Haiku Deck is a great FREE app that I have had my eye on for a while but never used much in my Kindergarten class. That changed a few weeks ago when @iPadSammy mentioned the new graph feature. If you are not familiar with Haiku Deck it is an app similar to Power Point that lets you create slick and simple slide shows. The best feature is the ability to search 1000′s of creative commons pictures within the app that can be easily added to the presentation. I certainly suggest checking out all the app can do but for this post I am going to focus on the graph feature.
When you first open the app you will be given a brief tutorial and then land on a screen similar to the one below. Click the plus sign to get started with your first deck.
Here is how I used the app in my class to graph our favorite ice cream flavors. First, we made a list on the white board of different kinds of ice cream and from that list I picked five for our graph. As you can see in the image below I used the “Tt” (blue arrow) option so the first slide would have a format with a title and numbered choices. To edit the text on the slide all you have to do is touch the area you want to edit or type on. Once we had this slide complete I had my class vote for their favorite flavor and I collected that data on the whiteboard. Using that data we moved to the next step of showing the data in a graph and added a new slide to our deck using the plus sign (yellow arrow.)
For the next slide I picked the image option (red arrow below). Next select the graph option (orange arrow) and then pick the type of graph you want to use. We used the bar graph this week (green arrow) and will work with the pie graph next week. Last click the “Done” button to create the slide. Also want to point out that you can switch between the slide you are editing at the bottom of the screen (blue arrow)
After you finish the step above you will see a screen similar to the one below. Editing the data is super simple with Haiku Deck which is why I love this app. To add more columns to the graph click the plus sign (red arrow) and to delete a column press the red “x” (green arrow.) Editing the label for each column simply by clicking the word under each column (yellow arrow.) Changing the number or total for each column by dragging the dot at the top of each column (blue arrow.) I know it seems like a lot of steps but if you practice it once it is very simple to repeat. The last tip is to edit the units for the graph (orange arrow.) This will allow you to change the Y-axis units to better match the data in your graph.
Sharing the deck is also very easy by going back to the main menu (top left of the app) and then pressing the share button for your deck. When you choose share you will be given the options below. Click here to see the finished Haiku deck from this post.
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This is also cross-posted at PBS Kids Math Lab
The digital camera has always been my favorite tech tool because it can give the child a voice in their learning. Nothing is more powerful than giving kids some control and choice in activities, and the digital camera lends itself to that well. Since most teachers and parents already have a camera and there is little to no cost involved with taking pictures, I believe it is a highly underused tool.
Here are my three favorite ways to help kids learn math using the camera:
1. Recognizing Patterns Identifying, creating and completing patterns can help kids learn important problem solving and mathematical reasoning skills. PBS KIDS has a great app called Dinosaur Train Camera Catch that helps young kids work on patterns while practicing how to take pictures. My favorite part of the app is that the kids have to spin and move around to find the dinosaurs, so they won’t just be sitting while playing.
Another way to learn about patterns with the camera is by simply taking pictures of manipulatives: toys or other items your child is interested in. In my kindergarten class the students have access to a camera anytime and they often use them to document patterns. To extend the activity, you can print the images and have the kids label the patterns ABAB, ABCABC, etc.
2. Sequencing In my class, I always have a photographer in charge of taking pictures during our special activities. I print those images and use them as a literacy center. We also use the images to review vocabulary and practice ordinal words. A great way to introduce sequencing for preschool children is to allow them to document parts of their day with a camera. Start with routines like getting ready in the morning and build on the concept. The key is allowing the kids to take the images and decide what images are important for the story. I have found that encouraging them to take many pictures is best; you can always work together to select the best images later.
3. Number Sense For the youngest learners the camera can be used to find sets of items that match a number or even the numeral itself. This is a fun way to keep kids engaged while shopping, at the grocery store or even driving in the car. Give them a camera, a number and let them go. As the kids get a better grasp of numbers and start working on breaking down numbers or addition, the camera is an amazing tool for documenting that learning. One activity we repeat often in my class is called “Number of the Day.” I write a number on the board and the kids use simple objects, such as blocks, to show me different ways to create that number. They use the camera to document their ideas and then we work together as a class to write the math facts for each image.
These activities are only a few of the many uses the digital camera has in helping kids learn, practice and explore math topics while having fun.
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“Me and my swimming pool”
Last week I shared about starting to use the interactive notebook in my class (see here) As I mentioned, one of the important concepts about the notebook is that it should be used for all subject areas. Now that we are in our second week I have a couple of math entires to show. I will be sharing some language arts examples in the next week or so also. Science is the easiest to incorporate but the other subjects are working nicely as well.
Today we discussed using and reading thermometers. I showed them a thermometer I had in the room and then we compared it to a one I had sitting in the sun and one I had in the freezer (image below.) From those examples we discussed how the mercury rises when it is warmer and falls when it gets colder. Their job in the interactive journal was color in the thermometer to a temperature they wanted (hot, cold, or in-between) and then draw a picture to show what would be happening outside for that temperature. (image above and below)
Picture of his family swimming
Another math activity we did last week focused on making word problems. I gave the class a number (see below) and their job was to come up with a story that would have that number as an answer.
“There were 16 horses then 4 of them got sick. That made 12.”
- “There were 20 soccer balls were at the soccer game and then 8 of the soccer balls rolled away and there were 12 left.”
“One million baseballs are there and then one million go away and then 12 come back that = 12″