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.
Our fifth graders have created these beautiful candleholders in technology class. They were designed using the online Tinkercad tools and printed with our Dremel 3D printers.
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.)
The fifth graders started their designs by using precise measurements to create a cylinder and a hole that would fit a dollar store battery operated candle. 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.
Over the past few weeks our Dremel 3D printers have been busily printing our candle holders.
Everyone is fascinated watching the candleholders being printed.
The students are very excited to see how professional their candleholders look!. 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! They are looking forward to giving them as Christmas gifts to someone to shine the love of Jesus with them.
Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school has received use of a 3D printer and filmament. 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!
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.
Over the past few weeks in Technology Class, the 4th graders have been using the Pic Collage app on their iPads to create “Book Snaps.” To make a BookSnap, take a photo of a page in a book, then use an app like Pic Collage or Book Creatorto add lines, text, images, and emojis to dive deep to annotate and visualize the text. Students used these video tutorials to independently work through the steps involved with using the app for this project.
Our Book Snaps were created about the play called “Stage Two” which the 4th graders read in their reading textbook. We used the PicCollage Kids app. The drawing tool (which was recently added to PicCollage) works perfectly for this strategy. I asked students to use red to show an important idea, green to show something they had a question about, and blue to mark a vocabulary word. Students added text boxes to tell about their annotations. They also used the photo search feature to add pictures that illustrated parts of the story. Finally, some emoji’s were added to show their emotional reactions to parts of the text. Here is a gallery showing the BookSnaps that they made. (Click on an image to see it full view):
We love using the Pic Collage Kids app for everything! It currently is $1.99 on the US iTunes store. There also is a free version of Pic Collage, but be aware that it contains ads and social media features that may not be appropriate for students.
The first graders recently used KidPix as a way to review a number of skills they had been learning. They had to follow these multiple steps to complete their Christmas trees:
- Draw with straight and freeform lines, shapes, and textures
- Use the paint bucket to fill a shape
- Switch between tools independently
- Add stamps
- Add, resize, and move stickers
- Create and type in a text box
I put together a video in Animoto showing their Christmas trees. (Note: if you don’t see your child’s picture, they may have been absent when we did this project.)
May you have a most blessed Christmas season celebrating the birth of Jesus!
Last Thursday the PreK students used the Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood app in class. This was the first time we have used this app, but as soon as I opened the app and they heard the music one little boy shouted out, “PBS!” After quick instructions on how to use the arrows to navigate the app and making some predictions about what they might find inside each location, the students started to explore by tapping and moving characters with their fingers.
The app is very intutitive and the students had no problems discovering and playing all the interactives and games and helping each other to locate all the “cool” features. They all knew the characters from the show and liked that they could decide which ones to play with. They especially enjoyed interacting in the park and the store. This kind of app is perfect for PreK because students can use their imagination and make up stories in their mind as they move about the scenes. While they played, we had great discussions about the characters and what they were doing.
Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is currently $2.99 on the U.S. iTunes store.