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Elementary Students Document Field Trips and Record Audiobooks

Zack works with teachers and students to improve how they’re using technology in the classroom. He’s used Shadow Puppet with just about every grade level at his elementary school district, incorporating it into activities ranging from language arts to reading, from math to physical education.

Shadow Puppet is nice because it’s simple but versatile. I like an app that we can apply across subjects and use for multiple activities, especially for the younger grades.”

Recently, a first grade class used Shadow Puppet to create videos about how to form compound words, for example book-bag. The students would take a photo of a ‘book’, take a photo of a ‘bag’ and then explain how they can combine both words to form a new word.

Zack also worked with a class of second grade students to document an end of year field trip to the botanical garden to share with their parents.

When you’re working with younger learners, they don’t quite have the writing skills to really communicate their understanding of a concept, but they can explain it out loud. Recording their voice with Shadow Puppet means we can get their perspective and gauge how well they’re learning.”

Zack’s classes have also been using Shadow Puppet to create their own audiobooks. Students will photograph the pages of a book and then practice reading it aloud. They’ll save the recordings to listen back to and also send them to their teacher to assess.

When you’re in the classroom, you’ve got 25 kids at once. You can’t observe them all. With Shadow Puppet, the students can each record their own project and then we can go back and view it later. You can see who’s doing well, who needs help. You end up with these great data points.”

Now that Zack’s district is in their third year of 1 to 1, they’ve transitioned from primarily using technology to aid in the students consumption of content, like e-books or online videos, to having their students use technology to create content, like their own videos, audiobooks and blogs.

Our big push is to get our students to go from just consuming content to creating it. It’s like flipped learning, but the students make their own lessons instead of the teachers.”

The students have responded well to this challenge. They’re engaged and working hard to produce good content.

The students like creating videos because it seems worthwhile. They’ve made something interesting and someone is going to view it—whether that’s me, their teacher, their classmates or their parents. They love to have an audience.”

Using Shadow Puppet to create content has also sparked important conversations between Zack and his students, especially about navigating the complicated digital world that we all live in.

We talk a lot about digital citizenship and pollution. You don’t throw trash on the floor of your classroom and so you’re not going to put trash up on your blog or email trash to your teachers. They’re learning how to produce good, worthwile content for the online community.”

Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in K – 4th Grades
  • Explain how to compose compound words
  • Practice spelling or sounding out words
  • Record reading aloud
  • Explain how to perform a task
  • Present learnings from research
  • Practice counting or explain how to solve a math problem
  • Find and identify geometric shapes in the classroom

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Elementary Students Document Field Trips and Record Audiobooks with Shadow Puppet App for iPhone and iPad

Zack Linson, Tech Integration Specialist

Zack is a Technology Integration Specialist at a public elementary school in Indiana.

His school district has a 1 to 1 ratio of device to student. Students in kindergarten through 4th grade have iPads. 5th and 6th grade students have laptops.


 
Shadow Puppet iPad lesson ideas for kindergarten through 4th grade.
Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in K – 4th Grades

  • Explain how to compose compound words
  • Practice spelling or sounding out words
  • Record reading aloud
  • Explain how to perform a task
  • Practice counting or explain how to solve a math problem
  • Find and identify geometric shapes in the classroom