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 Dremel 3D printers. Above you can see the students working on their designs.
The characters were printed on our Dremel 3040 and 3D20 printers using white filament.
The students used Sharpie markers to color in the characters. You can see lots of details and personality in their characters. They gave their characters a name and have written stories about them. During the next few weeks, we will be publishing a Book Creator eBook with all the pictures and stories of the Crazy Characters!
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.
Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their portraits. They used our new Apple Pencils to draw! They enjoyed being able to draw easily with detail – much better than using a finger or a stylus!
Next, they wrote a short story that told 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 44 videos so you will need to click the arrows at the bottom to go through the pages of the collection if you are looking for a specific video.
I am looking forward to presenting with Mrs. Nesbitt in March at the MACUL conference about “Eight Great Elementary Learning Strategies using Keynote.” The goal of this session will be to share ways that Keynote can be used for learning that go beyond simply making a presentation. Here are a few simple examples of ways that our students have been using some of these Keynote strategies in our technology classes.
The ability to easily record audio is a valuable Keynote feature for the elementary classroom. It allows students to record themselves reading text or explaining ideas and solutions. Before Thanksgiving, I created a simple template where our second graders could share some things that they were thankful for. Students learned to use the iPad keyboard to type their ideas and then recorded themselves reading their stories. If time, some students used the Keynote shapes to illustrate their stories. Here are a few examples of this project.
We were blessed to receive a grant from MACUL to purchase Apple Pencils for our students to use with our iPads. Before Christmas, our third graders used them to draw an illustration of “My Best Gift.” It was interesting to view the different ways that students interpreted this idea prompt. We saved their drawings into the camera roll, then loaded them into iMovie and stretched the image out to play for 30 seconds. Then students inserted a green screen video clip of a package being unwrapped that I had created. The students thought it was pretty cool to see their picture being “unwrapped!” One class had time to add some music to the background of their movie. If we had had more time, I would have had students record audio explaining why this was their best gift. (If you didn’t want to use the green screen in iMovie, the recording could have easily be done right in Keynote.) Here are a few examples of their recordings.
Keynote is a perfect app to use when you want students to annotate text. Our fourth graders used a simple Keynote template that I made to create a “Book Snap” where they annotated a text from a story. They used a series of video tutorials that I created so they could independently guide themselves through the project. Students were asked to use different colors to show an important idea, a vocabulary word, and something they had a question about or were curious about. Then they used the Keynote shapes and emojis to help visualize the text. Here are a few examples of their Book Snaps.
The second-grade students were very excited to use our new Apple Pencils to learn to draw on our iPads. We used the Drawing Pad app. Students explored the different drawing tools in the app, while learning to pinch in and out to add details to their drawings. They made pictures of fall vocabulary words. Here are a few photo I took of the students while they were working.
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:
The second graders recently completed ocean reef pictures during our 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
The student pictures are very colorful and turned out great. Here is a gallery showing their pictures – you can click on an image to see a larger view. (Note: if you child was absent on Monday when we completed this project their picture will be missing.)
This week the second graders worked on their internet navigating skills by exploring a collection of creature and avatar maker links on our Learning Links page. They needed to read directions and use their problem-solving skills to figure out how to construct the characters on each website. Here are some of the sites they explored.
CREATE CREATURES/AVATARS: (Here are all the links.)
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.)
“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 Apple Books app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Use this link to download the ebook:
Notes for Educators: Our backgrounds were made in the computer lab using KidPix software. We used iPads to photograph the 3D characters on the backgrounds. The photos were added into Book Creator on the Chrome web browser. Each student typed their story and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @karlyb.
Recently, 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 tapped on 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.
Our Dremel 3D printers have been busy printing the characters out in white filament!
Here are a few examples of what our crazy characters look like after they have been printed.
The second graders will be using Sharpie markers to color their crazy characters. They are also writing stories to go along with our characters. We will be turning our characters and stories into an eBook which we will be publishing to iTunes!