Evaluating Websites 2017

Students, we will be using these links for our lesson today. Please write answers on your worksheet.

PART 1

Go to one of these links.  On your worksheet write one or two things that you learned from the site:

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Jackalope Conspiracy

Dog Island Free Forever

Republic of Molossia

PART 2
Please watch this video and use the worksheet to take notes.  Write down the meanings of website endings and the A, B, C, D, and E of evaluating websites. Then write a sentence or two explaining what each one means.  (Ignore the instructions at the end of the video.)
http://www.schooltube.com/video/ca475ce545e844d4a2de/

PART 3

Use these links to view some videos on issues related to Cyber Citizenship:

Netsafe Kids

Netsmartz Videos

NS Teens Challenge

Collaborative Groups 2017

Collaborative Document in the LabThis week the sixth graders did an activity to build a collaborative document on “Advice for Future Sixth Graders.” They used a chat window to plan and collaborate as they worked on this project. Sometimes it was challenging to coordinate their ideas and their typing in the document, but in the end they were able put their ideas together without actually talking out loud to each other.

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Here are some examples of the documents that the students made. Click on each one to see a larger view. Some documents are cropped because they were LONG!!

 

 

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Chat Activities 2017

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Over the past couple days, the sixth graders used an online chat room to discuss digital citizenship and cyberbullying while practicing good God honoring habits when online. I was very pleased with their thoughtful ideas as we chatted – it is a great way for EVERYONE to have a voice during a discussion.

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Back to School 2017

Use this link for the Lab Rules Kahoot game: https://kahoot.it/#/

Leave a comment of at least 3 sentences, telling:

  • What is something you enjoy doing with technology (at home or at school)?
  • What is one thing you would like to learn or improve in tech class this year?
  • What is something you would like me to know about yourself?

Remember, when posting online:

  • No last names.
  • Use your best sentences, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Be sure that everything you post is kind and God honoring!

When your comment has posted, look for August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, or December 2016 on the right sidebar and check out some projects from last year’s classes.

Book Shelfies 2017 Multitouch Book now on iTunes!

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Our Book Shelfies multitouch book was published on iTunes today! I am so excited that it is available for free download on 51 iTunes stores around the world! I am very proud of the students’ creative work in this project. Here is the link to the book on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/book-shelfies-2017/id1245385011?mt=11

“Book Shelfies” is an anthology of multimedia “book reports” created by the middle school students of Southfield Christian School in Southfield, Michigan USA during May of 2017. Students used iBooks Author and a variety of Apple programs and iPad apps to share a “self portrait” of a book that they love. Each student created a chapter which included a video book trailer, an animated book character, a GarageBand recording of portion of the book, an interactive quiz widget about the book, and a creative element of their choice. Some of their creative choices included book scenes created in Minecraft, an interactive map, book quote posters, and texting videos to illustrate a scene from the book. We hope you enjoy a glimpse of how the traditional book report can be transformed and energized by using 21st century tools! This was our final project in the class, and students needed to use many skills to pull all the elements together into their book chapter!

To download the book, you will need to use the iBooks app either on an iPad, iPhone, or on a Mac computer. Because of the special multimedia features that we included, it will not work on different platforms.

We would love for you to download, share, rate, and leave comments for our book! Thanks!

Here is a link to see some examples of the multimedia which the students created on their iPads.

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Book Shelfies – Book Media

The middle school students have been working on a “Book Shelfie” about a book they love. They are creating a book chapter in iBooks Author and adding in multimedia pieces that they create either on an iPad or on a Mac Computer. Look for the multitouch book to be published soon to iTunes!

Here are a few examples of media they created to illustrate their books;

Above is Lacey’s Book Trailer for Eddie Red. She used the Pickayou app to make the characters, animated them in Puppet Pals, and then pulled the clips into iMove to make the trailer!

Ethan used the SpokenPhoto app to make this amazing talking video of Fire Star who is one of the cats in the Warrior book.

Bobby used Tellagami Edu to make a character animation of Sadie, one of the characters in the book Throne of Fire.

 

Giovanni used the Texting Story app to illustrate a scene from the book Maze Runner.

Brooke also used the trailer feature in iMovie to illustrate the book The Skin I’m In. She used live video clips. She also included a video collage into her trailer using the Pic Play Post app.

Carter created this creative talking Wanted Poster using the Wanted Poster app and Facejack!

Quentin really made the basketball theme come to life by using a variety of images and clip art in his video.

Here is Antonio’s book trailer for The Longest Ride. Did you notice how he drew a hat on one of his characters using the Sketchbook X app? That was a great creative touch!

Matt also used a combination of Pickayou, Puppet Pals, and iMovie to make his trailer.

 

Project Shapeshifter + Tinkercad for 3D Design

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The middle school multimedia class recently explored the Project Shapeshifter website. This site is free and does not require a login to use! It lets you design complex shapes in 3D by changing patterns and parameters like the number of segments, the size, thickness, taper, and the twist. It also lets you add a base and lip to your shape. This was one of those sites that you heard the kids saying, “Oh cool, look at this!” as they explored.

