July 24, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman

Augmented Reality at Summer Bridges

Mrs. Hamman's Class Blog: Augmented Reality in Summer Bridges

Last week a small group of incoming third graders came to school for the Summer Bridges program. We’ve been working on reading and math, but we also have been investigating some of the new technology we’ll be using in third grade this year. One thing that really captured our attention was all the new apps that use augmented reality. We experimented with Fetch! Lunch Rush and colAR and were so fascinated by them, we decided we wanted to try to create augmented reality content for ourselves.

Last week we read a nonfiction story about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We thought the story was really interesting and it led to us looking up other websites and videos online to learn more. We wondered if many other kids knew anything about this issue, and we decided we wanted to share what we learned with others. This would be a perfect chance to use augmented reality!

First we brainstormed a list of ten questions people might have about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and we looked up the answers to each one. Then we printed up our list of questions and put them on posters which we decorated and hung in our hallway. We created short videos where we answered the questions we had printed on the posters. (Because we were experimenting with all kinds of technology last week, we broke out the green screen and used the Green Screen Movie FX Studio app on an iPad to create the videos.) Then we used the Aurasma app to place the videos as overlays over our poster images; Aurasma calls the merged images “auras”. When we invited other people to view our videos, they were amazed!

Using augmented reality is a fun new way to get a message to people. We enjoyed learning how to use the Aurasma app and now that we’ve tried it, we can think of lots of ways we can use this in our third grade classrooms this year!

If you’d like to view our first “auras”, here’s how to do it:

1. Download the free Aurasma app on your device. Once the app is on your device you can set up your own account for free.

2. Search for FPES Room 505 (just type in “FPES”) and follow our channel.

3. Click on one of the pictures in our post (below) to enlarge it on your screen.

4. Open the viewer window (bottom middle icon) on the Aurasma app and point it at one of our questions. You’ll see a swirling purple circle, then our answer video should appear.

Note: you may need headphones to hear our videos; we only had about an hour to create them all and we didn’t have time to edit them to improve the sound quality! Since you might have a hard time hearing our answers to the questions, we will also type the answers in the comments below.

If you are a teacher and would like to learn more about augmented reality in your classroom, here are two great blogs to check out:

Have you ever used augmented reality?

What else can we do with the Aurasma app? 

February 7, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman

Save Our Rhinos!

by Andrew, Zac and Cameron

Our class and Mrs. Moore’s class are participating in the Travelling Rhinos Project. We are excited to meet “our” rhino, Makulu, as soon as it comes in the mail! To prepare for Makulu’s visit we have been doing research about the rhinoceros. Here are some facts we learned:

  • There are 5 species of the rhino family: white, black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan. The Javan rhino is the most endangered. 
  • Next to the elephant, the white rhino is the second largest land mammal. 
  • Rhinos are found in parts of Africa and Asia. 
  • Rhino habitats can be very different. Some species live in a savanna and others live in forests. 
  • Rhinos have bad eyesight but good hearing. 
  • A rhino is actually related to the horse. 
  • A rhino can turn very quickly and run as fast as 60 km per hour for a short time. 
  • Rhinos are endangered mostly because of poachers. 
  • They are hunted because some people think their horns can be used for medicine. 
  • Rhino horns are made of the same thing as fingernails. They can’t really help with diseases.   

Here is a ThingLink we made. Click on the colored dots to find out more about rhinos!

Here is a Smilebox of the rhino art we made. We learned to draw rhinos from this site, then we painted them with watercolors.

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What is your favorite animal?

What do you think kids can do to help endangered animals?

January 18, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman

A Day in Our Class

What does a day in your classroom look like? We were visiting Mr. Avery’s blog and we saw that last year they made a time-lapse video showing everything that happened in their day. We thought that was a fantastic idea and we wanted to try it ourselves! We set up an iPad in the corner of our classroom and programmed the Motion Pictures app to take one photo every 10 seconds throughout the day. The app compiled the photos into a video, then we added some music and text using iMovie. Now we have a video showing our entire day in less than 90 seconds!

When you watch this video, see if you can spot:

  • Our Morning Meeting
  • A Mystery Skype call where we met our new friends in Ohio
  • A readaloud and video about Ruby Bridges, in honor of Civil Rights Day next week
  • Our daily 2-minute dance break, and…
  • A surprise fire drill!

One Day in Our Classroom from S Hamman on Vimeo.

What would we see if we could spend a day in your classroom?


November 27, 2012
by Mrs. Hamman's Class

Student App Review: Nearpod

It’s time for students to start writing blog posts! We are starting with a student app review.

By: Aiden, Zac and Darren

Nearpod is awesome. We get into groups of three to share the iPads. First you have to get a code to log in.

After that your teacher shows you pictures with facts, like a food pyramid or mammals with other animals. You also can watch videos.  Your teacher flips from page to page if you are done or not. You get to control it on slide shows.

Exploring Nearpod from S Hamman on Vimeo.

You can take quizzes about what you learn. Your teacher will see your scores or group scores. For some quizzes you can draw or write on the iPad and some are multiple choice.

We think it would be good for classes because you get to learn a lot about stuff you did not know. So if you have access to an iPad at school then ask your teacher if your class can try Nearpod on the iPads.

Do you have iPads at your school?

What are your favorite apps?

November 19, 2012
by Mrs. Hamman

Flat Stanley

Do you know who Flat Stanley is? He’s a character in a series of books written by Jeff Brown. He’s a regular boy except that he is totally flat! Because he is flat he can go on all kinds of adventures; all he has to do to travel somewhere is get mailed there in an envelope!

We are starting a Flat Stanley project. We are making our own Flat Stanleys and sending them to friends all over the world. Our friends will take pictures and tell us stories about the adventures Stanley had while visiting them. If you’d like Flat Stanley to visit you, please leave us a comment!

A group at our Saturday Academy made a trailer about our Flat Stanley project. A trailer is supposed to give you a little bit of information about something that is coming up, just to get you excited about it.

Flat Stanley Trailer from S Hamman on Vimeo.

Did our trailer work? Are you excited about the Flat Stanley project?

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