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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.

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Informational Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

Informational Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

Elementary researchers have a lot to accomplish! The sketchnote below summarizes what the TEKS require students to do. Common Core requires very similar standards from its writers. Informational writing and research is a process, and should take a while. Our class spent several weeks gathering information (read about that process here), writing and publishing videos… Continue Reading


Paint, Paper & iPads: Informational Text

Paint, Paper & iPads: Informational Text

Have you ever read an interesting informational text with a group of first graders, had amazing discussion, then asked them to share something new they learned? If you have, you’ve likely heard this from at least one student: “I already knew all that!” 1st graders can be a tough crowd occasionally. Fortunately, we utilize the thinking… 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


Inquiry, Creativity & ThingLink

Inquiry, Creativity & ThingLink

Since it’s almost spring … Here’s a hibernation inquiry project that I’ve been wanting to share for a while. Now seems like the perfect time (even though it’s almost Spring!) since ThingLink just came out with some great updates to both the app, and their educational accounts. Click here to read more details from Susan… Continue Reading


MoMA Art Lab App: Inspiring Creativity

MoMA Art Lab App: Inspiring Creativity

A few weeks ago I tweeted about discovering the MoMA Art Lab app, and have loved using it. Last week I got the opportunity to share it with my students. It was a big hit, so I wanted to share it here. It’s very simple to create beautiful works of digital art using their HUGE selection… Continue Reading