Archive for KidPix

Kindergarten KidPix Flowers

On Friday in the computer lab, the kindergarten students used the “wacky brush” tool in our KidPix software to draw flowers. Students had to click between colors and brush tools and control the mouse to make their drawings. I took a photo of the students with their drawings when they were done. (My apologies if someone was missed!) Here is a gallery showing their work :

We also learned how to launch and quit KidPix. We will be continuing to work on learning various tools that will help our computer skills to grow.

Snowmen Having Fun 2019

Our first grade eBook “Snowmen Having Fun 2019” has been published online. Here is the link to the book (below).

CLICK HERE TO READ SNOWMEN HAVING FUN 2019.

We hope you enjoy seeing the illustrations, reading the stories, and listening to the audio. Feel free to share it with family and friends!

The illustrations for our eBook were created using KidPix software on our Mac computers. The illustrations were printed and then scanned into a digital format. I loaded the pictures into the Book Creator app, where the students made the audio recordings of their stories.

Our eBook is also published on over 50 iTunes stores around the world! Here is the link where you can download the book onto your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac computer:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/snowmen-having-fun-2019/id1459444941?ls=1&mt=11

Kindergarten Funny Food Faces 2018

Recently, the Kindergarten students used the Faces I Make app to make funny food faces. Here is a video I put together showing their faces. (If your child’s project is missing, they may have been absent or we may have had a technical problem when saving their picture.)

Happy Thanksgiving from the Second Grade 2018!

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The second graders recently made these “Happy Thanksgiving” pictures in computer class. While doing this project, students learned how to format text to change the size, color, centering, and font. They also had to follow multiple steps independently to draw their turkey using a variety of tools and then learned to send the completed picture to the printer without help. Here is a gallery showing all the completed turkeys. (If you did not see a turkey for your child, they may have been absent or it might not have been completed during our class time.)

Second Grade Sentence Stretchers 2018

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The second graders have been using KidPix to learn about ways to use computers to type, edit, illustrate, and erase. Recently, they made “sentence stretcher” stories. They learned/reviewed how to type, resize, center, and edit text in a text box. They chose between a variety of drawing and stamp tools to illustrate their sentences. They also were able to use eraser/undo tools to help them as they illustrated their stories.

This lesson supports the second grade Common Core standard:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.f
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.

Here is a gallery showing their stories. (Note: a few students were absent when we worked on this project, so their stories are missing.)

 

Second Grade KidPix Ocean Reef Pictures

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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 and stickers
  • 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! (Note, a few student pictures may be missing because students were absent when they were finished and printed.)

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.