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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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Pumpkin Fact Task Card

Pumpkin Fact Task Card

So I have been a totally remiss blogger the past month or so! I keep writing up posts, then not getting to finish them up! I’m so sorry! After writing my last post, Carve-A-Pumpkin – App-tivities for Fall, I made a pumpkin fact task card for my students to use, and wanted to share it here.… Continue Reading




Carve A Pumpkin  – App-tivities for Fall

Carve A Pumpkin – App-tivities for Fall

This post was written for, and originally appeared on Fractus Learning. Fall, and all the fun that goes with it, is here! In honor of the season, and my love of pumpkins, I wanted to share an app that my students really enjoy creating with. Have you heard of the free Carve A Pumpkin app from Parents… Continue Reading




Rotting Pumpkin: A Visual Diary With Haiku Deck

Rotting Pumpkin: A Visual Diary With Haiku Deck

All through October and November we have been exploring pumpkins in many ways. You can read about a few of the fun things we did here, here, here, and here. I think my favorite by far was reading Rotten Pumpkin, then documenting with Haiku Deck as we watched a small pie pumpkin decompose. We carved… Continue Reading




Feathered Friends of 10 & A Popplet

Feathered Friends of 10 & A Popplet

Last week my math classes had been working really hard to compose and decompose numbers within 10. We started out with playing “Shake & Spill” with 5 two color counters, and then made this Popplet to represent the fact families of 5 that we discovered. I love using my Apple TV to help us collaboratively… Continue Reading




Mental Images with Doodle Buddy & iMovie

Mental Images with Doodle Buddy & iMovie

This week we started our comprehension unit on creating mental images and visualizations while reading texts. I usually like to start out this unit with poetry, and since this year we are in the midst of all kinds of pumpkin fun, I found some great pumpkin poems and songs. To quickly find some pumpkin poems… Continue Reading