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Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Day the Dinosaurs Came to School - Augmented Reality Style!

We have been having way too much fun with the pictures we created using the Walking with Dinosaurs, iMovie and Aurasma apps!

We decided to make a movie trailer using iMovie using the pictures.

The children brainstormed the phrases to go with the pictures!  We voted on the best phrases and then put them in!
Then I created the trigger picture so we could send the movie trailer home!

But there is still more!  
The pictures were so awesome we used them to trigger a creative writing activity! 

We called it The Day the Dinosaurs Came to School! 

I printed off the pictures of each child with their dinosaur on my color printer at home.  Then I made up a writing sheet with the title The Day the Dinosaurs Came to School!

We looked at all the pictures together and brainstormed about the pictures and possible things that could happen if a dinosaur came to school! And we had the pictures as proof!   What fun!  Then the children started writing their stories!  We have some amazing stories!

I also placed the trigger for the aura we made on Aurasma on the writing page as well as a special bonus! The aura is linked to the iMovie trailer we made with the pictures.
I sent the aura link home to everyone in an email already but now the picture trigger is embedded in the creative writing that the children did as well!  You need the picture to trigger the Aura!

After the children finished working on their stories, we used the iPads to trigger the auras.
They all came running to see the first one! I have put the finished products out in the hallway for everyone to see.  The pictures alone are really cool and getting a lot of attention!  (So glad I found this app!) The stories are amazing and fun to read.
Adding the aura with the iMovie trailer we made with the dinosaur pictures adds a fun extra! 
 Sometimes, we have people who stop to look at the pictures and read the stories.  
Then if I can, I have them use my iPad and have them try our “secret code” trigger  picture as well.  They are always surprised to see a picture start an iMovie trailer!
 Way too much fun!  
Still working on another project with the dinosaur pictures on the iPads….
Takes a bit longer and still trying to figure out the best way to share them…..
Stay tuned!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

More Fun with Augmented Reality - Aurasma Style!

We have been continuing to experiment with Augmented Reality using the Aurasma app.  I have been playing with this app and it’s a lot of fun!  
I wanted to find a way to share a movie trailer that we made using the iMovie app about our Gingerbread house building activity we did with our buddy class in December.
Using the Aurasma app I was able to link a picture of a gingerbread house to the movie trailer.  By opening the Aurasma app and then opening the link that I sent via email I have been able to share the movie trailer.   I need to figure out how to use a channel, I think!  

We have been using the iPads at school to share this with our class and our buddy class as well.

It seems like magic anytime we use it!  I have linked an Explain Everything Video to it as well!
I have lots of ideas of how these apps could be used in the classroom and to share with parents!  Can't wait to experiment!

We have been continuing to have lots of fun with the CoLAR app.  They are seriously Too Much Fun! 

Seeing the bird pop up and eat a worm on the big screen is amazing!  
They really like having their picture taken with the animation!  You can have them color the picture and take their picture with them in it!  Lots of fun when you get them to pose with it!  
Hoping to send these out to my parents! 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Fun with Augmented Reality!

We have been having a lot of fun with a variety of Augmented Reality apps.  Walking with Dinosaurs is a favorite!  This is a great app that allows you to superimpose a dinosaur on a picture.

 Our principal petting a dinosaur!  
We had a lot of fun having the children pretend to pet, hold, or be afraid of a variety of dinosaurs.  We are using the pictures we created for a creative writing activity!  

Even my kitty cat got to meet a dinosaur! My students thought this was hilarious! 

Can you see the dinosaur crawling on her leg? If you aim the iPad at the trigger picture a dinosaur appears and begins walking around!  

You can feed it too and it comes marching over to eat! 

We have been having a great time with CoLAR app.  I managed to find some more free pictures to download and use.  We have taken to calling them the "magic" coloring pages!

If you press on the screen the ornaments cue different music! 

If you press on the fireworks they take off and fireworks appears!  We found this out by accident when one student touched the screen to try to figure out what was happening in the picture!  

