School: Crestview, teaching fourth grade
Years in education: Four
What are your top 3 apps used in your classroom?
I use ScreenChomp mainly in my literacy rotations to create news reports, character interviews, and fluency checks. I also use it in math to explain how to solve a problem. Students record themselves talking while drawing diagrams and adding pictures. The final product ends up being a great video tutorial that we can watch and learn from. We also have used ScreenChomp to teach another school how to use PREZI (an interactive version PowerPoint). Students broke up into groups and each taught one thing about Prezi on ScreenChomp. We tweeted these videos out and were able to help this class create projects on Prezi! This is a great collaboration tool between students, classrooms, and schools.
Here’s more specific details on how we use ScreenChomp in…
Literacy: I use this app for summarizing a chapter or book, interviewing characters (they can act out the parts), and creating a news articles about events in their book. We also use ScreenChomp to check our fluency. Students first take a picture of the paragraph they will be reading and put it on their ScreenChomp. Next, they record themselves reading that paragraph. When they play the video back they can listen for expression, rate, and also check for accuracy by following along with the words in their paragraph.
Math: Students take a problem from our math boxes or math journal page and use ScreenChomp to explain how to solve it. Students can take a picture of a math problem and add it to their ScreenChomp video. Next they write directly on the screen as they explain how to solve it. This is a great teaching tool for all students.
Kabaam is an app that allows students to take pictures and then spice them up with fun captions and word bubbles. With this app, students can write a caption for each picture. They can put more than one picture together to create a really neat collage. I also use Kabaam to allow students to summarize what they have learned in a particular lesson or unit. This can be a great wrap up activity.
I use Kabaam as a literacy rotation. I have students take one chapter of their book and “Kabaam!” it. Students find ways to show events in their book with pictures and captions. They can add pictures of their book, pictures they have drawn to show main events or anything else they can think of to represent their book. They can put many of these together to create what looks like a timeline of events or collage of events. Kabaam projects look like cartoons so the kids have fun making these. We also use Kabaam when we create ScreenChomp videos. Kids can create a Kabaam and save it to your iPad photos, then use it as a picture for their ScreenChomp video. They have figured out that this is a way to add more pictures to ScreenChomp.
I use this as a behavior system. Students can earn money for making good choices and trying their best on school work. They also get money taken away for not making good choices. I add each student as a new “card” on the account. It also will show how much money our whole class has total. I use the total balance as a whole class goal.
I use this app daily to encourage students to make positive choices with their behavior and school work. We have a list of things that students can earn and lose money for. This has been motivating for all students. At the end of each week we have a “Class Super Store” where students can spend their money if they wish. It also is a great tool for practicing how to add and subtract decimals.
If we asked the students in your class – what would they say are their top 3 favorite apps they use in your classroom?
- Word Monkey
How many iPads do you have in your classroom?
We have 3 ipads in our classroom.
You have more kids in your classroom than you have iPads, how do you possibly make that work?
I use our iPads in small group rotations and it works well for me. This encourages students to collaborate together. By using iPads in small group rotations, it allows for more differentiation.
How much money have you spent on apps so far? Do you find that this takes a lot of time?
The apps we use on a daily basis are mostly all free! I have not spent more than $15 on new apps this year.