As we celebrate including all students in class themes and activities, it is important to recognize and incorporate resources that reflect our student’s diverse families and caregivers. Here’s a list of just some of the titles available at Georges Vanier that we find useful around Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Family:
All Families are Special – N. Simon
Families – S. Rotner
Families, Families, Families – S. Lang
That’s My Mom – H. Barkow
Students in Grade 4 used popsicle sticks to create their interpretation of the Elizabeth Tower in London. After learning about the tower, they worked in five groups to plan their design and to create their structure using popsicle sticks and hot glue. The towers were painted and clock faces added along with a Union Jack flag.
The grade 4/5 class photographed the towers (with permission) and used Superimpose app to show our connection with countries around the world. Text added using Pic Collage app.
Many thanks to all of the families who visited the Book Fair. Students had lots of fun choosing which books they would like to see added to the Vanier library collection. Students learned about customer service, money math, scheduling, and retail tidying up. Student leaders were exemplary in their commitment and showed a great sense of school spirit and responsibility. Proceeds from this fun literacy event go towards adding new books to the Vanier Learning Commons. Continue reading
Students used Superimpose App, Doodle Buddy App and Dropbox to digitally create ‘A Window to Peace’. Here is a step by step guide to this project and the completed video of their work. Grade 4/5 completed over two 40 minute classes including ‘tinkering’ with the app to figure out the features and a book exchange each time.
We began with a review of copyright and Creative Commons. We will have to do this differently next time as most of the students seemed to surf over to Google from the Photos For Class widget on this blog.
Beginning with Superimpose, students imported the nature image as the background and the window image as the foreground.
Using ‘Transform’, two finger spread to enlarge the window to fit the background. Use ‘Mask’ and the magic wand (lower right) and touch the areas you want hidden. This can also be done manually with the brush.
Export to photos and crop the sides.
In Doodle Buddy, set the background as the newly created image. Background is set on the bottom with the drawing tools. It’s the x and o game icon. It may be sideways or upside down but that can be turned in the photos app after drawing is completed.
Students uploaded their work to Dropbox where I downloaded the file to iMovie, added a title and music and uploaded to Vimeo.
A window to peace from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Check out this great little instructional video sung by Grade 1 for Kindergarten on how to export from Doodle Buddy App. Using a familiar tune, hand motions and visual cues Kindergarten students are soon able to independently export their work from a creative app into the iPad photo album.
Instructional video made by Grade 1 for Kindergarten on how to export from Doodle Buddy from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
In the Learning Commons, many students are reviewing how to export their digital creations so that we can share their work with the world. The school iPads are necessarily restricted and there is no email associated with the devices. Students are able to upload to their digital portfolio on FreshGrade and we often do this through a stand alone student comment and image. This allows students to reflect on their learning and is a fantastic opportunity. However, given prep period time constraints of a 20 to 40 minute class and the multitude of passwords and user names, this is not always possible with younger students, so we sometimes use DropBox to share our work.
Googily Eyes and Book Covers: Learning photo editing skills, cropping, straightening and colour adjustments.
The iPads stay signed in to my Dropbox account so students do not need to sign into the app. Primary students are able to export their work from a creative app, save to the camera roll and upload to Dropbox.
Sharing creations on the big screen gives us an opportunity to discuss our learning.
Before the class is over we can easily view everyone’s creations and discuss as a group what we learned and what we would do differently next time. I then download the images, import as a whole to iMovie to create a video, add titles and upload to Vanier on Video. This allows the link to be posted on Twitter, on the Learning Commons blog and in the school newsletter. It can also be added to the Freshgrade account of the class. We often will take a look at the video at the beginning of the next library period by way of review and celebration.
Learning photo editing and uploading with GOOGILY eyes. from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
This was a quick and easy activity to practise the skill of creating, editing, saving, exporting and uploading.