Today was our first day of school. While we did all the regular 1st day of school types of things (going over rules, putting away new supplies, learning names, etc.) I also wanted to do something different to learn about my students and teach them something new. While on Pinterest searching for, of course, 1st day of school activities, I came across a blog written by another elementary teacher. In it they gave quick tips for how to use different websites and apps. One of these tips was about an app called WordFoto and how they used it in social studies to have students do a quick write about President Abraham Lincoln. The app would take a collection of words and merge them with a photo to create an image made of words. A lightbulb went off! I could do the same project but instead of doing it on a historical figure, I could use the app on my students. Students were given a worksheet to brainstorm things they liked and how they would describe themselves. Then they had to come up with at least 5 one word answers. Using these words and photo we took with the iPad today, we created these images showing what, according to them, "Makes Me, ME." Every part of the image, down to the color of their eyes and strands of hair, contain these descriptive words. For those that had permission, the images were loaded into their online student portfolios, which parents can access. It turned out to be a great first day project which got the students thinking, writing, and involved in technology.
That's Elementary Explains is a teacher with almost 2 decades of teaching experience and a technology degree who is still trying to figure out the new and unexplained.