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How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

After our collaborative How To writing project, everyone was quick to get started on their own “expert” stories. Making lists of things we’re experts at helps generate ideas, then the stories start to flow!

App Smashing How To Stories - A Publishing Menu

We’ve published our writing several different ways this year, so I offered an idea menu of apps to publish with to my class. This is by no means a comprehensive list of tools. I just wanted to provide them a jumping off point to get started when they were ready to publish. Please feel free to download the menu here.

We use this menu as a talking / planning tool during a publishing conference. I sit down with each student and we read through their work looking for ways to revise and edit. Then, when it’s just right, we make a plan for them to publish. This is always a messy process! I’m on the floor working with a few students at a time, a pile of papers surrounding us, and other students coming up for advice or to proudly share their work. It’s a bit of a hot mess, but it’s so rewarding for all of us. The app menu does a great job of helping students choose, or sparking other ideas. It’s also nice because they can walk away with it and remember each pice of their plan.

A Few of Our Favorite Tools –

Explain Everything & Pixabay:

One student published this brilliant How To about carving pumpkins. She downloaded all the images from PIxabay.com, then animated them in Explain Everything to tell her story.

Adobe Voice App Smash:

This simple production of How To Play the Piano is accompanied by piano music that was easily added in Adobe Voice. The pictures were done in MoMA Art Lab. Arrows and labels were added with Skitch.

Adding Skitch:

I love how students used Skitch and Adobe Voice in different ways. This student chose to take pictures of here work, then augment them with Skitch before creative a video story.

After all the stories were ready, I put the links onto a ThingLink so that we could easily share them for our writer’s celebration. We love organizing our work this way!

 

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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




Explain Everything: Mic Mute

Explain Everything: Mic Mute

Last week I shared a Symbaloo of resources for using Explain Everything here, and with the staff at my school. When I shared at school, one of my friends asked a question I couldn’t answer right away. “Can you mute the mic while you draw in Explain Everything?” I had no idea. As far as… Continue Reading




Explain Everything Tips & Ideas with Symbaloo

Explain Everything Tips & Ideas with Symbaloo

Have you experienced the awesome possibilities of the Explain Everything app yet? Yesterday I got to share about this awesome app in our Monday Tech Tips session. We explored some of this apps great features, like my favorite – the light saber pointer! I also shared this Symbaloo webmix as a resources for later. Did… Continue Reading




Social Stories with Book Creator

Social Stories with Book Creator

As teachers we know that there are many social conventions that need to be followed in a classroom. This way everyone feels respected, and safe. Sometimes students come to use innately knowing those conventions, but many times we need to teach them. Social stories can be especially useful when working on these conventions with particular students, or the… Continue Reading




Welcome to the “Book Creator is Awesome” Club

Welcome to the “Book Creator is Awesome” Club

Yesterday was a Flex Day in our district, so my teaching partner and I had a very small group of first grade students to do some very focused instruction. It was a great day, but was made even better through a mid-morning surprise! Our kiddos discovered that both classroom’s praying mantis egg sacs had hatched… Continue Reading