Mrs. Cooper’s second graders were asked to show their understanding of the water cycle and to do this we decided to have the students add something to their blog. However, a visual is extremely helpful in understanding so we chose to have the children draw a picture in the Drawing Box app, import it into Explain Everything where it would be recorded, save it to the camera roll, then upload it to their post on KidBlog. All of this was accomplished on our iPad minis!
A lot to do for second graders but they were up for the challenge!
Here are the steps the students went through:
- Draw in the Drawing Box app > Save to photos
- Import picture to Explain Everything > set as background
- Record in Explain Everything > save as movie to photo roll
- Open KidBlog > create new post > upload video from photo roll
The students would love for you to visit their blog and leave comments!
Things I Learned:
- Plan at least a couple of hour-long sessions to draw, record, and upload to the blog.
- Don’t forget to explain how to use the “highlighting/arrow” tools for Explain Everything. I did and was really annoyed at myself for doing so! Those are powerful tools when using a screen casting app. We will definitely use these in an upcoming project.
- I highly recommend the paid version of Drawing Box. It has a better collection of drawing tools. All of our student iPads have this version but Mrs. Cooper had the free app and she was disappointed not to have more options.
- The students are quick learners and did extremely well with the project. Part of the objective of this was for them to become familiar with the app so that they could easily use it in the future.
The students enjoyed working with Explain Everything and I look forward to see how they use it with other subjects.