Showcasing learning in new ways

Students in grade 2 have been learning all about pebbles, sand and silt.  By asking students to become geologists, teachers have integrated the use of iPads through learning activities, field trip photography, and as their culminating science project.

Our geologists went on a rock walk to locate the many items made from earth materials and captured both photos and videos to be used during a sorting activity.  During a field trip to a rock museum, students video taped each other as they described their favorite rock, focusing on the color, texture, and minerals. To apply their new knowledge of how a boulder weathers into tiny grains of sand, students created “The Story of Sand.”  Using the app, Toontastic, students developed an animated interpretation that included both illustrations and commentary.

For our final project, students will have the choice to create an iMovie, animated interpretation, or poster to teach grade 1 students all about the day in the life of a geologist.

~ Kimberly Shannon, Grade 2

Student's Portfolio Updates on iPad

In my last post, I showed a simple way to subscribe and read WordPress updates on your laptop. These videos show another way to subscribe that will allow you to read these posts on both your laptop  and your iPad.  You will need to have a Google account to use the methods described below.

Check out how to subscribe to RSS feeds using Google Reader first:

You can now read those feeds (along with any other RSS feeds you might be interested in) using Flipboard:

Using Skitch in the Classroom

Skitch is a free image-editing application available on your Mac or iPad. Recently Skitch has become a part of the Evernote family (This means you can save all of your Skitch files directly to a designated notebook in Evernote and also easily add your Skitch files to an Evernote document). In Skitch, you can take a photograph or screenshot and write directly on it to make your point quickly. You can also use Skitch more like a whiteboard or a drawing tool. Skitch offers most image editing features, a hosting function, easy exporting to various sites (also export in pdf), and an easy indexing ability to keep track of all of your work. Here are some examples of how teachers at SIS are using Skitch in the classroom:

One other nice feature of Skitch is the ability to host a document or picture on the web and send the link. Here is one I made using the map feature in Skitch:

Map of my old vs. new house.

If you would like more information on how to use Skitch, check out thse tutorials:

iPads in Schools – How to use skitch app

Using Skitch on your Mac

~ Katie Kruse

Digital Storytelling in Kindergarten

As part of our their ‘All About Me’ SOSE unit, KA students have been creating their own digital stories using the Scribble Press app for iPad.

First, Ms Sue created an example to share with the children so they could see what was possible.

Next, she spent roughly 10 minutes with each child guiding them through the creative process.  During this time, students developed both their own text and illustrations.

Finally the digital stories were shared with the rest of the class via the iPad and projector.   This activity gave the students experience as authors and illustrators and helped the class get to know each other.  They were all very proud to see their creations being enjoyed by all!

iPads and Macs roll out to staff!

We recently kicked off our 2:1 program for all teaching staff at Shekou International School!

The day started off with some Simon Sinek inspired discussion around the “Why” and then teachers had a full “Out of the Box” experience with both their iPad and Mac.

eCoaches will kick of 101 sessions every Monday and Tuesday as we move into a phase of substituting these new devices.