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.

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!

Monday, January 30, 2017

I {heart} #EpicPals! Come And Read With Us!

Looking for a way to engage your students when reading?
 Come check out #EpicPals 

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.


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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

100th Day Collaborative Fun

The 100th Day of School is just around the corner and just like teachers around the country, we are gearing up for lots of 100th day activities. 

Last year my class created a Padlet board that we shared out with our school, parents, and our Twitter buddies in hopes of getting 100 posts for the 100th day. We surpassed that goal and had a great time reading everyone's posts. So 1 year later, I am again starting this project in hopes of stretching our reach even further! 

We would love it if you (and your students) would jump on and add to our 2nd annual 100th DayPadlet board

Please leave your name (students-1st names only please
and what state you are from.
Made with Padlet

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Brain Pop Jr even better? Yup!!

Brain Pop Jr has a new look
is now mobile device friendly without needing an app!!

BrainPop went through this transition last year. Here is a recorded webinar from last year that will give you the whole scoop on the features available in BrainPop!