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Friday, 1 June 2012

Student Success - Making Learning Accessible

Student Goal:

Record ideas about a model that he/she has designed and built.

iPad App:

Comic Life

Learning Task:

One day while subbing in one of our classes. I noticed one of our complex learners was not focused on what we were doing as a while group. She was building a castle out of geometrical shapes. She was totally focused and and engaged in her little mini project.When a school assistant came in to help we gave the student an iPad and invited her to make a comic page about her creation. In about 25-30 minutes she was able to produce an amazing piece of work without too much hassle at all.This usually doesn’t particular student doesn’t enjoy writing but in this case was certainly enthusiastic about making this Comic Life poster. With a little help with the spelling, she was successful in some written reflection. 


Gr4 Social - The Story of Artifacts

iPad Apps:

Comic Life for iPad
StopMotion Studio for iPad

Student Learning Goal: 

Social Studies - To tell stories about Alberta's rich history using artifacts from the past.

Learning Task:

The students in our 4 grade four classes have just completed a huge social studies inquiry project. Their mission was to learn about how artifacts from the past were important to the different people of Alberta.
Students were able to choose an artifact from a wide variety of authentic and real artifacts. They then had to learn about how that artifact was used and who it was important to.
All groups had to use books and internet to research their artifact to learn more about it. In some cases, experts were invited in to the classroom to share their knowledge about particular artifacts.
Students were given a choice of different ways to present their stories:
  • Green Screen  & iMovie
  • iWeb
  • Voki (animated avatar)
  • Stop Motion animation
  • Comic Life for iPad

Some examples of the videos and webpages can be found to the right.

We called it Fort Discovery...


Monday, 28 May 2012

Gr1-2 Science - Eco Columns

Student Learning Goal:

To learn about the differences of living and nonliving things and how they affect each other.


Skitch for iPad

Learning Task:

Through this inquiry, students explored living and non living things they could find around our school. They took photos of them using the iPads to show what they discovered.

Through the scientific process, the students explored how living and nonliving things affect each other by designing and making an eco-column. Each eco column had three layers in which each contribute to each other to make an mini ecosystem. 

Students observed their eco-columns daily and monitored their progress and time progressed.
The iPads were also used to monitor and document the progress. 
Skitch App by Evernote
The used an App called Skitch to annotate pictures they took using the iPad which was very easy to learn to use and gave an effective finishing product.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Gr6 - City Planning - Integrated Project

iPad App: 

ShowMe - Screen Recording Whiteboard

Student Inquiry Question:

You are given a piece of land for sustainable and responsible development.  How can we organize this area while meeting the diverse needs of plants, animals and humans?

Learning Task:

In this project students were inquiring into the above question. They used an iPad App called ShowMe to plan and present their responsible land use plan. ShowMe allowed students to use a whiteboard style application to annotate over a picture (the land in question) and also record their voices. The group could record and re-record to ensure their plan was suitable. This allowed students to practice and reflect on their group decisions.

Plans were presented by connecting iPad to the Smartboard via a iPad VGA adaptor cable.