Finalist in the Book Creator Comic Contest!


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:

Comic book competition – here are the finalists!

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.)

The Polluter

Also, congratulations to Camryn, Raven, and Rachel for receiving awards as highly commended entries in the contest!

National Park Superheroes Comic Collection

coverI’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:


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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!

Please vote – Meijer Great Choices Film Festival

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 6.25.09 PM  3-1-16This 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!

PBS World Explorers Video Sketchnotes

IMG_6178IMG_6174As a part of our sketchnote unit, students watched videos from the PBS World Explorers Videos series and then selected one video to illustrate by creating a digital sketchnote. The sketchnote strategy is an excellent way to help students focus on, process, and remember content while watching media. Students created their sketchnotes using iPads while watching the video on computers in the computer lab (see photos above), but this could just as easily be done with the video playing for the entire class using a projector. Students used a variety of apps including:

Here are the sketchnotes that the students created:

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Here is the link to the PBS World Explorers Collection Videos. These colorful short videos are perfect to use with the sketchnote strategy.

We used my free iTunesU course Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning to help the students learn about what sketchnotes are and how to create them using drawing apps.You can also find more information about sketchnotes at my resource page:

Sketchnote Tools and Resources

Welcome to Multimedia Tech Class 2016

We will be using blogging and commenting to set goals and to evaluate and reflect upon our work. Remember when blogging or commenting to only use your first name and  don’t include personal information. Please use complete sentences, good spelling, and correct grammar and to show yourself off in a positive intelligent way!

Leave a comment of at least 3 sentences telling about the following:

  • What would you like to learn how to do (or improve) using technology during this class?
  • What are some of your technology skills that you feel you already are good at  doing (your strengths)?
  • What are some of the ways that you use technology for fun?
  • What kinds of devices do you own or have available for use in your family (such as a smartphone, iPod, iPad or other tablet, digital camera, or ???)

In case you are interested, here is the link where I made the Star Wars trailer:




End of Class Reflection/Evaluation December15

Students, sadly, our class is drawing to an end. Thanks for all your hard work!

Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences to give me some feedback on the class and also to reflect on your work during the quarter. You may look back at some of the blog posts to refresh your memory, just do not get distracted by them.

  • What new things did you learn from this class?
  • What was your favorite project or activity?
  • What project or activity did you NOT like? Please explain why and give any ideas to make it better.
  • Which project that you made were you proudest of and why?
  • What is something you could have improved in this class?
  • Any other suggestions or ideas for MIss Bosch to make the class better?