Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wowzers!! A TPT Milestone & a Giveaway!

Wow! I cannot believe that I hit my next milestone at TeachersPayTeachers!  You can go here to read about me on the TPT Blog. (But make sure you come back to enter the giveaway!)

TeachersPayTeachers has truly changed my life!  It has made me much more financially independent, paid for my wedding and helped feed my shopping addiction.  I have also met many new incredible friends through blogging and TPT.  Not to mention, I love making a difference in student lives all over the world.  Its such a blessing!

In celebration of reaching this Milestone, all of my lapbooks are on sale at TeachersPayTeachers.  They will be 20% off through December 17th.  

Let's keep on celebrating by having a giveaway too! I'm giving away a $25 gift card to TPT.  The details on how to enter are in the Rafflecopter below.  The giveaway will end on Friday, December 20th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Shadow Puppet App for iPad

I am always looking for quality FREE apps to use with my kiddos!  My awesome tech facilitator, Teresa, shared a great new app, Shadow Puppet Edu!

Here is a video from the creators of the App!

It is basically a simple video making app. Here is what I love about it:

Students can do a web search through the App! Not only can you do a web image search, but you can also search NASA, Library of Congress, the Met Museum and More.  You can also add images from your own camera roll too!

To record voice, just hit Record and talk!  Students tap through the photos in their slideshow and can pause as they go. 

The videos we made this week were fairly short, but I love that you can make longer videos! Especially if you wanted to make a class video!

This is my favorite part! You can upload it straight to Youtube, Email it or Save to the Camera Roll!  

Shadow Puppet has some great ideas on their website that would be great for every classroom!

My students had so much fun creating their videos!  They loved watching each other's videos even more!

We used the app for the first time to publish along with our Informational Nonfiction Books!  The students typed their books on Google Docs and then created a Shadow Puppet Video to read aloud their writing. (I'd like to create a QR code to add to the end of their books to link straight to their videos! Hopefully I can get that done!)

Luckily, my fabulous tech facilitator, Teresa, came into my classroom to help teach the students how to use the app!  We started out simple and she taught them the basics of the app!

Then, the students went on their own and recorded their videos!

It was as easy as that! All of my students finished their videos in about 90 minutes.  

We kept our first videos pretty simple, but I'm looking forward to using the app again and using more of the features.

Here are some of the finished products!  

Have you ever used this app? I'd love to hear about it!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Paper Slide Videos

I am lucky enough to have a set of 12 iPads in my classroom this year, so it's been great integrating more technology in my classroom this year.  I have a project to share with you that is easy peasy, even if you don't have much technology.  Paper Slide Videos are so easy to facilitate in your classroom and the students love them!  All the technology you need is something to film with, such as a document camera, iPad, flip camera, iPhone, etc.

This is a great visual from Mary Frazier to describe a Paper Slide Video

I introduced paper slide videos to my class using this great video! 

My class created paper slides videos about Rocks and Minerals.  Since this was such a creative project, I had the students choose their groups and it worked out great!

We were finishing up our Rocks and Minerals unit, so we brainstormed topics that they may want to share in their paper slide video.  

Then, they met with their group to plan out their storyboard.  We kept it simple, we folded a paper into six squares and used this as a storyboard. 

After, the storyboard was planned out, the students created each individual slide.  I encouraged lots of color, pictures, and diagrams and few words. Next, they wrote out their scripts so they knew exactly what they wanted to say. 

Now, it was time to practice, practice, practice!  

The last step was to record.  Once the camera starts, it doesn't stop!  There isn't any editing, so once they were done filming, it was done.  

The kids loved it!  It took us about 4- 45 minute periods to complete the project from start to finish.  Some students finished during our third time period, so I provided enrichment work for them while the other students were finishing up.  

Here a few of the finished products!

The great thing about paper slide videos, is that they can work with any topic in any subject!  

Have you ever completed paper slide videos with your class?  i'd love to hear about it! 

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