Editing and Formatting Photos in PowerPoint

Add one or two photos to each slide. Adjust the text boxes so the photos fit nicely onto the slide.

Be sure to copy/paste the URL web address for each photo onto your Image Credits page!

Then watch the video showing you ways to customize your photos. It will demonstrate:

  1. How to make photo into a full background and arrange the photo to the back.
  2. How to make a photo transparent.
  3. How to recolor a photo.
  4. How to add frames around a photo.
  5. How to erase a white background on a photo.

You should use a minimum of 2 of these advanced editing effects on your photos.

Formatting/Customizing Text in Powerpoint

When you are done with entering your text on your slides, watch this video to see some ideas of ways that you can format and customize your text.

You must customize your title page – use a more attractive font, change color, and make the size larger at the MINIMUM. Then you should customize the titles on each page as well. Try out some methods you have not used before. If you don’t like it, then edit > undo. I love seeing creativity and exploration!!

“How To” Sketchnotes – November 2016

The sixth graders recently completed a unit on creating digital sketchnotes. They created a “how to” sketchnote which included all the elements which they learned about from our tutorials. (See earlier post if you are interested in the tutorials that we used.) The students choose between the Flipink, Sketchbook X, and Tayasui Sketches Pro apps to make their sketchnotes. Here is their work – click on an image to view it larger!

After our lesson, I was very impressed with all the students who used the sketchnote strategy while listening in chapel. Check out their work!

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Sketchnote Video Tutorials – 11/11

Students, here are the tutorial videos for you to watch to learn about what a sketchnote is and what the parts of a sketchnote are. Please watch both videos and take sketchnotes on your worksheet as you watch them.

When you are done with these videos above and have filled in the front of your worksheet, then view the three tutorials below to view which will demonstrate the drawing apps that we are going to use for our sketchnote. Please watch at least 2 tutorials and decide which app you like better and want to use for your upcoming project. Use your iPad and a stylus to try them out while watching the tutorials and after you are finished watching them.  Then practice and explore using the app you like best.

 

 

Copyright for Music and Photos – November 2016

Project Preview – click on these links to see examples of the project we are going to do next:

September 2016

September 2015

November 2014

Here are the links we will use for this lesson:

Video about Creative Commons and Copyright

Music Websites:

Imcompetech

Purple Planet

Bensound

Photo Websites:

Learning Links Clip Art/Photos – scroll down to the section on Copyright Friendly Photos and use the ones that are labeled 6th

Life Logo KeyChains Using Morphi, Pic Collage Kids, and the Dremel 3D40 Ideabuilder Printer

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Our sixth grade students recently designed “Life Logo” keychains to as a conclusion to our digital citizenship unit. Here is the Life Logo video which we used to introduce the lesson to the students:

Students used the Morphi app to design their keychains. I created a series of short tutorials on how to build the keychains in layers (base, decorations, text, and loop) which students used to self direct their learning of how to design in 3D. After printing the first version of their keychain, students examined their keychains for flaws and had the option to redesign and reprint. It was great to observe their iteration process as they worked on version 2.0.

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The students came up with a variety of creative designs for their logos. I liked that the Morphi app allowed them many ways that shapes, drawing, and text could be combined. Students found the design process challenging at times, but very satisfying and exciting  when they saw their end product! Our Dremel 3D40 IdeaBuilder Printer did a beautiful job rendering their designs.

morphi keychainsFinally, students designed a digital poster to show their key chain and explain their Life Logo using the free Pic Collage Kids app.

The digital posters included:

  • a large title with the words of your Life Logo
  • your first name (No last names! We cannot publish last names.)
  • a text box with 2 or 3 sentences sharing why you would choose that Life Logo to represent yourself online
  • proofreading of your text to make sure it makes sense and that capitals, punctuation, and spelling is correct!
  • a photo of your key chain
  • one or two pictures from the internet to help illustrate your logo (no copyrights)

Below is the tutorial video that shows how to use the Pic Collage Kids app.

Here is a gallery showing you all the Life Logo posters. Click on the thumbnail to view the poster full size:

I was very pleased with how this unit turned out. It was a great way to combine the design process with thoughtful reflection on digital citizenship.


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D 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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Evaluating Websites – October 2016

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

On the back of your paper, write down at least 3 things that you think are important for middle schoolers to remember about web safety.

Chat and Collaboration Activities October 2016

We recently did 2 online activities to practice using chat and collaboration tools in a school setting.

On Wednesday we used an online chatroom to hold a class discussion. It was great because everyone had an opportunity to answer each question and contribute to the discussion.

Chat Room Activity On Thursday we used a collaborative document tool that had a chatroom attached. Students were challenged to build a document virtually with a group. The document was to give advice to future 6th grade students. No talking was allowed – all planning needed to be done by using online chat!

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Each color represented a different student’s work. The chat area is on the right. Below are some examples of the students’ documents.

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