The Secret Life of Snowflakes – 3D Animated Videos

More info on this project is coming soon!

To view all of the third graders’ animated videos, click on this link:

Snowflakes in 3D: with the Morphi app and our Dremel 3D Printers

3D Snowflakes

Last week the 3D graders created these gorgeous 3D snowflake designs which we printed with our Dremel 3D printers. We recently received 2 more Dremel 3D20 printers thanks to their #LearnMakeGive contest in December. It took us under a week to print 50 detailed designs.

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STEP ONE: We began by creating our “snowflakes” on our iPads using the Mandalas Free app. Students drew their symmetrical designs on a white background with a black line using the “Spiral 6” setting. The snowflake drawings were saved to the camera roll. Most students created several designs. The designs were detailed and each one was unique, just like snowflakes!

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STEP 2: We used the paid version of the Morphi Edu app on our iPads to turn the drawings into 3D. Students used the drawing tool and uploaded their snowflake picture into the app. There was a black border around the snowflake design that students needed to erase. Most students also added a loop at the top of their snowflake so they could hang it. Finally they hit the 3D button! The snowflake drawing magically turned into 3D!

snowflake printing

Miss Bosch helped the students make the snowflakes a bit thinner and made sure they were flat on the grid surface. Then students emailed their .stl 3D file to Miss Bosch. She did some final preparation on the files before printing them using our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 printers. Having 3 printers available was amazing – even though each snowflake took over an hour to print, we were able to get them all printed in less than a week!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! The students have used their snowflakes to inspire some creative writing about the “Secret Life of Snowflakes!” Next week they are going to change their 3D snowflakes into talking animated videos to tell their stories. Stay tuned to see/hear their videos!

Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!




Bethlehem Eyewitnesses Speak!

Bethlehem Eyewitnesses

Our second graders recently completed this inspiring Christmas project in technology class. They began by using the Drawing Pad app to draw a portrait of one of the people who were present at Christmas: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, or the angels.

Next they wrote a short story telling the first person account of what that person saw and heard on Christmas day. Finally, they used the ChatterPix Kids app to record the story and make their drawing talk!!!

The videos of their talking Christmas characters are uploaded into this gallery in Vimeo linked below. There are over 30 videos, so you will need to click at the bottom to go through the collection if you are looking for a specific one.

Link to Bethlehem Eyewitness Videos

We hope these videos help remind you of the special message of the Christmas season that Jesus is born.

Teacher note: Drawing Pad is one of the best drawing apps for kids, currently $1.99 on the US iTunes store. ChatterPix Kids is a FREE app that lets your record 30 seconds of audio to animate a picture.


Fourth Grade Digital Sketchnotes

bison sketchnotes

The fourth graders just completed a unit on creating digital sketchnotes as a technique to help them document and recall things they are learning. They used a story from their reading textbook called “The Bison of Caprock Canyons” to practice this skill. Using the FlipInk app on their iPads, they created a sketchnote that shared important ideas that they had learned in the story. (Sadly, the FlipInk app is not currently available on the iTunes app store.)

Here are the sketchnotes that the students created. (A few may have not been finished or saved and may be missing.) Click on any note to see it full screen.

Fourth graders, please leave a comment of 2 or 3 sentences. Tell about what you learned about creating sketchnotes, how sketchnotes might help you with your learning, and what you liked or didn’t like about this activity.




Vote for Southfield Christian to win Two 3D Printers!

Here is a fantastic opportunity for our school to win two 3D printers from Dremel. There is NO LOGIN REQUIRED to vote! Click the link below, then click vote. Look for Southfield Christian, then check the box to vote for us. Here is the link:

Link to Vote for Southfield Christian

You can vote once a day on each device that you own through December 26. Dremel will be giving these away to the schools that get the most votes!


Thanks for your help! We’d appreciated it if you would share with others to vote for our school!






“Shine” Candle Holders

shine candleholders

This year our elementary school has adopted the theme “Shine” (based on Philippians 2:15) for our school year. To go along with this theme, our fifth graders have been designing candle holders in TinkerCAD which we are printing with our Dremel 3D40 Ideabuilder Printer. Students will give their candleholders to another person as a Christmas gift. In English class, students will write a letter to go along with their gift.


