Comments for First Graders eBook “Snowmen Having Fun 2017”

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Second graders, here is the link to where you can read the first graders’ Snowmen Having Fun eBook:

Snowmen Having Fun 2017

When you are done reading the book, we are going to leave comments to let the first graders know what you liked about their book!

3D Crazy Characters – Second Grade eBook

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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.

Click here to view the eBook 3D Crazy Characters online.

“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!

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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:

3D Crazy Characters iTunes Download

Notes for Educators:  Our backgrounds were made in computer lab using KidPix software. We used the Book Creator app to photograph the 3D characters on the backgrounds. Each student made an audio recording of their story using Book Creator. We are currently helping to beta test a new feature in Book Creator which allows you to publish your books 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 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 kbosch@southfieldchristian.org or on Twitter at @karlyb.

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!

“Growth Mindset” Games for Early Elementary

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This past week the first graders were introduced to some online games that I call “Don’t Give Up Games.” Each of these games has features that require them to work with perseverance to complete tasks or levels that get progressively harder. Students also continued to refine their mouse skills and their ability to navigate websites during this lesson.

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Mouse Control is a game with levels that progressively get harder as students use the mouse to roll over, click, and drag. Students enjoy the funny mouse voice that gives directions for each level.

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Pack a Picnic is a Berenstain Bears game from PBS. Students have to search for objects by clicking on doors, drawers, and containers. Sometimes the objects are hard to find. One student could not find where the cookies were hidden. She returned to the game later in the class, and proudly let me know when she found them hidden in a cookie jar!

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Ballistic Biscuit has been a favorite game with my students throughout the years. Students need to control their mouse to keep their tube from hitting objects in the water. Students never tire of trying over and over to reach the higher levels and get points.

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The Maze game presents the students with harder and harder mazes which they work through by clicking the rocket forward. They have to be very observant and focused to find the correct paths.

This series of online activities is a great way to talk with students about how their skills will grow as they keep practicing and trying. We will be starting to do some keyboarding games next week, and we will draw parallels between these “fun” games and the challenges that beginning keyboarding sometimes presents to early learners.

I keep all of these games and more in this online collection of Learning Links for Early Learners.

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Keyboarding Kids!

Second, third, and fourth grades have been spending time during technology class to work on improving their keyboarding skills.

Second graders recently started going through the online lessons from Dance Mat Typing. They are starting to learn to use two hands and all their fingers to type. The lessons include crazy characters and silly songs.

The third graders completed several months of working through lessons using the Type to Learn 4 keyboarding program. TTL4 runs on our network, tracks student progress, lets students work at their own pace, and customizes the lessons to meet their needs. The program helps the students learn to use the home row as they type.

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The fourth graders have continued to work in Type to Learn this winter. We have seen good progress with their skills. Several students tested out the “Bandana Challenge” by trying to type with a bandana covering their hands.

Parents, if your children are typing, please try to encourage them to use both hands and all their fingers!

Snowmen Having Fun 2017 – 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 2017

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“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!

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 2017 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. We are currently helping to beta test a new feature in Book Creator which allows you to publish your books 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 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 kbosch@southfieldchristian.org or on Twitter at @karlyb.

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Fifth Grade President Search Links 2017

What are interesting quick facts to research about a president?

Hockenbrocht Answer Garden Link

Voytal Answer Garden Link

 

Use this link to view the PBS 60 Seconds Presidents Videos

Link to 2015 President wiki: http://presidents2015.wikispaces.com/

Link to 2016 President Wiki: http://presidents2016.wikispaces.com/

World Book Encyclopedia Loginsee your teacher for the login and password if needed, then click STUDENT

 

Use these links as part of our assignment:

The White House

George W. Bush wiki page

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3D Crazy Characters with Morphi app and the Dremel 3D40 Printer

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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.

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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!

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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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Snowflakes in 3D: with the Morphi app and our Dremel 3D Printers

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Last week the 3D graders created these gorgeous 3D snowflake designs which we printed with our Dremel 3D printers. We recently received 2 more Dremel 3D20 printers thanks to their #LearnMakeGive contest in December. It took us under a week to print 50 detailed designs.

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STEP ONE: We began by creating our “snowflakes” on our iPads using the Mandalas Free app. Students drew their symmetrical designs on a white background with a black line using the “Spiral 6” setting. The snowflake drawings were saved to the camera roll. Most students created several designs. The designs were detailed and each one was unique, just like snowflakes!

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STEP 2: We used the paid version of the Morphi Edu app on our iPads to turn the drawings into 3D. Students used the drawing tool and uploaded their snowflake picture into the app. There was a black border around the snowflake design that students needed to erase. Most students also added a loop at the top of their snowflake so they could hang it. Finally they hit the 3D button! The snowflake drawing magically turned into 3D!

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Miss Bosch helped the students make the snowflakes a bit thinner and made sure they were flat on the grid surface. Then students emailed their .stl 3D file to Miss Bosch. She did some final preparation on the files before printing them using our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 printers. Having 3 printers available was amazing – even though each snowflake took over an hour to print, we were able to get them all printed in less than a week!

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!






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!

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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.

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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