We practiced more skills on the iPad today! Some of the apps that the kids worked on are: Inventioneers, Letter Quiz, and Undersea Math (all *free*). The Kindergarteners are really loving the Inventioneers app (which I thought would be very challenging, but the kiddos are giving it a shot!). I enjoy watching kids ask for help... usually from other students, and students so eager to help each other. Some of these apps are puzzles and involve problem solving, and it is nice to see Kinder students working hard to figure out the solution to a problem, or puzzle. Check out some videos of some of the apps we worked with:
Do you have any favorite Kindergarten educational apps?
Hi teachers (and students)! Have you been hearing about Augmented Reality in education lately? I certainly have! I wanted to learn a little about it... so I could share with some of you that are wondering about it (and educate myself in the process.
So.... what exactly is Augmented Reality (AR)?
Augmented Reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
That definition was a little confusing, so I did some YouTubing to get some ideas. Check out these videos!
An example of Augmented Reality -
BBC Frozen Planet augmented reality exhibition during Wildscreen 2012. Location - Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
An example of Augmented Reality technology:
How can you create an Augmented Reality experience?
Here a video that will walk you through the steps!
It looks like Augmented Reality could be an amazing thing for classrooms. I am interested to see if this catches on! Did you give it a try?
I was invited into Mrs. Hill's Kindergarten class this morning to record their Reader's Theatre presentation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The did a phenomenal job reading! Enjoy!
The Kindergarten students had time to explore more learning apps today! Here are a few we worked with:
A general favorite is called Box Drop Math. It was been really neat to see the kids learn different strategies to solve addition facts quickly and efficiently!
Another favorite is called Endless Wordplay. It helps students with spelling and supports their phonemic awareness!
Finally, we have Doodle Fit. It can be a very challenging game, but I have seen many Kindergarten students attempt it and work hard! They are incredibly determined! I love to see students fail and use logic to fix their mistakes and persevere! I absolutely love watching this little lady work with the app... you can see the wheels turning in her head, trying to figure out the puzzle!
ComicCon was a HUGE success! What a turnout! I wasn't able to take a ton of photos, but here is what I was able to capture...
And last, but certainly not least, here was the first ever video for the Chula Vista Hills Film Festival! I was completely impressed by all the submissions! Excellent work Cheetahs!
Today I got to work with three (yes, three) fabulous classes today! I am so lucky!
First, I got to work with Mrs. Aring's class on creating an iMovie with her students. The students created many "rules" to follow when working with a device, tablet, or iPad. They then got into their groups and began to create their storyboards! I am excited to hear their ideas about their films!
Secondly, I worked with Mrs. Talamantez's and Mrs. Ortiz's class (with Ms. Miller) to teach the basics of iMovie. The students got busy right away working on their movie to showcase their "greatest invention". Here are some pictures of students hard at work! Enjoy!
I have been such a busy teacher lately! Today I got to work with Mrs. Lohner's and Mrs. Skala's class!
In Mrs. Lohner's class, we worked on another podcast (using this voice recorder app) - this time, students interviewed each other about their chosen American Heroes. They certainly are getting used to recording their voices, and making sure to speak slowly and clearly, so that the listeners can easily understand and are entertained! Here are their podcasts! Enjoy!
When I followed up with Mrs. Lohner's class, I had seen that the class had listened to a few mentor media podcasts, and compared them with their own productions. They had created a T-chart showing things they noticed they are doing well, as well as some things they need to work on. That was FABULOUS! I'm so proud of all the hard work 1st grade is doing with their podcasts! Keep it up! Here is a photo of their chart:
In Mrs. Skala's class, we started a new project. We will be creating a short informative film (which we can share with other classes, or the whole school, and beyond!) on how to treat the iPads with respect. The students learned about the word "etiquette", and created a storyboard for their scene. Here are some photos!
I met lots of new 1st and 6th grade friends today! Today was the first day I got to work with the other half of students. It really has been so wonderful to meet all the terrific students here at this school. I am greeted by so many smiles and hugs each day, that it can make it difficult to walk through the hallway!
In RESULTS, we worked on Word Clouds - the same lesson I did a few months ago for the other students... except this time, we completed them using the iPad Word Cloud app! Here are Mrs. Lohner's, Mrs. Boco's, Mrs. DePerro's, and Mrs. Mitchell's students' work!
Mrs. Lohner's 1st Grade:
Mrs. Boco's 1st Grade:
Mrs. DePerro's 1st Grade:
Mrs. Mitchell's 6th Grade:
Today, grades 3 and 4 finished their podcasts! Have a listen below!
*podcasts are still being uploaded - come back soon!
The 4th graders are busy working on a persuasive writing piece about the best invention - in their opinion - to be invented during their lifetime. After some extensive research, why not make an iMovie about it? The students are excited to show off their digital media skills!
Hello there! My name is Dawn Seiter, and I am the Digital Media Arts teacher at Chula Vista Hills Elementary. Please take a look at all the neat stuff we have been doing!
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