First Grade Portrait Stories

The first graders used KidPix to type simple stories about themselves and draw a self portrait to go with the stories. Here are some of the stories. Click on the picture to see the full view. (Note: a few pictures may be missing due to some issues with printing or with students being absent.)

Kindergarten KidPix Flowers

Today the kindergarten students worked in KidPix to draw flowers using a variety of textured 3D paintbrushes. In order to succeed at this task, they needed to be able to switch independently between colors and brushes. As you can see in the video above, they are developing good skills at controlling their mouse while drawing.

When students were done, they had an chance to explore some other “wacky paintbrushes” including ones that make rainbows, pinwheels, and 3D objects that move! We also learned how to start and quit KidPix on our own!

 

Fourth Grade Biography Word Cloud Poems

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This week Mrs. Swanson had her students create Word Cloud Poems about themselves on our iPads. We used the Word Cloud app by ABCYa (which is currently free on the US iTunes store). Their word clouds look amazing and I wanted to show them off here!

 

Collaborative President Wiki Webpages

Recently, the fifth graders have been doing research about a U.S. president. After lessons on evaluating websites and web search strategies, the students began using Worldbook Encyclopedia Online and other websites to gather information about their president.

Once they had some good information on their president, they began building a webpage using Wikispaces. Each student was partnered with a student in the other 5th grade class and they are collaborating virtually instead of working face to face. After each work session, they use discussion tools to reflect their progress and make suggestions for what to do next. They are proofreading each other’s typing and are finding it helpful to not have to do everything in this project on their own!

Our next step for this project will be to use the formatting tools to make the webpage more attractive and easier to read. Students will also be learning to make citation hyperlinks to the websites where they got their information.

Here is a link where you can view their president wiki pages in progress:

Presidents Wiki 2017 (Click on the sidebar to view additional pages.)

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Third Grade Minecraft Animal Environments

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Recently, the third graders have been doing internet research about an animal during technology class. They used the information they learned to type a 3 or 4 paragraph report in Word about their animal. This series of lessons helped students practice online research strategies. They also utilized the keyboarding skills that we worked on earlier in the school year and practiced some basic word processing and editing skills.

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Now the students are using what they learned about their animal to build a habitat/environment for the animal in Minecraft!

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I know that many of my students know MUCH more about Minecraft than I do! So we identified the “experts” in the room and I empowered them to help their classmates if they didn’t know how to do something.

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It was interesting to listen to students’ conversation and ideas about how they were building their habitats. They definitely were using what they learned through their research as they designed and worked.

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We will be continuing to work on building our habitats next week!

Tocca Mini App with PreK

Recently the PreK students had fun exploring different ways to color and decorate using the Toca Mini app!

Toca Mini is currently $2.99 on the US iTunes store.

3D Character Animation with the Puppet Pals App

3D Character Animation

The second graders have been having fun building animated stories using the 3D Crazy Characters that they created using the Morphi app and printed with our Dremel 3D Ideabuilder printers!

Students used the Puppet Pals app to photograph their crazy characters and backgrounds. Then they recorded an animated story about how their crazy characters met and became friends. Here is a video showing the students busy at work creating their stories:

The students had a lot of fun making their stories! Here are a few examples of their finished “crazy” stories:

[See these previous posts to learn more about how we made our crazy characters and our free eBook on iTunes:]

3D Crazy Characters with Morphi app and the Dremel 3D40 Printer
3D Crazy Characters – Second Grade eBook

 

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 https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  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!

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PreK Students and the MyFace app

This week the PreK students used the MyFace app during iPad time. They did some puzzles in the app and then created some crazy faces of their own! I took a few photos of some of the students and combined them into a video.

My Face Play is currently available for free from the iTunes app store.

 

Kindergarten Click and Drag Practice

Many kindergarten students have a lot of experience with using touch skills on tablets, but limited experience using a computer mouse. Recently, we have been working on developing clicking and dragging skills using some online games. Students are also learning to navigate back and forth through our links on Learning Links and also learning to scroll up and down. Here is what we did during our lesson on Friday.

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Color Game

Students sortted objects by dragging them into the box with the correct color. When they sort all the objects of one color, the objects animate and spin!

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Make a Face

Students drag and drop elements to decorate a face. They had to scroll down to get the game into the center of their screen.

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Castle Constructor

This game is a kid favorite where kids decorate their own castle!

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We used an easy and then a more challenging puzzle game where students needed to be precise with their drag and drop.

Although the students think they are simply having fun playing games, they actually are improving their mouse skills while learning to navigate the internet!

“On a Roll” with Sphero Data Collection

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The fourth graders had a blast this week working with our Sphero robotic balls! We were blessed with a set of 10 Spheros a few years ago through a grant we received through Sphero and the Apple Distinguished Educator program.

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Step one of this lesson was learning to drive the Sphero using the Drive app on an iPad. Students had to use their problem solving skills to carefully orient the Sphero and to adjust the speed so they could steer it accurately.

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Step two of this lesson was “Target Practice.” Students stood on a launch line and had 8 seconds to try to steer the Sphero to a target. They measured the distance from the target and collected the data about their accuracy on a worksheet. We will be finishing our data collection in the coming week and will add the information to a spreadsheet for further analysis.

TASKS FOR WEEK 2 SPHERO

1. Finish 4 tries of Sphero Target Practice. Enter the data on your data sheet. Your data must be in inches – if you did feet and inches you will need to convert it to all inches! (If all 4 tries were zero, see Miss Bosch. You will need to try again at a harder distance to get some numbers to use!)

2. Find the total of your four tries (add) and put the total on your data sheet.

3. On your computer, click on Mission Control, then Dashboard. Use the calculator to find your average score.  To find the average take the (TOTAL) divided by (4). Write down the average – it may be a decimal.

4. Go to the front computer. Type in your first name, your total, and your average into the spreadsheet. It will build a graph of your scores as you enter the data. If the front computer is busy, go to the next step and come back when it isn’t busy.

WHEN COMPLETED: Use one of the following Coding apps on your iPad to do more problem solving activities.

Lightbot One Hour Coding (currently free) – a coding puzzle game with light up tiles

Cargo-Bot (currently free) – a coding puzzle game where you program a robot to move crates

Move the Turtle (currently $2.99) – simple coding using command blocks, similar to Logo or Scratch

Daisy the Dino (currently free) – easy drag and drop coding

Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)