I have three nieces....Riley, Grayce, and Zoey. Riley and Grayce are two of my little besties. When I see them we talk about all kinds of things they have done since the last time I saw them. When we celebrated my sister Heather's birthday last night, they couldn't wait to fill me in about the end of their school year and plans for the summer.
Riley showed me her journal and was very proud of everything she wrote. I told her that she should turn her journal into a blog....she LOVED the idea. And of course....Grayce wanted a blog too.
Riley is 8 years old and just finished 2nd grader. She loves writing and is an amazing artist. Riley called her blog Riley's Ramblings. Today, Riley is going to start her very own Twitter today too!
Little Grayce is 6 years old and just finished 1st grade. She LOVES the same things Riley and I do...writing and art! Her blog is called Grayce's Summer Blog.
I cannot wait to see what the two of them write and create this summer.
to annotate and edit the photographs that they took on the iPads on our community walk around Van Meter and within the school. Once the photographs were Skitched, they saved them into their very own Evernote accounts.
For this project, we purchased several wonderful community themed eBooks to add to our growing collection within Mackin VIA. The students loved reading the eBooks within the classroom, library, computer lab and at home.
After they read several of the eBooks, the students used Skitch to annotate a few of their favorite pages.
The last few days of school, we took several of the saved pages within the student Evernote accounts and put them together into a FlipSnack flippable eBook. Once the pages from Evernote were saved onto the laptops, we then saved them as PDF's to upload into FlipSnack. All of the students logged into my FlipSnack account to upload their pages into the class eBook.
I love how Evernote even gave the students the information about the specific eBook within Mackin VIA that they Skitched on. This is what we used when we put our FlipSnack eBook together. We took small screen shots and turned them into PDF's to include at the end of our eBook.
This was just the start of all of the FUN and innovative ways we can use all of these wonderful tools and resources within the classroom and with our students.
Next month, at the ISTE convention in San Diego, my friend Nick Provenzano, @thenerdyteacher, and I will be presenting together at the Evernote for Schools Workshop on June 26th. This will be a fun opportunity to listen to other ideas for using Evernote and to share our ideas too.
You can find out more information and register for the workshop on this EventBrite page.
As I wrote last month, the third graders have been working on a huge digital country project over the last few months. Last week, the third graders celebrate their hard work and what they learned with their families and community at the "3rd Grade Country Potluck".
We have had a FUN time over the last couple of months!
Next week the 3rd graders have their "Country Potluck", which is held every year at the end of this unit for the students to share their wonderful work with families and our school community. Everything on this night is about their country....the way they dress, what they bring to eat, the presentations that are given, and the facts that they share in conversations.
This year, Ann and I wanted to create something different that could be shared throughout the event. We also wanted it to be a collaborative project that all of the students could work on together.
I have been having the best time working with the second graders on their research projects about communities and animals. This is the third week of the project.
As they learn about Evernote and Skitch, I am learning so much too. Just listen to Meridan tell how to use Skitch with the eBooks in Mackin VIA and store them in Evernote....You will see what I mean.
I purchased several new eBooks about "My Community" from Mackin for this project. Once they were in Van Meter's Mackin VIA, I created a new Group called "My Community", which contains eight eBooks. Last week we let the students spend time reading and researching within the eBooks. They were able to put them into their Backpack in VIA and encouraged them to read at home too.
On Thursday, I taught them how to use Skitch on the desktops....they had only used it on the iPads when they Skitched the photographs they took on our town walk. Of course, they caught on quickly as there are not a lot of differences between the two platforms.
As they read the community eBooks, the students found pages that they wanted to annotate with Skitch and include in the class FlipSnack we are creating as a culminating activity.
I loved seeing what pages they picked to annotate.
They had fun personalizing their reading with Skitch. Riley made a great connection to our firefighters in Van Meter from the eBook she was reading.
Once they had the eBook pages Skitched, I asked them to store them in their Evernote accounts. By clicking on the "Save" in the right hand corner, they are able to sign into their account and save the Skitched image.
After the images were saved, I had them check in the History to make sure they were in Evernote.
I really love how the History also tells the name of the Skitched image. It is especially nice with the eBooks as the publisher and title are automatically named. This is extremely helpful and important as the students are using eBooks and online resources in their research.
Next week, the second graders will be creating citations using EasyBib to include on a page in the back of their FlipSnack eBook.
They will also create a super fun title page using ComicLife, Wordle and PicMonkey.
I cannot wait to see where next week takes us as we approach the end of this project.
And I cannot wait to share their FlipSnack's with all of you!
Tropical Snow...a favorite summer place for all of us.
When we got closer to the school, the second graders got great photos of the fields and school.
When we got back to the classroom, the students took their photographs and used Skitch to make remarks about their community. When they were finished annotating, the images were stored in their Evernote accounts.
As you can hear from Chaney, they did an awesome job with this part of the project.
And Riley made sure to tell us all about the fun she had with Jolena.
This week we will continue our Evernote project by researching within the eBooks we have about communities.
We are all having so much fun and can't wait to start creating eBooks of our own in FlipSnack!