The shapes can be downloaded as .stl files and can be printed as is. These designs work perfectly as pencil holders or vases. We did discover if the shape was very complex with many twists and segments that sometimes there were too many errors or supports to be able to print successfully.

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Since the students had already gone through a 5 step design process lesson earlier in the year, I wanted to see what creative ideas they would come up with if they brought their design from Shapeshifter into Tinkercad and added additional elements. Here are some of their completed designs from this project.

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Carter designed 2 pieces in Shapeshifter and sized them to match exactly. He then added a knob to the top of the curved lid using Tinkercad.

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Lacey made a twisting complex shape in Shapeshifter, then customized it in Tinkercad with a base labeled “Markers.”

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Quinten designed a beautiful vase in Shapeshifter, then added a base in Tinkercad to make it more sturdy.

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Matt began by creating a sleek curved bell shape in Shapeshifter. In Tinkercad he made a separate clapper for the bell and added a loop inside to attach it with a wire. We realized that the clapper would also make a great handle for the bell, so we printed a second one and crazy glued it to the top. The bell actually makes noise when you ring it!

Here’s a video showing the students at work on this project. Note: the video was created with Apple’s new Clips app!

It was exciting to see how the students used these shapes in creative ways to develop functional and fun objects!

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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Texting Story App

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Recently a few of my middle school students did a test run of the free Texting Story app. They really enjoyed the app because it let them create a digital story using a format that is second nature to them – texting! The app lets you build a text story between two characters. It also lets you add photos into the story. (This is a paid inapp feature, but when we used the app we were able to add it for free.) Once your story is crafted it will generate a video version of the story complete with clicking sounds!

Here is an example based on The Warriors book series. What a great way for students to illustrate a scene from a book! (Note: students were just testing the app, so spelling and some other aspects of their videos might not be “publication perfecct.”):

Here’s another example with a conversation between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. This app is a perfect 21st century way to share biographical facts, compare two historical figures, or illustrate a historical event!

I believe this app could be used in almost any subject. In science, two animals or planets could be comparing and contrasting traits. It would work wonderfully for practicing conversational writing in World Language classes. Even in math, there could be conversations between shapes, vocabulary, terms, or even two characters showing 2 different ways of solving a problem.

Texting Story is currently free on the US iTunes store.

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Life Lessons Selfie Videos

The middle school tech class has been working on recording selfie videos to share 5 life lessons. Here are some shots of the students recording their clips. Now they are using iMovie on their computer to combine all the clips together into one video. While working on this project they will be using workflows to download video and music. They also will be using many of the editing feature in iMovie including transitions, titles, and effects.

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Custom 3D Containers – Design Process

Recently, the Middle School multimedia class worked through a 5 Step Design Process to create a custom 3D Container. Here is the process they have been working through over the past few weeks.Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.47 PM 3-4-17

We began the process by brainstorming ideas about containers that could meet a specific need for a specific audience.

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Students researched online to clarify their ideas by looking at other ways people may have designed a solution.

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.27 PM 3-4-17Next students developed a prototype for their idea. They began by building a life sized model using file folder cardboard. Students had to keep the size within 90 mm wide, long, and tall (to limit the amount of filament and time their design would require to print.) This step was trickier than it appeared at first because measurements needed to be precise. Sometimes it was hard to translate the ideas they had in their head into an actual model. Most of these models were fairly simple variations of a box.

Before moving into Tinkercad to begin their design in 3D, each student had to write a blog post explaining their idea. Classmates used comments to give feedback and to ask thoughtful questions that helped to clarify ideas. (You can view student blog posts here – search using “3D” to find the posts that relate to this project.)

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Then students then built their prototypes using the online Tinkercad website. We printed the beta version of their designs using our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 Ideabuilder printers.  Some designs failed to print successfully or were printed only part way when size or other issues appeared. Other designs needed revisions to better fit the objects they were supposed to contain or to address flaws in the designs. We held a class focus group for each printed design to help students evaluate and think about ways to improve their containers. Students wrote a second blog post documenting and evaluating their prototype.

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It really helped for students to be able to hold their design in their hand as they evaluated on their first version. Then students went back into Tinkercad and reworked their design to address flaws and difficulties. The second or third iteration of their designs showed thoughtful improvements. Students were also challenged to add a visual element to further customize their container. Many students used flaticon.com website to search for .svg files which could be uploaded into Tinkercad and added to their design. Here are a few examples of how student designs evolved:

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The last step in our Design Process was for students to write a final blog post to show their project, explain their revisions, and reflect on their process. Students did an excellent job discussing how they had improved their designs as well as thinking about areas they could still improve.

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Students were overwhelmingly positive about using this design process to create in 3D! They loved that they had freedom to come up with an idea and create it from scratch. They felt a sense of accomplishment and pride as they saw their containers evolve and improve. Their blog posts demonstrated evaluative thinking throughout the process  – all important 21st century skills!


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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