Saturday, May 20, 2017

Digital Game Boards with PicCollage



We had a BLAST creating digital game boards and task cards this past week to review math skills.
We used the iPad app PicCollage, but you could also use google slide or power point to create the boards!

First we looked at some of the popular game boards using a google search...

We discussed all the elements that each board would need....like Start....End...move back....move forward...etc...

Then we began designing the boards with our handy dandy PicCollage app! 
First we searched for paper color using the websearch in the app:
Once we found the color we wanted we could add it to our PicCollage picture and begin to clip it to the shape we wanted for the game board creation. 
After the color paper image was clipped, it was added into the path of the board being created. 
Words and stickers were added to the boards and then students saved the image of their board to the photos on their iPads. 
New PicCollages were created and the game board image was uploaded and set as the background.

Now we can begin to create our game board tokens to move along the board as we play with the task cards. With the game board we created as a background, we can easily move the tokens around the board.
Here's some of our #awesome creations!







Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more fun project ideas!

Want to use some pre-made game boards and add in some skills?
Check out Kami Butterfield's TpT product! 


Enjoy your day!
Heidi






Saturday, March 25, 2017

#PicCollageChat Shares for Math



Had a #marvelous time moderating the #PicCollageChat 
this week as we shared ideas and resources 
to help engage our Mathematicians with this 
#awesome FREE app!

Here's the padlet of just a few of the 
wonderful shares!

You can also access the chat from Storify
by clicking HERE


Need a direct link to this padlet?
Click HERE
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Connect with me if you have questions!
I'd love to help you!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

PicCollage + Math = Success!



My students LOVE using PicCollage to help them share what they know 
as they create content rich projects about the math skills we're learning!

Join me on 
March 23rd at 6pm CDT
in a Twitter chat to share ideas and activities 
for using PicCollage in your math lessons!

Spoiler Alert:
Lots of freebies ideas and activities to be shared in this chat!
Join in the fun!
follow me on Twitter 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

#edcampmem 2017



Thanks to all the organizer and participants that were so giving of their time and ideas at Sarturday's  #edcampmem this year!

Love making connections and learning new things with people from the area!

If you'd like to see some of the #awesome things shared... check out the padlet that was created to populate links to the shares!
Made with Padlet
Have a great day!
Heidi

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PicCollage with Character Traits & Mr. Hatch


Are you a "Mentor Sentence Junkie" like me?
If you've never experienced the joy of using Mentor Sentences, hop over to

Ideas by Jivey

to see what all the fuss is about!
This is the GOOD kind of fuss!

My students have become more confident at noticing things than they were at the beginning of the year AND are better at taking chances
... what's the harm in telling what you notice?
Even if it's that you still notice there's a capital at the beginning and
a punctuation mark at the end...you are noticing something :)

Our Mentor Sentence came from the wonderful book by
Eileen Spinelli, "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch".


It was the perfect book to talk about character traits and 
how the main character changes throughout the story. 
Kim Parker at
Curriculum and Crayons
has a wonderful post with a freebie for documenting
the character traits and what happens in the story to cause Mr. Hatch to change.

I wanted to use some of Kami Butterfield's suggestions for
becoming a #paperless classroom...so...

I had a tech club student snap some photos of the book and
upload them into google slide.
We downloaded her presentation as a pdf and uploaded it to
Seesaw into "Mentor Sentence Martha's" journal.
Students logged into our Seesaw class account and went to 
Mentor Sentence Martha's journal
Clicking on the pdf allowed them to view the presentation of the book my 
tech club student had put together without having to share it with everyone :)

I had my students partner up and read through the book together using
Ms. Parker's suggested stopping points to talk about the character traits
they noticed and what actions in the story led them to think this...

Students were challenged to take a screenshot of the picture that 
depicted Mr. Hatch exhibiting the traits they were calling out.

They uploaded the screenshot to PicCollage on their iPads...
Clipped the picture to show just Mr. Hatch...
Then started adding the character trait words 
to their project.
They did the same for the middle of the story..
And for the end of the story.
Finished projects were added to their Seesaw Learning Journals 
to share with their family and peers to critic and comment on
 in a safe environment! AND I can grade their work
from home using my computer or iPad to access their uploads!
Want more ideas on how to use 
PicCollage with your students?
Click on the picture above to take you to the 
PicCollage Ambassador page where teachers 
are sharing their resources for both Reading and Math ideas!

Let me know if I can help you 
get started with PicCollage in your classroom today!
I'd love to share how versatile this amazing app is with you!

Enjoy your day!





Friday, February 10, 2017

Math Lessons I've Learned


Heading out to share some of the things I've learned with teachers from my district during our PD Day! If you'd like to take a look, I've embedded the slideshow from google slides below!


Do you use Number Talks with your students? Got any resources to share?

Comment below :)

Have a Fabulous Day!