Today I want to share with you my FAVORITE app as a teacher. It allows me to monitor and adjust and assess constantly!
This app allows teachers and students to communicate together through threaded, video conversations. It's a wonderful screen casting app that allows students to create, demonstrate, comment, and ask questions.
We have used Ask 3 each day and here are some ways that we have used it!
- We began our "How To" writing unit last week so the students drew a picture of what they were teaching in "My Arts."
- Next, the students uploaded their picture into Ask 3 and created a video explaining how to make something. In Ask 3, the students can use the screen cast and annotate over their pictures. They would draw arrows and explained their thinking.
- Finally, they uploaded the video to our class and the other students watched their videos. The students then commented on their videos.
- Students have these videos at their fingertips so if they forget to write a step they can just go back and re-watch their video!
|Graphics by Ashley Hughes|
- Have students take a picture of the most important part/favorite part, etc. of a book they are reading. Have students explain why this was important. Other students can go in and comment on their video to agree/disagree.
- Students can draw a picture of a word (example: jar when we were studying ar words) and the students can explain how to spell each word.
- Take a picture of a 100 chart and use the Ask 3 to show how to skip count by a certain number or how to find the difference between two numbers. Have students create their own Ask 3 screencast with a 100 chart.
- Take a picture of a number line. Create a screencast that demonstrates a concept, and then end the screencast with a question for the students. Allow the students to watch the Ask 3 screen cast and then use the commenting feature to respond to each other's screencasts.
- Draw a picture for a math story using My Arts or Skitch. Insert the picture into Ask 3 and annotate over the picture and explain the number sentence that goes along with it.
- Use the ipad to take a picture of something you read during Reader's Workshop. Insert the picture into Ask 3, and then record a summary of what you read.
- Using My Arts or Skitch (or another white board app) draw a picture that summarizes a science or social studies concept. Insert the picture and record your thinking using Ask 3.
We also had a lesson with our Title 1 Facilitator (who is the bomb.com) and she gave them sentence starters to make their responses and comments more deep and thoughtful. Here is a FREEBIE that you can use to help get your nuggets thinking more deeply. For the lesson, Mrs. Joseph put each sentence starter on a strip of paper and the students pulled on and used that to comment on a video of their choice. I laminated the strips so now they are in the writing center ready to be used whenever a student in commenting!
Hope you are having a great Tuesday!