Internet Safety Commercials using YakIt Kids

Thursday, November 5, 2015 / 6 comments



 photo 072d1b09-a371-40c2-9091-d18d1050fa33_zpsitlp0ssl.jpgThe 5th graders at one of my elementary schools took part in a Digital Citizenship Day to complete the Internet Safety modules that all teachers in our county have to complete this year. Each teacher was responsible for teaching one of the modules and students circulated around to each classroom. I was excited to work with the librarian, Theresa Harris, to work with the module that covers internet safety.
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 Theresa purchased 20 iPads for her library this year and she is having a ball learning how to use new apps with her students. She has mastered ChatterPix Kid and was ready to learn something new. Therefore, we decided to complete the commercial students had to create by using the app, YakIt Kids.  I think YakIt is a great app to try after you have mastered ChatterPix because it has a few more bells and whistles. You can create multiple scenes and have more than one item come to life and talk. The kids really like how you can change the pitch of your voice to be high, low or normal.


I modeled  how to use the app with the first two classes and then she was ready to take over and teach the remaining three classes. Way to go, Mrs. Harris!

After students were finished with their movies, they submitted their work through The Work Collector . The Work Collector is a script that my colleague, Michael Price, invented to help us quickly gather work from iPads and laptops. This script automatically creates a folder in your Google Drive that work is submitted to once students visit your Work Collector site and upload their work. BEST INVENTION EVER. I turned my Work Collector website into a QR code that students could easily scan and submit their YakIt videos:



 Check out some of the internet safety tips 5th graders created today using YakIt Kids:


Internet Safety from Julie on Vimeo.




6 comments:

  1. Love this idea...but got to step 9 and I'm having a hard time using my mac to duplicate the process. Will keep working on it as I think this is GREAT! But not sure what a server shortcut is and how to drag and drop the link.
    If you have any suggestions...I'd be excited to learn more.
    Would you be interested in doing a screencast video of how you created it ?
    Thanks so much!
    Mrs. Samuelson's Swamp Frogs

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    1. Hey there! The server shortcuts is a server that our school has for students to access links/templates that teachers put into it. If you don't have a server, then the link to your Work Collector could always be posted on your class blog/website, Google Classroom, PortaPortal, etc...whatever you use to get links/documents about to your students :) Maybe we could do a G+ Hangout and walk through the steps on your computer together!

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    2. That would be fabulous! LOVE the idea! Thanks! hsamuelson2013@gmail.com
      Mrs. Samuelson's Swamp Frogs

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    3. Let me know some nights you are free and we can get that going!

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  2. This idea is amazing! My school doesn't have a server, but is there a way for students to still upload files to their individual folders? Right now students can upload but it all falls in the work collector folder.

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    1. No, unfortunately there is not a way for them to upload to individual folders...that would be AWESOME! Each student could make their own work collector (YIKES) and share that folder with the teacher I guess. I know some teachers just drag the files to individual folders or they drag to a folder that is for that specific project :)

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