- They are completely paperless! You don't have to waste your copies :)
- You can share them with the world! There are countless ways that digital activities can be shared with the community and/or parents. Email links to files (Google Slides presentation in this case), embed on your class blog/website, post in Google Classroom...I could keep going!
- Engagement. Kids gravitate to technology so why not use it to our advantage!
Carla from Comprehension Connection shared some other great read alouds and ideas for goal setting in THIS blog post.
Last year I did a technology lesson on January 5th with a 2nd grade teacher. Our lesson was about making New Year's resolutions. The first part of the lesson was cut off by a fire drill🙄 so we decided to skip right to the activity. BAD MOVE. We had assumed that the kids were familiar with the idea of a New Year's resolution. After all, they had talked about it a little before their Christmas break. The sentences they typed and the pictures they drew in Pixie were absolutely off the wall. Some of our favorites included:
- My New Year's Resolution is to make friends with a dinosaur.
- My New Year's Resolution is to play video games all day.
- My New Year's Resolution is to blow bubbles.
The lesson was a bust. Therefore, I will never skip this step ever again.
Onto the activity...
To make the image:
Type in what you would like to look for in the search box. I am going to search for a glitter background.
Select the one you want by tapping on the square.
Click the check mark in the right hand corner.
Tap the plus+ again to add text. Click on the pink Text icon.
Make your text bigger by pinching out. You can tilt your text or keep it centered..up to you! Next, click on the plus+ and select Photos.
Tap the photo you want to use and then tap the checkmark.
Hold you finger down on the photo until a menu pops up.
Without picking up your finger or stylus, trace your body. You need to meet the point where you started drawing. If you mess up, simply start tracing again. It might take several tries and that is O-K-A-Y! Remember, it will not be perfect. I think that is what makes this "cute"...the imperfections!
With two fingers pinch out your image or pinch in to make it bigger/smaller. Place it where you would like. If you would like to add other images, go for it!
To save, click the blue icon in the lower right hand corner.
Click Save to Library.
You know you are good to go when you see the blue check mark and message: Saved to Library! Exit out of PicCollage.
To add an animation and turn your image into a GIF:Open Lumyer. *This app is rated 12+. I have provided an alternative to this app below.* Tap in Gallery.
Select your image at the bottom of the screen and then click the checkmark in the upper right hand corner.
Scroll through the animations.
There is a whole library of really cool animations that you can download straight to the app for free.
Click See All for this option. Update: There are now a few inappropriate animations in this bank...uhhh! The fireworks, glitter and party confetti are the defaults so if you still want to use this app then tell your students just to choose the ones that appear on the bottom row and tell them that there isn't time to "See All"(that is if you have students that do what you say😬. )
If you want to see a different animation, click on Delete FX. If you like what you selected, click Save.
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