Explain Everything

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Explain Everything ($2.99) is a really fabulous app that allows you to create your own presentations.  You can draw pictures and record your voice. We used the app to retell some of our favourite fairy tales.  Next week we will begin importing pictures into our presentations. These can be pictures we have drawn, photos we have taken or images we have saved from the Internet.

 

 

More Spelling Apps

From our Year One Info Lit Blog,

Posted by Samone Robertson

Skywrite (Free)

Skywrite! What better way to practise your spelling words than to write them in the sky! You simply type or write your spelling word on the screen and immediately your plane will fly across the screen, writing your word as it goes.  You can even choose different backgrounds and different colours – it’s awesome!

TypeDrawing ($2.99)

Type Drawing is an easy and fun to use App that would work really well for a spelling activity or for introducing theme words.  It was really popular with the grade ones,  they loved watching their words come to life.

Natural Disaster News Reports

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This week we will begin making our  Natural Disaster News Reports.

Watch the BTN report about flooding in Queensland.
http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s2488875.htm

We will be using iMovie to make our final video including the sections where the reporters are introducing the news item.
We will be using Lego Superheroes Movie Maker and our lego people to record the footage of the disaster itself.
Think about how you will create the special effects showing the disaster.

Points to remember

  • Always keep your camera in the same position by using a stand.
  • Use the onion skinning feature to ensure that your Lego people don’t move too much between each shot.
  • Turn off rotation lock on the iPad.
  • Have the iPad camera in the correct position.

Natural Disaster Posters

 

Today we will be using the Phoster App ($1.99) to make Natural Disater posters.

  • Choose a Natural Disaster.
  • Look up the definition of your natural disaster in the Macquarie Lite Australian Dictionary App ($1.99)
  • Use Drawing Pad ($1.99) to draw a picture of your Natural Disaster
  • Use Phoster App ($1.99) to turn your drawing into a poster. Include the type of disaster and the definition on your poster.
  • Email your finished poster to Dropbox (free) so that it is saved on our school server and we can use it for next weeks activity.

 

iTalk Recored App

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough

We found this audio recording app easy to use…

You can pause and resume recording anytime, the recording quality is clear and you can email your recordings from the app.

You can hear some of our news recordings on our OPS media app!
You can download our media app onto your iPad or iPod by following the link.

http://ibuildapp.com/web-OPS+Media

 

News Recordings for Media App

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Today we will be recording some news articles for our Media App.

On the iPads

  • Open the Age app (free) and read through until you find an article you are interested in
  • Press the home button to minimise the app
  • Open the iTalk Recorder app (free) and start recording
  • Use a four finger swipw to swap back to the Age app
  • Read out your article using a clear voice (You only need to read the main three or four paragraphs)
  • Use a four finger swipe to return to iTalk.
  • Stop recording and check the content and quality of your recording
  • If you are happy with your recording email it to our posterous account
  • Check our Media App. You should be able to find and hear your recording.

You can download our media app onto your iPad or iPod by following the link.

http://ibuildapp.com/web-OPS+Media

Phoster App Review

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough

After making our cyber bullying posters and our advertising posters we decided to review this app…

Good Things…

-it’s a quick app to make a poster in

-there are lots of templates to choose from

– you can add photos, saved images from the internet and saved pictures from drawing apps such as doodle buddy or drawing pad

-images can be made bigger or smaller

-images can be rotated

-there are special filtering effects

-you can change text sizing, font and colour and you move the text around the page

-backgrounds can change colour

-posters can be printed in different sizes

-able to share posters through email

Bad Things…

-you can’t make the text boxes any bigger

-you can’t add more than one image to the poster

-the app only allows for portrait posters

Things we think could Improve the app…

-being able to add more than one image

-making all components moveable

-able to make landscape posters as well

 

Overall we loved using ths app. It’s quick, easy and we had made and printed our posters by the end of our lesson:)

We rate this app…

four out of five stars

 

 

 

Cybersafety and Advertising Posters

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Today we will be using the Phoster App ($1.99) to make posters.

Some classes will be making posters that advertise a food.

Other classes will be making posters that help raise awareness of Cybersafety issues.

We will be taking our own photos to avoid any issues with copywrite.

We will not be using any images from the Internet.

Make sure you plan your poster carefully to ensure that it is delivering the message you want.

Make several drafts.

Discuss with your partner which draft you would like to publish to our media app.

Use the Photogene App ($2.99) to upload your final image to our class Picassa account.

This will allow your image to appear in our media app.

You can download our media app onto your iPad or iPod by following the link.

http://ibuildapp.com/web-OPS+Media