Collaboration is key!

Oh the beauty of iPads and GAFE! Our Grade 3’s embarked on another super exciting project.

We currently have a lovely ‘Friendship’ theme running at school. Integrating our Creative Writing, we chatted about Direct/Indirect Speech, Dialogue and punctuation.

We then did the following:

  1. On the iPad, we logged into Drive and created a new folder named “Friendship”. We split up in pairs – one friend being #1 and the other being #2.
  2. We created a new Google Doc in our Friendship Folder. Using the dictation tool on the iPad, we each composed three sentences. My goodness, the students faces when they saw the iPad ‘typing’ by itself – priceless!


3. We re-read our sentences, just to double check that the iPad ‘listened’ correctly.


4. Using the option of taking photos with the iPad from within Drive, we took three selfies. Our facial expressions had to match our emotion in the sentences written.


5. In the IT lab, we signed into Drive. Earlier that week, we shared with the students a Google Drawings template.

Signing in to Drive

6. All the #1’s had to navigate to ‘Shared with me’, make a copy of the Google Drawings template shared with them, and then share it with their partner (also called #2).


7. Now it was time to collaborate! We opened the Google Doc created on the iPad and simply copy and pasted our sentences into our speech bubbles.


8. Once we finished copying the sentences, we inserted our selfies.


9. Finally, it was time to ‘prettify’ our Google Drawing by adding formatting. G+ is turned off for our students, so they cannot use the chat feature. However, they walked around to discuss how they were going to format their page – an excellent opportunity for 9 year olds to move around a bit after sitting for 30 minutes!

Copy of Copy of Grade 3 Friendship Dialogue

Our final product will be inserted into our Blogs and we will compose a Blog Post to review our learning.

What incredible learners we have!




First time exploring iPads!


Let the games begin! Our Grade 3’s had their first introduction to iPads in the classroom! These little geniuses took to the iPads like a fish to water. They even showed me a couple of tricks 😄

I simply love the children of today – they are not scared to explore. They experiment, they try…. And should they fail the first time, they simply press the ‘clear all’ button and then they try again.

Well done Elkanah Grade 3’s – you inspire me and I am really looking forward to what you guys will accomplish this year!


Solar Systems final product

After a couple of exciting weeks, our Solar Systems Project has finally been completed. We inserted our PicCollages and iMovies into our PowerPoint Presentations and then watched each others presentations. I was completely blown away by the end result. The kids were so excited to show off their work! We invited our Grade 1’s to the IT room to watch the various presentations.

The learners had to write a Blog Post on Kidblog as self-assessment/self-reflection of the Project.

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ClassDojo Rocks!

We have been using ClassDojo in our Grade 3 Kingfisher class.  ClassDojo is a behaviour management tool for the classroom. Each student has a profile – complete with their own avatar – to which teachers can assign positive and negative points (or ‘dojos‘) throughout the lesson. Teachers can share this information with parents. Check it out 

Here are just some of the MANY reasons our students at Elkanah House absolutely adores ClassDojo:

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Afrikaans lesson – Keynote and Explain Everything

Our Technoboffins had fun this week creating Keynote presentations on Plaasdiere (Farm Animals). We used the app Explain Everything to convert our Keynote into a movie and to add music. This is a first attempt and we are sure that with time we will get much better! But we had a grand old-time just playing around and giving the learners a chance to familiarise themselves with the apps. Check it out on Vimeo!

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Augmented Reality with Aurasma

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Have you ever looked at a poster, read the instuctions on it and still did not quite know what to do?

Say hello to Aurasma, world! The latest and greatest free app has had me hooked to my iPad for the last 2 days 🙂

Our Grade 3’s have been iPadding along this year and I created ‘How to’ classroom posters to remind them how to connect to the wi-fi, download work and print from the iPads.

Here is how I did it:

1. I downloaded the Aurasma app on my iPad mini

2. I created videos of myself explaining how to connect to the wi-fi, download work from WebDav Nav and how to print from the iPad using Papercut.

3. I opened the Aurasma app and followed all the steps to create a public aura.

One slight hick-up I had: even though I made my aura’s public and the students aimed their iPads at the trigger image, it would not load. After extensive Googling, I learnt that all auras remain local to your device.

Instead of creating channels, my kids just searched for my account name (deidreb) and after following me, they could access my public auras just fine.

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