Public Service Announcements using Adobe Voice

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 1.07.55 PM  8-29-14After our thought provoking discussion on how middle school students can exercise self regulation/self control as they use technology, the students went to work creating public service announcements using the Adobe Voice app on our iPads.  Their commercials have turned out great!  Click on the links to view:

Be Smart by Grace, Claire, and Emma

Cyberbullying by Kamille and Zakariah

#beyourownfilter by Kennedi, Morgan, and Maya

Music and Televison by Derrick

Be Careful What You Search For by Maritta and Eden

Be Careful on the Internet by Derrick and Luke

More commercials will be posted soon as soon as they are completed!

Teacher note: The FREE Adobe Voice app is amazing! This is the first time I have tried using it and we found it to be easy and it produced a very polished product. I loved that you could search in app for icons and images to use as well as take your own photos or add from the camera roll.  The icons look especially professional in the projects, I think. There are a variety of styles and songs that you can use to customize your video. And best of all, it automatically creates a credit page at the end for all the media in the project! Note that you do need an account to publish the projects, although you can save and watch them on the iPads without publishing. I created an account in my name that I am logging into to publish the videos.

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“Self Regulation” with Using Technology – August 2014

IMG_1211.JPG We started off our sixth grade tech class this year with an excellent discussion of many issues that middle school students have with regulating/controlling their use of technology. They recorded the ideas in a word cloud on the Smartboard.

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Then they got to work on our iPads. Students are now creating a public service announcement commercial using the Adobe Voice app.  I will be posting the best of the commercials on our blog in the near future, so please check back!

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Start of School 2014

Hello, middle schoolers! Welcome to Technology Class.

Use this when Miss Bosch tells you to take a quiz over the lab rules.  This will not work until Miss Bosch starts the test.  Enter your first name only and then the game pin number that you are given.

kahoot.it

Please complete the following survey to let your teacher know a little more about you and your use of technology.

Click on the link below to go to the survey:
Middle School Technology Survey

Here is the 6th Grade Tech Class Syllabus (click link to view):

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Here is the 7th Grade Tech Class Syllabus (click link to view):

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More Sermon Sketchnotes June 2014

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We ended up the school year in both the Multimedia Technology and Seventh Grade Computer Applications class by doing sermon sketchnotes.  (Here is a link to resources for this lesson.) Most students used the Flipink app for the their notes, but a few tried using SketchbookX.  Not everyone was able to finish, we ran out of time and had some difficulty with resuming the streaming of the sermons midway.  However, the students worked hard and I wanted to post a few examples of what they created.  It is fun to see the differences in how they visualize the ideas from the sermons.  Enjoy!

Photo Jun 02, 10 05 50 AM Photo Jun 02, 2 33 56 PM Photo Jun 02, 2 19 43 PM Photo Jun 02, 9 59 31 AM  Photo Jun 02, 2 34 42 PM (1)Photo May 29, 10 36 10 AM Photo May 30, 9 53 59 AM Photo Jun 02, 10 03 16 AM Photo May 30, 10 06 12 AM Photo May 30, 10 06 09 AM

 

 

Seventh Grade End of Year Evaluation 2014

Students, I would like you to leave a comment of at least 3 sentences to give me some feedback on the class.  I will use your feedback to help improve the class for next year. Thaanks!  Please tell me:

  • What new things did you learn from this class? Which specific skills in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint did you improve?
  • What things were repeat that you already knew? What do you wish that you had learned?
  • What did you like about the class? What didn’t you like?
  • What suggestions could you give the teacher to improve the class for next year?

iBooks Author Book Shelfies Project

This project was pretty complex and involved 3 parts: creating the game, creating the videos and audio clips, and then adding the text and the multimedia pieces to complete the book.  I’m not sure if this was too much or if it was good, so I would appreciate your honest feedback on the the entire project.  Please leave a 3 sentence comment telling me:

  • What did you think of the entire project?  Was it too long or was it good? Did you like developing a book that had many multimedia pieces to it? How did you like using iBooks Author?
  • What parts of this project were your favorite? What didn’t you like? (Hyperstudio Author Game, building the iBook in iBooks Author, making the video trailer and/or book character with iPads, doing the GarageBand audio recording of part of the book)
  • On which parts do you think you did your best work? Which part or parts were your weakest? What could you improve next time?
  • Any suggestions for the teacher on this project? Any other ideas of things to add or remove?

Thanks, this comment is a part of your daily grade!

 

App Smashing Book Trailers

As a part of our Book Shelfies project, students were challenged to create a book trailer video using 2 or more apps.  It has been fun to see the different directions that they went in this project.  Here are a few outstanding examples of their trailers:

App smash using Puppet Pals, iMovie, Cat Face Booth, Animal Face Booth, Label Box, Doodle Buddy. Created by Eric

App smash using Toontastic and iMovie apps by Faith. She did an outstanding job using Toontastic to tell the story and then chopping it up into a clever script in an iMovie trailer.

App smash by Isabelle using Puppet Pals, Pickayou, iMovie, and PicCollage apps. Effective use of sound effects and music really add to this movie!

App smash project by D’Juanna using Pickayou, Puppet Pals, Drawing Pad, iMovie, LabelBox, and Labels apps. Love how she created her characters in Pickayou and then colored costumes over them in Drawing Box, then used in Puppet Pals – so creative!

Talking Book Characters

As part of our “Book Shelvies” project, the middle school students used a variety of apps to create talking book characters.  Here are a few examples of their projects:

Caddie Woodlawn by Isabelle using Sketchbook X and PhotoSpeak apps

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Jared, using the ChatterPix Kid app

Nick from Frindle by Marcus, using Sketchbook X and FaceJack apps

Mr. Popper by Kendall, using the PhotoSpeak app

Amanda from Eleven Birthdays by Elissa, using the Tellagami app

Leafstar from SkyClan’s Destiny. Talking character by Eric using the ChatterPix Kid app. Cat created with Cat Face and Doodle Buddy apps.

The Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George and Friends, created by Faith using Tellagami and PhotoSpeak.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, by Shelby, created using Telllagami app

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Alexis, created using the Tellagami app

Gladys from Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by D’Juanna, using Sketchbook X and PhotoSpeak apps

Mary from the Secret Garden, by Monica

Mary from The Secre