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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PreK Students and the MyFace app

This week the PreK students used the MyFace app during iPad time. They did some puzzles in the app and then created some crazy faces of their own! I took a few photos of some of the students and combined them into a video.

My Face Play is currently available for free from the iTunes app store.

 

Kindergarten Click and Drag Practice

Many kindergarten students have a lot of experience with using touch skills on tablets, but limited experience using a computer mouse. Recently, we have been working on developing clicking and dragging skills using some online games. Students are also learning to navigate back and forth through our links on Learning Links and also learning to scroll up and down. Here is what we did during our lesson on Friday.

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Color Game

Students sortted objects by dragging them into the box with the correct color. When they sort all the objects of one color, the objects animate and spin!

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Make a Face

Students drag and drop elements to decorate a face. They had to scroll down to get the game into the center of their screen.

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Castle Constructor

This game is a kid favorite where kids decorate their own castle!

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We used an easy and then a more challenging puzzle game where students needed to be precise with their drag and drop.

Although the students think they are simply having fun playing games, they actually are improving their mouse skills while learning to navigate the internet!

“On a Roll” with Sphero Data Collection

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The fourth graders had a blast this week working with our Sphero robotic balls! We were blessed with a set of 10 Spheros a few years ago through a grant we received through Sphero and the Apple Distinguished Educator program.

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Step one of this lesson was learning to drive the Sphero using the Drive app on an iPad. Students had to use their problem solving skills to carefully orient the Sphero and to adjust the speed so they could steer it accurately.

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Step two of this lesson was “Target Practice.” Students stood on a launch line and had 8 seconds to try to steer the Sphero to a target. They measured the distance from the target and collected the data about their accuracy on a worksheet. We will be finishing our data collection in the coming week and will add the information to a spreadsheet for further analysis.

TASKS FOR WEEK 2 SPHERO

1. Finish 4 tries of Sphero Target Practice. Enter the data on your data sheet. Your data must be in inches – if you did feet and inches you will need to convert it to all inches! (If all 4 tries were zero, see Miss Bosch. You will need to try again at a harder distance to get some numbers to use!)

2. Find the total of your four tries (add) and put the total on your data sheet.

3. On your computer, click on Mission Control, then Dashboard. Use the calculator to find your average score.  To find the average take the (TOTAL) divided by (4). Write down the average – it may be a decimal.

4. Go to the front computer. Type in your first name, your total, and your average into the spreadsheet. It will build a graph of your scores as you enter the data. If the front computer is busy, go to the next step and come back when it isn’t busy.

WHEN COMPLETED: Use one of the following Coding apps on your iPad to do more problem solving activities.

Lightbot One Hour Coding (currently free) – a coding puzzle game with light up tiles

Cargo-Bot (currently free) – a coding puzzle game where you program a robot to move crates

Move the Turtle (currently $2.99) – simple coding using command blocks, similar to Logo or Scratch

Daisy the Dino (currently free) – easy drag and drop coding

Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)

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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Wikipedia George W. Bush