Saturday, March 30, 2013

1st and 2nd Grade Create a Holiday Using Drawing Pad and Educreations

My students learned about several different "government" holidays over the last few weeks, including Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, Veterans Day and Flag Day.

In groups of 3 or 4 they worked together to create a new holiday for our school. The holiday had to be based on some character trait or symbol that was meaningful rather than just fun. I nixed Electronics Day and Kids Do Whatever They Want Day. However, students were left with great ideas like Staff Day to honor all those that help at the school that aren't teachers (we already get teacher appreciation), Kids Help Day when students spend the day making donations, helping each other, and doing other good deeds, Anniversary Day to celebrate the anniversary of our school, and Learning Day to celebrate learning new things.

Each group had to complete 2 tasks on the iPads in addition to some paper activities. The first iPad tasks was to create a poster using Drawing Pad to be hung around the school. The second was to make a "TV ad" for their holiday using Educreations. I didn't put any requirements on the poster, but I did require that the TV ad tell when the holiday would be, why it would be celebrated, what students would do to celebrate, and how they thought of the idea.

I am now pounding my head on the table because I just discovered that Educreations made a change to their app. When work is deleted from the Educreations app on the iPad, it now deletes that work permanently from my account as well, not just from storage on the iPad. Well, students spend 10 min each Friday on classroom jobs. One of those jobs is to delete iPad work from apps such as Drawing Pad, Photos, and Educreations in an effort to free up storage space on the devices. Those hard workers deleted all the Educreations TV ads from this week, as well as several other assignments. At least I was able to see the groups work in progress!

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