Sunday, January 21, 2018

App Smash Venn Diagram

An easy way to get a Venn diagram template is to use the Feltboard app ($2.99) - one of my faves! On your iPad, open Feltboard, choose the Venn diagram background, then click the camera to save this blank template to your iPad. This can now be added as a template in Seesaw or background in PicCollage EDU or other apps to help your students organize their thinking.

Below are a couple of examples of using this Venn diagram in Seesaw activities to compare Jan Brett's versions of The Mitten and The Hat. The top one, created by Sally Bishop, has students use Seesaw labels to type in the similarities and differences. The bottom version uses emojis. Students tap the label tool and are then able to move the emojis around the diagram.

Seesaw Activities Galore!

Activities in Seesaw are awesome for so many ways, but maybe my very favorite is the fact that they are so easily SHAREABLE! I love being able to create an activity, then share the link with others to use in their classrooms. Some awesome BPS TILT (Teachers Integrating & Learning Technology) teachers and I decided to start a database of activities, organized by grade level, to share all of these creations with other teachers. This spreadsheet has contributors from Seesaw users all over the Twitterverse, so it's sure to get filled with lots of awesome ideas. Visit to check it out!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Reflections & Goals

Mrs. Lang used the app Feltboard ($2.99) to have her first graders illustrate reflections from 2017, and goals for 2018. After creating their Feltboards, they added to Seesaw where they could use the microphone tool to record their reflections & goals. Great, engaging project to elicit some reflections and goal setting from young learners! Click the images below for examples.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Gingerbread Men in PicCollage Kids

This was such a fun, simple way to introduce students (and teachers!) to PicCollage Kids, and the concept of setting an image as a background and having students complete a project. You could either send students an image (via Seesaw or AirDrop), or let them use the web search tool in PicCollage to find a blank gingerbread man template.
I like the idea of using Seesaw Activities to distribute the image to students, plus give them directions. Teachers can give students audio AND visual directions on how to complete the task in PicCollage, then upload to Seesaw under Activities & it will be organized if you tag a skill or folder. I also like that when using Activities, I get the grid view where I can see which students have completed the task, and which I'm still waiting on.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Getting Started with Epic! Books

The FREE app Epic! is an amazing resource for classrooms, providing students with access to thousands of books. Using this app is so easy, but it does take a little initial set up. It's important to set up an account as an EDUCATOR, so it's free. I also recommend setting up student profiles. It only takes a few minutes, and it allows each student to save their favorite books and preferences, as well as you to track their progress and save their reading logs. Keep reading to see how to get started.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Books with Green Screen Awesomeness

This project was so much fun! Inspired by Brigitte Hollohan, we used the DoInk Green Screen app ($2.99) to take photos of each student in Mrs. Parisien's first grade in front of an image of Santa in the night sky. We used this image, but you could use any you like. It would be really fun to let students make their own using the Make a Scene: Christmas app ($2.99).

Once the pictures were taken, we could have done any number of things with them! Print them for cute Christmas cards or gifts, add to Seesaw and type or tell their story, create a collage in PicCollage Kids ... really the possibilities are endless! We decided to have each student write a Dear Santa letter using this cute FREE template, then load all the photos into Book Creator app, and have students read their "Dear Santa" letters onto each page. It easily shared to Seesaw, and turned out absolutely adorable!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hour of Code Stations

Loved helping with Hour of Code stations in Mrs. Bishop's 1st grade. Students were split into groups of 3-4 and participated in each of these activities. The combination of hands-on, "unplugged" activities, plus coding on devices, was amazing. The transfer of skills was apparent, and the students' perseverance and stamina for creating code and problem solving was phenomenal.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Tree Apps

There are several fun, free Christmas tree apps for your iPad that allow students to be creative and decorate their own Christmas trees. Use these apps for math problems: Have them create arrays or simple equations on the trees using the ornaments, then put into Seesaw or another app to annotate, solve and explain their thinking. You could also have them create illustrations for stories and upload to apps such as Seesaw, Shadow Puppet Edu, or Book Creator, where they can add text and voice.