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Applying iPad Game Creation to the Primary Curriculum- January 2014 Blog Post

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Happy New Year to all. In my first blog post of 2014 I thought I would focus on game creation and programming as that seems to be the hot topic at the moment. At school I have introduced a number of programming elements across all year groups over the last few years. This has included Scratch but also newer apps such Hopscotch and Kodable. I think the skills these apps and software introduce are important but I also think it would be good if the lessons can be applied to other curriculum areas. Mostly this is not possible but some apps do allow this.

 

I have been working with Year 4 at the end of last term and beginning of this. Their topic has been the Romans so we have tied in many different aspects across literacy, art and history. Firstly we looking at story settings in Roman times, this include looking at images and making notes. The pupils described their own setting and then drew it. We then looked at characters such as soldiers and Celts. We then described and drew a character (note the characters were drawn on a white background with a dark outline). Using the Sketch Nation app the pupils worked through the processes to create a platform game using their illustrations.
I was really impressed with their work and how well they worked together on this task. Their finished games were excellent and very engaging. The final task was to show the games to other pupils who would review them.

What I like about Sketch Nation is it talks to the iPad's camera roll which means it can be applied to any topic.

 

Overall, these activities have taken about six 40 minute lessons. I only work with this class once a week so it would be nice to do more on this idea. Please let me know if you have done anything similar. I would love to hear your ideas.


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Finally a Green Screen App I can use with Pupils!

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In my opinion, though others may disagree, the iPad has been crying out for a simple and effective Green Screen app since it's introduction. I won't mention any specific apps but the ones I had tried were far too complicated for Primary pupils and the activities became very teacher led. I have recently been using Green Screen by DoInk. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8 with upper Key Stage 2.

What I like most is how quickly the pupils can create their videos using the app. They find the background video/image and add that into the time line. The video of the pupils standing in front of a green screen can then been filmed in real-time over the top. Videos can then be shared to the camera roll. I particularly like using the app in conjunction with apps such as I Can Present (as a teleprompt) and iMovie (to stitch videos together and add soundtrack for GarageBand)

I am looking forward to trying more Green Screen work with other age groups next term to see how they handle the app.  I am also keen to try the Touchcast app as it includes many of the features of iMovie, Explain Everything and Green Screen in one app.


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BookChook's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:38 PM

Green Screen by Doink has lots of potential for educational use. 

Angela Watkins's curator insight, December 23, 2013 2:13 PM

http://www.artbizblog.com/2013/11/handwritten-thank-you.html ... Finally a Green Screen App I can use with Pupils! | @scoopit via @ipadteachers http://sco.lt/... ... http://angelawatkins57.blogspot.com - http://pinterest.com/angeladwatkins ;

Cath Parker's curator insight, January 22, 2014 3:40 PM

I have tried using Green Screen FX app on iPads with Year 2 with limited success so looking forward to trying this one. One of the main problems with Green Screen FX is that most of the backgrounds are of war scenes / weapons - the only useful background was a beach. 


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How the Flipped Classroom Is Transforming Education

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Educators offer advice for moving to a learn now, lecture later approach.

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Using iPad Stop Animation within Primary Education

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I have mentioned in previous blog posts that my favourite education app is the Camera app. Any app that then talks to the camera app makes it a more powerful and widely used app. One of my favourite examples of this is I Can Animate. It allows pupils or teachers to take a series of photos and then the app plays the photos as a video.

Firstly this can be used to inspire creativity as pupils can make inanimate objects move, such as Lego and plasticine by making subtle movements for each photo. What's nice about this app is it keeps an 'Onion skin' image each time so pupils can see where the previous photo was when lining the camera up.

At school we have used I Can Animate more for science than any other subject as we are able to capture processes. Here are a few ideas:
Take a photo each day of a seed growing and then watch the seed grow as a video. Videos of seeds growing in different conditions can be played side by side using the Split screen feature in iMovie app.
2. Take a photo every 5 minutes of different materials absorbing water. I Can Animate also includes a time lapse feature where it will automatically take photos at intervals predetermined by the user.
3. Using the the time lapse feature, capture a shadow moving across the playground.
4. Put a bird feeder outside the classroom window and record animals visiting. This video can then be used for data handling.
5. Record the weather outside the window. I can animate include a speed tool so you can condense longer videos.

Most of the time we only have one iPad in the classroom so the teacher can share the videos with pupils as a shared resource in Dropbox or Showbie.


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Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, April 27, 2014 11:28 AM

Check out these great uses of stop motion video for Science classes. I truly enjoy  Stop motion video lessons as it provides  wonderful analytical problem solving situations for students.  When I conduct digital storytelling lessons, students display their critical thinking skills more often for me when using stop motion video, especially when using Legos. 

Vera Weber's curator insight, April 28, 2014 2:07 PM

Awesome ideas for Science!  Thank you so much!

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Finally a Green Screen App I can use with Pupils!

Finally a Green Screen App I can use with Pupils! | Digital Sandbox | Scoop.it

In my opinion, though others may disagree, the iPad has been crying out for a simple and effective Green Screen app since it's introduction. I won't mention any specific apps but the ones I had tried were far too complicated for Primary pupils and the activities became very teacher led. I have recently been using Green Screen by DoInk. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8 with upper Key Stage 2.

What I like most is how quickly the pupils can create their videos using the app. They find the background video/image and add that into the time line. The video of the pupils standing in front of a green screen can then been filmed in real-time over the top. Videos can then be shared to the camera roll. I particularly like using the app in conjunction with apps such as I Can Present (as a teleprompt) and iMovie (to stitch videos together and add soundtrack for GarageBand)

I am looking forward to trying more Green Screen work with other age groups next term to see how they handle the app.  I am also keen to try the Touchcast app as it includes many of the features of iMovie, Explain Everything and Green Screen in one app.


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BookChook's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:38 PM

Green Screen by Doink has lots of potential for educational use. 

Angela Watkins's curator insight, December 23, 2013 2:13 PM

http://www.artbizblog.com/2013/11/handwritten-thank-you.html ... Finally a Green Screen App I can use with Pupils! | @scoopit via @ipadteachers http://sco.lt/... ... http://angelawatkins57.blogspot.com - http://pinterest.com/angeladwatkins ;

Cath Parker's curator insight, January 22, 2014 3:40 PM

I have tried using Green Screen FX app on iPads with Year 2 with limited success so looking forward to trying this one. One of the main problems with Green Screen FX is that most of the backgrounds are of war scenes / weapons - the only useful background was a beach.