Category Archives: Language Arts

Integrating technology into the language arts classroom.

Christmas Candy Stop Motion & Story Telling

Christmas Candy Stop Motion & Story Telling

What do you get when you combine a stop motion app and Christmas candy? Pure joy, with a side of story telling magic!

Yesterday afternoon my iExplorers (our campus student technology leaders) had a blast creating with a very simple set of tools. I just set out dollar store organizer trays with a few different types of candy and some graham crackers. I offered whatever color of construction paper they wanted to use for a background. Then they organized themselves into groups and got started with the Koma Koma app.

The only “real instructions” I gave them were to remember to use their tiny movements to make the action look smooth.

Stop Motion Stories In Action:

The Results:

My goals for this activity were nothing more than have fun and work together. However, we ended up with four fantastic little stories and some great learning experiences along the way!

These students …
– were so creative
– used teamwork
– planned out simple stories
– solved problems along the way to get their videos just right
– came up with catchy titles
– edited their videos in Koma Koma so they were just the right speed
and exported them, all in around 30 minutes!

I put together some titles in Pic Collage, and added everything to iMovie after we cleaned up our giant mess.

This experience would work in just about any setting – classroom, clubs, small groups.  One trip to the grocery store, and you’ll be ready to set this up for your students. If you haven’t played around with stop motion yet, you should! It is such a versatile and creative form of media! Make the most of those last few crazy days before the holidays by diving into stop motion!

Merry Christmas!

 

Pumpkins, Poetry & Publishing

Pumpkins, Poetry & Publishing

Pumpkin books, a pumpkin poem, pumpkin carving, seed counting, pumpkin patches and so much more. Oh the pumpkins, it’s pumpkin fever. Just in case you’re looking for just one more pumpkin thing … heres a pumpkin poem project that has such a simple “recipe” you could use it for any investigation or unit. If you’ve been… Continue Reading




4 Reasons To Publish Student Writing As Videos

4 Reasons To Publish Student Writing As Videos

I couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to EdTechTeacher’s Innovation Summit in Boston next week! I’ll get to share about something I love, how to publish student writing as videos. I also was able to write about last month, and wanted to share that post here as well. This post was originally published on… Continue Reading




The iPoets Earth Day Books Are Published

The iPoets Earth Day Books Are Published

We have two amazing books published by all the iPoets that participated! The books turned out great, with so many poems inspired by the Earth and much more. What a wonderful way to celebrate! Here’s a sneak peeks at a few of the pages! You can download the books here. I split the book into two… Continue Reading




Collaborate to Celebrate – Poetry Month & Earth Day

Collaborate to Celebrate – Poetry Month & Earth Day

  Celebrate National Poetry Month and Earth Day with one great collaborative project! Become iPoets, publishing your Earth Day inspired poems with others in a great big beautiful Book Creator book! This project is something I have wanted to start for a long time now, and I’m SO thrilled to combine a few of my… Continue Reading




Global Read Aloud: A #GRAAmy ThingLink

Global Read Aloud: A #GRAAmy ThingLink

The Global Read Aloud starts this week! My students and I are really excited to participate in the #GRAAmy book study. I wanted to share a ThingLink that we’ll be using. It has book trailers, links to Amy’s website, videos and more. I’m planning to share some of the video clips with students, and share… Continue Reading