February 28, 2015

It's an Appy Day... ChatterPix Kids

It's an Appy Day and today I want to tell you about a great app - ChatterPix Kids!  One of the best things about it is it's FREE!


Bring your pictures to life with the app ChatterPix Kids!  This is an awesome iPad/iPhone app and has endless possibilities.  Your students will LOVE it.  With this app all you have to do is upload a picture, record your voice and the app will create a movie that looks like the picture is talking!  In the past, I have used this app with photos of famous Americans.  Recently I worked with a first grade class and we used the app for Black History month.  Students used the app to tell about famous black Americans that they had been studying.  We did something a little differently this time and it turned out so adorable.  Take a look at one of our videos below...

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This time, instead of uploading a photo students drew pictures of their person.  They are SO cute and it really made all of the difference.  We started with a line drawing of a head.  This will make it easier for young students to draw their person and makes them large enough for a nice scan.  You can find the one I used here.  After students drew their pictures, I scanned them and loaded them on the iPads through Dropbox.

Students also completed research on their famous American.  You can have them complete this page which will help when they record in the app.  After completing the page, they can buddy up and practice reading to their partner.  This is great for fluency! :-)


Below are the steps for using the ChatterPix app. It's so easy your students will be creating videos in no time!








Have fun creating!
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February 23, 2015

Superhero products that will save the day!

TpT is having a huge site-wide sale celebrating Teachers are Heroes!  With the upcoming sale, we want to help you find superhero products that have helped others in the classroom.


I recently received some awesome feedback for my product Walter the Water Drop - A Technology Integrated Water Cycle Unit.  I was so excited to see what Stephanie C. had to say about this unit.  She wrote, "Fabulous!  My students loved Walter.  This was a great and fun way to teach my second graders about the water cycle." This unit will provide you with a story about Walter the Water Drop and 10 technology integrated activities to learn about the water cycle in both printables and templates. 


Browse around the linky for other heroic products, or feel free to grab the graphic and link up your own! Link to a post containing one heroic product and its feedback. Use the graphic if you wish. (No direct links to stores or products, please.) Include the linky button and link it back to this post so others may find great heroic products. - See more at: http://pinkadotselementary.blogspot.com/#sthash.dAOI5AYS.dpuf


Browse around the linky for other heroic products, or feel free to grab the graphic and link up your own! Link to a post containing one heroic product and its feedback. Use the graphic if you wish. (No direct links to stores or products, please.) Include the linky button and link it back to this post so others may find great heroic products. - See more at: http://pinkadotselementary.blogspot.com/#sthash.dAOI5AYS.dpuf
Browse around the linky for other heroic products, or feel free to grab the graphic and link up your own! Link to a post containing one heroic product and its feedback. Use the graphic if you wish. (No direct links to stores or products, please.) Include the linky button and link it back to this post so others may find great heroic products. - See more at: http://pinkadotselementary.blogspot.com/#sthash.dAOI5AYS.dpuf
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TpT Heroes Sale


Yep, you heard right... Teachers Pay Teachers is having its first site-wide sale of 2015!



The Teachers are Heroes sale is February 25th and you can get 28% off all the products in my store by using the code Heroes at checkout.  Now is the time to stock up on all those goodies you've been wanting for your classroom. :)  Take a look around my TpT store over the next few days then checkout with your goodies during the sale to save $$$!

I LOVE to read your feedback so make sure you leave some on any products you have purchased and earn points toward purchases at the same time. 



While you are there, take a look at my Snow Much Fun - Winter Literacy Centers and Activities.  You will love the winter themed activities and the Penguin Writing Craftivity that is included. 


Check out what a fellow TpT'er over at First Grade Friendly Froggies wrote about this activity! Thanks Susan! I just know you and your students will love it, too.

Happy Shopping,
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