Sunday, 18 January 2015

Shadow Puppet Rocks!

I have just recently discovered a new app - Shadow Puppet.
The week before Christmas, I had many students away.  During this week, two children trained two children in my class, then two more children, then two in another class, and so on.  Now three classes know how to use this fantastic app.

The students take pictures using the iPad camera.  Then they insert the photos into their Shadow Puppet creation.  The children narrate their way through the pictures.  Here's how my students used it.

They were given this math problem:
They took a picture of the problem.  Using Shadow Puppet, they read the question while displaying the photograph of it.  Then they snapped pictures of themselves solving the problem.
The final product (video) can be emailed, tweeted, sent to youtube...  So many possibilities.
This app is excellent for students to explain their thinking.  And it is FREE!!!

(I couldn't post any of my students' videos.  They all took a picture of themselves and inserted it into the finished product.  Funny kids!)

Sunday, 4 January 2015

SLANT Box Reveal

I had so much fun with this 12 Days of Christmas themed SLANT Box.  Thank you Jameson from Lessons with Coffee for all of your work organizing this. I can't imagine how much time this takes you each month.

I was matched up with two lovely bloggers.  I sent a parcel to Laura at Year2tastic - I hope she gets it soon.  Canada to England take a while.

year2tastic
And I received a fabulous parcel from Elaina at The Classy Teacher.

the classy teacher
This came on December 24th and it made my day.
 It was topped with bubble wrap - a favourite of mine - and each gift was wrapped and numbered.
Elaina's gifts were so thoughtful and perfect!  She even sent me Cinnamon Mentos.  I have not been able to find these here and hunt for them each time I visit The States.  Here are a few pictures.


Elaina didn't send Jax - but he sure loved the paper!




Thank you sooooooooooo much, Elaina!  I have already eaten 1/12 of my Mentos.  :)

If you want to participate in a SLANT Box and meet some fabulous new teachers, be sure to follow Jameson.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year, New Start - Currently

Happy New Year!!!  There are so many things I want to post about today.  I don't know where to start.  So today I will share my Currently and a great giveaway.  Still to come before we go back to school:  my SLANT box reveal, and a great new app to use with your students.

I am linking up with Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade for her monthly Currently linky.

This holiday was not the healthiest.  It started with a stomach bug and ended with a nasty cold.  May 2015 be germ-free!!!!
Did you hear about the amazing giveaway over at Teaching Trio?  They are celebrating 500 followers.  So pop on over and check it out.
Teaching Trio
Have a great day and rest of your holiday!