Toontastic is a fantastic app you can use in your classroom. Don’t be fooled by the cartoon graphics, this app can be used with all ages.
Students create their own short stories or retell a story that they’ve read. Each scene in the story arc requires that students draw their own setting and characters or use one of the templates included in the app. Music can be added to change the tone of the story and all cartoons can be shared with families and peers through Toontastic’s own website.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!
Here’s another Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!
UPDATE 8/8/13: ClassDojo has a new feature called Class Sharing that is definitely worth checking out – it let’s teachers who “share” students with teachers during different parts of the school day to collaborate in order to build positive behaviors! Learn more here.
ClassDojo is a fantastic behavior management tool that monitors students’ positive and negative behavior. It’s free to sign up and their app makes it easy to keep track of everything! One nice feature of ClassDojo is that you can customize the different behaviors it monitors.
Here is a screenshot of their demo to help you get a sense of how easy it is to keep track of student behavior in your classroom.
Sometimes it’s hard for visitors to my classroom to understand how students use their iPads.
I like to post a reference chart that shows off how technology is used in our classroom. It’s also helpful for students, who are often asked about our work on iPads.
This list will grow as the school year progresses and works with any technology cart (“What’s inside my netbook?”)
One of the challenges of introducing anything new to students is allowing time for self discovery. This is especially true when using the iPad in the classroom. As the new school year approached, I knew that I wanted students working on their iPads on Day One.
In addition to introducing some apps that we will be using this year, I felt that it was important to give them some free time to explore the iPad – if only to eliminate some distractions down the line.
In my first year using the iPad with students, one feature that they loved to “explore” was the camera. I’ve used the camera with students for various activities throughout the school year but this September I decided to have them filming right away.
Working with partners students first interviewed each other asking questions such as:
What books did you read over the summer?
Did you visit any family members?
What activities got you outdoors this summer?
With their partner students filmed each other answering the questions and played their videos back to rest of their groups. Students then emailed me their videos and I hope to play these back to them at the end of the year. (Using the reverse filming option, students can also film themselves independently).
Stay tuned to hear about how the camera can be used to film persuasive commercials, book recommendations, and much more!
Check out my lesson plan using the Camera app in my classroom!