how to create an animated slide of their own in Google Slides. Click here to see the steps that I followed. Both of these links were attached to the assignment in Google Classroom so the students would be able to refer back to them if they needed to. Also in Classroom I attached a blank Google Slide to the assignment and selected “make a copy for each student” so they’d each have a file to work on. Students then followed the same steps to create their own presentation. Click here for Student A sample. Click here for Student B sample.
6th graders have been researching countries with regard to the five themes of geography, and took notes in a packet of information using online databases, websites and books. We decided that they should each create a website for their country as a way to share their knowledge. They used the new Google Sites to create a main site with five or six additional pages. The pages included information about the country’s culture, government, education, land, transportation, etc. In the Google Classroom assignment I attached the packet that the students used for their research notes and a handout on how to use Google Sites. Click here for the Sites Cheat Sheet that we used. Once the website was published, each student marked their country on a world map with a virtual pushpin in Google Drawings. The pushpin image was hyperlinked to their website. When the Google Drawing was downloaded as a pdf file, it could be shared and posted with active links to each country’s website.
Students have been learning about the features of non-fiction text and they have been researching animals. This was a great opportunity to have them share their learning by creating slideshows and share them with the class. Each student created their own Google Slideshow including at least one slide. They added at least one picture of the animal that they’ve researched and they were asked to add a caption and a headline. The students are learning to log into their own Google accounts on their Chromebooks, so we could use Google Classroom to create the assignment. The teacher added the assignment to her Classroom and included a template slide for the students to work on. When they opened the assignment the copy of the document was ready for them to edit. As the students finished, they clicked “Turn In” and the teacher was able to combine all of the slides into one large presentation. For more details about this project, click here. Here are some student samples: Student A, Student B, Student C
The Draw and Tell iPad app is great for students to use when telling stories and illustrating their ideas. They can use stickers, crayons, pencils or paintbrushes on a variety of backgrounds to draw and write. They can then record their own voices to narrate their story. Multiple pictures can be combined together to create a longer video and then it can be saved to the camera roll. This app can be used for a multitude of activities.
In math we had the students demonstrate all of the different ways you can make 10. They took a picture of their 10-frame handout and saved it to the camera roll. They used that photo as the background and used the crayons to draw dots on the 10-frame. They made two or three different images using different colored crayons and wrote out their number sentences. Once finished they narrated their story to explain how they got 10. After AirDropping their video to their teacher’s iPad, the class gathered around the Smart Board to view their work. For more details about this lesson, click here.
1st Grade students used the Popplet app on their iPads to describe the character traits of a chosen storybook character. Their teacher modeled the activity by mirroring an iPad to the Smart Board with AirServer. Students then used the Camera app to take a picture of their character and saved it to the camera roll. They created a Popplet (a graphic organizer) which showed the traits of that character by importing the photo and typing in the traits. The Popplets were saved to the camera roll and the students used AirPlay and AirDrop to send it to the teacher’s iPad. Prior to beginning this lesson, students spent time learning how to use the app and they created Popplets all about themselves. This gave them the opportunity to have fun learning the tools and exploring character traits to prepare for the project. Click here for more details about this project.