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Spring Lesson Plan

ETIL Lesson - Michele O’Dell - Storyrobe with iPad


Your Name:     Michele O’Dell
Grade Level / Subject Area: Mathematics



1. Which essential question, content area GLE / Standard, or ISTE NETS for Students or NETS for Teachers was the objective of this lesson? 

ISTE NETS for Students
1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
using technology. Students:
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

2. What resources (technology / information) did you use to help achieve this objective?


Doc Camera
iPad
Storyrobe iPad App
Whiteboard App
Everyday Math Curriculum - Unit 6 Geometry
Coolmath’s Online Dictionary
morgueFile Photos

3. How did you (or your students) use the tech tool or website?  (Please give us a quick peek as to what you did in the classroom with this tool / website.).

I wrote a grant earlier this year, and the third grade team received five iPads to share. Therefore, my focus this year is on learning a variety of meaningful ways to use this engaging tool. One way to accomplish this goal is through an iPad app called Storyrobe. Students will use Storyrobe’s three-step process to create a mini-story about a geometry term. This is a lesson that I will be completing once we have completed EDM Unit 6. I hope that the process evolves smoothly as follows:  
a. I will show the students my sample Story Robe production defining a right angle, and briefly show them how the app works. As I am modeling this process, I will also demonstrate how to use Coolmath to find a student-friendly definition and morgueFile to find and save copyright free photos. I will also demonstrate how to use the Whiteboard to write and save an image of a word.
b. I will put students into collaborative groups of three and asked them to choose a word to define from a given list of geometry vocabulary. Once a term has been selected, it will not longer be available because I want a variety of words presented to the class at the end of this lesson.
c. Students will need to use the iPads via a rotation schedule since the class only has access to two units. Basically, they will need to find a definition, write a short script detailing what each group member will say during the story, and find photos (or create an word image in Whiteboard) that will support their work. It is possible to have students doing this part of the assignment before they actually use the iPad with either a laptop or a desktop computer. However, they will need to use the iPad to save photos that they find through other tools directly to the iPad they are using. This is done by holding down one’s finger on a downloaded photo until a save option pops up.
d. Once students are ready, they will use the app to load pictures, record their geometry story, and finally proudly share their work with the class.

  
4. How did your students respond? 

I know that they will be highly engaged in this lesson. It will be interesting to see how well they collaborate and create with one another. As a review, I believe that this method will better cement key geometry terms that the students will need for fourth grade.

5. Do you have a sample or any materials you developed that would help other DCSD teachers / students if they wanted to do something similar?

I have submitted my teacher sample (Right Angles), and I will add a student sample once the lesson is complete.

6. What will be your next step(s)?  (Now that you’ve tried this, what will you do next?)


From my brief exploration of Storyrobe, I believe this app can be used with students of any age and for any subject. Once they learn the process, they can easily use the three-step Story Robe process to efficiently develop necessary twenty-first century skills. I am going to explore creating digital stories through this app. Also, my plan is to continue to explore a variety of apps for creative and critical thinking. See the description below for iTune details about Storyrobe.

Storyrobe:
Is a mobile digital storytelling application.
 Create a digital story in three simple steps.



1. Choose Images/Videos

2. Record Story

3. Upload to YouTube or Email to friends



Features
Add Photographs/Video
Add Narration
Send to YouTube
Email Story
Saves the story to the camera roll then you can import into iPhoto
Create Threaded Stories or Storyrobe

The excitement begins when you share your story with other Storyrobe users. Add to existing stories to create longer stories of travels, events or family history. You can use it for work, school, or just to share stories with friends and family.


Winter Lesson Plan

ETIL Lesson Michele O’Dell - Puppet Pals with iPad



Your name: Michele O'Dell
Grade Level/Subject Area: Social Studies


1. Which essential question, content area GLE / Standard, or ISTE NETS for Students or NETS for Teachers was the objective of this lesson? 

ISTE NETS for Students
1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
using technology. Students:
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

2. What resources (technology / information) did you use to help achieve this objective?

Doc Camera
iPad
Puppet Pals iTunes App Lite

3. How did you (or your students) use the tech tool or website?  (Please give us a quick peek as to what you did in the classroom with this tool / website.).

This was a down-and-dirty, quick introduction on how to use an iPad with the iTunes App Puppet Pals Lite. We had just received our classroom iPad, and the students were super excited to test it out. Working in groups of three, students had their choice of sharing their learning by creating a mini-production on either bully proofing, health, or matter and energy. After I modeled the process, the collaborative teams were given free rein to explore Puppet Pals and to create their own short puppet show.   
a. I teamed up with several students and modeled how to create a puppet show with the free version of Puppet Pals on the class iPad under the doc camera
b. I put students into collaborative groups of three and asked them to choose one of the three topics that we had been studying during the week. The decision making process was surprisingly easy. They were so excited to try the iPad that they quickly agreed on a topic. Then, they had to plan exactly what it was that they wanted to share or emphasize  in their mini-productions. For example, under the topic of bully proofing, several groups decided that they wanted to reinforce the need for students to use “I messages” when dealing with a bully.
c. When students were ready, they signed up for an iPad time slot and independently created a vignette.  Puppet Pals is very easy to use, and after doing some basic exploration, the students learned quickly through self-discovery. Of course, they figured out how to do things that I didn’t know could be done.
d.
Once everyone had a chance to create, each group shared their production with the class.    
     
    
4. How did your students respond? 

The students were thoroughly motivated and engaged - in fact, they were absolutely thrilled to use this technology. Their teamwork was impressive and each group could not wait to share their vignettes with their fellow classmates. They were also very attuned to the work the other groups had done as well, and they were able to identify the content each group wished to present. For the most part, the material that they chose to include was relevant and worth reinforcing.

5.
Do you have a sample or any materials you developed that would help other DCSD teachers / students if they wanted to do something similar?

The students did save their work, so we have samples on the iPad that they used. However, I don’t know if there is a way to save it for viewing other than on that particular iPad.

6. What will be your next step(s)?  (Now that you’ve tried this, what will you do next?)

This was a very worthwhile lesson and a fabulous app for building critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.  Next time, I would build in time to have students go through the writing process to create a script. In addition, we had to record in the classroom because I did not have an adult to take students to a quieter space, but I would try to have a volunteer to pull each group out next time for better sound quality. The free version includes the Wild West characters, and after trying it out, I want to purchase the full version of this app, which includes pirates, monsters, real life characters, and more.






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Michele Odell,
Apr 7, 2011, 1:30 PM
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