Sunday, April 30, 2017

May's EpicPals is in Full Bloom!

Looking for a way to integrate technology into your students' day while also increasing reading and writing skills?  
 Come check out our great #EpicPals book lineup for primary and intermediate readers!

Click on the EpicPals banner above or on either of the imagesbelow of this month's book selections below to access the #EpicPals GoogleDoc (both the primary and intermediate versions are on the same doc- just scroll down to page 2 for the Intermediate version). As always, thank you to my Twitter buddy, Bobbie Hopkins (@bhopteacher) who works to create the intermediate version of #EpicPals each month. Thanks Bobbi!!





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New to EpicPals and need some additional information? If so, head over the the #EpicPals page at the top of the blog for additional information.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Breakfast Bytes

Part of my new position is to offer what we call Breakfast Bytes each and every month to the staff in my building. Each month I try to share an app and how it can best be utilized within the curriculum and sometimes I share tips and tidbits based on what I am seeing would be beneficial. You can find all of the Breakfast Bytes I've done this year on the Breakfast Bytes tab above. 

Here is this month's slidedeck. The initial pages are related to shared calendars in Google but the iPad tip at the end shows how to use Markup on your photos if you are running iOs10. Super cool feature!

Click on the picture to access the slidedeck

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April Fools? No Way! EpicPals April is here today!


Looking for a way to engage your students when reading?
 Come check out or great book lineup for primary and intermediate readers!

Click on the EpicPals banner above or on either of the images of this month's book selections below to access the #EpicPals GoogleDoc (both the primary and intermediate versions are on the same doc- just scroll down to page 2 for the Intermediate version). As always, thank you to my Twitter buddy, Bobbie Hopkins (@bhopteacher) who works to create the intermediate version of #EpicPals each month. Thanks Bobbi!!




Here is the direct link to the EpicPals Primary Collection in Epic. This collection as well as the Intermediate version should be searchable in Epic in the next couple of days.

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Need some additional information about EpicPals? Want a few tips and tidbits to get it set up in your room? If so, head over the the #EpicPals page at the top of the blog for additional information.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

When I'm 100 Years Old App Smash

I love the 100th day and always find time to do this special project with my kiddos. It's always good for a few laughs and with the addition of Seesaw, we easily share our ChatterPix project with our parents.

So without further a do.... from the 2014 archives......

I love appsmashing! This year for our 100th day of school we used 2 apps to help us publish our writing, Chatterpix and Aging Booth

We started by writing about what we would do when we are 100 years old. The ideas that the kids came up with were just adorable!! After we finished our writing, we took our pictures with the Aging Booth app which automatically aged us and saved them to the Camera Roll. The kids thought their pictures were hilarious! We had a lot of good laughs about how they turned out.

We then imported our pictures into the Chatterpix app. This app allows you to use any photo, then draw a line to make a mouth and then record your voice. You also have the option to add stickers, text, and frames to your photos as well as adding filtering effects (black and white, sepia, etc). I use the regular version of Chatterpix so that I have the option of sharing our projects via email. They also have a kids version, Chatterpix Kids, that does not have the sharing options. This is a very simple app to use and the kids were able to easily import their picture and record their story.



When we were finished with our project, we emailed them to our parents but also printed out our pictures from the Aging Booth app and displayed them in the hallway along with our writing for our parents and others to also enjoy during parent teacher conferences.



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2017 Update:
After students have created their ChatterPix projects, have them upload them into Seesaw as an easy way to share out with parents! Remember that you can also easily share your creations from Seesaw out to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest simply by touching the 3 dots under your item. The best part is, when your item is shared, it removed the identifying information including the child's icon/name and any comments that have been made.

If you're interested in the paper we used for this project and a banner that you can use to display these in the hallway, you can find them in my TPT store

Also, don't forget about our 2nd Annual 100th Day Collaborative Padlet board. Come join the fun!