Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday "Wrap Up"

This week Jamberry made a HUGE announcement!  I am talking about the mother of all announcements.  They have partnered with Disney to bring us...

Oh, yea!  You heard right!  21 new wraps all things Minnie and Princess!  Check these out!

Awesome, right!!  And check them out on hands...

See the whole collection here 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Technology Tuesday: Virtual Valentines

Here's a fun connecting opportunity that I saw on Twitter this year and sent to my teachers.

This group pairs up classes to exchange virtual valentines across the miles and learn something on the way.  

Here is a blog post from one of my 5th grade teachers that participated in the program.  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday "Wrap Up"

Kinder kids are so funny.  I read the book Early Bird by Tony Euly to kinder this week.  It is a cute story about a bird that gets up early and goes on a journey to the garden to get the early worm.  It has good position word usage like over, under, across and through.  While I was reading to the first class of kinder students I asked them what the opposite of early was.  The first student I called on said, "You know, like early in the morning."  I said, "That is what early means, but what is the opposite?".  The next student I called on said, "Like before breakfast."  I again said yes and that the opposite of early was late.  

The next kinder class I had decided to start with "What does early mean?" and about 4 of them shouted out "Late!"

This week in the library...
- four days of makerspace 
- 6 First Grade Inch by Inch  Measurement Lessons
- 5 kinder story times

And I am still wearing my wraps from last week, but here is a picture of the St. Patrick's Day wraps 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Teachers Make Too

I posted this tweet on my personal Facebook page and got some pretty funny responses from my teachers.

In my mind, I told myself that it was because they were jealous of the students getting to come to makerspace and learning and playing with new things.  We thought it might be fun to have a Teacher Makerspace Faculty Meeting and so that happened yesterday!

At first, I was nervous about it.  My teachers, like any other, are strapped for time and have a million things to do.  I was a little worried they would think it was a waste of time and not be receptive of the idea.  So I did what any good presenter does when faced with having a meeting with teachers...

I brought snacks!

I had a handout waiting on the tables when they came in from dismissal and number 1 said

1.  MakerSNACK at the snack bar.

I had put out bowls of cheerios, raisins, chocolate chips, goldfish, nuts and pretzels for them to create a snack of their own (get it... makerSPACE - makerSNACK).

Once everyone had their snack, I put on the projector a list of the 5 activities (one for each of our STEAM areas) with a brief description of each one.  I told them briefly about each one and about the materials needed (I had materials set up all around the library) and how to get to the resources on my library page.  Then I let them go.  

I gave them the choice of 
Science - Balancing Act
Technology - Augmented Reality and Stop Motion(I couldn't decide)
Engineering - Pipe Cleaner Challenge
Art - Finger Knitting
Math - Fraction Pictures

There was a lot of chatter and a lot of creating going on. Surprisingly the teachers reactions were similar to students.  Some were frustrated with the finger knitting.  Some picked it up right away. Some were competitive about building the tallest pipe cleaner tower.  Others were trying to make the weirdest structure.  Some were very serious about their Stop Motion video.  Some were being extremely silly.  All were super excited when their augmented reality picture came to life.  

And then there were these...
Yep the off-task ones!
There's some in every group, right?
Actually, I very rarely see kids off task when they come to makerspace.  But these teachers were creating something... just not what I intended.  Maybe they are the G/T ones?

Here are more teachers engaged in the different activities...

Finger Knitting
Augmented Reality
More Finger Knitting
Pipe Cleaner Challenge

             Stop Motion Video

All in all, I think the teachers enjoyed themselves... a little stress relief goes a long way this time of year.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Technology Tuesday: Augmented Reality + Writing

I have been wanting to use Augmented Reality in a lesson for a while and finally figured out a way to do it.  I am using a Chromville coloring page to inspire writing in my 2nd graders.  Chromville is a website and an app.  Print the coloring pages from the website and thenuse the app to make them "come to life".

I printed off a page from the character, Zoe's stash.  I gave the students about 10-15 minutes to color and told them to be thinking about a story that could go along with the picture of Zoe swimming. 

When they finished coloring, we used the iPads and the Chromville app to make the picture in an augmented reality picture of Zoe swimming and diving with the fish.

The students are super excited to see the picture come alive.  It is always so fun to see their reactions.  The hardest part is keeping the iPad still for the 3 seconds it takes for the camera to read the picture. 
Within the app there is a camera button so the students took a picture of their 3D picture.  Then we opened the Write About This App (we used the free version which only allows you save one story, but there is a paid version where you can save multiple times).
This app allows you to import a picture and then write a story to go along with it.  The students put imported their picture and began writing.
When they finished, the can save it to the gallery and email or save it to the camera roll.  THis was a fun way to change up writing.  I think using the Augmented Reality picture helped to engage them a little more than just a promt.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday "Wrap Up"

We wrapped up our 2nd round of makerspace this week and I must say, finger knitting by far was the biggest hit. What was most fun was seeing kids the faces of the kids I didn't think would have the patience to learn the process end up making a necklace or bracelet they were so proud of. I wish I had taken more pictures.  This is one of my 4th graders who went home and created 4 necklaces after being in the makerspace. 

The rest of the week went like this...
- 3 Second grade Fairy Tale Battle introductions
- 5 kinder Storytimes with Rubia and the Three Osos (including one hilarious story time with our ESL kinder class who definitely knew more Spanish than me)
- 4 makerspace sessions
- 1 Fifth grade Virtual Valentine iPad lesson
- Coding Club and Newspaper Club meetings 
-1 Bluebonnet Voting Party - Vanishing Coin was our winner

And my nails this week are super cute if I do say so myself - True Love and Tartan

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday "Wrap Up"

Whew!  These last 2 weeks have been crazy!

I have been doing all day research with 3rd grade classes which has taken up these two weeks.  They spend the whole day except for lunch, recess and PE. Each class researches a Force of Nature... hurricane, tornadoes, volcanoes, wildfires, avalanches, and earthquakes.  Then we make a graphic novel on the iPads with the students as characters.  This project smashes 4 different apps together to create the graphic novel so it is a pretty involved procedure, but the kids are so excited when we finish.  

This week
- 4 days all day research
- 2 sessions of 4th grade Battle of the Book Introduction
- Attended library professional development
- Worked on a badge project for teachers
-5 kinder storytimes

And my wraps this week are Friday Flannel and Fame