We are pleased to publish this guest post by Dan Gallagher, a ThingLink Expert Educator.
For the last several weeks, I have been working with third grade teachers and their students on their heritage project with ThingLink. As part of their social studies curriculum, the students researched their family’s heritage through interview question packets.
The students had a variety of questions to get answered. They asked about family customs or traditions, their family’s immigration to the US story, and the history of their name, just to name a few.
Since our classes have 4 iPads in each room, sharing them with each class is a must. We started this project by setting up a class Dropbox account where every student had a folder to save their project components. Regardless of which iPad they had, their work will all be saved in one place to get to in the end. Now we started smashing apps!
Screenshot of their family’s native country (iPad native Maps app)
Picture of the country’s flag (searched using Safari)
Tellagami – create a ‘narrator’ telling their family’s immigration story
Green Screen by Do Ink – combine their Tellagami video with a video showing a plane, boat, train, car, or any other mode of transportation used to arrive in the US
Pic Collage – hand drawn family crest with other images combined into one picture used for VRP 7 recording of their family’s custom or tradition
Once all the components were collected in their Dropbox folder, we could start building our ThingLinks. Below is an example ThingLink for the Heritage Project. It also includes a ThingLink for Video screencast describing the example project as well as another ThingLink with all the apps used. Enjoy!
About the Author
Dan Gallagher is a ThingLink Expert Educator from the Ewing NJ area. By day, Dan assists teachers with incorporating technology into their classrooms in mostly in elementary K-3 schools in the West Windsor-Plainsboro district. He is also an Adjunct Professor with Arcadia University’s Graduate Studies Program for Instructional Technology. You can read up on other activities on his blog “A tech perspective… or something like that“. Dan also serves as our ThingLink webinar moderator. Follow Dan @Gallagher_Tech
Susan Oxnevad is the Director of Education at ThingLink. She strives to build a powerful network of educators who share a passion for using ThingLink to transform teaching and learning. In addition, she also hosts ThingLink webinars for educators and blogs about thoughtful ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning on the ThingLink Blog for Education. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad
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