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3D Character Animation with the Puppet Pals App

3D Character Animation

The second graders have been having fun building animated stories using the 3D Crazy Characters that they created using the Morphi app and printed with our Dremel 3D Ideabuilder printers!

Students used the Puppet Pals app to photograph their crazy characters and backgrounds. Then they recorded an animated story about how their crazy characters met and became friends. Here is a video showing the students busy at work creating their stories:

The students had a lot of fun making their stories! Here are a few examples of their finished “crazy” stories:

[See these previous posts to learn more about how we made our crazy characters and our free eBook on iTunes:]

3D Crazy Characters with Morphi app and the Dremel 3D40 Printer
3D Crazy Characters – Second Grade eBook

 

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!

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The Secret Life of Snowflakes – 3D Animated Videos

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We recently used our Dremel 3D printers to print all of the third graders 3D snowflakes. (More details on how the students created the snowflakes using the Morphi app in this blog post.) These lovely 3D snowflakes were the inspiration for the students to write a story in first person about the “Secret Life of Snowflakes.” Students used their imagination to tell about things the snowflakes liked, disliked, or wished. Their stories are very clever – I think their 3D snowflakes really helped to inspire their imagination as they wrote. Students then used KidPix software to draw backgrounds that went with their stories.

Finally the third graders used the free ChatterPix Kids app to make their snowflakes come to life. Using the app, they photographed their snowflakes on the backgrounds and then recorded audio to make their snowflakes talk! They also were able to add stickers in the app to make the faces on their flakes.

I loved hearing the dramatic expression that students used to tell their snowflake’s story! Here’s one example:

To view all of the third graders’ animated videos, click on this link:

https://vimeo.com/album/4419803/sort:alphabetical/format:thumbnail

Teacher’s note: The 3D snowflakes are amazing, but you could do this same project using snowflakes cut out of white paper set on a blue background. Another idea would be to make your snowflakes using the free My Flake app:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-flake/id407824729?mt=8


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!

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Bethlehem Eyewitnesses Speak!

Bethlehem Eyewitnesses

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.

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 over 30 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.

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Imagination Station Vehicles with Kindergarten

The kindergarten students recently made vehicles using the Imagination Box app. Here is a video showing some of their creations. You will see cars, trucks, airplanes, rockets, and boats!

Imagination Box is currently $2.99 on the US app store.

Funny Leaf People – 1st Grade 2016

Funny Leaf People

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:

Second Grade Ocean Reefs

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:

What are Corals?

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

 

 

 

Kindergarten KidPix Flowers

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:

Third Grade Minecraft Animal Habitat Reports using Explain Everything

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The third graders recently finished creating their Minecraft Animal Habitats. They began this project by doing inquiry based research to learn about an animal’s habitat, then designed a habitat for the animal in Minecraft. They then took screenshots of their habitats and then used the Explain Everything app to record a report where they told about their habitat.  Here are some of the reports which they created. (Note: This was the students’ first time using Explain Everything, and not all reports are completed yet. A few have recording errors and need to be recorded again. We will try to finish/correct them and publish them in another post, if possible.)

Here are some of the reports which have been published:

 

One Word Challenge using the Phonto App

  
What is one word that best represents your goal for the new year? Fourth graders used the Phonto app to combine their ONE WORD with a selfie and an explanation of why they chose that word. Here is a gallery showing their ONE WORDS – click on the image to see a larger image with all the text showing. (If any pictures are missing, they may not have been saved and downloaded into Dropbox correctly – let Miss Bosch know, we may be able to find them!)

The four parts of this project were:

  • Open the Phonto app and take a selfie
  • Type in your ONE WORD and format it so it is large and stands out.
  • Type in your explanation of why you picked that word and format it so it is smaller but easy to read.
  • Save your picture and upload it to Dropbox

Here is the video tutorial that showed the 4 parts of the project. Students watched the video, pausing it  to do each step:

Here is a link to Mrs. Requard’s video which I showed at the beginning of class with the ONE WORDS created by the 4th and 5th graders of North Star Elementary School in Arizona:

One Word Resolutions for 2016

We loved their projects and they gave us great inspiration for our projects!

Phonto currently is a free app that gives great options for adding formatted text onto pictures. (Note: it does have banner ads in the app.)

The Angels Speak – by the Second Graders


The second graders certainly created a “heavenly host” of angels! These lovely videos were created on iPads using the Drawing Pad and ChatterPix Kids apps. Students drew a picture of a person who was present at Christmas, then wrote and recorded what the person saw in first person voice. This was the first time I did this project using these apps and am very proud of the students’ work! (More videos are being posted at the blog for other Christmas story people in separate posts.)

Nathan’s video is spoken in Dutch!

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.