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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bats and Spiders

     I can't believe its the end of December already.  The time has gone by so fast and I haven't posted since the start of the school year.  I have only one word for why I haven't and it is PINTEREST.  I just love it and I have 40 boards and over 3000 pins.  So, needless to say I've been neglecting this blog.  I'm going to try to make some power posts these next few weeks and try to catch up to where we are in my classroom iPad use.
     I live near the University of Virginia and we are very fortunate to have pre-service teachers come learn and help out in our classrooms.  This past fall, I had a technology student come and work with my kids.   We were learning about "Bats and Spiders" around Halloween time, so I decided it would be a great intro to the world of iPad productivity for both the kids and the UVA student.  The finished product used 3 apps along with photos found on Safari.  The kids searched in Google images and learned how to save their favorite spider and bat photos onto their iPad.  My UVA student, Mayan Elgort, made a fantastic YouTube about the journey, so I'll let the video explain the learning process we all went through. This is my first attempt at including a video into a post, so I hope this works out.  Enjoy!

The three apps we used: click on the names and it will take you to the iTunes Store. 



  1. I just found your blog. I am impressed with your projects and how effectively you have integrated the use of the iPads as project tools rather than just 'consuming apps'. I would love to collaborate if you are interested. I have an all boys first grade and we use technology a LOT. I am not as fortunate as you to have a 1:1 but we have 14 devices(ipods and ipads) all of which I have bought for our class use.(I know crazy). If you would like to contact me:
    btw we are in Loveland Colorado.

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