Archive for January 25, 2020

Kindergarten Technology Class January 2020

In January, the kindergarten students started coming to the computer lab for Technology class. We are using KidPix software to learn to draw and click using the mouse. Because most younger students have only used tablets, learning to use a mouse is a new challenge that can be surprisingly tricky at first!

We began learning to use a mouse by drawing “spaghetti” lines. Students have used a pencil tool to draw and have learned to change colors and size of lines. They also have drawn with chalk, crayon, and marker tools.

Next, students worked on controlling their mouse by drawing a picture of a cat.

We also used straight lines to draw a house!

Kindergarteners will continue to learn about using different KidPix tools including stamps, paint bucket fill, textured lines, and text boxes as they grow their technology skills.

3D Snowflakes using Apple Pencil and the Morphi Edu App

The third graders recently worked on a 3D design project. They used 6 point symmetry in the Morphi app to create these gorgeous 3D snowflakes. Our Apple Pencils from our MACUL grant made it easy for students to complete these complex designs.

Students began in the Morphi app by creating a small loop using the “doughnut” shape. Next, they opened the 2D to 3D tool. They turned on the “guides” tool under Symmetry and then used the + sign to add 6 lines of symmetry.

Then they started to draw. There were many oohs and ahs as their designs began to appear. Each one was as beautiful and unique as real snowflakes are! When finished, they tapped the 3D button and *BOOM* the design turned into 3D. A final step was to connect the loop and the snowflake together.

We printed out our snowflakes on our Dremel 3D printers. They look amazing!

A few hints if you try this project:

  • Make sure your lines are not too thin – thin lines may easily break when printed.
  • Be sure all lines connect on your snowflake or pieces will fall off the printed snowflake.
  • Designs that are very complex sometimes will not print successfully.
  • If your design gets too large, parts will be chopped off and your snowflake will not be round.
  • The Morphi app comes in a free and paid EDU version. You will need the paid version to use the drawing tool. The drawing tool is amazing and allows you to create custom 3D designs.
  • Students emailed their completed designs to the teacher for processing and printing.
  • I did make the designs larger using the Print Studio software that comes with the Dremel Printers while I was preparing the files for printing. You could also adjust the size in Morphi, but doing this step later simplified the project for the students.

Bethlehem Eyewitness Drawings and Animations 2019

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.

Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their portraits. They used our new Apple Pencils to draw! They enjoyed being able to draw easily with detail – much better than using a finger or a stylus!

Next, they wrote a short story that told 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 44 videos so you will need to click the arrows at the bottom to go through the pages of the collection if you are looking for a specific video.

Bethlehem Eyewitness Video Gallery

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 $5.99 on the US iTunes store. ChatterPix Kids is a FREE app that lets you record 30 seconds of audio to animate a picture.