Cedar Creek now has its own Aurasma channel! Aurasma is an augmented reality app that allows you to scan a picture or object, which triggers another image or a video. Fourth graders in Mrs. Raygor's social studies classes made videos of themselves giving information about a Native American tribe that lived in Texas on their iPads. After creating their video, students chose a trigger image that was posted in the commons. Trigger images were tagged with the Aurasma logo so visitors would know where to scan. Students presented their projects to a live audience as well.
Here's a quick demonstration of Aurasma:
Examples of Trigger Images:
This video will show you how to follow an Aurasma channel; just search for Cedar Creek Elementary to find us. Come to the Cedar Creek commons to see the students' projects!
3rd grade students at Cedar Creek have been around the world and back! They are learning about landforms, and we took a landform tour around the world. Students were given a list of places to go in the Google Earth app. They took a screenshot and determined which landform it was. Students used their social studies textbook to help them.
Students then put their screenshots into the Explain Everything app. They used definitions from their textbook and their new knowledge of landforms to make slideshows explaining and illustrating each landform. Check out their work!
Appy Holidays from Amy and Jolie! This week we visited classrooms to spread holiday cheer and teach students how to use an iPad app. In kindergarten and first grade, students wrote letters of appreciation. They used the template below to compose the letter.
Next, students chose two holiday props and had their picture taken in front of a festive background. Students put their photo into the Screen Chomp app, then recorded themselves reading their letter of appreciation. Screen Chomp creates a URL to videos made in the app, so we shared the link with parents so they could watch their child's video. Here are some examples from kindergarten:
Second and third grade became comic book authors with the Strip Designer app. We read the beginning of the book Penguins by Liz Pichon, where a girl drops her camera into the penguin enclosure at the zoo. Students had to write their own ending to the story to tell what happened to the girl and her camera. Here are some alternate endings:
We're looking forward to an Appy New Year in 2014!
Third grade is currently working on identifying the features of nonfiction texts, and asked for our help with this skill. First, we reviewed the features of fiction and nonfiction with a Venn diagram. Each student got one sticky note and placed it on the diagram. As a whole class, we discussed where the various text features went and why.
Next, it was time to hunt down some nonfiction text features. Students were given this organizer through eBackpack to complete on their iPads. Students were given the definition of a nonfiction text feature, then they had to fill in the correct term and take a picture of it in a nonfiction book. They used the Notability app to complete the activity. Here is an example:
You can download the complete file here:
For the next few days, students will begin researching a country and the Christmas or holiday celebrations that take place in that country. Then, they will create a newsletter with the nonfiction text features they have learned about. We will post some examples of the newsletters soon!
This will be our first entire school year with 1:1 iPads at all grade levels! Last year was a success, and we can't wait to see what this year has in store!
To roll out the iPads, students go through an iPad orientation to review the rules and expectations, set up email and iFiles, and personalize their iPad screen. Students also sign contracts that outline the rules, and their parents sign the contract as well. A contract was developed for Kindergarten-2nd grade, and another contract was created for 3rd-5th grade. See the examples below:
Apps were added to student iPads over the summer. Kindergarten- 2nd grade will have one set of apps, and 3rd-5th will have another set. You can find more information on the apps added to student iPads here. Check the description under each app to see which grades have the app.
Keep checking the blog to see what's happening at Cedar Creek!