Having said that one of my goals for this school year is to make my students' thinking behind their learning more visible. As often as we are able, I encourage my students to talk about what they have done as a way to document their learning. There are many apps that will allow my students to do this and they include Explain Everything, Screen Chomp, Show Me, Educreations, and Draw and Tell. However as a teacher of grade one students Draw and Tell is by far the number one app we go to share our learning.
|It is so simple to access the camera roll on the iPad.|
In addition the app saves what you create in an area called Your Drawings. From there you can easily select your pictures or movies to save to your iPad's photo album. At the moment I am sending their movie creations to our YouTube channel when I find the time. However once the KidBlog app is available my students will EASILY be able to add this documentation of their learning to their individual blogs, INDEPENDENTLY - no need to upload to You Tube. That's huge for me as a grade one teacher. The more they can do on their own, the less I have to do for them. The less I have to do for them the more time I have to do other things with them.
One of the draw backs I see with Draw and Tell vs some of other apps mentioned above is that with Draw and Tell you can't record as you go. This hasn't been a problem for us though because the app has a built in pointer light and if you touch the screen while you are recording it follows your finger. My students are encouraged to touch the specific spot on the screen that they are talking about so that the blue pointer light appears and is added to the recording.
Another draw back is that you can only add one photo so it's really just a one snapshot look at their learning. Some of the apps mentioned above allow more than one snapshot to be uploaded. In addition you can't add video to this app. You can create video, but you can't import video. Again this hasn't been an issue for us. For a sequencing activity this many not be the best choice of app.
So how have we used it in my grade one class? With Draw and Tell we have:
- demonstrated our patterning knowledge by using the sticker tools provided to create patterns
- demonstrated our patterning knowledge by using the drawing tools provided to create patterns
- demonstrated our letter sound knowledge by using the sticker tools provided to sort picture based on initial constant sound
- demonstrated our letter sound knowledge by using the drawing tools provided to draw pictures and/or write words base on initial constant sound
- imported math done in another app to talk about the learning. Here too.
- used the interline paper available in the paper choices to write about our favourite part/character in a story
- add details to our non digital work (unfortunately still on a student iPad so no link yet)
- used it to create an opening scene in an iMovie
- imported an item created in another app to add details to it
We've been able to add voice to many of our activities and there is still so much more we could use Draw and Tell for.
- use the lined paper to write our wonders, predictions, or facts we have learned about a specific topic and then record our voice to go with it
- use the colour pages for background, and the stickers to create animated oral stories-
- add voice explanations to ANYTHING we create - digital or non digital
And my head keeps spinning with ideas.
Have you used this app before, and if so how are you using it to help document learning?