Pixn Tell

Pixn Tell is a FREE and EASY APP that can easily be used by teachers or students to create presentations. It is seriously simple. Add pictures, record your voice, save it, share it…that is it!

I made a how to video using Pixn Tell and my iPad! The beginning shots are sideways, I don’t know why but I just went with it. I also made a few more examples. Literally took 1 minute.

How to video for Pixn Tell

MicMac practice Pixn Tell

Book Report with Pixn Tell

Field trip with Pixn Tell

So how could you use this in class?

  • Book reports could be fun and exciting for students if you assign them to make a review or maybe a movie trailer using Pixn Tell.
  • Teachers can use this tool to make step-by-step instructions using Pixn Tell
  • Identifying shapes with Pixn Tell can be a fun assignment
  • Turning written poetry into visual poetry could be a way for students to express themselves
  • Making parent gifts for holidays
  • End of the year slide shows

Do you have other ideas? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

OSMO

OSMO

According to the makers

 Osmo has a magical ability to turn physical objects and interactions into digital game elements. The technology that makes this possible is called Reflective Artificial Intelligence (AI), a phrase we created to describe the process that allows the iPad to make sense of what it sees. There are two main components of Reflective AI: the red Osmo reflector (a mirror), and the computer vision algorithms that process the data. Working together, the reflector and our computer vision software give the iPad the ability to integrate physical objects into our games in real time. Osmo has been tested in over 100 schools worldwide, and has thousands of hours spent with children. We’ve taken input and advice from scores of educators and parents.

Current Games

Tangram- Arrange tangible puzzle pieces into matching on‑screen shapes. Play with a friend or challenge yourself to more advanced levels as your handy‑work lights up with each victory.

Newton- Use your creative noggin and inventive objects like a hand‑drawn basket, grandma’s glasses, dad’s keys, or anything around you to guide falling on‑screen balls into targeted zones.

Words- Be the first to guess and spell out the on‑screen hidden word by tossing down real‑life letters faster than your friends. A related picture gives the clue. NEW- You can create your own words games online and play them on OSMO!

 Osmo according to Penchev

This is WWWAAAYYYY cool! I don’t know how it works, but the amazing way it recognizes shapes and words, and drawings is mind blowing!  I demoed the product with my K-5 classes and they all loved it and wanted to buy it immediately for themselves.

I see this tool as a great way to work with students on their word recognition, sounds, and spelling. With the new option to create your own word lists, the classroom possibilities are endless! The tangrams puzzles provide students with ways to use matching skills and build their spatial recognition. I haven’t played much with Newton yet, but the tests so far are so fun.

The cost is very low for a system of this magnitude. I have even used the “backing” as a lesson on product development for the students. We are so excited to continue playing!

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OESIS conference

It was wonderful, but COLD conference in Boston October 2-3! I attended interesting and thought provoking sessions and happily came away with some amazing ideas for use in my classroom and school.

Some things to check out:

1. Hapara- for google docs organization

2. MAD learning APP development

3. Clothing design with a science twist… DeScience

4. National Library of Virtual Manipulatives- oh my goodness, wow this is cool!

5. Thinking about schools and online education like a start up business

 

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Maker Movement

We had an amazing time in our Girls Building S.T.E.A.M. Maker Class this week. The girls were provided with many new and used items and encouraged to create something new. Items on the maker table included art supplies, slinkies, a teapot, toy cars, alarms, tools, and much more. Final products included sukkah decorations, an animal observation tool, an alarm, and other amazing stuff. Many thanks to Doug Sands for helping us figure out our stuff!
For more information google Maker or Makerfaire. There are groups in local communities that do Maker activities. I found Makers Square in Fort Lauderdale area that does classes during the week to encourage Makers of all ages. MakerFaire is another organization that helps individuals, groups, and schools explore Maker. Finally, this article from Time talks about the importance of Maker.
Here are some pictures and student reactions:
 We took apart toys and household things, like a teapot, and made new things like a bug magnifying teapot. I also figured out how to use a door and window alarm. I took apart a car, too. Malvina
I made a calcutimer3000 using a timer and a calculator and tape. It was very fun. Rachel 

I made a light up decoration for my sukkah. Ariella
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OESIS conference

Today I am presenting at the OESIS conference in Boston about planning lessons with technology spice. You can follow the conference on twitter using the #oesis tag. To follow my conference presentations and professional development offerings, please visit www.nancypenchev.com

Enjoy your day!