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First Grade Needs and Wants

Students in Mrs. Atkin’s and Mrs. Glowenski’s classes created Needs and Wants Posters using Pic Collage on the iPads.  They used the camera feature to take pictures of items around their classroom.  Many students found creative ways to represent concepts, especially wants.  I love that most any age can use Pic Collage.  It is definitely one of my favorite apps. Check out a few examples of the First Graders’ work below:

Posted in iPad, Projects, Roanoke County Schools, Spotlight on Apps

App Spotlight: PicCollage

I absolutely LOVE  Pic-Collage because it can be used in any subject or grade level. Think virtual poster.  It’s safe (you can turn off the ability to pull pictures from the web in settings), and it’s FREE.  It’s pretty intuitive if you play around with it, but just in case, here’s a tutorial on how to use it:

Pic Collage for IPad and IPhone Tutorial from Roben-Marie Smith on Vimeo.

Check out the following posts for examples of how it has been used so far in classrooms:

Figurative Language with Second Grade

Pic Collage in 4th Grade

I would LOVE to help you and your students learn how to use this app!!  It’s so fun and easy, and the kids love it!

 

Posted in iPad, Projects, Reading, Roanoke County Schools

Figurative Language with Second Grade

For the past few days, I’ve had the chance to work with a reading group in Mrs. Allen’s Class.  This group of students had read the book, Punished by David Lubar.  I had never read this book, but the kids LOVED it and were so excited to tell me about it.  The main character of the story is “punished” when talking back to the reference guy in the library and has to find different types of figurative language to lift the magical punishment.  The book covers types of figurative language (oxymorons, palindromes, anagrams, and puns).  Mrs. Allen wanted her students to practice creating (or finding) these types of words.

After brainstorming with the group of students, we decided that they would make a virtual poster (using iPads) containing an example of each word.  Students used the iPads to research and take (or find) pictures of the different word types.  As they went along, they kept a list of the examples they found so they would be ready to create their poster.

On day two, students used one of my favorite apps, PicCollage, to create their figurative language posters.  They were given this sheet to help them.  Below are the posters they created.

 

They did such a great job.  I had a blast watching their excitement over the project. Way to go Mrs. Allen’s Class!

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Getting Pictures from School iPads to Your Computer

Did you know you can transfer content from the school iPads right to your computer (with no plugs)?  Using the dropbox app, it’s easy and simple.

In order to have content transferred directly to your computer, you will first need to install dropbox on your computer.  Be careful, though.  Roanoke County Teachers will want to make sure  it is installed to sync to your desktop and NOT your My Documents folder.  If you need help with this part, I’ll be glad to install it for you. 🙂  Let me know you plan to do this, and I”ll send you an invite for our school’s student work folder.

When your students create a project on the iPads, have them save it, if possible, to the camera roll (or export as .jpg, or export to photos…it could be worded differently in different apps).  Then have the students open the dropbox app and upload the picture to their grade level’s folder.  Below are step by step directions. It’s very easy, and once you show the students, they will be able to do this on their own!

Check out How to Use Dropbox on School iPads by Tina Coffey on Snapguide.http://images.snapguide.com/static/js/embed/script.min.js

 

By the way, for those of you who like such things, the guide above was made with a free app called Snapguide. It was so easy and quick!