Strip Designer App

strip designer

The first app we are looking at this term is Strip Designer. It is a paid app and cost $3.79.

It lets us create our own personal comic strips and documents. We can include photos, drawings, text boxes, speech bubbles and stickers. It’s another great presentation app that could be used at home for homework or projects.

These are the skills we will be covering over the next couple of weeks.

  • Creating a new document
  • Naming your document
  • Creating a grid layout
  • Changing paper size to A4
  • Changing background colours
  • Inserting a photo
  • Adding frames
  • Changing photo layout to include text
  • Editing text – font, colour, size
  • Adding speech bubbles

Some of the grade twos did an amazing job on their first attempts. We hope to have all the grade twos doing sensational work with strip designer very soon. We just need to practice a bit more 🙂

Here’s two for you to see…

Photo 17-04-2015 4 49 47 pm Photo 17-04-2015 4 50 19 pm


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Assessment Time :(


Another Aussie Nibbles Book…

Poor Fish by Jane Godwin is a book written with boys in mind. Three brothers have a fish pond in their backyard and the littlest brother is fascinated by the fish. His favourite words are ‘fishy swim’ which he repeats over and over again… One Saturday before Auskick practice the family find a dead fish in the pond and in their haste to get to footy practice they forget to bury fish. It’s not until later in the day the fish makes an appearance in a most unlikely spot…and lets just say the fishy does swim! And from here the laughter begins 🙂

After reading the very funny Aussie Nibbles book – Poor Fish by Jane Godwin, the grade twos set to work completing the assessment task we had set them.

  • draw a picture to show what happened in ‘Poor Fish’ in Drawing Pad
  • save image to Photos
  • take a photo of the book ‘Poor Fish’ and a selfie using the Camera app
  • Create a PicCollage – add the selfie, book cover and Drawing Pad picture, change the background, add text (name and grade) and save to Photos
  • Navigate WebDAVNav to the correct folder and upload the PicCollage photo with your name and the word fish
  • Go to Photos, select the PicCollage photo and send to printer – making sure the printer is studentcolour and you are only printing one copy
  • Open the printing app and put in the username and password

Here’s a sample of what the grade twos are capable of creating…

We do assessment tasks to help us as much as to help the students. It’s good to see what they have learnt and what we need to continue to revise and work on. We now know can happily move on from the Camera app, Photos, Drawing Pad and Pic Collage. We need to continue revising WebDAVNav and printing as they are proving to a little bit trickier to master. Overall the grade twos have done an amazing job this term!

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Revising the core apps…

After a week of FUN cooking and eating it was time to get back to work…

This week was all about practicing our iPad skills 🙂

Revising what we knew about using the camera app, photos, PicCollage, saving to WebDAVNav and printing. We helped a bit by giving step by step instructions to follow, which meant that everyone was successful.

Next week the instructions will be written on the whiteboard for the grade twos to follow. It isn’t easy negotiating five apps at a time and just to make it more confusing we will be adding another app – Drawing Pad! There’s a lot to remember but we think the grade twos are up to the assessment task…

Good Luck Grade Twos 🙂 🙂

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Smiles all round this week…

The Grade Twos had a great time in the Kitchen this week. There were smiles aplenty 🙂

Just like Becky we managed to come up with some creative ways to use 100s and 1000s. Our favourite was definitely Giant Freckle Biscuits!

Here’s video of some of the creative action in the Kitchen…


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Drawing Pad App

This week we looked at the Drawing Pad app and the skills we need to know.
These are the skills we reviewed…
Drawing Tools
Scrunch it up
Create text box
Change colour
Change font
Change size
Save to the camera roll

Our inspiration for our drawings came from the book Fairy Bread by Ursula Dubosarsky. We have some very talented artists in Grade Two



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FUN Photos…

Today in Info Lit we revised the camera app.
We have to remember to take clear photos not blurry ones! To do this we just need to tap the screen to get the yellow square to help us focus. We also had to remember to make sure we had what we wanted in the frame before we took the picture.
We practiced taking ‘selfies’ by ourselves and with our friends. We definitely had a lot of fun, as some of these photos show…


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Name calling is mean!

Today we visited Zippep’s Astro Circus where we were reminded that sharing unfriendly messages online or on the phone is not cool. We learnt that if you wouldn’t say something to somebody’s face, then don’t say it online. If you ever receive a message that upsets you, tell somebody about it.

We used Drawing Pad and Strip Designer to create our own poster of an iPad with a kind message. We had to choose a message that we would like to receive.

Amanda 2E

Maison 2E

Natasha 2R

Urban 2E

Today’s Apps:


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Spelling Apps

We used these apps to practise this week’s spelling words.  The Magnetic Drawing Board and Glow Paint apps were particularly easy to use and provided an engaging way to practice spelling.  The students really enjoyed the colours and special effects available in Glow Paint.

Glow Paint (free)

Magnetic Drawing Board ($1.99)

Fast Finga 3 ($2.99)

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Maths Apps – Tangrams

This week we experimented with two Tangram Apps.

My First Tangrams (Free or $1.99) is a simplified version of a Tangram puzzle. The  background is indented to show where the pieces need to go. They are all the right way up.

TanZen HD (Free or $2.99) is a more traditional version of the game. Students have to work hard to rotate and place the pieces in the correct positons to solve the puzzles.

I introduced both apps at the same time and let my year two students decide which one they wanted to explore. It was good that the students had an opportunity to choose the app that best suited their mood and abilities.

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