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For this project, we used a shared account in the TinkerCAD app in Google Chrome and created a project file for each student. During the first week, students had some “playground” time to explore TinkerCAD and learn how to navigate and design with shapes. Then during the following two weeks, students followed teacher created video tutorials to help them independently design their candle holders. (Here is the link to our TinkerCAD tutorials.)

Designing in Tinkercad

The fifth graders started their designs by using precise measurements to create a cylinder and a hole. After designing the candle holder, students imported a shape to use as a decoration on the side or on the base. (I used the FlatIcon website to find .svg files which could be imported into Tinkercad and had these available for students to use for their designs.) Finally, students grouped all the elements together into one shape and saved it in Tinkercad.


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Over the past week, we have been busily printing the candle holders using our Dremel 3D40 Ideabuilder Printer. As a teacher, I downloaded the files and prepared them in groups of 2 or 3 at a time for printing. Printing is a time consuming process and we are only able to complete about 5 candle holders each day.




Students are very excited to see how professional their printed designs look. Currently, we have about 2/3 of our 50 projects printed. Our students are very impatient to see their finished result! I am very proud that students did a great job with sizing the elements correctly and we only have a few designs with minor decorating flaws that we will need to reprint.


This project has been a great way to introduce students to 3D Design. Even though students had some basic guidelines to help them produce a successful first design, they also had many creative options which allowed each product to be unique!

Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!


iPad Christmas Cookies

Last Friday, the kindergarten students made some digital Christmas cookies on our iPads. They mixed ingredients, rolled the dough, cut the cookies, baked them, and finally decorated them. They also decorated iPad gingerbread houses. Both activities were perfect to go along with their Gingerbread Week activities.

Here is a video showing some of their cookie creations:

Cookie Maker app (free)

Gingerbread House Maker app (free)

Note: Both apps include ads and in app purchases. We used both of these as a way to help students understand what it means when these items pop up and how to handle them!

Fourth Grade Sketchnote Resources

Fourth graders, first watch this video. It will give you background on the different elements that are a part of a sketchnote:

Then open the Flipink app. Watch this video that shows you how to use the Flipink app. You may pause the video and test out the app while you watch.

When you are done, go back and watch the first video again. Use Flipink and try to make examples of the following sketchnote elements:

  • Structure
  • Text – try thin, thick, and fancy text
  • Simple drawings
  • Containers
  • Lines – especially arrows

If you finish, you may practice drawing anything you want using the Flipink app. Next week, we will be creating a sketchnote from a story from your reading book.



4th Grade Tutorials for Print Shop Cards

Fourth graders, please use these tutorials AND the worksheet to guide you through the steps for creating the inside and the outside of your card.

Thanksgiving Raps with Apps

Raps with apps

The fourth graders recently finished creating thanksgiving “Raps with Apps” on the iPads. They began using the Smart Drums feature in GarageBand app to develop a pattern of beats. Then they wrote their rap to go along to the beats. Then they used a second iPad with the iTalk app to record their rap with the beats playing in the background. The final step was to email their completed file to Miss Bosch.




Students had a lot of fun and did a great job being creative with music tools while praising God. The music files are posted below. (Note that we had technical problems with transferring a few of the files. If they are missing, we will try to get them posted once fixed!)

Kennedy, Korinne, Laurice:

Alex, Parker:

Anne Fleur:

Avery, Jordan:

Julius, Chloe P.:

Hope, Chloe S.:

Gabby, Taniya:

Jackson, Jaylan, Emmanuel:

Josee, Charles:

Joshua, Jacob, Jeremy:

Julie, Emma Jean

Justin, Ryan:

Kaitlin: (sorry, this one is a bit hard to hear)

Katherine, Jada:

Kyle, Seth, Camari:

Matthew, Peter:

Preston, Malik:

Sophia, Zion:

Will, Justin, Robert:

Avery and Jordan

Jayda and Kaylyn

Eden (sorry, this one is a little hard to hear)