The first graders used KidPix to type simple stories about themselves and draw a self portrait to go with the stories. Here are some of the stories. Click on the picture to see the full view. (Note: a few pictures may be missing due to some issues with printing or with students being absent.)
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Today the kindergarten students worked in KidPix to draw flowers using a variety of textured 3D paintbrushes. In order to succeed at this task, they needed to be able to switch independently between colors and brushes. As you can see in the video above, they are developing good skills at controlling their mouse while drawing.
When students were done, they had an chance to explore some other “wacky paintbrushes” including ones that make rainbows, pinwheels, and 3D objects that move! We also learned how to start and quit KidPix on our own!
Over the past few weeks our second graders have been working on our “Crazy Characters” project. Students used the Morphi Edu app to draw a crazy character, then simply tapped a button in the app to turn their character into 3D. The completed files were emailed to Miss Bosch to print on our 3D printers.
The second graders gave their crazy character a name and wrote a story to describe him or her.
After the characters were printed on our Dremel 3040 and 3D20 printers, the students used Sharpie markers to color in the characters. They look amazing! Here’s a video showing the students working on their characters:
We are now using the Book Creator app to combine the characters with backgrounds, the story text, and audio recording of the story. We will be publishing our completed Crazy Character book to iTunes!
Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 printer for one year. 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!
The first graders had a lot of fun recently making these funny leaf people using KidPix software. In this lesson, the students learned how to double click to open a file. They then used text, drawing, stamp, and flip tools to decorate their funny leaf person. Here is a video showing all the pictures from both classes:
The second graders recently wrote and illustrated stories about “If I Were President.” In this assignment they continued to work on opening and saving files, typing in text boxes, and using a variety of drawing and graphic tools. If you are getting tired of the political ads this time of year, you may find their ideas both fun and inspiring! (Click on each picture to get a larger view so you can read the stories.)
The third graders recently completed these autobiography stories in computer class. In this lesson, the students created text boxes to type a story about themselves. Then they used a mixture of paint bucket and drawing tools to create their own illustration for their autobiography. I think the stories and drawings do a great job of reflecting their personalities. (Click on an image to see a larger view.)
The second grade classes are off to a great start in technology class this year. We watched this video from PBS to learn a little bit about the beautiful coral reefs that God has created:
Then we used KidPix to design our own ocean reefs. In this lesson we reviewed a variety of skills including using drawing tools, paint bucket fill tools, adding/editing graphics, and writing in a text box. We also learned to undo mistakes and save and open our files.
Here are the videos showing the ocean reefs that the students designed:
Mrs. Nesbitt’s Class
Mrs. Bennefield’s Class
Using a mouse is a challenging skill to learn! Because many families use tablets with young students these days, many students have never used a mouse before coming to the computer lab. We do a variety of “games” to practice using the mouse to improve their fine motor control and to learn to click between buttons on the screen. On Friday the first grade students played the “Can You Draw?” game. (We use KidPix software for many of lessons for early learners.)
Can you draw a red dog with a blue hat?
Can you draw a green cat with a purple umbrella?
Can you draw a yellow car with blue wheels?
The first graders recently created self portraits and stories about themselves. In this project, they needed to use multiple tools to create their pictures and needed to create and format a text box to type in. Here is a gallery of their portraits. Click on an image to view it full sized!
This week the kindergarten students learned how to use textured brushes in KidPix. Here is a video showing some of the flowers they drew using the brush tools: