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!




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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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!

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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