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Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

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.

Turkey Talk with 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.

Recording Facts with the Paper app

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

Fingerprint Turkey Art

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.

MZ Sig

The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

If you teach in the primary grades, you either know all about The Pigeon, or you must learn about Mo Willems, and all his hilarious characters, immediately! With that said … We use Lucy Calkins writing curriculum as our primary resource for writing in the early grades. Her unit on “Authors As Mentors” has always been one… Continue Reading




Create with 2D Shapes & Task Cards

Create with 2D Shapes & Task Cards

2D shapes are such a simple math concept, but the mathematical vocabulary that goes along with them can be somewhat hard for students to grasp. I wanted to give my young learners an opportunity to practice using this language in an authentic and engaging way. So, a few task cards were born! In the midst… Continue Reading




Gingerbread Men on an Open Number Line

Gingerbread Men on an Open Number Line

We’ve been having a lot of creative holiday fun in math this week. I wanted to share this in case you need something fun and festive for your last day or two, or to save for next year! First, we read The Gingerbread Girl, then made gingerbread people. Not exactly math, but fun, creative and… Continue Reading




ThingLink App Smash Challenge

ThingLink App Smash Challenge

  Earlier this month super ThingLink guru Susan Oxnevad invited me to participate in the ThingLink App Smash Challenge. I happily agreed to participate because I LOVE both ThingLink and App Smashing! November has seemed to slip away from me, but I finally got to put together an App Smash recipe with ThingLink for the Challenge! A Step… Continue Reading




Fun with Flipagram

Fun with Flipagram

Have you tried Flipagram yet? It is such a versatile tool for making thinking visible, and I love that your video saves to the camera roll automatically! The app smashing potential is very high! Yesterday afternoon I did a Tech Tips session for my campus about Flipagram, and everyone was really excited! There were both… Continue Reading