My students need three iPad minis to write and illustrate stories using StoryKit. They also need 3 protective cases to keep the iPad minis safe.
My students love to express how they feel, what they like and what they want through art. I have recently introduced my students to digital illustrations and they can't get enough of it. We are currently on a mission to write and illustrate stories digitally!
My students approach life with the enthusiasm and curiosity that all five-year-old children seem to have in abundance.
Despite living in a low socioeconomic area where their parents struggle to make ends meet, they are incredibly hopeful and looking forward to the future. Their parents want the best education possible for them but due to financial constraints, many cannot afford to have books and technology such as computers or iPads at home. It is up to me and the school to provide these wonderful kids with a wide variety of learning tools. We are a Title 1 school, which means that we do get funds to improve the academic achievement of the disadvantage, but not enough to provide every classroom with a well stocked classroom library and much less with iPads. We are presently trying to integrate technology in all subject areas at our school. With the help of the iPad minis and the application StoryKit, we can provide our students with opportunities to express themselves artistically.
My students need three iPad minis and cases. My students love to write and illustrate stories, but sometimes are unable to because we lack the supplies needed for them to do so due to budget cuts. Oftentimes they have been faced with holding off on finishing their stories or writing pieces because we don't have the proper art media or paper to illustrate and publish their finished products. With the iPad minis, they can create digital story books using an application called StoryKit. They will be able to create their own art for illustrations by drawing on the screen with their finger, taking a photo of something they see, or attaching photos from their album. They will be able to write stories based on their illustrations and will even be able to record themselves telling their digital stories with sound effects. After completing their digital story books, my students will be able to share them with friends and family by simply emailing them a link to their story.
The connection between art and writing is great because they are both ways for students to creatively express themselves.
In fact, art is the precursor of writing, especially in kindergarten because students analyze and derive meaning from their works of art to write. Whenever I ask my students to write, I first have them illustrate because the more detailed their illustration is, the more descriptive their writing will be. The iPad minis can provide a fun way for my students to write and draw.
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