This week the fifth graders used our new Apple Pencils and the free Sketches School app to design their own emojis! It was an easy lesson to introduce them to drawing with the Apple Pencil (or a stylus – we don’t have enough to go around). This lesson was taken from Apple’s new Everyone Can Create curriculum. Here is the link to the Drawing multitouch book which is available for free download:
Everyone Can Create: Drawing
Here’s a short Clips video showing some of the emojis and the students in action:
I heard students talking about how they much they enjoyed this activity. One girl even mentioned that she now wanted to use her birthday money to get an Apple Pencil!
This week the 3rd graders finished their autobiography stories and illustrations that they made using KidPix software. In this lesson, the students:
- saved and opened a file
- used the paint bucket to fill the background
- created a text box
- typed their autobiography
- used a variety of drawing tools to illustrate their story
- used the undo button to correct mistakes
It was great to see that the third graders can type longer stories in one sitting and also can move easily between multiple tools in KidPix. Here are their autobiographies (click on them to enlarge):
On Fridays, Miss Bosch visits the kindergarten classes. The students have started out the school year by doing a variety of iPad apps that let them work on letter, word, and memory skills. They’ve also done some apps that simply let them have imaginative exploration! Students have to follow lots of directions to open and close apps!
Letter Skills: ABC Gurus and Writing Wizard
Word Skills: Endless Alphabet and Memory Match
Creative Exploration: Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood app
This week we used the free Hello Crayons app to do some simple touch drawing. Students learned:
- Using different tools to write and draw
- Switching between tools
- Clearing the page
- Using paint bucket fill
We will be continuing to learn about more apps that let students create on the iPad over the next few weeks!
The second graders recently completed ocean reef pictures during technology class. We first viewed a video about coral reefs before starting our pictures.
In this assignment students learned/reviewed how to:
- save and open files
- use paint/fill and drawing tools
- use, resize, and edit stamps and stickers
- make and type in a text box
- use the caps lock and delete keys
Here’s a music video showing their lovely ocean pictures. Enjoy! (Note, a few student pictures may be missing because students were absent when they were finished and printed.)
Over the past two weeks, the fifth grades worked in Keynote on our Mac computers to create a visual representation of a “tour” of their brain. This project helped students learn/practice/review a variety of technology skills including:
- taking a photo with a webcam and inserting it into a document
- opening and saving files
- adding, moving, resizing, and formatting graphics and text
- using copy/paste (to add arrows – not everyone got to complete this step)
- using color, space, and sizing to creatively and effectively design their project
This is the first time we have done this project (which is my variation of a Keynote Silhouette project that is posted on the Apple Teacher website.) Students did a great job following multiple steps and using their creativity to design their “tours.” They are very colorful and interesting to look at – they look amazing on the wall of the computer lab!
Here is a gallery showing the students’ projects. Note – a few students may be missing if they were absent when we finished the project.
Hello students! Welcome back to technology class!
Here is the link to the online Nearpod game that we are going to play to review computer lab rules:
Your teacher will give you the code to join the game.
This group of fourth-grade girls has been working during recesses to create their own math game. They designed their own custom game pieces using the Morphi app that will be used with the game. We printed the pieces on our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 printers. They are very proud of how the pieces turned out!
Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received a 3D40 printer. 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!
The fourth graders have been keeping a big secret! Over a month ago they used the free Cookiecaster website to custom draw and design a cookie cutter to give as a gift on Mother’s Day! The students came up a with a wide variety of design ideas that would be perfect for mom including animals, clothes, states, and hobbies.
We have custom cookie cutters for our Spartan and Wolverine fans!
One lucky mom even received a Wonder Woman symbol – how appropriate!
The Cookiecaster website is very easy to use – simply draw or trace a shape and it will convert it into a 3D cookie cutter file which can be downloaded and printed. Here is a tutorial that students used to help them design the cookie cutters:
Our Dremel 3D20 and 3D40 printers did a great job printing the cookie cutters!
We hope mom enjoys her new cookie cutter! (Note: the plastic used to print the cookie cutters may not be food safe, so it is suggested that you wrap the cookie cutter in foil or plastic wrap when using.)
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!
The second graders had some fun this week working on exporting and importing files by using selfie pictures they took with our webcams and PhotoBooth on our Mac computers. They exported the photos onto their Macs and then learned how to import them into KidPix. Students then used the “blender” tool to explore how filters can be used to creatively alter a photo. If they forgot to use “undo” after each filter, they had to upload the file again, which was great practice and helped them become independent at working with menu commands and uploading files.
At the end of the lesson, students had fun creating disguises using the drawing, paint, sticker, and stamp tools in Kidpix. Here are some photos of their filtered and disguised faces. (Click on a photo to see it larger.)
Over the past few months, the third graders have been working on an animal habitat project. They began by using the online World Book Encyclopedia to do some research. We continued our researching using some teacher selected online links as well as the kid-friendly Kiddle Search Engine.
Once our research was finished, students used Word to type a first draft of their report. For many, this was the first time using an adult word processing program and it was a great chance to use their skills from Type to Learn! We focused on writing in sentences with capital letters, periods, and correct spacing. Each student wrote several indented paragraphs for their report. We printed the first draft, then students made corrections based on teacher feedback. (Note: the reports are in their computer lab folder which will be sent home at the end of the year.)
Once the reports were finished, the creative fun began! Students were challenged to use Minecraft to design a habitat for their animal based on the facts that they researched. This was a great opportunity for students to use and transfer their knowledge into a new context. My Minecraft expert students helped their classmates. I was impressed with how the third graders put their designs together and how they applied the facts that they learned!