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Techie Back to School

Today was the first day of school here in Nixa! My youngest began her senior year on this pretty day in August. Seems like just yesterday she started kindergarten and we were headed to school together. As you all know, they grow up too fast!

 The first week of school is usually filled with getting acquainted activities, setting expectations, and building community. Here are a few apps/websites that you can use for All About Me, Interviewing a new friend, and Sharing the First Week of School Fun!

1) Skitch: Use Skitch to insert a photo of a student and let them annotate with interesting facts about themselves. Print and display!

If you don’t have iPads, no sweat… try using Phrase.It  for a similar experience.

2) Word Mover: Have students write poems about their summer adventures or starting a new school year using the Word Bank words and adding their own. They can create sentences or just select describing words about themselves. 
Need the computer version? Visit Word Mover at Read Write to do the same activity!

3) Venn Diagram by Read Write Think: This app will be perfect for having students share the iPad and interview each other. Each set of partners will find out things they have in common with their new classmate and things that are different about each other. 
For the computer version of the Venn Diagram, please visit Read Write Think

4) Compare N Contrast: Similar to the Venn Diagram, have students use this app to either compare and contrast themselves with a new friend or compare their new grade level to the one they were in last year. Parents can send a picture of the student in an earlier grade and they can compare/contrast their experience. This will also let you know their expectations for your class!

5) Frame Artist: This app has a post card feature which will be perfect for the end of the first week. Add a picture of the student and have students write to their parents about the highlights of the week! Parents will love this. (Be aware that in the free version, you can only create 5 published pieces.)
For my computer using friends…Not quite the same, but you can have students type a letter to parents using the simple letter maker in ABC Ya.  

6) Super Duper Story Maker: No need to wait to make a book! Students can create a simple, but adorable All About Me Book or First Week of School book using this app. The final product can be shared as a PDF and printed. What a great keepsake! I love the simple look of the stick people. There is a paid and free version of this app, depending on how you want to use it.
Computer Kiddies… try Little Bird Tales or Story Bird for creating online books. 

Make Memories for Your Own Child
Since I am all about capturing every minute of this last year of high school, I use all kinds of apps to customize pictures. My favorite one I have been using is Rhonna Designs. I love the phrases you can add and the unique filters. Treasure the little things!

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