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3D Crazy Characters eBook 2020

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ CRAZY CHARACTERS 2020 ONLINE

I’m excited to share that our second graders’ eBook, “3D Crazy Characters”, is now available for online viewing. The book features 3D characters designed with the Morphi app. The 3D files were printed on our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 Ideabuilder printers using white filament which were colored with Sharpie markers. We used the Book Creator app to combine the 3D characters, background illustrations, and stories into one eBook. Sadly, this year because of the Covid 19 virus we were not able to record the narrations of the story. The book also includes information on how we created the characters and eBook. (You can read more about how we created and printed the characters here.)

“3D Crazy Characters” also is available for free download on over 50 Apple Books stores all over the world! If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPad, or Mac computer you can download the book onto your device to keep for viewing anywhere and to save as a memory for the future!

To download onto iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac Computer: You will need to use an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Mac with the free Apple Books app installed on it. Use this link to download the ebook:

3D Crazy Characters iTunes Download

We hope you enjoy reading our book! We’d love it if you could leave a rating or a review at Apple Books

3D Crazy Characters with Apple Pencils and the Morphi app

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Over the past few weeks, our second graders have been working on our “Crazy Characters” project. Students used the Morphi Edu app to draw a crazy character, then simply tapped a button in the app to turn their character into 3D. The completed files were emailed to Miss Bosch to print on our Dremel 3D printers. Above you can see the students working on their designs.

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The characters were printed on our Dremel 3040 and 3D20 printers using white filament.

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The students used Sharpie markers to color in the characters. You can see lots of details and personality in their characters. They gave their characters a name and have written stories about them. During the next few weeks, we will be publishing a Book Creator eBook with all the pictures and stories of the Crazy Characters!

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.

Three Elementary Learning Strategies using Keynote

I am looking forward to presenting with Mrs. Nesbitt in March at the MACUL conference about “Eight Great Elementary Learning Strategies using Keynote.” The goal of this session will be to share ways that Keynote can be used for learning that go beyond simply making a presentation. Here are a few simple examples of ways that our students have been using some of these Keynote strategies in our technology classes.

NARRATION

The ability to easily record audio is a valuable Keynote feature for the elementary classroom. It allows students to record themselves reading text or explaining ideas and solutions. Before Thanksgiving, I created a simple template where our second graders could share some things that they were thankful for. Students learned to use the iPad keyboard to type their ideas and then recorded themselves reading their stories. If time, some students used the Keynote shapes to illustrate their stories. Here are a few examples of this project.

ILLUSTRATION

We were blessed to receive a grant from MACUL to purchase Apple Pencils for our students to use with our iPads. Before Christmas, our third graders used them to draw an illustration of “My Best Gift.” It was interesting to view the different ways that students interpreted this idea prompt. We saved their drawings into the camera roll, then loaded them into iMovie and stretched the image out to play for 30 seconds. Then students inserted a green screen video clip of a package being unwrapped that I had created. The students thought it was pretty cool to see their picture being “unwrapped!” One class had time to add some music to the background of their movie. If we had had more time, I would have had students record audio explaining why this was their best gift. (If you didn’t want to use the green screen in iMovie, the recording could have easily be done right in Keynote.) Here are a few examples of their recordings.

ANNOTATION

Keynote is a perfect app to use when you want students to annotate text. Our fourth graders used a simple Keynote template that I made to create a “Book Snap” where they annotated a text from a story. They used a series of video tutorials that I created so they could independently guide themselves through the project. Students were asked to use different colors to show an important idea, a vocabulary word, and something they had a question about or were curious about. Then they used the Keynote shapes and emojis to help visualize the text. Here are a few examples of their Book Snaps.

Second Grade Drawings with Apple Pencils

The second-grade students were very excited to use our new Apple Pencils to learn to draw on our iPads. We used the Drawing Pad app. Students explored the different drawing tools in the app, while learning to pinch in and out to add details to their drawings. They made pictures of fall vocabulary words. Here are a few photo I took of the students while they were working.

Bethlehem Eyewitness Drawings and Animations 2018

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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.

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

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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 40 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.

Everyone Can Create…Emojis!

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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!