Despite the missed days in the AT&T Classroom due to school closings, the second graders were still able to explore several new programs and apps this week. At the start of the week the second graders were introduced to a new tool for animation and digital storytelling. Recently released by Google, Toontastic 3D builds upon the original Toontastic iOS app released in 2011. Toontastic 3D offers newly designed characters and expanded templates and backgrounds that students can use to draw, animate and share 3D stories and cartoons. Students are also able to add audio to their story by recording their own voices. Toontastic 3D is available as a free app for iOS and Android tablets as well as some Chromebook models. The second graders used Toontastic 3D on Samsung Galaxy Android Tablets.
This past week the second graders were introduced to two additional tools for use during their Daily 5 rotations. Sock Puppets is a free iOS app that allows students to explore creative storytelling by creating lip-synced puppet shows that can be shared on the ipad or via Facebook or YouTube. Children are able to select from a variety of hand puppet characters as well as themed backgrounds to create their own unique show. The second graders are using the Sock Puppets app for fluency reading practice during their Daily 5 rotations.
The second graders were also introduced to Sand Draw Sketch on the Samsung Android tablets. Sand Draw Sketch is a free tablet app that offers a canvas which can be used to create and share sandscapes and sketches. It is a wonderful open-ended tool that offers rich opportunities for building children’s creativity. The second graders are using Sand Draw Sketch during Word Work to practice writing their spelling and vocabulary words.
The second graders also started a new writing project using Google Slides, a free Google productivity app for creating digital stories, presentations, reports, note cards, etc. Features within the tool allow for slides to include text, images, hyperlinks and video. The Google Slides application offers a wide variety of themes, templates, backgrounds, and fonts that can be used to create very unique customized projects that are automatically saved within Google Drive and can easily be shared and/or downloaded. The second graders are using Google Slides to develop their own how-to books for non-fiction writing practice.
During their math block this week the second graders were introduced to a new digital game for addition practice with double digits. Math Invaders uses an arcade-game format to provide students with practice with their math facts. As students engage in game play, they calculate addition facts to shoot the spaceship with the correct answer and dodge the incoming fire.