Sunday, February 16, 2014

Augmented Reality with the ColAr Mix App!

Do you know what augmented reality is?  Neither did I until I was introduced to it by JoAn over at Tiny Toes.  And let me tell is super cool and your kids are going to LOVE it!!!

Google defines augmented reality as:  "a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view."

JoAn used the ColAR Mix App to introduce augmented reality to her preschool students.  Yes.  I said preschool students.  Even our youngest students will be able to enjoy this awesome technology!  If you want to see some super cute excitement, you will definitely want to read her latest blog post and see how her preschoolers reacted to this new technology.

Simply put, the ColAR Mix App takes student artwork and makes it jump off of the paper.

Yes, really!!!!

Here's how it works......

I downloaded the ColAr Mix App from the app store.  It's FREE.

Then,  I printed off coloring pages from the ColAR app site.  They have several that are absolutely FREE, but they also have some additional pages available for purchase.  I did purchase some additional ones for my students so that we'd have several choices to choose from!

Next, we colored the pictures!

I did not tell my students anything about the app or the 3-D fun that was coming.  I just told them they had worked so hard lately, that I decided we needed a "fun, coloring" day.

When students finished their pictures, I asked them if they wanted to see their picture "come to life."  Naturally they replied (screamed) YES!!!

I opened the ColAR app on my iPad, and held it over a student's picture.  (you'll see the picture turn blue, that's how you know the app 'sees' the picture correctly)

A few seconds later........the MAGIC happens.

Notice how the sun, trees, and house all appear to leap off of the paper.  Not sure if you can see it in the video, but the little dog actually runs down the sidewalk too!!  

The super cool thing is that you can actually move the iPad around the paper slowly....and see different angles.  It's truly like the picture has 'sprung' to life!  The kids were so amazed!!!  They did not want to leave and go back to their class....they kept begging to color another picture.  

Here's another example.  Seriously COOL!!!

I can't wait to use this technology some more!  It really got the kids engaged...and I could see this app being used as a springboard to writing, storytelling, reading, and more!  

Augmented Reality isn't just making pictures come to's about bringing the whole world around us to life.  I found a great Edutopia article online that gives lots of great suggestions of how we can use AR in the classroom.  If you've never heard of AR, or would just like to learn more, I highly recommend checking this article out:  Augmented Reality Brings New Dimensions to Learning.

What do you think????  Is this something you could see your kids getting excited about???

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Plickers!!!! Free student response system!

You're probably wondering what in the world a plicker is.....well see that funny Minecraft shaped card up there???That is a PLICKER!  

It's basically a paper clicker sort of thing.  
You ask a question, and students use the plicker to answer it. 

Really.  They use a PLICKER to answer it!!!!  

And guess what????  It's FREE.  And EASY.  And FUN.  

And FREE...did I mention that part?

Want to know more about how Plickers work and how you can use them in your classroom?   Head on over to the Who's Who collaborative blog that I'm a part of....and you can read all about how they work! :-)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Valentine's Write the Room & a FREEBIE!

I am starting to look ahead to Valentine's Day!

I created a Valentine Write the Room pack to keep my kiddos on their feet and learning during the week of Valentien's Day.  There are three math and two literacy 'write the room' activities in the pack.  My kids love any "write the room" activity!  They really enjoy getting up and moving around the room and they honestly do a great job at it.  Very rarely do I have any problems with kids playing or being off task during a write the room station.  And for me that's a WIN!

You can pick this pack up in my TpT store for only $5.00.  That's only $1.00 per activity!!!

I've also got a Valentine freebie for you!

I created a domino math center game that will help my kiddos practice adding two numbers together.   

We've been working on this for a couple weeks now, but the more practice they can get, the better! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A cute story, a new blog, & a freebie!

Happy New Year everyone!!! 

I started the new year off with an awful stomach bug, so here's hoping the rest of the year gets better!!

I wanted to let you know about a new adventure that I am going to be a part of this year!  I'm super excited to be teaming up with Hilary over at Rockin' Teacher Materials on a brand new collaborative blog!

The blog is called "Who's Who and Who's New" and there will be a new post every day in 2014, so you'll definitely want to follow along for the ride.

Head on over to our new blog and read the very first post by yours truly!

It's an adorably cute story about my nephew and how he wrote a letter to Santa asking for an American flag for Christmas!!!  I mean, really, how cute is that?????  

There's also a super cute forever FREEBIE that I made to help students practice The Pledge of Allegiance.  

Click on the image below for a cute story about my precious nephew, a new blog, and the freebie above!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Have you heard about Flipagram???

Oh my goodness!  Have you heard about Flipagram?  

I'm pretty sure it's my new favorite app.  Seriously.  It's so neat!!

Basically Flipagram takes your photos...and flips through them (lightening fast by the way)....all while playing a melody of your choosing!!!  I've been seeing people post their own Flipagrams on Facebook, but hadn't made my own until today.  It was so super easy to create and it was super fast!   

I haven't seen any classroom teachers using Flipagram in cool ways yet....but give it some time and I know some creative teachers will come up with fun, exciting ways to use it!  

Click on the pic below to check out my first Flipagram!  
(the picture below is a screen shot of my flipagram on it and it will take you straight to the video)

I used over 200 photos from my Instagram account to create this.  
I think it turned out pretty cool.