What a busy week, so busy I only had time for for two new type of App Dice this week and nothing else. However, while this week was full of busy schedules and little time I was hit with some inspiration in my mailbox on Friday. If you are a watcher of Shark Tank or saw my postings last week, I decided to join, Groovebook. Groovebook works off the simple principal that we take tons of pictures with our mobile devices and never have time to get them printed and sorted. Groovebook is an app that prints up to 100 of your phone photos and creates a beautiful 4.5″ x 6.5″ photobook and mails it to you monthly. Photos are printed on glossy photo paper and are perforated for easy removal. I just had one of my App Dice for 2014 and I will be doing the same for my book as a wordless version later this month. My wife and our family has decided to join the Groovebook family for their scrapbooking needs. Well, of course I was talking with one of my teachers online and they are of course an Instagram Classroom but wanted to find an easier way to display the various classroom themes on more shoe string budget and well, that’s when I came up with this Teach like a Pirate lesson.
Now, how does this work you might ask? There are always classroom photos being taken but what stories can students create with them? Have the teacher or TA take the pictures like normal, next once you have assembled 100 pictures get them printed through GrooveBook. When the book arrives, tear out the various pictures and put them in a treasure chest that the students can reach in and choose a set of 5 or more at random. The students then create their own story based off pictures they have chosen. There are many ways to do this:
1. Have the students hold up each picture and tell their own original story using the pictures they have chosen.
2. Use an App like Chatterpix and make people or objects in the photos tell the story.
3. Use Shadow Puppet Edu and create a Narrative Slide Show with the pictures and have them add in their own pictures to take the story in a different direction and then present it.
4. Have the students create their own story collage using the photos and have them add in various objects, colors and shapes and display their stories like a movie poster.
There are tons of ways to go with using a GrooveBook and many ways to Teach like a Pirate. Give it a try.