Monday, November 24, 2014

OSMO - LOVE IT:)!!! GET ONE!

  When I first saw what an Osmo could do - I was a little apprehensive.  I wasn't sure what benefit, if any, it would provide for myself or students.  However, after ordering one, I  WAS  WRONG!!!  This is SO SO cool and I can think of SO SO many ways to use it - unbelievable!  Maybe not the apps connected with it, BUT the power to create stacks to LOAD onto the app - WOW!
 
Here is picture of it if you have NO idea what I am talking about:
So the Osmo comes with three little boxes in one.  One box is the base that you set the iPad on and attach a mirror to your camera.  The second one is a set of tangrams, and the third has letter tiles included in it.  I will explain and show each one a little more detailed below......

Tangrams - here is a picture:
Once the app is opened, you simple create the picture with your tangrams that is shows.  However, here is the magic - as you put the tangrams together, is snaps them together on your iPad to indicate that you have them in the right location.  The puzzles start out easy and get progressively harder as you continue to be successful - SO COOL!!!

Words - here is a picture:

Here is the one that I really got excited about!!!  Kiddos either work together or against each other to come up with a word that matches the picture.  You can specify with category you'd like OR you can go online and create your own "deck" of words for your kids to do!  Again, A  M  A  Z  I  N  G!  I loved this - and the best part is that when they work collaboratively together - they can BOTH learn word meanings, spelling or words, etc... pretty neat!

Newton - here is a picture:

There is NOT a box for this one, as they simply use a "white" surface to play.  Little balls will drop on the iPad, and kiddos have to either DRAW a path for them to fall and hit a target, or use objects to create a path for the ball to hit the target - one the balls have hit the target three times, they move to the next level, progressively getting harder, of course!  This one took a little getting used to, but talk about higher level thinking - GEEZ!

Question of the Day - HOW MUCH?  Typically this costs $99, BUT if you use this link - you can get it for $79.99 with free shipping - so at least you save a little money!  I would HIGHLY recommend this for any classroom PreK-2nd grade FOR SURE! BUT - I had seniors in here the other day and they played it for over an hour and WANTED MORE!!!:)

I sent mine home with Mrs. Grabow, a Kindergarten teacher, and here is her direct quote: "SWEEET!!!  I had Brock and Bridger playing it last night.  They loved the competition part of the letters!!!  I am excited to look into the site more to find out all that you can do with the letter part..."  She merely had her two sons play it and it was a HIT:)!!

Good Luck and Have Fun - Happy Monday all,
Mrs I:)






Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW TECHNOLOGIES:) YAHOO!!

  Today, Casey and I attended a Tierney Brothers "browse" and "see" new technologies that are out there!  Oh My Gosh!!  There are so FUN FUN things out there:)!!!

1. SMART Interactive Flat Panel - YES - this IS as amazing as it looks!  This is basically a Smartboard that is a little SMALLER, but MUCH MUCH clearer than the current ones we have.  It works perfectly with Smart Notebook, and does all the great things that a SMARTboard does.  You have two touch points for two users at a time and it is UBER neat as you don't need a projector!  The clarity is profound!  At merely $3500 each - it's a GREAT thing!  AND they offer a 44% discount if you do a trad in - so if you currently have SMARTboards and want to upgrade - this is the DEAL for you:)!

2. SMART Document Camera - Now, I know there are other cameras out there - but this one is SO perfect for schools and teachers that use SMART Notebook and SMARTboards.  When you either screen shot or show documents, you can save them directly into you Notebook page and they become IMMEDIATE screenshots and images in there - SO GREAT:)!!  I would have LOVED one of these in my classrooms!  AND - the price is a little costly - but I would want it -  $899!

3. BrightLink Interactive Projector - SO SO SO AMAZING:)!!  I LOVED THIS!  This projector can projector on ANY flat service and is instantly interactive with up to 6 touch points:)!!   You can use it on a table, or mount it on your wall - L.  O.  V.  E!  It also works perfectly with the SMARTboard and allows up to 4 touch points then - it was CRAZY to watch this bugger work!  Cost - $1799.

4. PosterPro Varsity Package Printer - I WANT THIS SOOOO BAD:)!! Can you imagine all the possibilities with this bugger - OH:)!!  How cool would it be to have an entrepreneur class that specializes in this, or an accounting class that takes care of all of the money aspects of it - OH!  The sports teams would go CRAZY with banners, and the plethora of parents making posters for graduation, the possibilities are endless;)!  OH - AND not a bad price at $3500!

Happy Thursday All -
Mrs. I:)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MORE with PicCollage

  Teachers just KEEP amazing me and continue to come up with SUPER GREAT ways to use the Pic Collage app!  Take a look at some of these:

1. Mrs. Askegaard, a fifth grade teacher,  had her kiddos write about the adjective "Thankful," and then created a pic collage about it LOVE:)!!


2. Mrs. Parker, a third grade teacher, had her kids make a pic collage on what third grade looks like.  I LOVE these - SO creative:)!!




3. Mrs. Tonsfeldt, another third grade teacher, had her kids create Selfie Similes - another SO fun idea:)!

Some more FINE FINE examples of using Pic Collage - again - creative, meaningful, and fun for the kiddos!

Take care all - snowing here - UGH!!  Guess it's that time, huh:)!
Happy Wednesday
Mrs. I:)



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SMART Table

    About a month ago, we received our SMART Table, and I must say it was COOL:)!!!  We immediately put it together and stuck it in a closet!  Casey and I took some time to figure it out and how all things work, so it is now IN THE CLASSROOMS and the kiddos are LOVING it:)!! 

Look:



   Teachers can make things within SMART Notebook, which they would use normally on their SMART boards, but now they can ALSO put these files onto the SMART Table for MANY users to manipulate and learn!  SO SO SO SO COOL!  Now, these buggers are NOT CHEAP - at roughly $4900 you can own one yourself! So far it's been utilized and the kiddos are enjoying it - NO idea what the next step is for us with these - but it's pretty amazing to see the kiddos working collaboratively on ONE table:!)

Happy Tuesday,
Mrs. I:)