Today we announced the winner of the Early Childhood Book of the Year for 2012. Before telling the students who won we gave them the opportunity to vote for the book that they thought deserved to win. The results were very interesting and show that we all have different tastes and opinions when it comes to books ( just as well we have such a great selection of books in our library!).
Here are our grade winners:
1G, 2D & 2E
1W & 1M
1K & 1L
The official judges chose The Runaway Hug as the winner of the Early Readers Category. They thought “The lively detailed illustrations and lyrical text work closely together to add humour and pathos.” Our grade one students thought it was simply “a really good story with a happy ending.”
Once we had finished voting and the official winner had been announced we used Strip Designer on the iPads to draw a picture of our favourite shortlisted book.
The Strip Designer App ($2.99) is much more than a create your own comic strip app.
…Kids can learn digital creation skills and improve their writing skills, story telling and graphic design. You can create comic strips, posters, stories and diary entries. It is an open ended app and you are only limited by your imagination.
Strip Designer is the perfect app for classroom publishing.
You can add a variety of content, including taking photos and drawing pictures within the app and importing images from your photo album.
There is also a complete range of options for sharing your finished products. You can email, upload to faceook, twittter, Flickr and dropbox, print or save as a .pdf, image or strip designer project file.
This week we introduced the grade ones to Strip Designer $2.99. It is a fabulous open-ended App which provides the tools for the students to learn digital creation skills and improve their talents in writing, storytelling and graphic design. The nature of Strip Designer allows the students to endlessly experiment with visual elements and text. It’s versatility can support a range of learning goals for any subject. We used it to draw a picture of our favourite food. The students were very impressed with the professional quality of the end product.
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.
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!
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.
This week we will begin making our Natural Disaster News Reports.
Watch the BTN report about flooding in Queensland.
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.