Before we start…. let’s take a second to mourn poor Bumble (as seen above!)
Remember how I said we were out of town last weekend? Our brother and sister-in-law watched one of the puppies for us and apparently, Molly formed a deep love for the toy above. She loved it so much and carried it around all weekend that they let her take it home! Molly was so happy and carried Bumble around everywhere these last few days. It was very adorable.
And then….. Bumble died! He was just loved too much! 🙂
Who looks more guilty?
My money is on the little guy 😉
Doodle Buddy- Digital Retelling
In our staff meeting this morning, one of the teachers presented on the importance of teaching towards the way our students learn best- through creating, sharing, and using technology. We’re in a time when it isn’t enough to just teach them information. We have to teach them to LEARN, how to create things digitally, how to share electronically, etc.
It got me thinking…. I use technology everyday, but how could I take a lesson I usually do with paper and pencil and turn it into a digital creating activity?
Enter Doodle Buddy!
It’s a free app (just search Doodle Buddy in the app store) that allows you to draw, add pictures, add shapes, and write. When you open the app, you’ll see a white screen like below.
You can see the tool bar along the bottom. It’s very user friendly and honestly, in less than 5 minutes of quickly explaining it to my first graders, they TOTALLY understood how to use it. The 5 tools in the middle are the ones the kids will be using the most. They can change the color, the size, or effect of the drawing tool. The stamp tool allows them to add some pre-made pictures and the tool next to it allows them to add shapes. The “T” tool lets them add text to the picture if they need to.
So how can this be used in a classroom to help students create something digitally?
We are working on summarizing and have spent a lot of time working on retelling using the characters, setting, and the key details from the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
Today we read the story Chicken Little. I told the students before hand to pay close attention to the important parts (the key details) because they would be summarizing the story together.
After reading, I told the kids I’d be putting them into groups. Each group would be responsible for summarizing one part of the story: either the setting, the characters, the beginning, the middle, or the end. They would work together using the Doodle Buddy app to draw a summarizing picture of their section. After, they would have to present it to the class.
I literally took only a couple minutes to show them the basics of the app and then- off they went!
We’ve spent a lot of time learning iPad rules. They do a really great job of taking turns (most of the time) 🙂
They were easily able to change the color of the “pen” on the app. It’s always amazing how quick they pick things up- and it’s a reassuring reason as to why you should never be scared to try/introduce technology to your kiddos! They GET IT!
How cute is that fox? He has his mouth wide and open because he’s tricking the birds into it! (They were summarizing the end of the story)
I loved what this group did while creating the setting!
There’s Chicken Little with his umbrella in the beginning of the story, complete with the acorn hitting his head 🙂
Above is the group working on the middle of the story. You can see some of the characters running into Foxy Loxy.
After the students were all done, we gathered on the carpet and reviewed the questions I would be asking the groups as they came up to present (This is also a great assessment for speaking and listening Common Core standards! Are the students able to explain what they did? Can they speak in complete sentences? Easy formative assessment! Bonus!)
I held up the iPad for the group while I asked them the questions listed above.
The students presenting loved being able to share what they created and the ones in the audience loved seeing what they doodled!
So there you have it! A fun, creative way to have students digitally retell a story! They worked in corporative groups, took turns, and shared their work with the class.
It’s a great app and something that could be used in almost any subject area.
Thanks for checking in! I hope you’re staying warm wherever you are 🙂