Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tweaking a Lesson

One thing I love about teaching is that when a lesson doesn't go in the direction that you had envisioned, you can tweak it and try again with another class...

Our language arts coach, first grade teacher and I planned a fiction writing lesson using the Book Creator app. First, students would gather their ideas using a graphic organizer. Then, using just the graphic organizer and their iPad they would begin writing their story. We weren't sure how this was going to turn out, but we thought we'd go for it anyway...

On Monday, Joey (LA Coach) introduced the lesson to the class. She read the story she had created and published in Book Creator and modeled how students were going to use the graphc organizer to gather their thoughts for their fiction story. The next day, I came in and did a guided discovery of the app. Students discovered the many features the app had to offer.  They practiced adding text and making layouts. By Wednesday, students were ready to begin and were eagerly waiting to start writing! How great is that?! As they began to work we noticed that most of the class knew exactly what they wanted to write. They gathered their thoughts and started typing away...a few others had a bit of a challenge taking their thoughts and putting it into a story while trying to type. To help them with the process, we decided to have them tell us their story. This seemed to help them a lot. This got thinking...

What other apps did they have on their machines that would assist them with the writing process? Then I remembered...they had Quick Voice! Quick Voice is a voice recorder app that is super easy to use...Students could use Quick Voice to record/listen to their story and then use Book Creator to draft, edit, design, and then publish to iBooks. This would be perfect! I will let you know how it goes when we try it out with the next class...


2 comments:

  1. Please le me know how this goes, and how the Quick Voice app helped (or not). My division has iPads in grades K & 1, so we are always interested in how things are working for others.
    We have several free writing apps, but haven't purchased this one. Wondering is it better than the others? If so, how. We have a large school division and purchases go on thousands of machines, so we really have to budge. Thanks for this great post.

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  2. Suzanne, will definitely post something on how it turns out. Honestly...we have not looked at the free ones...which ones have you tried? We liked this because of the ease of use. There are some limitations, but we contacted the developed and they told us that they will be making updates soon.

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