Monday, September 7, 2015

Starting off new with Klikaklu!!

Start off your new year with his new idea featuring Klikaklu!!   If you like treasure hunts, geocaching or scavenger hunts, you'll LOVE this app that features picture based scavenger hunts!

Picture of klikaklu logo

Klikaklu is a free app for users that wish to participate in a scavenger hunt (i.e., students) and it's $9.99 for someone that wishes to create and share a scavenger hunt...well worth it!!

Klikaklu allows you to create a picture hunt whereby students are provided a written clue and then an image clue and must locate and click the image to get credit!  It's also a terrific way to ask questions about the item they've can add multiple choice questions, true/false questions, polls or open ended questions to your hunt!

Here's what you can do with Klikaklu!

The simplest thing I've found that I could do with Klikaklu is to set up stations for students to locate.  Each station has a noteable picture that they must  'click' within the app.  After each image, I insert a question (true/false or multiple choice) at that station for them to answer to demonstrate their knowledge.  I did this with my class while we were going over the classroom policies and procedures to familiarize them with the room as seen in the video above.

Here's the scavenger hunt I made on Klikaklu if you'd like to modify it for YOUR classroom!!

#1.  Daily Doses
Clue: Each day we promise to be loyal to this star spangled banner
Image:  Flag
Question:  T/F  It's ok to talk or remain in your seat during the pledge

#2.  T - Take
Clue:  I sit near the entry just waiting for you, snap a picture of me to complete this clue
Image:  The work basket near the door
Question:  T/F  You need to look in this area daily to pick up any bellwork or materials for class

#3.  Just the Facts
Clue:  Exiting the room, passing this ghost placing a post on me shows who knows the most!
Question:  T/F  When leaving class you may leave as soon as the bell rings.

Picture of Snapfact Exit Slip Board
#4.  You're a Sharp One!
Clue:  Sharpen away as long as your teacher has nothing to say!
Image:  Electric pencil sharpener
Question:  None

#5.  Beam Me Up!
Clue:   This portal has all the data you need to keep up with your grades with lightning speed.
Image: The link to the parent/student grade portal
Question:  T/F  Only parents can look at your online grades

#6.  Missed It!
Clue:  Your missed work is found in here, so pick it up and be a dear.
Image:  Absent work bin
Question:  T/F  When you are absent, the class just sits and eats cheese.

#7.  Valued
Clue:  Viking Values 1, 2, 3.  Click this carefully off the wall behind me.
Image:  Classroom Rules poster
Question:  Open ended  Our class rules revolve around the.....?

#8. Offensive
Clue:  Do things right every time so you'll never be a victim of this offensive rhyme!
Image:  Consequences
Question:  T/F  The severe clause means you'll get sent straight to the office

#9 Heads Up!
Clue:  Write it right and things will be all right, right?
Image:  The standard heading for papers
Question:  T/F  It's ok just to write your first name on things.

#10  Check Please
Clue:   If you wish to win something great, make sure you always clear this plate!
Image:  The weekly behavioral assessment sheet  (Free at my TpT Store!)
Question:  T/F  If your assessment sheet stays clean all week, you can play a class game!

#11.  Whoooooo?
Clue:   Owl know the paper is yours if your name is on it!!  If not, you'll find it here.
Image:  No Name Paper Poster with Owl
Question:  None

#12.  It's A Date
Clue:  January, February, March, April, May.  Look here to find out the day.
Image:  Daily agenda area with calendar
Question:  None

How Can I Build this Myself???

Step #1.  Chart your course

Have an idea in mind for your scavenger hunt....think big or think small, either is okay!  It could be a tour of the library or a tour of the school!  Klikaklu allows you to add images (that are to be image matched) and it also lets you assign multiple choice questions, true/false questions, polls or open ended questions to your hunt!  You can even assign a location to your clues so that a student must be standing in that very spot for the trigger to work!!

Step #2.  Click each clue!

Set up your scavenger hunt by opening the Klikaklu app, titling your hunt and snapping a picture of each image you want to include in your hunt.  If you want, you can ask a supplemental question about each student that the hunter will have to answer.

Step #3.  Publish and Promote your hunt!

