Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spiders Are Not Insects iPad Project

This week we have been learning about Insects.  Students have been reading books about insects, writing interesting facts about insects and going outside to hunt for insects!  Students have been going outside with our volunteer Mr. Froze and the iPads to take pictures of insects.

Mr. Froze with a group of students hunting for insects.
Students' used Skitch to label their insect.
The students have found many interesting insects right in our own school yard. However, if students could not find any insects, I taught them how to go online, search for insect images and take screen shots.  Students then have to open up Skitch on the iPad and label their insects.

When students have finished labeling their insects they have to create an insect book using the Book Creator App and their labeled insect pictures.  We didn't stop there, students also had to write a sentence to go along with their picture and record themselves reading their sentence.
Picture from the Book Creator App.

Students' projects will be marked according to following criteria created by the students and myself.

I love how we have extended our learning of insects using the iPads.  I love all the games you can use and play on the iPads, however using Apps like, Skitch and Book Creator for projects like this help the students develop a deep understanding of the material and information presented by collaborating with their classmates that might be less confident to share their knowledge in front of the class.  Not to mention that is is a fantastic piece of authentic assessment!  I would love to hear how you are using iPads to extend and enrich the learning in your classroom.


  1. What a fantastic idea! I need to learn how to use Skitch with my first graders. Thanks for sharing.

    The best thing that we did this year with our iPads was to create ShowMes using the ShowMe app that teach math lessons.

  2. Kirsten, I love what you are doing here and I look forward to being able to do this with my class soon too. I really appreciate how you set up your steps here too. Did I mention I love learning with you? Did you also know my class has been working through the word problem labels that you blogged about a while back. We should have a blog post about them up soon too.

  3. Great idea!
    I love how you have used the tech through to the finished project. I have not used Book Creator yet, but sketch many times. Students wrote messages on photos for mother's day, labeled seed experiments etc...

  4. Thanks Jill! We love the Show Me App also. Students have been doing their daily math problems on the app. It is great to see their thinking and the steps they use to solve the problem.

  5. Karen,
    I have learned so much from you too! If you ever want me to send you the math labels let me know. I would be happy to share! Are math problems are on insects right now.

  6. Lora,
    Did you participate in the "Full of Beans Project" We used skitch to label our bean plants also. Book Creator is a wonderful and very easy App to use. I highly reccomend it! What a great idea for Mother's Day. I may try that for Father's Day.

  7. I love this idea! I can't wait until next year (well, maybe I can wait a bit) to try this! Thanks, glad I met you on Twitter.

    ✰ Kimberley ✰
    First in Maine