Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Children's Book Week- Adobe Voice and Haiku Deck

This week was Children's Book Week
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There was a lot going on the Media Center this week form state testing to practice Battle of the Books but we were sure to celebrate.

Kindergarters, First, and Third Graders use Adobe Voice to take pictures of books and explain why they liked them.  

Adobe Voice is a free app that allows you to easily record your voice to share a story to give information.   There are a lot of choices for images or you can take your own.  The app add "cinematic motion" and a soundtrack to give it a final touch the students really love.

First Graders:

Second Graders used Haiku Deck to share their favorite books.  They typed the title and why they like the book.  Then students used the large range of images to find one that matches the book.

This great project idea was from Shannon Miller at Van Meter Library. Everything she does with her students is just amazing. Van Meter Library Voice

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

Friday, May 2, 2014


For the past few weeks I have been creating poems on the computer and iPads with my first grade students.  First we made cute name and picture poems (bottom) but then we made fun sensory poems using two apps.  This was my first attempt at appsmashing with the students so I stuck with two apps.

First students had to choose something to write their sensory poems about.  Then they wrote it out on paper. (If my first graders were more experienced on the ipads, this part too could have done in an app like Poplet, or even Plain Text.)

1. Doodle Buddy:
This app is simple to use and the students always have fun with it.  For this project students drew the object they were describing in their sensory poems.

2. Tellagmi:
I am absolutely loving this app.  I wrote a bit about it here, Tellagmi post, and now that I have had multiple classes and grades explore this app I enjoy it even more.  The first grade students built their avatar selves and then added their Doodle Buddy picture as the background.  Students then recorded their poems.  *I now know students could have just drawn right in Tellagmi and we could have skipped the Doodle Buddy step*.

Here are some examples:

Name/Picture Poem: