Archive for iPad

Third Grade Animal Habitats in Minecraft

Recently, the third graders have been doing internet research about an animal during technology class. They used the information they learned to type a 3 or 4 paragraph report in Word about their animal. This series of lessons helped students practice online research strategies. They also utilized the keyboarding skills that we worked on earlier in the school year and practiced some basic word processing and editing skills.

Then the students are using what they learned about their animal to build a habitat/environment for the animal in Minecraft!

I know that many of my students know MUCH more about Minecraft than I do! So we identified the “experts” in the room and I empowered them to help their classmates if they didn’t know how to do something.

It was interesting to listen to students’ conversation and ideas about how they were building their habitats. They definitely were using what they learned through their research as they designed and worked.

Creative Free Christmas/Winter apps for Early Learners!

Over the past few weeks, I have been using some Christmas/Winter apps with PreK and Kindergarten classes. I have discovered some new ones this year, so here are some links along with some pictures of our students using them! (Note: many of these apps contain small ads, locked items, or in-app purchases. This is the time of year when we learn about what these things are and what to do about them! I evaluated all apps and felt that these items do not get in the way of the learning, creativity, and fun, but be aware that what happens in these apps can change at any time!)

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We have used the Mandalas Lite app for many years to create “Christmas Ornaments” using the colorful symmetry drawing features. (We’ve also used this app with black drawing on a white background to create snowflakes drawings that could be used for 3D printing!)

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The Christmas Tree Fun app offers a set of simple decorations for a Christmas Tree which was perfect for our PreK students. When finished, you can view the tree with lights, fireworks, or snowflakes falling. Sadly, this app is currently unavailable on the US app store but is available in other countries. (Note: links to other apps on the opening page and another app page at the very end.)

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The 123 Kids Fun Christmas Tree has 6 tree styles to decorate with ornaments, cookies, snowflakes, lights, and much more. You can even put a photo from the camera roll on an ornament. (Note: locked decorative items with in-app purchase.)

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Gingerbread Crazy Chef Cookie Maker is a fun app that takes students through the steps of mixing up cookies, baking them, decorating them, and “eating” them! There is a variety of decorations to use, however some are “locked” and require in-app purchase. (Note: There also are small banner ads at the bottom for other kid-appropriate apps.)

I hope these apps can provide some fun and creative activities for Christmas and the winter season1

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.

Fourth Grade Thanksgiving Raps with Apps 2018

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The fourth graders recently created thanksgiving “Raps with Apps” on the iPads. They began using the Smart Drums feature in GarageBand app to develop a pattern of beats. Then they wrote their rap to go along to the beats. Then they used a second iPad with the iTalk app to record their rap with the beats playing in the background. The final step was to email their completed file to Miss Bosch.

Students had a lot of fun and did a great job being creative with music tools while praising God. Here are a few examples of their raps:

Caramia and Alysia Rap

Kayla and Destiny Rap

Ella and Saniya Rap

 

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!

Kindergarten iPads Fall 2018

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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

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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!

Custom Game Piece Design

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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!

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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!

V is for Volcano – with the Quiver app

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Since the preK students were learning about volcanoes this week, we colored pictures of volcanoes. Then we used the augmented reality Quiver app to scan their drawings and see them come to life in 3D! Students were able to tab their volcano to make it smoke and also see inside the volcano.

More information about the free Quiver app and links to where you can download the coloring packs: http://www.quivervision.com/

3D Crazy Characters eBook 2018

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Click here to view the eBook 3D Crazy Characters 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, stories, and audio narrations into one eBook. The book also includes information and videos on how we created the characters and eBook. (You can read more about how we created and printed the characters here.)

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“3D Crazy Characters” 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!

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:

3D Crazy Characters iTunes Download

Notes for Educators:  Our backgrounds were made in the computer lab using KidPix software. We used the Book Creator app to photograph the 3D characters on the backgrounds. Each student made an audio recording of their story using Book Creator. I used the wonderful feature in Book Creator which allows you to easily publish your books online.

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 Android and Windows.

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 kbosch@southfieldchristian.org or on Twitter at @karlyb.

Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 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!

Snowmen Having Fun 2018 – First Grade eBook

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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 kbosch@southfieldchristian.org or on Twitter at @karlyb.