Sharing stories

BLAIRSBURG – Northeast Hamilton second grade students will be presenting their “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories at the Iowa 1:1 Institute on April 10 at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines, announced teacher Laura Seiser.

The second grade students began writing adventure stories using their iPads in late November of last year with the goal of presenting the story in book form on the computer.

For the project, the students not only wrote their own stories, but they edited them, also. Since the project was more than a writing assignment, the students were tasked with the assignment of developing a story board.

In the next step, storytelling went high tech as the students also created their own illustrations using the creation app on their computers.

After that phase of the creative process was completed, the students then captured their story and artwork with screen shots from their iPads. The still shots were then transferred to book form through the application of Google Presentation.

Finally, the stories were hyperlinked for viewing on the students’ iPads.

Leslie Keehn, technology integration consultant for Prairie Lakes AEA, worked in conjunction with Seiser on the students’ project. In early January, Keehn and Seiser submitted an application to present the students’ finished work at the Iowa 1:1 Institute and received confirmation last week that they had been selected to present their work, said Seiser.

The Iowa 1:1 Institute is billed as the largest one-to-one event in the world. It is designed to help inform educators of innovative teaching, learning and administrative practices. The forum also provides instruction on developing one-to-one computing skills in the classroom.