colAR App: Coloring pages come to life!
*If you want the pages I've embedded below, please print them ASAP!*
I'm removing the Scribed document on July 28th because the colAR team's promotion of offering the pages for free ends on this day... and, well... it just wouldn't be right for me to have them up after that.
Of course I thought this was so cool, but I wanted to see if others would think it was just as great. So, after chatting with my buddy Drew on a Google Hang-Out, GHO, and trying the app out on Saturday night, I decided to share it in the session I was presenting on Sunday in Chicago at the National SDE conference. The response was overwhelming. Everyone LOVED it!
My daughter, Riley, started writing a story to go with the coloring page that has the girl. Then, my son, Jacob, started orally telling his very imaginative story about the dragon. They were so inspired to instantly begin writing their creative stories.
In the session at SDE in Chicago, participants shared many ideas where this app could be used in the classroom. Naturally, creative writing fits. However, someone shared that you could use the airplane page and have students write sight words on the banner flying behind the plane. After reading a great book, students could design a t-shirt for the teddy bear page to advertise for their book with a catch phrase that relates to the title/plot. I'm tutoring two students this summer. I showed them the video tutorial and told them they would have homework to color. The little guy I tutor said, "Can we be done tutoring so I can do my homework?" How cute! Then, the little girl that I tutor said, "Can I have more homework if I finish all of these pages?" Ha! Keep in mind... I'm someone who is typically against homework. My only directions for the kids I tutor were to do whatever they wanted to with the pages... they just had to bring one back to me showing me how they creatively integrated math into their drawing. That's it. So, I'm curious to see what they will come up with when I meet with them next week.
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