First Grade- Creating a Hebrew Visual Dictionary on the iPad

After planning with our first grade Hebrew teacher a year long project of  Creating a Visual Dictionary on the iPad, it was time to put theory in practice.

Kitah Alef, our first graders, received an introductory lesson on properly handling our iPads in the classroom. We created a short video of our rules and tips. Students were excited to be sharing the video with Kindergarten and Pre-schoolers in the future, so they could learn from them.

On the first day, we learned common vocabulary we will be using when working with the iPads

  • screen
  • apps
  • icons
  • swiping
  • tapping
  • Home button
  • open/close
  • save
  • e-mail
  • send

To practice following directions according to this new vocabulary, students opened the Skitch app, drew an Aleph (first letter of the Hebrew Alphabet) and sent/e-mailed that image to their teacher. Being able to create>save>send is an important fluency skill for students to learn and practice.

The second day we talked about the camera:

  • practiced taking pictures without covering the camera up with a hand or finger
  • switch back between front and back camera
  • pay attention to make sure that the camera is not set to video recording
  • hold the iPad steady while taking the picture
  • using the thumb to take the picture
  • going to the Photo Album to verify that image was taken and they are satisfied with the image.

Another stop to getting to know our iPads was the keyboard.

  • we have the English and the Hebrew keyboard installed on each iPad
  • tapping the “world” key to switch between keyboards

Students took pictures of  “Ariot”, a cartoon character of their Hebrew book to be saved into the Photo Album

The next day,

  • we reviewed the previous steps and found the picture they took of Ariot in their Photos.
  • we opened  PicCollage app
  • added the “Ariot” image to the canvas

  • resized the image
  • cut around the image

The first image, they had taken a picture with the words, written in Hebrew, typed already underneath it. Our next step was to have them use the Hebrew keyboard in order to add the corresponding words to the image. They then changed color and size of the text too. Changing the background was not something we taught the students, but one or two “discovered” on their own and showed the rest of the class.

We created an album for each student on their assigned iPad. After a dictionary page was created and saved to the photo album, it was also placed into the student’s album, so all dictionary pages would be housed together and easily accessible.

Students were so excited that they found a classmate who started with the Hebrew letter of the week

After 4 weeks, students were “fluent” in creating their dictionary page for their Hebrew letter of the week. Being fluent meant:

  1. find and open Pic Collage
  2. take an image of something that starts with the Hebrew letter of the week
  3. re-size the image
  4. trace the image to cut around the object
  5. Change the background
  6. change the keyboard to Hebrew letters
  7. add text (name of object)
  8. save image to library
  9. add image to Album (specifically created to house students’ dictionary pages)

The workflow, that took 30+ minutes in the beginning is accomplished by most students in a few minutes now. Some of the students have become helpers on their own… walking around the room to help their classmates who are having trouble with a step.