Last week we explored lots of turkey facts, turkey art and more in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the ways we were able to study turkeys was through a distance learning program from the Texas Wildlife Association.
The whole group of 1st graders walks over to our administration building that’s set up with conferencing equipment. Then the TWA broadcasts to many different schools in the area through our Education Service Center. While Skyping is usually much more interactive, my teaching partner and I love to take advantage of these opportunities. Students bring their iPads and a recording page of some type. They stay really engaged in the presentation and recording their new learning. I always doodle the facts too. It helps us to look at lots of different ways to record thinking.
Then, each student planned a fact to share using the information they recorded. The process is really almost exactly the same as the Salamander Project from last year, but it’s just too much fun not to share!
Step 1 – Turkey Art & Picture
Step 2 – ChatterPix
Each student uses their turkey art and ChatterPix to record something they learned. They each save their movie to Photos. *We have a shared Photo Library on all our iPads so it’s really easy to combine the videos in the next step.
Step 3 – Put It Together With Shadow Puppet EDU
I usually use iMovie to do this, but wanted to try out the video feature in Shadow Puppet EDU. Just select the videos you want to add, you can even trim each video if you want, and order them as you wish. Then we added text (student names) and music. Upload or save your video as you wish when you’re done.
We’ve done a few projects with Shadow Puppet EDU this year, and I think there will be more in our future! It’s so easy to use, and there are really a lot of great features. I really like that you can choose the position of the text, and upload the video straight to YouTube if you’d like. You should try it out if you haven’t.