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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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Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

I love informational texts, and so do my students. But, we also love informational videos. We can gather information on just about any subject from both types of resources. Think about the way you learn – besides a person standing in front of you. I’m guessing you mainly use two forms of media, text (of all… 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


Hello 2015! Goals For a New Year

Hello 2015! Goals For a New Year

Happy New Year! I have been enjoying my break, spending lots of time on a few of my favorite things, family, reading and cooking. I’ve also been reflecting on the last year, and setting goals for the new one. So … I got out my favorite stylus, The Cosmonaut, and made some #sketchnotes! My three… 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


An #ettiPad Reflection in #sketchnotes

An #ettiPad Reflection in #sketchnotes

Ed Tech Teacher Boston iPad Summit – Wow, what an experience! As I sit, about to leave Boston, reflecting on the experiences of the past few days, a few themes stand out to me and I wanted to share some of my learning through #sketchnotes. I had a lot of fun with Paper by FiftyThree… Continue Reading