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!
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.
Use these videos to help you with our lessons:
Using Drawing Tools in Hyperstudio:
Using Google Search for Clipart:
OPTIONAL BONUS VIDEO:
Hyperstudio Quiz and GarageBand
Adding Borders and Animations
Over the month of February, the elementary students have been doing a variety of activities in their classes to learn about Black History. In tech class this week, the 4th and 5th grade classes learned to use the Flipgrid app to record a video reflection about what they did and learned. The students were asked to talk about:
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.
The elementary students had a great time dressing up for Spirit Week! Miss Bosch took some photos for the yearbook and decided to post some of them here so everyone could enjoy them!
Wednesday was Super Hero Day!
Thursday was Celebrations Day – Holidays and Special Days!
And of course, Friday was SCS Spirit Day!
After school, the students had a great time at the fun fair!
Fourth and Fifth grade classes have been using webcams and PhotoBooth software to take some fun and wacky pictures of themselves that can be used in a Comic Life project. Here are a few photos of the students taking their photos:
After the students took their photos, we opened Comic Life. Students learned how to drag and drop the photos between two windows. We also reviewed how to save files, use the undo command, and we are now exploring ways to add effects and text into their comics.