When the hunt has been built, Klikaklu allows you to print out a QR code directing students to the hunt in order to complete it.   Students just download the FREE Klikaklu app, enter their age (it's OK if they are under 13) and begin.  There IS a log-in feature, but I found it faster to play anonymously.

Create a tour of your school, a scavenger hunt of your community, a getting to know you activity or even turn a test/quiz review into a dynamic and engaging activity!

Good luck, and keep on Using Your Smarticles!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Super Sorting Strategy - Word Sorts Gone Paperless!!

Today I stumbled across a SUPER app called Post It Plus.  This app was designed to keep collaborative brainstorming sessions rolling by taking a post-it note brainstorming session and making it digital and share-able.  In keeping with the Your Smarticles theme of hacking apps and making them useful in the classroom, I've brainstormed several ideas for using this app!!

#1.  Snap Your Sort

Take a list of words that you normally have students cut out and sort. I'm using Words Their Way spelling word sorts.  Open app and snap the word list.  If the app doesn't recognize the slips as post-it notes, it's ok, you can quickly crop and frame the words.  Post It Plus will then create a digital sortable word list that can be shared or saved as an image.  Another option would be to write (or have students write) each word on a post it note and then click and sort.   After the sorts are complete, students can save to the camera roll, email them, or export as a pdf for submission in Edmodo/Google Classroom.  This app also talks to Box, Dropbox and Evernote!!

 Here's a quick overview of the process.

Here I've hyperlapsed me converting a traditional word sort into a digital, sortable, shareable list....a GREAT way to save time, paper and capture the learning experience!!

#2.  Categorize Ideas

#3.  Organize Projects

#4. Conduct Semantic Word Sorts

Provide students with a set of words that have mixed base words, root words, prefixes and suffixes.  Have students snap the list and sort words based on the features that they have in common.

#5.  Sort ANYTHING?!

Whether it's vocabulary, ideas, books, historical figures, math problems you can snap and sort them using this app.  Within the app you can click on particular notes and they will enlarge.  This is GREAT if you are mirroring your device onto a display board!!  I like to display my twitter board and sort, share and save student's exit remarks.

Post It THAT's using Your Smarticles!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It's So Easy Being Green...

Green....the color of frogs, leaves, grass and book reviews??!?!?

I've recently returned from #ISTE2015 in Philadelphia and my head is swimming with ideas and inspiration for the upcoming school year.  In my zeal to get started, I've begun dabbling with Green Screen by Do Ink which I heard MANY folks talking about at the conference.  Green Screen makes it easy to create green screen videos and images from your iPad or iPhone.

Here's a quick overview on how Green Screen works.  Green Screen technology allows you to superimpose your subject onto a virtual background.  To do this takes a green background of some sort.  I obtained my green screen via a quick trip to JoAnn Fabrics.  I purchased 2 yards of Multipurpose Craft Material in a clover green color and simply taped it to a bare wall.  I've heard of others using chart paper or even using construction paper taped to pizza boxes for a smaller stage.

 I then placed my ipad on a stand and did my best to balance/angle the ipad so that the green fabric backdrop was the only thing captured in the app.

To use the Green Screen app, you'll need to know the basic components.  Green Screen has 3 layers.  The bottom layer appears in the back of any video you create, and the middle layer in front of that.  Any components placed in the top layer will be in the very front. Elements on the middle and upper layers use chroma filters to make portions of the image transparent letting the background show through.  For this project, green is the key chroma color.  Anything green will disappear and the image behind it will show through.

Here's a quick tutorial:

For my Green Screen project I decided to add a little Super Power into student book reviews with a little app mash up.  I began by using a comic themed app called Half Tone to create a superpower backdrop for my green screen video.  

I placed these images on the bottom layer as it is the backdrop that I wanted all the action to take place in front of.  Students are to then use a graphic organizer to plan out their book review summaries that really provide crraack....whaaam....and baaam!  Once they've planned their summary, they step in front of the green screen and using the Green Screen app, their image and words are recorded like this...


If you'd like a template, tutorial, images and/or resources to do this yourself, check out this link!!!

Green Screen recording with Do THAT's using yoursmarticles!!!