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Snowmen Having Fun 2018 – First Grade eBook


I’m delighted to share that our first graders’ eBook, “Snowmen Having Fun”, is now available for online viewing. Our writing was inspired by the book Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner. It contains colorful illustrations, stories, and audio narrations done by the students.  Click on this link to read the book online:

Snowmen Having Fun 2018 Link


“Snowmen Having Fun 2017” also is available for free download on over 50 iTunes 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!

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To download onto iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Mac with the free iBooks app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Use this link to download the ebook:

Snowmen Having Fun 2018 iTunes download link

Notes for Educators:  Our stories were made in computer lab using KidPix software. Miss Bosch printed and scanned all the stories and put them into the wonderful Book Creator app where each student made an audio recording of their story. Book Creator now allows you to publish your books directly online. This feature is so easy – simply click a button for publication. I am very excited for teachers to have an opportunity to have a user friendly way to share their students’ work with an online audience.

Book Creator is currently available for $4.99 US for iOS. There is a lite version which will let you try out the app and create one book. It also is available for Chrome.

We have been excited to share our books with family and friends, but we are hoping that we can connect with even a wider “Authentic Audience” around the world.  We would love for other students and classes to download our book.  If you do, could you please leave us a comment so we can know who has been reading our books!

If you have a class that has created an eBook, we would love to do a book exchange with you! Please leave a comment with a link to the book file or contact Miss Bosch via email at or on Twitter at @karlyb.

Third Grade Talking 3D Snowflakes!


The talking 3D snowflake videos have arrived!! The third graders did an amazing job creating and animating their stories telling about “The Secret Life of Snowflakes!” Here are a few examples:

Click on the link below to see all the of the snowflake videos:

3D Talking Snowflakes

Third Graders: Today leave a comment with 2 or 3 sentences telling:

  • what you LIKED about this project
  • what you LEARNED from this project
  • something you would try to IMPROVE next time you do 3D design or animation


Our 3D snowflakes were designed using the Morphi app on our iPads and printed using our Dremel 3D printers. More information on how we created the snowflakes in this blog post.

The animations were created using the free Chatterpix Kids app!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received the use of the 3D40 printer. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact  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!

Designing 3D Characters with Morphi


Here come our crazy 3D Stanley characters!

On Monday, the 2nd graders had their first experience with 3D design for our 3D printer. We used the Morphi Edu app to create our characters.

After drawing and coloring in our characters, students clicked the 3D button which magically converted the drawings into a 3D shape. The files were emailed to Miss Bosch who prepared them and sent them to the 3D printer.

Now our Dremel 3D printers are busy printing the characters out in white filament! (Later we will be coloring in the characters with Sharpie markers.)


Students are also writing stories to go along with our characters. We will be turning our characters and stories into an eBook!

We also are going to be exchanging 3D Stanleys with another school! More details to come when we start our exchange!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school has received the use of a 3D40 printer. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact  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!

A Blizzard of Free Snowflakes to 3D Print!


Our 3d grade students recently designed and printed some lovely 3D Snowflakes. (More information on the lesson here.) We’d love to share four of the snowflake .stl files with you to print on your own 3D printer.

We’d like to track where our snowflakes travel. If you end up downloading and/or printing one, we’d enjoy it if you would let us know:

  • Which snowflake you printed?
  • Where you are located?

You can do this by either leaving a comment on this blog post or by tweeting to @karlyb on Twitter. (A picture of you and the snowflake in your location would be awesome, too!)

Here are the snowflakes. Click on the link below each picture to download the file.

Cydni Snowflake

Download the Cydni Snowflake .stl file


Download the Christian Snowflake .stl file


Download the Gabby Snowflake .stl file

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Download the Jacob Snowflake .stl file

How to Create 3D Printed Snowflakes with the Morphi 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 which we printed out on our Dremel 3D printers.


Students began in Morphi by using the free draw tool. They turned on the axis and then used the + sign to add 6 lines of symmetry. (See the diagram below.) Their designs were each as unique as real snowflakes are!

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By simply tapping the 3D button, the line drawings convert into 3D! This definitely is a WOW moment for the students!



We used the shape tool to add a “doughnut” shape as a loop. Use the diameter and thickness tools to adjust the size of the loop. This can be a bit tricky for first time users, so I did have to add to loop for a few of the students. Final designs were saved and the .stl file was emailed to the teacher with the student name in the subject line of the email (so I would know who created each file).


The designs printed beautifully on our Dremel 3D printers! It took about 2 hours to print each snowflake.

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A few hints if you try this project:

  • Adjust the line size and make it slightly thicker. The thin lines are fragile when they print and often break.
  • 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.
  • 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.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! The students have used their snowflakes to inspire some creative writing about the “Secret Life of Snowflakes!” Next week they are going to change their 3D snowflakes into talking animated videos to tell their stories. Stay tuned to see/hear their videos!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received the use of the 3D40 printer. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact  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!

Bethlehem Eyewitnesses Animations


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.

Pic Collage Book Snaps by Fourth Grade


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.

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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.

PreK and Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood App

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.

Epic eBooks with Kindergarten


This week in technology class, the kindergarten students enjoyed reading a collection of Thanksgiving/Fall eBooks that I put together on the Epic app. Students were able to choose the books that they wanted to read. Many of the eBooks included audio narration which worked perfectly for emerging readers. Students listened while following the text on the page.

Epic has a vast collection of fiction and nonfiction books for kids appropriate for ages PreK through 6th grade. It contains audio books, picture books, chapter books, and even videos. Some books include quizzes at the end. There is something for every student interest level and students can immediately read the books – no trip to the library required!

Epic allows teachers to create an account for use within their classroom for unlimited books for FREE! I like that I can create collections for students on a topic or for a certain reading level. You can even set up collections for individual students which is a great way to meet specific learning needs. Students can also search for their own books based on their interests.

Parents can get a monthly subscription to Epic. You get a free 30 day trial, and then the current price is $5.99 (a 25% discount), which is much less than the cost of one eBook purchase. SCS parents, if you use this code to connect to our account, we will receive points that we can use towards rewards for our classroom. You can read the books on an iPad, Android, or computer.

SCS Epic Code: DYR-4572

Thankful Second Graders using Write About This app

This week the second graders used the Write About This app to write a story about things that they are thankful for. They learned some new tricks about typing on an iPad (which are different typing on the computer keyboard). They also had an opportunity to record themselves reading their story within the app. It was great to see how the students thanked God for their blessings.

Write About This is a wonderful app to encourage student writing and fluency. It has a large collection of pictures with writing prompts to inspire writing (or you can add your own pictures). We love that you can easily record the student reading the story right within the app and then save the finished story/audio to the photo album. It currently is available on the US iTunes store for $2.99.