St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School
PreK-3 - Classroom Lessons with Tony Vincent
January 28–30, 2015
Let's have students learn content and practice important skills by empowering them to make a digital product!
Explore the apps mentioned in the planning document by clicking the View buttons next to the apps in the box to the left.
Scroll down to find summaries of the lessons Tony Vincent lead in the classrooms Thursday and Friday.
A Circus of Shapes!
Tony presented a whole class lesson using one iPad mirrored to the classroom’s projector screen. He started off by demonstrating how to play the Stick Around puzzle where you match shapes and their names. You can download the project file for this puzzle if you'd like to have a version you can edit. Each sticker has a Play button so students can listen for the shape name before placing it on top of its match.
Tony used the classroom’s circus mural as a background for a new Stick Around puzzle. He added stickers that label the different items on the mural and then invited the class to play the puzzle.
If there was more time, Tony would have then played a two minute video, Good Night Circus. It’s a reading of a picture book. Afterwards, he could import screenshots he took of the video into the Skitch app and invited students to find shapes within the drawings.
Tony started the lesson by demonstrating how he creates his own narration using the 30hands app. His narration includes a photo of himself and a photos he took.
Tony reviewed the first steps for getting started with 30hands and then students opened the app and started by taking their own pictures and then pictures of drawings they had previously completed.
After a review of how to record your voice, students spread out to record their narrations to their photos.
Since students work in pairs, it was time to test their memory and create a second narration using the second partner's photos.
Padlet is a free website where you can create a wall. You can open the wall up for others to post. Posts can have text and allow for uploads and links. On an iPad you can only upload photos and videos.
Suggested Padlet Wall Settings:
- Log into Padlet.com.
- Click the Modify Wall button.
- Under profile, give your wall a title and description.
- Under Layout, change from Freeform to Stream or Grid.
- Under Privacy, checkmark Moderate posts.
- Under Address, give your wall an easy to type web address.
- See the QR code under the Share menu.
After learning a little about loud and soft volume, students scanned a QR code that goes to this gallery of pre-selectedted images. All images in this gallery are public domain images downloaded from pixabay.com.
Students worked in pairs and selected two images to save from the gallery page. One image will represent loud volume and the other will represent soft volume.
The teachers demonstrated the Chatterpix Kids app where students import a photo and then draw a mouth. Thirty seconds of voice recording is added to the photo and the end product is a video where the mouth moves to the recording. This video can be saved to the Camera Roll.
After saved to the Camera Roll, the video can be imported into Book Creator.
To create your own photo gallery on your PC:
- Download a bunch of images from pixabay.com and save them into a folder on your desktop.
- Go to drive.google.com and log in (if you aren’t logged in already).
- Click the red New button and choose Folder.
- Name the folder and click Create.
- Click the new folder in the list to select it.
- Click the Share icon ( the one with a person and plus sign near the top right of the screen).
- Click Get Shareable Link.
- Copy that URL.
- Paste it into goqr.me to create a QR code.
Students are introduced to the location of Iowa as the hook to this lesson. Tony opened Google Earth on his iPad to take the class to his neighborhood in Iowa while asking questions about landmarks that are North, South, East, and West of Iowa and Florida.
Tony introduces a simple Stick Around puzzle about the compass rose. He AirDropped the puzzle to students iPads so they can play. When AirDrop didn't prove very reliable, he made a QR code for students to download the puzzle.
Then it was time to create their own puzzles as a class about the community landmarks they have visited. Each student came up to Tony’s iPad to add sticker with the name of the location and a voice recording about what’s special about that location.
When done, the puzzles can be AirDropped to student iPads and they can play the puzzle and listen to the recordings.
Counting Coins and Bills
Tony shared a link to this Stick Around puzzle for identifying bills and coins as a QR code. The i-nigma app is Tony’s favorite app for scanning QR codes.
After pairs took turns playing the Stick Around puzzle, Tony displayed a second QR code. This one is an XPL file which can be opened in Explain Everything. This is an Explain Everything project file where Tony has placed images of bills and coins onto slides. The class used these as manipulatives to answer Tony’s questions.
Tony used the Decide Now app to spin a wheel with amounts for students to show using the money they have onscreen in Explain Everything.
Explain Everything is a powerful app. In future, consider exploring it’s ability to record students’ voices as they move objects on the screen.
Tony ended the lesson with a quick game of Kahoot. Teachers create quiz game questions at getkahoot.com Students visit kahoot.it in their web browser (Tony displayed a QR code to this web address) on any device and enter the PIN provided by the teacher. Kahoot requires no app because it runs in Safari. But it does require the teacher to be mirroring her laptop to the projector screen. You can make your own questions in Kahoot or search over 100,000 quizzes that have already been created by others.
Noun and Adjective Games
Tony reviewed nouns and adjective with the class using Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere is a free website (not an app) where you can sign up for a K12 Education account with the ability to create unlimited polls. Each poll can have up to 40 responses. Responses can be visualized as speech bubbles, a word cloud, or bar graph. He made a QR code of his Poll Everywhere page so that students don’t have to type that address into Safari.
Next, Tony introduced playing puzzles in Stick Around. He shared a puzzle he made (Nouns and Adjectives) using a QR code. The premise of Stick Around is that player move stickers from the tray onto the correct spots on the background. Players can check their answers and make changes if any stickers are in the wrong spots.
Stickers can have audio recordings and notes, which can be added using the i button on each sticker.
Tony then demonstrated how students can make their own puzzles. Puzzles are made in just 5 steps:
- Design a background.
- Add stickers.
- Make an answer key.
- Enter information.
- Test the puzzle by playing it.
You can watch Tony explain Stick Around in this 10 minute video. The app also has video tutorials, a user guide, and help menus. You can find those by clicking the i button and the ? button at the top right of the main screens.
Tony provided a simple checklist for students’ own Nouns and Adjective puzzles:
- Make a sticker for at least 4 nouns and 3 adjectives.Try to make your choices juicy, fun, and unexpected!
- Click the i on each sticker and type a sentence.
- Capitalize sentences.
- Use end punctuation.
- Make an answer key.
- Have a teacher check over your work.
Completed puzzles can be shared by sending the file to Dropbox and then getting its link from Dropbox and pasting into a QR code generator. Or, puzzles can be shared by AirDrop from the Open In… sharing option.
With this introduction lesson, students are hopefully excited to make more complicated puzzles in the future!