Recently, some of our students shared their creative thinking and problem-solving skills at an Invention Convention. During this session, parents and special guests were invited to visit and learn from student inventors about a creation they made to solve a particular problem. Students created design prototypes of robots that would go around the house and pick things up for you, shoes that could display important messages, solar panels that would power up your electronic devices, and robots that would tighten your shoes. In addition, they shared facts about an inventor they studied. In addition to using their iPads to research their chosen inventos, student also used Pic Kids to create fliers to advertise their products. Thanks for sharing your creative thinking, VVE Cardinals!
Our hAPPy Friday app sharing this week reviews Draw & Tell HD -- an app younger students can use for drawing and simplified animation. Whether exploring color and pattern combinations in the coloring-page section, drawing their own images, or creating mini-animations with movable "stickers" and voiceover, this app offers many open-ended exploration opportunities. For more info on how to integrate this app in your classroom, check out the app integration handout. Many thanks to VVE kindergarteners who shared some of their own creations (see above).
Kindergarteners in Ms. Gardner's class have been talking about how to recognize different kinds of weather. The students shared their understandings by using Popplet to create drawings of different kinds of weather, label them, and share their findings with each other. What a great example of multimodal literacy that demonstrates how image and text can work together to inform their readers. Thanks, Kindergarten!
This year, our students have brand new iPads they have been using for a couple of weeks now. We rolled out 513 new iPads in the first two weeks of school, and students have begun using them for a variety of purposes including math practice, reading and writing, and assessment completion. Students are even bringing their iPads to specials! See Art Teacher Julie Cimino's @ValleyViewArt Twitter feed to see how students are reflecting on their artwork using iPads!
In addition to a new school year with new iPads, students and teachers also have access to a new app store designed especially for Eanes ISD. This district-designed app store can be accessed via the Self Service App. Teachers, Ed Techs, Instructional Partners, district personnel, and even students can make requests for apps to be added to the store. More info on how the Eanes app store was created can be found here and a list of current apps available for Elementary students can be found here. If you have an app you'd like to suggest, you can use this form. Enjoy!