I always try to do a video or something sweet to show the mom’s of my students just how special they are! This week, as we celebrate our moms, my students did some “App Smashing” (When you use one or more apps together to achieve a final product) with ABCya’s Word Cloud App, Photo and Video Transfer Over Wifi, Explain Everything, and I put it all together in iMovie.
The first step was brainstorming words that described our moms. Since I did this project with first and second graders, I knew the words written on the board would help them tremendously once they began working on their word cloud. Once we brainstormed the words, then the kids were all set to add the words they wanted (about 10 words) and customize the font, color, and layout to their word cloud. Once they finished, they saved their creation to their camera roll. Next, they used the app Photo and Video Transfer Over Wifi (a personal favorite of mine) and sent it to my iPad. From there, I saved all of the student’s work in my camera roll on my iPad. You could most certainly have each student open Explain Everything on their own iPad and do the next step at individual iPads, but from a classroom management perspective (I only have 45 minutes with my classes), I chose to do it this way. Once I had all of the student word clouds in my camera roll, I called them over one at a time and they recorded their narration with their picture in Explain Everything. Once all student’s voices were recorded, then I imported the whole movie to iMovie to add background music and text, but you could just end this project with a finished Explain Everything movie…either way works! When you are finished, you can upload this to YouTube, Vimeo, Blog, Website, etc. and make a mom’s day! Happy Mother’s Day to all those hard working moms out there!
Here’s a sample video:
Here’s a video I did a few years back that just warms my heart! Thought I’d share it!