Thank you to everyone who faithfully voted for our student videos a few months ago.
“Be Yourself” took second place in the Promoting Character category.
“You are Special” took third place in the Celebrating Diversity category.
Each video won $200 for our technology classes. We are hoping to use the money towards buying a 3D printer! Thanks again for your support!
Recently, the middle school students completed a coding unit in tech class. They began by working through a series of lessons at the Code.org website. (Note: teachers can set up a free account and assign the lessons to the students. They include video instructions, so students can independently work through the lessons at their own pace. Teachers do not need to be an expert at coding – I let students take ownership of their learning and help each other if they got stuck on a solution.)
Once students had worked through lessons on code.org, it was time to transfer those skills to programing to the Tickle app, which uses block coding similar to code.org. I sent up a series of challenges for the students work through to program a Sphero robotic ball. Challenges included moving in a straight line to hit a target, drawing shapes, and programming a dance move.
As students worked they needed to document their thought process through their failures and successes. They also had lots of fun!!
At the end of each challenge, students were given a creative task where they came up with an idea for a related challenge and tried to program it. Finally, they wrote up a blog post which explained their thinking throughout the challenge and shared a screenshot of their solution. Here are a few links to examples of the student blogs:
The final challenge required students to program through tunnels and barriers and then through a maze that they had designed. These activities required complex programing, but were lots of fun!
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.)
Congratulations to Luke, Tyler, and Jalon! We received word that their comic is one of 10 finalists in the Book Creator Comic Contest! The winner will be selected by Kevin Eastman, one of the co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Read more about the finalists in this post at the Book Creator Blog by clicking on the link below:
The Book Creator team created this video version of the book which they posted on Youtube. Here is a link to the video. Note, this might be blocked at school.)
Also, congratulations to Camryn, Raven, and Rachel for receiving awards as highly commended entries in the contest!
I’m very pleased to share that our National Park Superhero Comic Collection eBook is now available for free download on the iTunes Bookstore. Here is the link where you can download the eBook into the iBooks app onto your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Mac computer:
For other devices: If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below. On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file. If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files. (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.) Here is the link to the epub file: National Park Superheroes ePub
If you download the book, we’d love a rating or a comment!
The National Park Superhero Comic Collection began with students researching a national park and discovering a problem in the park. Then students designed a superhero who could solve the problem and planned a story that combined information with imagination. Students created their superheroes using a variety of drawing, avatar, and editing apps and combined them with photos or drawings. Some students used animated character apps to make video clips of their characters talking. All the elements were combined using the new comic features in the Book Creator app. Finally, the students recorded the audio so you could hear each character talk. Here are examples of the pages that the students created:
This project involved a lot of work by the students over several weeks using a variety of technology skills, including research, story boarding, drawing, creating videos, building the book with photos, drawings, and text, and finally recording audio. The comics went through many revisions to perfect the blend of information and imagination. We used these comics to enter into the Book Creator Comic Contest. We hope you enjoy our comics!
This year our Middle School students have created 4 outstanding videos to enter in the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival. We are asking everyone we know to support our entries by voting each day for our videos. You will need to create an account either using Facebook or with an email account to vote. Once that is done, it will literally take you seconds to vote each day!
Here are links to the videos:
Healthy Food Always Wins by by Jake, Luke, and Tyler
Take a Stroll to Help Achieve Your Goal by Kaitlyn, Raven, and Camryn
Be Yourself by by Arianna, Rachel, and Joslyn
You are Special by Jalon and Mitchell
The videos receiving the most votes in each category wins $500 dollars for their school. Second and third places earn $200 dollars. Last year our student videos took a first and third place earning $700 for our school and doubling our technology budget!
Thank you so much for your daily support!
Here are the links to my photo collections for the national parks you are researching. I will give you hints for how to get them onto your iPads for the projects when we get to that point in the project.
Yellowstone National Park
Sequoia National Park
Yosemite National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park
Here is the link to the contest page, which has more information on the topics:
Here are the videos from last year: