Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Freebie!

I am so thankful for all of my amazing followers and many other blessings! Here is a freebie for YOU to help kick off the month of December:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lapse It App

First, CONGRATULATIONS to Dianne for winning The Techie Teacher's Thanksgiving Giveaway!!

Onto a really cool app I wanted to share with you! Have you heard about Lapse It? It is a FREE app that captures time lapse and stop motion videos. You can import any prerecorded video and then speed it up or slow it down. My coworker, Karen Hues, used this the other day for her daughter's science homework. Students were asked to predict how long it would take to melt an ice cube and then actually test it. Rather than just standing over the bowl and watching the ice melt, she downloaded Lapse It on her iPhone. They propped the iPhone on a spice rack and the app took a photo every five seconds. An hour and a half was captured in 21 seconds:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Regions of the US and County History

Last Friday several ITRTs met up at a one of our elementary schools to work with the 5th grade classes on Henrico History and regions of the US. It was such a fun-filled techie day. Check it out:

We kicked off the session with a brain warm-up by using the classroom response system, PlickersPlickers is a POWERFUL tool that allows teachers to collect real time formative assessment data WITHOUT the need for student devices. Each child received a Plicker card to respond to five warm up questions that were displayed on the board along with a response graph and scanned with an iPhone. Basically, plickers are giant QR Codes!

From November 25, 2014

The ITRT crew then divided the students into groups. Each group of 5th graders worked on a different Social Studies project.

My “app smash” station was conducted on the ipads to review the five US regions: West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. Students navigated to the site, Comemories, to select one of the preloaded US map images to save to the camera roll. Next, they imported their selected image into the app, Skitch, to label the different regions of the US map. The students saved their labeled map to the camera roll and then imported it into the app, Shadow Puppet. Here, students presented their creation and turned their mini project into a video. Check out some of the final products:

Jim Covais and Matt Caratachea had their group make short videos on one of six important geographical areas in North America. Each student chose an area, then used Dell Webcam Central to share facts and easily saved it by dragging the video clip out of the program onto their desktops. Every member of the group then imported their video along with some pre-selected pictures into Windows Movie Maker. The students added their recording and at least two pictures to their project. To add a little spice the students put transitions between pictures and the video clip, added titles, and even recorded voice overs within Windows Movie Maker. Check out an example:

Stephanie Wright and Jessica Robinson had their groups create their own Henrico Instagram selfies. The students started by opening an Instagram template on their laptops. This template opened in ActivInspire. They plugged in their “pretend” usernames and locations and then accessed images of Henrico located on the HCPS Virtual Share. They dumped their chosen image into their template and sized it accordingly. After their image was set they used the Dell Webcam to take their own selfie. We then used the point-to-point tool in ActivInspire to trim around their image. After sizing their image they placed themselves into the Henrico image. We wrapped up this activity by adding a description and creating various hashtags. Check out this flipsnack with some samples of their work!

Garry Marshall had his groups use Google Virtual Tour Builder to create a tour of the Northwestern United States. Students included locations, images, and descriptions for locations in this region. Looking to do this activity with students? Try these short directions.

Check out some more awesome pictures of the day!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MoveNote Google App

Have you heard of the Chrome app called MoveNote? Basically, it records a video alongside a Google Doc, Google Presentation, PDF, Microsoft Office file or picture. I have been so bummed that kids can't do voice recordings on their Google Presentations so this is a great alternative. Also, I could see teachers using this to leave information about a lesson when they are absent or even send home the link for homework help/explanations. One of my teachers made a MoveNote clip and posted it on her Google Classroom to kick off a lesson. It was really neat! MoveNote has many different sharing capabilities. Here is a quick example:


Definitely try out MoveNote and get your students on board. They will LOVE it!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Giveaway!!!

Thanksgiving is NEXT week! Woo hoo! I know I am looking forward to having a few days off :) To get us excited about the holiday that is quickly approaching, I wanted to do a mini giveaway. One of my lucky followers could win a $10 TpT gift certificate, any item from my TpT store AND the Hot Dot set you see in the picture below:

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

PhotoMath App: Guest Post

Guest post from Tyler Hart:
I just ran across an amazing app that could be extremely helpful in the classroom! PhotoMath is an app that will solve math problems simply by using your camera on your phone. Being obsessed with Augmented Reality, and this app having an AR feel, I was quickly hooked! Now, I can see teachers saying, “Why would I want an app that gives my students the answers?” My favorite feature:  The How-To Steps. After answering the question, the app allows you to flip through the steps on how to solve the problem. This would be an awesome way to help students walk through order of operation problems. Now, this app just became available a couple weeks ago, so there still are some higher level problems that the app cannot handle, but the company is working to update the app!
Below is an example I did off my computer screen.  The first picture is a problem I scanned off my computer, and you will notice the red box with the “12” as the answer.  I then clicked through each screen on the app to go through the steps of how to solve the problem.  Check it out!
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After Tyler wrote about this app, I downloaded PhotoMath and tried it out myself. It is pretty awesome and such a great way for students to check their work! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece Interactive

In Virginia, students learn about Ancient Egypt in 2nd grade and Ancient Greece in 3rd grade. One of my coworkers showed me this AWESOME interactive site for each civilization: The Children's University of Manchester . There are other interactives on the site but I really enjoyed walking through the Ancient China and Ancient Egypt ones!

You can see in the screenshot below the different categories on the left that are covered. My favorite was being able to type and see my name in hieroglyphs:

And learning the Greek alphabet:

I also really like the "Test Your Knowledge" section in the Ancient Greece interactive which gives the kids instant feedback and allows them to try again if they answer a question incorrectly.

If you teach about these two civilizations, this website is a MUST!!