Friday, May 8, 2015


One of the 3rd grade Social Studies TEKS is about explaining the significance of writers such as Bill Martin Jr. In partner groups, students read two different stories by the author, compared and contrasted them, and then wrote about the style and impact of his work. The students used Chatterpix  app on the iPad to take a snapshot of their favorite page and record themselves reading it. Students are able to embellish their photos using features within the app.  The students were completely engaged in learning. Even my most reluctant readers worked on fluency to improve their recording. Even better, I allowed time for students to share their product with fellow classmates, which exposed students to other books by this author that they had not yet read. The sneak peak motivated them to pick up another book.

This app is super easy to use. I can envision multiple ways it can be used in a classroom.  In Math the student can take a picture of himself/herself and record an explanation of how to solve a math problem. For language development and speech student can practice fluency.

Chatterpix can also be used in conjunction with other apps (a.k.a. "app-smashing") to create more in depth projects.

Lori Scott, 3rd Grade, Porter Elementary

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