The Polish and French teachers used only the iPads to create both a Polish Language Podcast and an interactive Foreign Language eBook containing text, images, audio and video.
To create the podcast we used Safari to copy images of different color eyes and hair from the internet and saved them to the camera roll on the iPad. Neil also show us how to use albums to organize our photos on the iPad making it easier to find images related to different projects. We then went to iMovie to add the images to a new iMovie project, recorded ourselves saying the eye/hair color in both English and Polish, and added the correct polish text on each image slide. We then added background theme music, recorded a video introduction and added text to an ending slide. We saw how very easy it is to create our own resources that could be used in class or have students create their own podcasts to demonstrate their language pronunciation and proficiency. Below is a sample of one of the Polish Language Podcasts that was created.
This was a shorter session, only 1 hour. Neil showed us some ways we could use Pages to make documents more appealing and interesting using some of the following techniques:
- adding colored shapes behind titles/text
- adding background images and reducing opacity so it does not distract from the text, similar to adding a watermark
- creating custom bullet icons
- adding images into the body of the text and adjust the word wrap around the image
- using the Instant Alpha tool (format menu, instant alpha) to remove background color from an image to reveal only a specific object.
The ELL/Support/Speech teachers used the iPads to create a video guide to the school. This session was only 2 hours but was action packed and a lot of fun! First thing we were sent off to take 5 pictures of different locations around the school with the iPads. We were then showed how to organise our images into a folder making it easier to find images for different projects. The Tellegami app was used to create an avatar that would describe one of our images, very cool! We used iMovie for the iPad to put our whole video together. We placed our tellegami video and 4 images into the timeline, recorded descriptions of each image over the picture and adjusted the image length to correspond to the length of the recording. Text was also added to each image to have a visual description of the image. We added theme music and sound effects where appropriate Then recorded a little video intro and added a closing to wrap up the whole video nicely. Below is one of the videos create during the session.
Neil worked with the whole ES staff and introduced them to some of the different features of Keynote on the MacBook. Everyone began to see how Keynote is a much better tool than PowerPoint.