Rounding in Educreations

This 2nd grade class has been working on rounding and estimation. Their teacher put together some advertisements for Toys R’ Us, Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Target. The students had to take a picture of the item and price in the Educreations app. Then they rounded the amount to the nearest 10. Here’s an example:

Capitol of Virginia Moves – Google Tour Builder

As you can tell by my numerous posts, I am LOVING Google Tour Builder. The students love it too! Yesterday I was in a 4th grade classroom. They have been learning about why the capitol of Virginia moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg and finally to Richmond. The students used Google Tour Builder to fly from place to place. In the description area, they explained why they moved from each location and what the thought the new location had to offer. I forgot to have the students share their finished tour with me, so in the meantime, here is the teacher’s example:

Capitols Move from Karen Hues on Vimeo.

Greenwood Gators Travel to Greece & Rome


These 3rd grade students have been studying Greece and Rome. On Monday, the teachers had an entire Greece & Rome day in which students dressed in togas and rotated to the different classrooms for a variety of Ancient Greece & Rome activities. They sampled food, built sculptures, listened to Greek myths…….and even flew to Greece & Rome!! That’s right, we took a field trip to Greece & Rome using Google Tour Builder. In 30 minutes, the students flew to 2 locations in Greece & 2 in Rome. In the tour they were able to label locations, add pictures, and type a description. When their tours were complete, the students shared their tour with their teacher. Thanks also to Sarah Green for her Google expertise during this lesson! Check out one of the finished tours!

Greece & Rome from Karen Hues on Vimeo.

Subtraction with Pixie on iPads

These 1st grade students have been working on subtraction problems. The teacher and I decided to use Pixie on the iPads to let students show how they would subtract. With the holidays just a few days away, the students used the holiday folder in Pixie to search for pictures. They practiced duplicating the picture until they had the number of the item that they wanted. Then they selected all and glued them down. Next they used the paint tool to write their subtraction sentence and crossed out the items that were being taken away. My favorite part was when they recorded their subtraction sentences as word problems. I also enjoyed how the students worked together. The teacher and I showed the first group how to create the product and from there the first group taught the second group and so on. Check out a few of their original works:

Snowmen Melt from Karen Hues on Vimeo.

Selling Christmas Trees from Karen Hues on Vimeo.

Santa Returns to the North Pole from Karen Hues on Vimeo.

Ancient Greece with Google Tour Builder

These 3rd grade students conducted research on various topics about Ancient Greece. The groups researched Ancient Greek art, architecture, occupations, geography, and the Olympic games. The students were provided with a template for research. On this template, they had to construct questions about their topic that they would answer through research. They utilized various web resources as well as books and magazines to gather information. Here is an example of their finished research:

Then they went to Tellagami on the iPad and recorded videos to add to their Google Tour. They used background images that related to their content. Some pictures were obtained from copyright free images on Google Images, and others were obtained from a comemories link shared with the students by another ITRT who visited Greece over the summer. http://comemories.com/2170c4 Students saved the Tellagami’s down to the camera roll and then uploaded them to their Google Drive.

Next, students went to Google Tour Builder. In Google Tour Builder, students were able to add images, type about their location, link their video to the description of that location, and fly to that location. Check out their finished presentations here:

Greek Architecture
Greek Occupations
Greek Art
Greek Geography
Greek Government
Greek Olympics

Earth, Moon, & Sun

A 1st grade teacher wanted her students to remember that the Earth revolves around the sun and the moon revolves around the Earth. In order to do so, we had the students start from scratch to create a PowerPoint Presentation. First they launched PowerPoint and selected a theme. We suggested that they use a plain black or blue background so it would look like outer space. Next, the students went to Insert –> Online Images to search for pictures of the sun & Earth to use on their first slide. After re-sizing and positioning the images, the students set the Earth with an animation so that it would go around the sun. To set an animation, click on the object you want to animate, click on Animation –> Add Animation, and select the animation you would like to use. We selected the Shape –> Circle for the Earth’s revolution around the sun. The final step is to record your voice by clicking on Slideshow –> Record slide show. Students saved the finished products to their desktop and then uploaded it to their teacher’s google drive using the link to the simple uploader script.

