The KinderPals were pretending today to be Santa’s elves in his workshop. They each picked a toy they wanted to design, drew each of the parts their toy needed, drew a 2D picture of their toy, then created their toy in 3D form. You can see video here of our KinderPals elves hard at work (you have to go to our website to see the video…sorry, it can’t be sent via email subscription), and when the elves have finished creating their toy they will upload their greenprints (Santa uses greenprints, not blueprints, don’t you know? 😉 ) and a photo of their finished gift.
Our school just recently purchased a class set of iPads, so I am carefully planning on how we can use these tools in our class. We started out with a time for exploring and playing with some of the apps. Remember that learning comes from playing! The first apps that I am teaching the children to use are the camera (to document their learning) and the Kidblog app (to share their learning in an electronic portfolio). Since the Grade 1’s are already familiar with the Kidblog website, I thought this would be an easy transition to have them take on more responsibility for showing their learning. Of course the kindergarten students will be given extra help, and all students will be given all of the support they need to make effective use of this tool. All of yesterday ‘s blog posts about “What We Need To Live” were created by the students on the iPads.
In these photos you can see how engaged the children are in their play. Please note: as I have told the children MANY times, electronic devices are only ONE way to play, and we need to have a balance of activities with MANY real world experiences.
Along with blogging, we also have many great websites and activities we can do in the computer lab. Check out our Learning Links on KinderPals.ca to find all sorts of great educational websites.
As an extension of Dot Day, the KinderPals started to experiment with a new technology called Augmented Reality. This technology can convert a regular 2 dimensional drawing into a 3D digital model. A special colouring page had been created for Dot Day to create 3D dots and the pictures you see are the result of our work with the new iPad app called ColAR Mix (free in the App Store). We think it’s magical!
FINALLY all of the technical glitches have been worked out and we are able to use the computer lab! The students love exploring the Learning Links on kinderpals.ca and will soon start blogging!