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November 14, 2014 Oh Snap! 4 Ways to Use Photography Apps to Support Your Curriculum By Erin Klein
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    I'm always looking for creative ways to enhance the lessons I teach. My own two children are often my inspiration for bringing new ideas into my classroom. I enjoy seeing the various apps they use, and observing the content they create when working with some of their favorite ones.  

    I typically determine if an app is worthy of introducing to my students or not depending on its ability to be used over time by my own two children. So many times I find myself downloading new apps that are never used after the initial playtime has worn off. The four apps below are some that have withstood the test of time. They're some of our family and classroom favorites!

     

    1.  ChatterPix Kids — click here

    App Description:

    Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more. Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE!

     

    In the Classroom:

    Kelly Smith has an amazing post on how she's used this app with first grade students. I love her creative idea to have students demonstrate their learning of animals for their nonfiction animal reports using ChatterPix Kids. Kelly had her students select a photo from Pics4Learning.com (a free, copyright-safe site for images) and give their image a voice! I encourage you to click here to see more about how Miss Smith organized this creative lesson.  

    Additionally, if you're looking for top notch nonfiction resources, free printables, anchor charts, interactive student notebooks, and more, you must click here to see the wonderful archive that Beth Newingham has put together — all free for you to download directly from the Scholastic Top Teaching Site!

     

    2.  Write About This — click here

    App Description:

    Write About This is a visual writing prompt and creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity. Included are 125 categorized images and 375 text and voice prompts! $3.99

     

     

    In the Classroom:

    I love the Write About This app because the creative uses are endless. This gem was developed by innovative Michigan educator, Brad Wilson. As a former fourth grade teacher, he knew just what to put into his app for kids! You can check out exciting ways to use this app on the Write About This blog where teachers share examples from poetry, small moments, story problems in math, and more!

     

    3. Remind — click here

    App Description:

    Remind (formerly Remind101) offers teachers a free, safe, and simple way to instantly text students and parents. Teachers can send or schedule reminders, homework assignments, or motivational messages directly to students' and parents' phones. Interactions are safe because phone numbers are kept private, and messages are sent with no open replies. Teachers, students, and parents see mobile messages from all their classes in one place. FREE

     

     

    In the Classroom:

    Communicating with parents is a big part of our classroom culture. As a parent, I know I can better help my child if I'm more connected to what is happening. I use Remind to send out daily and weekly messages. Send home photos of the anchor charts you use in lessons, audio clips of songs/chants/poems sang in class, and links for websites to reinforce skills for practice. I appreciate that the messages can be sent in a variety of mediums. I can send photos, audio clips, and text. You can click here to see other ways to use Remind in the classroom to support learning.  

     

    4. Popplet - click here

    App Description:

    Great for work. Great for school. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in real time, quickly and easily! $4.99

     

     

    In the Classroom:

    Kindergarten teacher, Matt Gomez, shares how his students use Popplet in a variety of ways. They've not only used it for graphic organizers, but also in math, phonics, social studies, and writing. To see more about how his class uses Popplet, simply click here to view his blog and see more student examples.

     

     

    There are tons of creative ways to use apps and photos to support student learning. What are some of your favorite apps that capture student's attention?

     

     

     

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    I'm always looking for creative ways to enhance the lessons I teach. My own two children are often my inspiration for bringing new ideas into my classroom. I enjoy seeing the various apps they use, and observing the content they create when working with some of their favorite ones.  

    I typically determine if an app is worthy of introducing to my students or not depending on its ability to be used over time by my own two children. So many times I find myself downloading new apps that are never used after the initial playtime has worn off. The four apps below are some that have withstood the test of time. They're some of our family and classroom favorites!

     

    1.  ChatterPix Kids — click here

    App Description:

    Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more. Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE!

     

    In the Classroom:

    Kelly Smith has an amazing post on how she's used this app with first grade students. I love her creative idea to have students demonstrate their learning of animals for their nonfiction animal reports using ChatterPix Kids. Kelly had her students select a photo from Pics4Learning.com (a free, copyright-safe site for images) and give their image a voice! I encourage you to click here to see more about how Miss Smith organized this creative lesson.  

    Additionally, if you're looking for top notch nonfiction resources, free printables, anchor charts, interactive student notebooks, and more, you must click here to see the wonderful archive that Beth Newingham has put together — all free for you to download directly from the Scholastic Top Teaching Site!

     

    2.  Write About This — click here

    App Description:

    Write About This is a visual writing prompt and creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity. Included are 125 categorized images and 375 text and voice prompts! $3.99

     

     

    In the Classroom:

    I love the Write About This app because the creative uses are endless. This gem was developed by innovative Michigan educator, Brad Wilson. As a former fourth grade teacher, he knew just what to put into his app for kids! You can check out exciting ways to use this app on the Write About This blog where teachers share examples from poetry, small moments, story problems in math, and more!

     

    3. Remind — click here

    App Description:

    Remind (formerly Remind101) offers teachers a free, safe, and simple way to instantly text students and parents. Teachers can send or schedule reminders, homework assignments, or motivational messages directly to students' and parents' phones. Interactions are safe because phone numbers are kept private, and messages are sent with no open replies. Teachers, students, and parents see mobile messages from all their classes in one place. FREE

     

     

    In the Classroom:

    Communicating with parents is a big part of our classroom culture. As a parent, I know I can better help my child if I'm more connected to what is happening. I use Remind to send out daily and weekly messages. Send home photos of the anchor charts you use in lessons, audio clips of songs/chants/poems sang in class, and links for websites to reinforce skills for practice. I appreciate that the messages can be sent in a variety of mediums. I can send photos, audio clips, and text. You can click here to see other ways to use Remind in the classroom to support learning.  

     

    4. Popplet - click here

    App Description:

    Great for work. Great for school. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in real time, quickly and easily! $4.99

     

     

    In the Classroom:

    Kindergarten teacher, Matt Gomez, shares how his students use Popplet in a variety of ways. They've not only used it for graphic organizers, but also in math, phonics, social studies, and writing. To see more about how his class uses Popplet, simply click here to view his blog and see more student examples.

     

     

    There are tons of creative ways to use apps and photos to support student learning. What are some of your favorite apps that capture student's attention?

     

     

     

    Sign up to receive historical letters from Pilgrim and Wampanoag children by email.

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