Sun, Earth, & Moon from Karen Hues on Vimeo.

Ocean Floor ThingLinks with Tellagami Videos

I had a teacher contact me shortly after I had seen Julie Smith’s post about creating Ocean Floor Thinglinks with a 5th grade class.  The teacher loved the idea of creating the thinglinks, but she also wanted to incorporate her student’s voices so they could talk about the different areas of the ocean floor.

To begin, the students collaboratively conducted research on a google doc created by the teacher.  The students looked through books, magazines, Google Ocean  tours, OneSearch, and a variety of web links to gather information with their partner or small group.

After research was conducted, the students labeled a picture of the ocean floor that we used from Britannica’s Image Quest.  The teacher and I started the Thinglinks by uploading the picture of the ocean floor and setting the sharing permissions so that anyone with the link could edit.  We created 7 separate ThingLinks for each of the groups to have their own to work from.

After the parts of the ocean floor were labeled on the ThingLinks, the students used Tellagami on the iPads to record an explanation of the different features on the ocean floor. The students uploaded the finished recordings to their groups folder in Dropbox on the iPad. The teacher and I helped the students link up their videos to the points labeled on their ThingLink ocean floor map.  The finished products were great, but the powerful part of this lesson was how students interacted throughout the process.  Students who normally were very reserved and took a back seat in a group were now stepping up as leaders and delegating to get the job done!  The students were provided with enough freedom that they had to figure out how to manage their groups to get the task completed.  Without being directed to do so, several groups started making notecards or typing in their research doc to create a script that they could read from while recording in their Tellagami.  It was a true example of student collaboration!  Check out their finished ThingLinks…

Monster Dichotomous Key in Google Presentations

These 5th grade students were learning about dichotomous keys and their teacher wanted them to make their own key. They first worked through this dichotomous key for smiley faces. They were tasked with identifying the genus and species names for the smiley faces in this chart.  In order to do so, they opened the presentation and put it in play mode.  This helped students see how the key worked and how the presentation is linked up.

Next, the students were provided with this Creature Feature document.  They worked with partners to fill out this chart with a unique name for each character, and they determined what differentiated characteristics the characters had.  This helped them to create the questions to guide the user through the dichotomous key for their creatures.  Once all the slides were set, they hyperlinked the text boxes to jump to a different slide based on your selection until you successfully identify the creature.  Here is an example of the finished Dichotomous Key.  Make sure you want it in Presentation mode and click on the links in order to use it correctly.

Multiplication by 5′s with Money

These 3rd grade students have been learning about multiplication. This week they are working on multiplication by 5′s, so we had them create a Google Presentation to show the multiples of 5 using money. First, students created a presentation and had slides for 1×5, 2×5, 3×5, etc. They used the image search tool to find a picture of that coin to insert into their presentation. They practiced copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) to make multiple pictures of the same coin. After creating slides for the facts through 10, students went back and added in slides to show how you could make that same amount of money with the fewest coins possible. They made combinations of nickels, dimes, and quarters to demonstrate their understanding of this concept. Check out this finished work sample:

Sight Word Book in Book Creator

The Kindergarten teachers at Montrose were looking for a way to have their students see and say the sight words. We decided to use the book creator app on the iPads because it allowed the students to write the word and record themselves saying the word. In the future we could also add pictures to the book. The students used the same iPad and took turns contributing a word to the sight word book. Using this app, we could easily transfer the finished book off of the iPad in the form of an eBook (ePub). After the book is created, you can send it to the iBooks bookshelf for other students to read. I ended up sending the ePub file through Google Drive and was able to open it up using a Google Chrome extension called Readium which did a nice job of playing back their eBook. Take a look at the finished result!

Our Sight Words from Karen Hues on Vimeo.