gif it over for brush ninja

I have used brush ninja a few times this year to allow kids a chance to make their own animated gifs while illustrating their learning. One week we illustrated vocabulary terms, some students showed a change in a character’s feelings, and others showed natural disasters or events. No matter the task, brush ninja allows an element of creativity in their demonstration of understanding. We can’t get enough! Easy to use and customize, students learn quickly how to change a background, duplicate a slide to show change gradually, and to save to their google drives and share images with peers. Here are a few students samples, all quickly created in one class session.

april poetry month – almost here!

I LOVE poetry month. Every year I find a new way to enjoy creating poetry pieces with kids. This year we are beginning in a comfortable spot- another bitmoji room. They’ve become my starting point for all kinds of work, so why not poetry? You will find the usual book read alouds here, but you will also find some google docs and slides that allow you to scaffold poetry writing and celebrations! Using a haiku doc everyone can be a haiku expert- for inspiration read Guyku from the room below! To edit this room with your own bitmoji, click on the image below and use FILE –make a copy. To see some other poetry favorites I’ve posted click the poetry tag! Happy poetry reading, writing, and celebration, friends.

doodle adventures

Screen Shot 2020-07-09 at 10.55.24 AMI am a firm believer in sketchnoting and the bullet journal, so it gives me great satisfaction to doodle coloring sheets with a message for a board at our school. Students usually help me fill it in when they are at recess or on a brain break. This year I have no idea how that will work, so I guess I am just hopeful doodling at this point. I decided to video it this time to show that I keep at it until it’s done… everyone can doodle.

“Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson