This afternoon in the AT&T Classroom during their literacy block, the Streetsboro first graders used the ChatterPix app for an integrated language arts lesson to provide practice with writing, reading and speaking/communication. ChatterPix is a free iOS app that can be used to animate an object within a photo so that it can “talk”. Students are able to draw a mouth on an object in a photo and then record themselves talking. The object’s mouth animates and moves with the voice recording. As part of their social studies lesson earlier in the day, the students had written a passage that included an important fact they had learned about Martin Luther King Jr. or Ruby Bridges. During their literacy block in the AT&T Classroom the first graders used ChatterPix to record themselves narrating their writing sample.
Later this afternoon during their science block, the class reviewed concepts related to solids, liquids, and gases using the Tinycards app. Tinycards is an app from Duolingo that provides digital flashcards for learning and reviewing concepts related to hundreds of topics in the curriculum. The Tinycards app uses spaced repetition and other research-based learning techniques to facilitate the learner in mastering and retaining new material.
The first graders ended their afternoon in the AT&T Classroom with a coding lesson using the Daisy the Dinosaur app. Building from their previous work with Daisy, the first graders worked within the app’s drag and drop interface to code and sequence more advanced movements and animations.