StoryPatch in Grade One

photo (1)The iPad app “StoryPatch” is an excellent way for students to practice story writing and reading skills. Grade one at Stockholm International School have been using this app recently and the students have had great fun being creative. Their are two ways to create stories within the app. One option is to write your own story and the other is to choose responses from various multiple choice menus that help to generate a unique story depending on the responses chosen. We have been making use of the second method.




iPads in Preschool

We have been having lots of fun with iPads in our preschool class. The children spent some time alternating between three work stations and enjoyed the different challenges from each activity.

The focus of the activities was to replicate a drawing digitally, create an avatar and play maths games. It was excellent to see the focus and concentration that our young learners displayed during each activity. Using technology when appropriate is a great way to increase engagement at this age level and it will be exciting to make plans for future sessions such as these over the coming months and next school year.

It is fascinating to see the level of independence that students show, and even though an adult was present at each station, students worked on their own for the most part to solve the problems presented to them.

Thanks to Jeanna Fergusson and Lise Butler for taking the initiative!

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SIS Grade 1 Link Up With American School Milan


Our grade 1 classes have been busy connecting with grade 1 students from the American School Milan, Italy. The focus of this idea was to share stories that we have written in class and to listen to stories written by students in another country. Our 1v class participated in a live Google Hangout session and read via webcam to the students in Milan. They listened to some stories that were read by the students from American School Milan, too. Our students read and listened wonderfully and described the stories they listened to enthusiastically afterwards.


Poster Maker & Google Drive in Art Class

Grade 5 at Stockholm International School have been using iPads really creatively in art class.

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Students have been creating pieces of art using a variety of physical materials. When they have finished, they have taken pictures of their completed work, which are then inserted into their poster in the Poster Maker app. They are then able to add text, background colour to a selection of their images to create a fun, creative poster showing their successes.

Once students are finished creating their poster, they can use Google Drive to share it with teachers (or each other!) We have recently begun using Google as our email provider at SIS and it’s exciting to see all of the possibilities that Google Apps for Education brings for us.


Flipping the Classroom at SIS

google sitesThe last few weeks have seen a greatly improved use of Google Apps for Education at Stockholm International School ahead of our full switch over in January. One example is the use of Google Sites to “flip” eleventh grade economics and physics classes.

The concept of flipping the classroom involves making materials that students would usually access in the classroom available online. This means that students have a greater access to materials and resources relevant to the subject and that learning can take place any time from anywhere. By completing the traditional classroom activities at home, greater time can be spent in the classroom for reflection, discussion and learning from each other.


Streaming DVD Using Apple TV


It seems like some people are having trouble playing DVD while connected to Apple TV. First of all, the default DVD player on your MacBook constantly asks you to change the region of the DVD. Secondly, the DVD is not playing and instead you can only see a checkered screen.

To overcome this issue, you can use VLC Media Player to pay the DVD. You will need to download it, but it is free. The logo is a cone, which you can see on the right hand side. You can download it by                                                clicking on this link: