Fun with the Dr. Seuss Camera app

On Tuesday, the PreK students took selfie pictures using the Dr. Seuss Camera app to go along with their study of Dr. Suess in class! (This app is currently $0.99 on the US iTunes app store.)

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Hyperstudio Tutorial Videos for Fifth Grade

Use these videos to help you with our lessons:

Hyperstudio Buttons:

Using Drawing Tools in Hyperstudio:

Using Google Search for Clipart:

OPTIONAL BONUS VIDEO:

Hyperstudio Quiz and GarageBand

Adding Borders and Animations

PBS Parents Play and Learn App with PreK

One of our favorite apps to use with PreK students is the PBS Parents Play and Learn app. I like the variety of interactive games that they can explore which review things like shapes, colors, size, numbers, and letters. Games have audio directions and get more complex as the game progresses. Our students epecially love the “Stickers” activity which lets them build scenes with a variety of sticker pictures. The app also includes hints and information for parents to go along with the games and can be switched to Spanish.

PBS Parents Play and Learn currently is free on the US iTunes store.

 

Black History Month Reflections using Flipgrid

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Over the month of February, the elementary students have been doing a variety of activities in their classes to learn about Black History. In tech class this week, the 4th and 5th grade classes learned to use the Flipgrid app to record a video reflection about what they did and learned. The students were asked to talk about:

– What did you learn about?
– What was new that you never knew?
– What activities did you do to learn more?
– What kind of projects did your class do?
– What was your hall display like?

Here is a link to our Flipgrid videos:

https://flipgrid.com/ea64ad

This was our first time using this app to record videos, so please excuse skakey videos, hard to hear audio, and background noise! Our video recording will get better every time we do this!

 

Here Come Our 3D Stanley Visitors!

The second graders have partnered with another school (in a mystery location that we are trying to figure out from clues they have given us) to exchange 3D Stanleys! We have sent them the files for six 3D Stanleys for them to print. On Monday we started using our Dremel 3D40 printer to print the six files that they have sent to us!

The students have been enjoying watching the files print. We have been comparing the differences in how they were designed. Ours were created with the Morphi app and theirs were made using Maker’s Empire.

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The 3D Stanley visitors will be joining the 2nd grade classes this week. Check out our Adventures of the 3D Stanleys blog to see what is happening in our classes as they visit!

UPDATE: Check out these pictures from Woodsdale Elementary as our 3D Stanley Crazy Characters visit their school!

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Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school has received the use of a 3D40 printer. 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!

Third Grade Talking 3D Snowflakes!

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The talking 3D snowflake videos have arrived!! The third graders did an amazing job creating and animating their stories telling about “The Secret Life of Snowflakes!” Here are a few examples:

Click on the link below to see all the of the snowflake videos:

3D Talking Snowflakes

Third Graders: Today leave a comment with 2 or 3 sentences telling:

  • what you LIKED about this project
  • what you LEARNED from this project
  • something you would try to IMPROVE next time you do 3D design or animation

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Our 3D snowflakes were designed using the Morphi app on our iPads and printed using our Dremel 3D printers. More information on how we created the snowflakes in this blog post.

The animations were created using the free Chatterpix Kids app!

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Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received the use of the 3D40 printer. 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!

Designing 3D Characters with Morphi

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Here come our crazy 3D Stanley characters!

On Monday, 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 clicked 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.

Now our Dremel 3D printers are busy printing the characters out in white filament! (Later we will be coloring in the characters with Sharpie markers.)

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Students are also writing stories to go along with our characters. We will be turning our characters and stories into an eBook!

We also are going to be exchanging 3D Stanleys with another school! More details to come when we start our exchange!

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Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school has received the use of a 3D40 printer. 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!

A Blizzard of Free Snowflakes to 3D Print!

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UPDATE: We enjoyed this video from the students at Pine Elementary School in Holtville, CA who printed our snowflakes. Most of their students had never even touched snow! (I forgot that I had enlarged the snowflakes before I printed them, so you will notice that they printed very small!) Click on the link below to see their video. (Note: this might be blocked at school.)

https://watchkin.com/3bad0498ab

Our 3d grade students recently designed and printed some lovely 3D Snowflakes. (More information on the lesson here.) We’d love to share four of the snowflake .stl files with you to print on your own 3D printer.

We’d like to track where our snowflakes travel. If you end up downloading and/or printing one, we’d enjoy it if you would let us know:

  • Which snowflake you printed?
  • Where you are located?

You can do this by either leaving a comment on this blog post or by tweeting to @karlyb on Twitter. (A picture of you and the snowflake in your location would be awesome, too!)

Here are the snowflakes. Click on the link below each picture to download the file.

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Download the Cydni Snowflake .stl file

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Download the Christian Snowflake .stl file

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Download the Gabby Snowflake .stl file

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Download the Jacob Snowflake .stl file

How to Create 3D Printed Snowflakes with the Morphi App

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The third graders recently worked on a 3D design project. They used 6 point symmetry in the Morphi app to create these gorgeous 3D snowflakes which we printed out on our Dremel 3D printers.

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Students began in Morphi by using the free draw tool. They turned on the axis and then used the + sign to add 6 lines of symmetry. (See the diagram below.) Their designs were each as unique as real snowflakes are!

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By simply tapping the 3D button, the line drawings convert into 3D! This definitely is a WOW moment for the students!

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We used the shape tool to add a “doughnut” shape as a loop. Use the diameter and thickness tools to adjust the size of the loop. This can be a bit tricky for first time users, so I did have to add to loop for a few of the students. Final designs were saved and the .stl file was emailed to the teacher with the student name in the subject line of the email (so I would know who created each file).

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The designs printed beautifully on our Dremel 3D printers! It took about 2 hours to print each snowflake.

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A few hints if you try this project:

  • Adjust the line size and make it slightly thicker. The thin lines are fragile when they print and often break.
  • Be sure all lines connect on your snowflake or pieces will fall off the printed snowflake.
  • Designs that are very complex sometimes will not print successfully
  • If your design gets too large, parts will be chopped off and your snowflake will not be round.
  • The Morphi app comes in a free and paid EDU version. You will need the paid version to use the drawing tool. The drawing tool is amazing and allows you to create custom 3D designs.
  • I did make the designs larger using the Print Studio software that comes with the Dremel Printers while I was preparing the files for printing. You could also adjust the size in Morphi, but doing this step later simplified the project for the students.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! The students have used their snowflakes to inspire some creative writing about the “Secret Life of Snowflakes!” Next week they are going to change their 3D snowflakes into talking animated videos to tell their stories. Stay tuned to see/hear their videos!

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Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received the use of the 3D40 printer. 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!

Bethlehem Eyewitnesses Animations

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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.

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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.