Our professional development focus for the district this year has been reading and vocabulary. We developed a project for our classroom that met the reading requirements for a unit long project. On reflection, our reading passage could have been better, but the product from the students was good. They used Notability to put their project together.
I stumbled upon a new free app the other day called YouDoodle. There are two free versions. I chose the one that does not say plus. Plus has advertisements that were questionable for the classroom.
We used it in a similar manor to the slope project in Notability. I wanted something free that others could use if Notability wasn’t available to them.
The students were instructed to take 3 pictures, one to represent each of the following types of graphs: linear, exponential, and quadratic. They saved each YouDoodle edited image to their photo library and then used a photo collage program (whatever they had available) to combine the three. Here are some of the examples.
You may use my transparent graph for this project if you don’t have your own. The link is found here. We did have some trouble with the graph not inserting as transparent. Email me if you have the same trouble, I have a few solutions that might work for you. In You Doodle, you need to begin with your picture as a new background, then insert the transparent graph as a foreground. I found that merging the two together makes it easier to erase later. You can use the pen tool, text tool and any of the other features available. Try it out and see what you think.
The first activity I created when they placed the iPad in my hands was a vocabulary drag and drop game. I did import the table as a graphic and placed it in Pages but I don’t think you would have to.
The Pages file is attached, but it’s very easy to make your own.
Another project I developed this year used the Comic Life app. The app is very easy to use and as you can see from the examples posted, students can use any type of image they want and still make a great comic. The students’ task was to write a word problem in comic form. They had to set up the situation, create an equation and solve it, all within comic.
The first comic is the example I gave the students, followed by the scoring guide, also created in Comic Life.
The next two examples are student projects. While they may not have scored full points on these comics, they still put some effort into it and clearly enjoyed the experience.
This project was originally posted on SJSDMath.posterous.com
This year we have had the honor of piloting 1:1 iPads for Freshmen. One of the projects I created was a transparent graph that can be placed over a photo in Notability. The app itself is amazing and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t. Students were instructed to take a picture of something that demonstrated slope and they brought them to class on their iPad. I had them import the .note file (attached) with the transparent graph and they replaced my picture with theirs. We then took notes over slope using their photo. It was an awesome project and we have used this process for systems of of equations and will use it again for graphing parabolas.
This project was originally posted on SJSDMath.posterous.com but all of my Posterous content will be moved to this blog as Posterous will no longer exist.