Promoting your school through Smilebox

There are lots of photo publishing tools for the web but I recently became a fan of Smilebox. Teachers can even get a free subscription if they ask. Here is an example that I am going to post to my school website for parents and to my school facebook page.
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iPod Lessons Learned

Last week I worked with Kindergartners using iPod Touches. It was pretty exciting for them and for me:) It's nice to interact with students one on one and I admit I need to do that more often.

Okay, lessons learned from 1st introduction to iPods:
  • iPod Touches are pretty small for Kindergartners.
  • The app with the larger letters was the better choice.
  • An iPad would probably be a better size for that age.
  • They really struggled moving the letters around because they are so small.
  • They just need practice for a while first so they can benefit from the word work aspect and not the actual manipulation of the letters.
  • We need to add headphones to the school supply list if we are going be able to use these frequently.
  • It's going to take time but imagine what the school environment would be like if the iPod was just a "natural resource" for kids to use as needed?
I'll keep you posted:)

1st Attempt at Garageband and Picture Podcasting

Well..... let's see how this works.

Kindergarten Word Work on the iPod Touch

K Word Work
Decided that the best way to determine the value of the iPod in the classroom is to try it out myself. So I packed up the 4 of the 26 iPod Touches that are not checked out to TEACHERS:) and tried them out with Kindergartners. Yes! I said Kindergartners. Crazy thing is that they can figure it out much quicker than I could.
Here is how this worked:
  • Word work seemed like the easiest time to work with them and that I could find apps for.
  • Actually there are more apps for practicing your ABCs than word work.
  • With the help of my tech specialist I settled on 2 apps to try. ABC Magnets and Magnetic ABC. These two apps allow students to create their own words.
  • Starting with a small group is the ONLY way to go. I cannot imagine introducing these to the whole class. During word work of The Daily 5 I worked with 3-4 students for about 10 min. Then pulled 3-4 more students.
Let's see if I can remember the sequence of events.....
  • Talked about being careful.
  • Students laid their hand flat on the table and I modeled how you would touch the screen by touching the back of their hand. Swiped softly on the back of their hand then a little harder to show you don't have to swipe so hard. Then made the students "swipe" the back of my hand so I could see how they were going to touch the iPods.
  • Showed them how to turn them on and off. Push the "home" button then swipe the lock. We practiced that twice. (BTW - I am the only one touching an iPod so far. I was modeling and they could touch mine.)
  • Showed the app and how it worked.
  • Gave them the iPod and we started together but once they were in the app I helped them individually.
Tune in for "lessons learned" in my next post.

    Adding Pics When Posting from iPad

    Downloaded a flickr creative commons pic to my iPad using Flickr Search and Stamp.
    Then uploaded to Blogpress and let's see what happens!

    - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad