In celebration of the Chinese New Year last week, 5th graders created stories using ComicLife on how they celebrate the occasion in their respective homes.
First things first. Prior to using the iPads in Computer/Technology classes, students were given a lesson on the proper use and handling of the devices. Students discussed the following guidelines:
- Keep food and liquid away from the iPad.
- Keep the school provided case on the iPad at all times.
- Do not set anything heavy on the iPad.
- Clean with a soft, dry cloth.
- Defacing the iPad is prohibited (stickers, markers, etc.)
- Use only your finger or an iPad designed stylus on the iPad.
- Treat your iPad with care at all times, do not throw or slide the iPad.
- If your assigned iPad is lost, stolen, or damaged notify your teacher, principal, or technology department immediately
- The iPad should only be connected to the school’s syncing computer, do not connect your iPad to any other computer.
- Adding and deleting Apps is prohibited.
- While using the iPad, follow the school’s Computer and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy
- Do not change any of the iPad configuration items, such as the iPad name, wallpaper and background photo, unless told to do so by your teacher.
- The whereabouts of the iPad should be known at all times. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the iPad safe and secure.
- The iPad camera and voice recorder should not be used in any matter that would violate the rights and privacy of other students or staff.
- iPads will not be taken into bathrooms or locker rooms.
- Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes.
- Music is allowed on the iPad and can be used at the discretion of the teacher.
- Internet Games are not allowed on the iPads.
- Students may save work to their Google Docs (Drive) accounts via the iPad. Alternatively, students may e-mail documents to themselves for storage.
- Storage space will be available on the iPad—BUT it will NOT be backed up in case of re-imaging.
- It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that work is not lost due to mechanical failure or accidental deletion.
- iPad malfunctions are not an acceptable excuse for not submitting work.
After the lesson, elementary students were introduced to Comic Life, an iPad app used to create comic strips and illustrate stories. Each student was asked to choose a rule that they would want to create a story about. The stories were illustrated using Comic Life. The students were excited to create their comic strips, asking one another to pose for the iPad’s cameras.
Here are some of the comic strips created by Gr. 5T: