#1 Tweet! Tweet!
- Tweet out a fact that you have learned after researching your topic. Don't forget to attach your first name only. Have students write their tweet on paper first to work on grammar or go straight for the tweet. My student have the Twitter app on their iPads and tweet from our classroom account.
- Have a Twitter "fact off" with another classroom to see who can tweet out more facts on a topic.
- This is a great way to also get your wonders out there for people to help answer.
- Students can write out a script and record their own voice for 30 sec in the free version of this app. In the paid version you get 90 sec and/or you can type out what you want the avatar to say (you also have more options all around for the paid version but we stick with the free). A lot of the time students like to pretend they are a reporter when they write out script. We found a great picture for the background. After you have the video complete have students post it to a blogs (we use KidBlog), Twitter or Facebook and let the world learn!
#3 Puppet Pals
Double Click on the movie to listen to Chelsey tell you about reindeer.
- Students love this app! There is a great free version but the full school package is worth the money. Before Christmas we were learning about reindeer and I wanted a fun way to wrap up the learning. When I saw that Puppet Pals had a reindeer as a puppet it just made sense! I made a Blendspace filled with reindeer videos for students to watch and write notes on. We read books (in pairs and alone) and searched the web for information as well. I always try to have a word bank available for students to use when they are searching the web. It is the only way they will have a chance to get good results from their search. Before recording our videos I asked to students to find 4 of the most interesting things they learned about reindeer. This was done to keep students focused and the videos at a manageable length. We had a lesson on rehearsing what you are going to say before you record the video as well. After watching the videos I can see that my next lesson will have to be on how to make a video that won't lead to motion sickness. When we finished all videos were posted to our blogs.
#4 Explain Everything
Double click on the movie to learn about spiders from Damien
- Explain Everything is a great app to well, explain everything. My students were learning about spiders (through an iTunesU course) at the beginning of the year and I wanted them to work with this app more so we tried a simple project. After developing our wonders, learning how to watch movies to gain information, conducting some "web" research and a bit of good old fashion reading we were ready to share what we knew about spiders. This inquiry lead to us talking about the difference between facts and opinions. A lot of my students wanted to put what they thought they knew (or heard from an older sibling) or how they felt about something into their writing. This is not a bad thing but just not right for non-fiction writing. So we spent time talking about finding information that is reliable and can be taken as fact. When we made our videos students told their audience 3 facts and 1 opinion on spiders. It was a lot of fun!
Popplet lite will help any age student organize the information they learn. In 1st grade completing a web like this one above is enough to share out. Students can fill each box with pictures, drawings or text. This inquiry unit was on the Winter Olympics last year. Students picked a sport in the Olympics to research. I created the main topics that I wanted them to research (how many people are on a team, what type of uniforms do they wear, what type of equipment do they use, what do they do, etc.). From here you can take a screen shot or download the image to your camera roll. Print it off to take home, blog about it, tweet it, you name it! Just publish! :-)