I previously posted about one of my favorite apps: Educreations. The app is so versatile and child-friendly. It is an app that allows students to create, rather than just consume. What I love most about it, is that it is applicable to a very broad range of grade levels and activities. Now that you've decided to download the free app, what can you do with it?
I am working in a new school and a new job this year, which allows me the opportunity to work in some age 3 preschool classes. I decide to give Educreations a go and let the students work with me during the second week of school. IPads with 3 year-olds their second week of school? You may consider me crazy. Take a look at the three different but related products we created!
To share the published videos, simply go tohttp://www.educreations.com and sign in. You can grab a link or an embed code for your video.
Other project ideas:
-narrate a story (write or type a story, create a story board, draw illustrations, and then record student voice telling the story!)
-explain math problems
-create diagrams and explain
-take photos of a given topic, and then record voice and writing to explain (shapes, colors, angles, etc.)
The possibilities really are endless with this app!
** I also will add that another very similar app exists - Explain Everything. There are a bit more features, but I find it less kid-friendly for our younger students.**
My second year of teaching, I taught Kindergarten. This wonderful opportunity reignited my creative side and challenged me to engage students even further. The attention span of active 5 year olds is much different than the third graders I had worked with the year before.
For anyone that thinks Kindergarten teachers have got it easy, you could not be further from the truth. The preparation and planning to keep these young minds learning and busy is beyond any grade level I have worked in.
*Side note: I have taught every grade except first, so I can comfortably make the above statement*
As we got into planning our winter theme unit, I found images of some brave teachers that had built an igloo inside of their classroom. I immediately printed out the plan and approached my principal.
After *some* hours collecting and assembling, the igloo finally came to be! We used it as a reading nook. I placed a blanket on the floor and we agreed to a limit on the number of students that could fit inside. The students loved it!
How did we do it?
First, students collected empty milk jugs. We graphed the number of milk jugs as they came in. (Ensure that milk jugs are rinsed well! The cap should also be intact.)
We made a goal of 200 milk jugs. The number of jugs you will need will depend ont the size of the igloo. You could also incorporate some math and measurement to calculate an estimate of how many you would need
Once we had reached approximately 100 milk jugs, I created the base with the first two layers. We were then able to adjust our milk jug need and design.
The milk jugs were attached to each other with hot glue. I also stacked the jugs so that they did not sit directly on top of another jug. Imagine building a pyramid with cups. The way you would set each cup on top of the two beneath it is how I attached the jugs.
After collecting more milk jugs, I moved into enclosing the igloo. This proved to be harder than I imagined. I would highly recommend having a second set of hands to do this.
I started to slightly tilt the jugs down to achieve the "dome" at the top. I also attached a few together and then hot glued the entire piece to the igloo.
The end result did not quite fit the entire class inside, but we did all get to enjoy it! The igloo stood for quite some time, until an odor resulting from some of the jugs which were not cleaned as well. Disassembling and getting the jugs out to the car for recycling proved almost more difficult than the construction.
Well worth the effort!
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.