The Second Graders in Mrs. Tucci's and Mrs. Stueve's classes have been estimating and measuring to get an idea of how short an inch really is; and how long a foot really is.
Their task was to take photos of 12 objects, from 1 inch long to 12 inches long, with a measure showing the length.
The great part about the task is that it called for students to think critically in order to estimate which objects would be specific lengths, then measure to check their estimate, before recording their measured objects by photographing each one.
Once they had photographed 12 objects with their measurement tool next to each one, they used the StoryKit app to create a book with a page for each measurement.
They also used the audio recording feature of StoryKit to record themselves explaining each object they measured.
The great thing about StoryKit is that each student can email their story.
Before iPads, students would use rulers to measure and record on paper.
Their audience for this would be themselves or the teacher.
With iPads, the audience is larger and more personal, thus adding authenticity and relevance to sharing their learning.
Mrs. Stueve and Mrs. Tucci had the students email the story to themselves for checking, and then had them email their story to their parents.
This was a wonderfully engaging, and collaborative activity.
Hi, I'm Margie Brown, an Educational Technologist at Valley View Elementary School in Eanes ISD. I love working with students and teachers and discovering new digital tips and tricks everyday!
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