Students in Grade 2 and 3 used Lego to show their learning about skyscrapers in Tokyo. They cooperatively created a neon-lit street scene in Akihabara. As a group, we used Superimpose App to place our buildings into a Japanese photograph. No green screen required. Here is how we did it:
1. Begin by importing a background from photos using the square icon on the top left.
2. Repeat by importing a foreground from photos, again using the square icon on the top left.
3. Use the Transform icon on the bottom. This will allow you to move and resize the foreground.
4. Use the Mask icon on the bottom. This is the part where you erase parts of the foreground so that the background shows through. The app has a ‘Magic Wand’ icon that will erase all of the contiguous parts of the colour you touch. There is an ‘undo’ button on the top left.
5. Still in Mask, use the Brush icon to remove any bits the Magic Wand missed. You can also use the Eraser, above the Wand, to put back any parts that the Wand has erased that you want to keep.
6. Go back to Home and save to photos. Next time try tinkering with some of the advanced options : )
In the Learning Commons, we shared Danielle Daniel’s book Sometimes I feel like a Fox. The paperback edition is in a larger format which makes the pictures more visible in a group. Students discussed which character they connected with the most on that day. We used FaceFilm App to show ourselves in the characters.
Morphing into character connections from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Students in Grade 3/4 have been learning about Japanese Kimonos. We shared the story of Suki’s Kimono and cstudents worked cooperatively to make a kimono using origami paper. I painted the design over with Mod Podge which gives it a matt sheen. Grade 1’s used the creation to picture themselves in a Japanese garden using Superimpose. This was a teacher lead activity and the class is looking forward to tinkering with the app.
This was a collaborative project by Grade 2 and 3 students. Focus was on appreciating and respecting the work of their peers as well as exploring how to combine styles from two different artists: Hokusai and Barbara Reid. Following explorations of the artists, the first class created the blue background with plasticine. We used the cardboard sleeves to present our work.
The second class imported a photograph of the background into Doodle Buddy and added the details. It was uploaded to Dropbox for sharing. The final group added white plasticine and the images were displayed in the hallway.
Art inspired by Hokusai and Barbara Reid from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Students in Grade 2 have been learning about the features of traditional Japanese gardens. The challenge was to create a curved bridge where each student created a section. Students had to be mindful of how their creations would fit together and how their work could be put together to make a whole. We used Doodle Buddy app for this activity. Students also had to figure out how to change the background in the app.
Japanese garden bridge from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Students in Grade 1 were interested in learning more about Japanese postage stamps. We each used a magnifying glass to look at the details and made a stamp book mark. Students put their own designs on a stamp using the free Face on a Stamp App. This process would work well for students to design their own commemorative postage stamps by importing their artwork and creating their own text on the stamp through the app.
In the Learning Commons Gr 2/3 students tinkered with PicVid Stitch App. We thought it might be a good way to show a number of images at the same time. We looked for pictures in books and items in our library that show what we have learned about Japan.
We are looking forward to experimenting with the Video feature of this app. Students had to figure out camera angles as well as how to export their work to the camera roll and then upload to Dropbox.
Using Pic Vid Stitch to show learning about Japan from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Students discussed why people review books and the best way to recommend a good book. We used Snapchat to record our 10 second reviews. Students thought that other students would be more likely to watch their reviews if we recorded them in an interesting way.
Book Reviews with Snapchat from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Students discussed the phrase ‘in someone else’s shoes’. We talked about characters in a story and developing an understanding of empathy. Students made ‘I’ statements as if they were the character in the book. We then had some fun with a Face Swap App so the students could become the characters they were describing.
“I like to play with my Grandchildren. It makes me happy.”
We have been learning about the Japanese national sport of Sumo. Students created mini wrestlers and these were used by other classes to show their learning through digital creation.
Sumo Wrestlers from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
A second class also focused on sumo and used Superimpose App to digitally show their learning.
Sumo SuperImpose from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
A third class imported the Superimpose creations to use as a background to show their learning in Tellagami App.