Archive for KidPix

Filter Fun and Disguises with Selfies!

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.)

First Grade Selfie Stories

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The first graders recently used KidPix to create a “selfie story.” This project required the students to type several sentences using the caps lock, letter, and punctuation keys. They also needed to follow multiple steps using pencil, shape, paint, and stamp tools to create their self-portraits. Finally, they had to use the save button to save their pictures. I was pleased to see the students’ growth as they worked through complex directions to make their stories and pictures. Here is a gallery showing their stories (click to enlarge):

 

Kindergarten KidPix Flowers

Today in Kindergarten Technology class, the students learned how to login into our Kidpix Program. Then we continued to work on developing our clicking, mouse, and drawing creativity skills by using different textured “wacky” brushes to draw some spring flowers. Here is a video showing the students’ work!

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.

First Grade Christmas Trees

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The first graders recently used KidPix as a way to review a number of skills they had been learning. They had to follow these multiple steps to complete their Christmas trees:

  • Draw with straight and freeform lines, shapes, and textures
  • Use the paint bucket to fill a shape
  • Switch between tools independently
  • Add stamps
  • Add, resize, and move stickers
  • Create and type in a text box

I put together a video in Animoto showing their Christmas trees. (Note: if you don’t see your child’s picture, they may have been absent when we did this project.)

May you have a most blessed Christmas season celebrating the birth of Jesus!

 

Second Grade Sentence Stretchers

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The second graders have been using KidPix to learn about ways to use computers to edit and erase mistakes. Recently, they made “sentence stretcher” stories. They learned/reviewed how to resize, center, and edit text in a text box. They also were able to use eraser tools to help them as they illustrated their stories. This lesson also supports the second grade Common Core standard:

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Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences.

The second graders did a great job working on these stories. Click on each image to see it in larger size.

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First Grade Funny Leaf People Fall 2017

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The funny leaf people are back! In this KidPix lesson, the first graders learned to double click to open a file. They created and typed their name in a text box. Finally, they followed 4 steps to decorate their leaf person using stamps, flipped stamps, lines, and paint brush tools! Here is a video sharing all of their leaf people! Enjoy!

 

Third Grade KidPix Autobiographies 2017

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 “eyedropper” to match the background to create a colored “eraser”

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):

Second Grade KidPix Ocean Reefs

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
  • 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!

First Grade Tech Skills using KidPix

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We are off to a great start in our first grade technology classes. We are using KidPix software to help students learn and practice some basic skills including creating and using logins, controlling the mouse, and clicking back and forth between multiple tools.

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Here are a few photos showing the students doing some “Draw a _______ with a _______” challenges!

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