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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

Earth Day: Precious Creatures Poem

Earth Day: Precious Creatures Poem

We’re celebrating Earth Day all week and we actually get to visit a small Zoo on Earth Day! What better way to learn about the animals that are so important to the ecosystem! Everyone is SO excited! To kick off our week we read some beautiful bug books to honor our newest class guests, Monarch Butterfly… Continue Reading




Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Since my last two posts have been Mo Willems themed, I thought I’d share this Elephant and Piggie project from earlier this spring. In addition to loving The Pigeon, we also LOVE Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books. So naturally, while working on inferring character traits, we used these two hilarious characters. As we read multiple… Continue Reading




Student Sketchnotes Make My Heart Sing

Student Sketchnotes Make My Heart Sing

Sketchnotes are something I really enjoy. They’re fun, creative and they keep me engaged while I’m learning. There’s plenty of research out there saying they really work too. I’ve thought about trying to teach my students to use sketchnotes before, but hadn’t yet made a huge effort. Then, this happened in the middle of an inquiry we were doing… Continue Reading




Interactive Diagrams with Thinglink and AudioBoom

Interactive Diagrams with Thinglink and AudioBoom

  This may be one of my new favorite app smashes! We used ThingLink and AudioBoom to create an interactive diagram of a pumpkin patch. I love that we could add interesting facts, and thinking! It’s on display outside our room, with a QR code to the ThingLink image.   We’d read several informational texts,… Continue Reading




iHaiku You

iHaiku You

Tomorrow I’m excited to share about creating iPoetry at iPadPalooza 2014. This week has been filled with great sessions, awesome connections, and new ideas to celebrate! My brain is full of things to test out over the summer and as soon as I get back to my classroom! Below is the Smore for my iHaiku… Continue Reading