Lots of fun! 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Fun with Elves!

We had a lot of fun  with elves this month!  We have Sparkles, our Elf on the Shelf who teamed up with Gus, our resident ghost mischief-maker working together to leave surprises for the children almost every day!  They left messages, puzzles, stickers, suggestions for stories to read, and sometimes special treats to eat!  I managed to catch them in the act using a special app called Santa Spy Cam!   They built a castle using the blocks in the classroom at our Christmas center and filled it with candycanes.   The video above is the evidence! 

Thank you to Ms Pana Says blog for the info about this app and how she used it in her classroom!

We also filled out applications to become elves.  Found this idea last year on Pinterest!  Thank you to whoever created this idea!  It is one of my favorite Christmas activities now!  They loved doing it!  

The Christmas tree in the middle has some of the cards we received as part of the Christmas Card exchange we took part in!  Lots of fun!  Thank you to everyone who sent us cards!  
We made Christmas cards for a special project that we are took part in this year!  It is called the Holiday Card Exchange Project which matched us with 29 other schools across the continent of North America.  It is part of a variety of projects coordinated by Jennifer Wagner’s Projects by Jen.  This lady is amazing!  She must spend hours and hours coordinating her projects!  Thank you so much!  

We sent cards to a variety of places in the United States as well as one other school in Canada in Ontario.  We sent one card to each of the schools on our list and they send us a card back!  We will be mapping out where our cards originate.  A fun way to learn more about the world.  I an trying to find pictures about each of the places our cards come from!  The theme of the cards was supposed to be Mittens, Caps, and Scarfs.  We focused on the mittens.

It was so much fun receiving mail each day!  Love snail mail!!  

We had a great time on our Polar Express Day!  We listened to the story first and then we each got a jingle bell just like in the story.  Luckily, no one had a hole in their pocket!

 We had hot chocolate and yummy cookies that my parents provided!  We used the left over graham crackers from our gingerbread house building activity to make S'mores!  It is the first time I had ever had S'mores!  Won't be the last!  

Each year we take part in our school's Door Decorating contest!  This was our entry this year!

We also made these lovely poinsettias!

The children loved having the snow sprayed on them for that extra "pop"!  Fun project! 

Happy New Year, everyone! 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Snowman Fun

Aren't these guys cute?  We made these snowmen ornaments as a Buddy project!  

Last year I was wandering around our local craft store trying like mad to come up with an idea I realized that if I combined two different ideas together I had a quick and easy solution to my buddy project. One of the ornament ideas I saw on Pinterest had tinsel in the ball and another used ornamental snow in the ball to make a snowman face.  I pinned both ideas on my Pinterest site.  Brainwave!  Use white tinsel in the ball instead of the snow and draw the face on with sharpies!  Bought some tinsel that had snowflakes mixed in to the tinsel and experimented at home!  A three inch piece of tinsel pushed into the ornament with a pencil and a sharpie face drawn on and we are done.  Add the name and the date on the back and we have a keepsake for both the big buddy and the little buddy!  It was a huge hit last year so of course it was on the list to do this year. 

I love how they all have such personality!  

We are also making some snowmen for Christmas presents for the parents.  Each year my husband cuts up enough blocks to make these cute snowmen with my class!

I posted about how to make them last year here.  We are just finished painting our blocks and we should be putting them together later this week or early next week!  The children had a good time sanding their blocks and are eager to put them together!  

We have been having fun using Doodle Buddy on the iPads to create Christmas trees.  We are saving our pictures to the camera roll and when everyone has made a picture we are going to import them into a story making app.  

They just love drawing on the iPad and are eagerly waiting for their turn!  I love Christmas! 

We also made a Christmas tree count up book today.

The children did a great job! We added a new cover this year.  Very simple but a huge hit!  I bought some glittery stars at our local craft store and we put them on the top!  

You can find this activity in my Christmas Fun package at Teachers Pay Teachers! 

Hope you are enjoying the season!