Here are the links we will use for this lesson:
Video about Creative Commons and Copyright
Learning Links Clip Art/Photos – scroll down to the section on Copyright Friendly Photos and use the ones that are labeled 7th
These are some examples of the Psalm videos that we will be creating:
Psalm Videos November 2016
Psalm Videos September 2016
Psalm Videos November 2015
Psalm Videos September 2015
We are so blessed to have 13 new Apple Pencils that our students can use on our iPads. They were purchased with some of the prize money that our middle school students won a few years ago in the Meijer Great Choices video contest. The seventh-grade students worked through the Everyone Can Sketchnote workbook in Keynote using the Apple pencil to practice new drawing skills and iPad tricks. Then they created a sketchnote of their choice about a book, Bible story, or a science/social studies topic.
Students, your sketchnotes were amazing! I loved taking a closer look at them as I was grading them. Here is a gallery showing everyone’s sketchnotes. Click on the image to see a larger view.
A few students explored animating their sketchnotes using the tools available in Keynote. Here are a few video examples:
Students, please write a reflection of at least 3 sentences about our Keynote/Sketchnote Unit. Tell me about:
What did you think of the workbook activities we did at the beginning in Keynote? What did you learn from them? Do you have any suggestions on how I could make the workbook better for future students? (I really would like to know your suggestions – please give MY project feedback!)
What did you learn about sketchnotes, Keynote, and/or the Apple Pencil?
What were your strengths in your sketchnote? What is something you could improve next time?
The sixth graders began our technology class with a series of lessons on digital citizenship. We started by reading some hoax websites which fooled many students! We did some research using the Snopes website to find out the true story about some photos that have been passed around the internet. We also viewed and took notes on some videos about how to evaluate websites and digital citizenship and safety. Finally, we worked on creating a collaborative slideshow in Google Slides to share a message that was learned from the videos. A few examples of the slide are above. You can view their slideshows below.
Here are the links for our slideshows in Google Slides:
Sixth Even Days Slideshow – view only
Sixth Odd Days Slideshow- view only
Go to one of these links. On your worksheet write one or two things that you learned from the site:
Learning Target: I can use the wisdom God has given me to evaluate websites for truth and accuracy.
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.)
Use this website to help determine if these pictures from the internet are true, false, or ??
Use these links to view some videos on issues related to Cyber Citizenship:
NS Teens Challenge
Over the past few days, we worked with GarageBand and Augmented Reality with Merge Cubes. Our goal was to use technology skills that you had learned previously to explore how to use new or updated technology. Please pick either GarageBand or Merge Cubes (or you may write about both). Write a comment of at least 3 sentences telling about the following:
What skills did you use to learn about the new (AR) or updated (GarageBand) technology? How did you figure things out? What did you already know that helped you learn to do something new?
What did you like about Augmented Reality/Merge Cube or the updated GarageBand? Be specific!
What didn’t you like – be specific! What would you suggest to improve it to be better or easier to use?
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, you may look through the blog at past projects and videos.
During second semester, the middle school students used the Apple Clips app to builld book trailers based on fiction books. Students were challenged to use Clips PLUS at least one other app to give an overview of their book. Here are some examples of the students’ work:
Jake used the Tellagami app to share about The Giver. (Note: Tellagami currently will not work with iOS 11.) He didn’t want to use his voice, so he used the text voice feature to create his narration. Also, note the effective way he used the black and white filters in Clips which matched the plot in the book.
Kennedy used the Toca City and Toca School apps to created cartoon clips for her video about the book Wonder. Her use of labels within the Clips app adds lots of detail and information to her story.
Nick used Minecraft to design backgrounds, Pickayou to make his characters, and then built the video pieces in Puppet Pals. Then he edited all of that together in Clips, adding titles, annotaion, and music. I was very impressed with the complex and detailed workflow that he used for this project!
Ryan combined copyright friendly photos with drawings that he made using Tayasui Sketches to make the images to illustrate Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
We hope these examples give you some inspiration on how you can app smash Clips with other apps for creative digital storytelling!
Over the past few weeks, the multimedia tech students have been exploring how to use the drawing and Magic Move features to create some amazing animations. They followed this helpful video to get started with some of the basics of Magic Move.
Ten Ways to Use Magic Move by Simon Pile
Then they had an opportunity to get creative with Magic Move. I especially loved this Teacher Appreciation animation created by Ethan V. (We used the screen recording feature in iOS 11 to take a video of their animations.)
Students found lots of helpful ways to use Keynote to share about things they had been learning.
Next, the students took selfies and traced over top of them to draw their self portraits. Students really made some amazing portraits!
Finally, students used all kinds of tools in Keynote to add words and images to their stories. Here are videos showing some of their animations:
Julie even used GarageBand to add some awesome music to the background of her video:
All of our students have blogs where they post and reflect on their work. Joshua’s comment, “What I like about keynote is that it’s Google Slides, except 5x better” really made me smile, because it shows the depth of creativity the students were discovering! It’s more than text and an picture on a slide!
You can view their posts on this project here: https://kidblog.org/class/scs-ms-multimedia-tech-18/posts
We had a great time yesterday on our field trip to the Somerset Apple Store. Students took a class and learned how to create a self-portrait using the Procreate app and the Apple Pencil. Students made some excellent portraits. Thank you to the Apple Store and Micky for a great class!