Saturday, January 17, 2015

Do Your Students Create Their Own Video Games?

Do Your Students Create Their Own  Video Games?  Stop by Raki's Rad Resources to find out why the should be and explore an easy iPad app called Game Press to make it happen in your classroom.

 Last trimester, my kiddos created their own vocabulary games with my Vocabulary Game Creation Project to work on key math vocabulary.  It was such an amazing experience that it has made me a major proponent of video game creation in the classroom.  Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources – to find out why your students should be creating video games and find out a useful iPad app that makes it easy to do.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Selfies, Persuasive Writing and PicCollage - That'll Work!

4th grade students at one of my schools wrote a persuasive blurb about one of their favorite books they read this year. Utilizing the app PicCollage, students took "selfies" of their chosen book. Once printed, the bookmarks will be given to our school library available for all students to not only use as a bookmark but also persuading them to try a new book!


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Green Screen Field Trip #GoBucks National Championship

A National Championship has inspired learning in Team Newell
Ohioans are "NUTS" about football!
We start them young :)

The story chronicles the journey of baby Brutus from his early days in the Buckeye family tree all the way to the Horseshoe Stadium at The Ohio State University. Lil' Brutus makes a lot of friends along the way as he grows to learn that he is a football nut. This story of true determination not only communicates the history of Mascot Brutus Buckeye, it speaks to the importance of remembering your roots. Whether or not you enjoy sports you will become a fan of Lil' Brutus!

We read Lil' Brutus Born a Buckeye. We had a great discussion about teamwork, pride, traditions, commitment, Ohio facts and symbols, sportsmanship! 
Reading Lil' Buckeye sure made discussing life long lessons, compound words, and verb tenses way more interesting!
One student made great connections when she shared about how her Mom cheered on Michigan State and Wisconsin even though they were Buckeye Fans! Other students "piggyback"ed her idea and shared their own everyday sportsmanship  learning examples. 
Real learning :)
In competition — as in life — you may not always win but you can learn something from losing, too. Learning good sportsmanship means finding that the positive attitude learned on the field carries over into other areas of life. At school, for example, you're able to appreciate the contributions made by classmates and know how to work as part of a team to complete a project. You may enjoy more success at work as well, because a big part of learning good sportsmanship is learning to be respectful of others, including customers and coworkers.

 I received both my Bachelors and Masters from  Bowling Green State University
Even though I did not graduate from The Ohio State University, I was born a Buckeye and I have an unique experience with Buckeye Football.  
I attended the 2014 Ohio State Women's Football Clinic!
I was honored to spend the day with the coaching staff and players learning the ins and outs of OSU Football!  There were offensive, defensive, and special teams presentations, as well as strength and equipment demonstrations which totally broke my concentration :) 
Can you tell by the "deer in headlight" look on my face what effect Anthony Schlegel had on me?  
We participated in drills and relays. I got whiplash from tackling, but an experience well worth it! A great day for a great cause. The daylong event cost $75 and the proceeds benefited the Stefanie Spielman Breast Cancer Research Fund. 

I'm in there on the left :)

I wish my students could have experienced the overwhelming pride that I felt that day so I decided to give them a little taste- A Green Screen Field Trip! 
I love iMovie!
My husband's picture of the 50 yard line +
My Green Screen Photo =
The coolest picture ever! :)

The BIG game is 1-12-15! 
I hope my students got a taste of Buckeye Pride and learned to be respectful of others! 
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Persuasive Text and the LifeCards App - A Perfect Marriage

Utilizing the app, LifeCards, 5th grade students created postcards defending/supporting their position of becoming a Patriot or remaining a Loyalist due to the events leading to and during the American Revolutionary War.

Below are a few examples as well as an interactive flipbook depicting their finished work:


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Document Student Learning with Stop Motion Studio

Create Stop Motion videos on your iPad.  Easy to do in your classroom.  Suggestions from Raki's Rad Resources 

Lego animation, claymation, stop motion animation.  These all seem like complex types of movies that we shouldn’t attempt in a classroom.  In an after school club, maybe, but definitely not in a classroom.  However, I recently discovered that these types of videos can be created quite simply with an iPad, using the app Stop Motion Studio.  Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources – to find out how my children documented the creation of their sculptures with this app.

 Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gingerbread Brain Break and YouTube Compare

I don't know about you, but I even have a hard time concentrating the week before Christmas! Last week, I planned to keep our week as normal as possible, but last night this MAN changed my mind! 
We usually compare and contrast many of these books, but.......
this year... let's work in groups to compare and contrast Gingerbread Man YouTube Videos on our Chromebooks!

            There are so many videos to pick from!


Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

There are so many ways to compare! 
Here are just a few:
You can compare a BOOK vs. VIDEO.

Compare 2 Videos!

Compare 3 Videos!

Compare 4 Videos!

Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because,and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Let students form an opinion and write about it! Students use evidence from the videos to support their opinions!

                                So now what? 
                    Let's GET UP AND MOVE 
                     like a gingerbread man!!!!

I love this CD!

Gingerbread Man

Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.


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