Spectacular Solar Systems

Can anyone say: “We are loving this!”?!

Our Solar System theme has simply evolved thanks to the use of iPads in the classroom.

The idea: The learners are learning all about Solar Systems. We will attempt a cross-platform project – designing PowerPoint Presentations using media created on the iPad, and then uploading our completed projects to Kidblog.

The learners had to source the following facts about their planet of choice:

Colour, size, moons, time to orbit the sun, rings, position in the Solar System and three interesting facts.

We used the iPads to search for pictures of our planets which we saved to our camera roll. Our pictures were then imported to PicCollage and we created the most beautiful collages!

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This coming week: We are busy creating iMovies and basic layouts for our PowerPoint Presentations. Check back soon to view our completed projects!


iPad Lock Screen Wallpaper

iPad_Rules_BackgroundWe decided to use our ‘iPad Care Instructions’ as a Lock Screen Wallpaper on all our school owned shared devices. I used Publisher to create the document and saved it as a jpeg to my camera roll.

To set as the Lock Screen Wallpaper:

Tap on Settings, Wallpapers & Brightness, Choose a New Wallpaper. Choose the photo from the camera roll and set as Lock Screen.

I had to ‘pinch’ to adjust the size of the jpeg, but it uploaded just fine.

A huge thank you to Laura Strickland from MyCuteGraphics for the wonderful clip art and backgrounds. www.mycutegraphics.com

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 www.classdojo.com 

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! https://vimeo.com/105340119

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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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