When you were student do you remember the first day of school. The excitement of seeing your friends, meeting your new teachers, the magical smell of books that had never been used and were a blank canvas, just waiting for you. Then disappointment when a teacher would say – write about what you did on your holidays! As teachers we know the importance of those first few days. Learning about our students, letting them know about us, building relationships and setting the scene for the year. We need something much more exciting, engaging and open ended than the traditional essay about the holidays. As Alan November wrote, we need “to set the tone for powerful, engaging and self-directed learning”.
Here are a few apps that you and your students could use to provide opportunities for creativity and for students to share their stories with their classmates and you.
DIGITAL STORY TELLING – Students can share their interests, skills or passions with a SCREENCASTING app like Educreations or Explain Everything (2.99) or a STORYTELLING app like Haiku Deck, 30 Hands or Wordeo
Students could use Photocard to make a POSTCARD from the most exciting place they went on their holidays.
MOVIE MAKING gives students a lot of possibilities. Make an iMovie ($5.49) trailer about their hopes or goals for the year. Students could use Animoto to make a short movie about the famous thing they will do, or great achievement they will make in the future.
COMICS are a great favourite with students and perhaps this would be a more exciting way for students to retell one aspect of their holidays? There is a huge range of apps available, my favourites are Strip Designer ($2.99 – but worth it) , Toontastic and Comic Maker