Snappy Drama

I taught a lesson today that I wanted to share. Partly because it is pretty useful and I think others will find it useful and partly because it one of the many reasons I joined a Frog school when I decided to go back into teaching.

Today’s Literacy in Year 4 was drama and I had planned on using a digital camera to record freeze frames that we could then discuss and link to last week’s work on speech marks. An all to common problem occurred when I was setting up. Flat batteries, no charger and no lead to extract the photos after they were taken. FrogSnap to the rescue.

It was 3 minutes before the class were due to be in school so I created the simplest of sites with 5 tabs. First was a really brief explanation as to the purpose of the site and a Photostream widget to show all of the images we would take during the lesson. The other tabs were labelled with Group 1, Group 2 and so on… On the group tabs I added nothing but a Timeline widget and added a tag/keyword of the number of the group (1, 2, 3 etc). Share and done; 30 seconds to spare!

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As the groups were acting in role I was using FrogSnap to take pictures of the groups using the keyword (in this case just a number) to send it to their own timeline. We only ended up with a few photos for each group but enough to get us a good conversation about the dramas they had been doing. The beauty of the timelines is the ability to comment on an image. To finish our lesson we wrote a comment for some of the pictures together using speech marks to show when the characters were speaking and sharing what their ideas were for the different parts of the story. I left it at that thinking that was a nice use of FrogSnap and that it worked nicely to organise the images in groups without me having to put them all in folders or try to double click on the right thumbnail to show the group in the position I wanted to talk about.

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Imagine my surprise and delight when I loaded up FrogLearn this evening and found that underneath my comments there were now new comments sharing their own ideas for what the characters might be saying…with speech marks!

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Definitely one I will use again.

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