#URYrFilter – Pic Collage and Fotobabble Posters October13


Over the past few days, the sixth graders have been working to create a message for middle schoolers about the need for each individual to control the things they look at, watch, and listen to – on TV, movies, computers, iPads/iPads/tablets, or phones.  I gave the students the idea of the hashtag #URYrFilter (you are your filter).  Students were asked to create a poster using the Pic Collage app to communicate their own message which included a hashtag, a sentence that explains or a Bible verse that goes along with message, and images that illustrated their idea.  I was impressed with their hard work and creative ideas.  I’ve added a few examples of their posters in this post.

Once the posters were completed in Pic Collage and saved to the camera roll, students used the Fotobabble app. They made a one minute recording that explained about their poster and their idea.  Some students even created raps to share their message and added beats in the background using the free iAmRingtones app. You can view/listen to the Fotobabbles at this link:

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This was a great project – the combination of words and  images with Pic collage with voice and publication using Fotobabble was was simple and effective.  Both Pic Collage and Fotobabble are free apps.  Fotobabble requires a free account to publish to the web.  (I suggest you create an account for your class or your school and log all the iPads into the account in advance.) This lesson could be easily adapted for any kind of message or advertisement and could be used in a variety of subject topics!

Climate Travel Posters using the PicCollage app

This week,  I visited Mrs. Sullivan’s eighth grade science class.  The students used Safari on our iPads to research a city and then used the Pic Collage app to develop a travel poster that featured weather information about the city.  Here are a few examples of the posters:

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Pic Collage continues to be a favorite app for our classes.  It can be adapted to almost any subject matter and age level. Being able to search for images right inside the app is a huge time saver!  And best of all it is free and doesn’t include intrusive ads!  Thank you to Mrs. Sullivan for this great project idea!

Chat and Collaboration October 2012

Our first few days in tech class have been spent doing activities related to chatting and collaborating.  We have discussed ways to be safe and smart and scholarly while using these tools in school.

Our first activity was to use a chat room for a class discussion.  We “chatted” about ways to use a chat room safely.  We also talked about how technology affects the world of a middle schooler.  We next used an online document tool called MoPad (from Mozilla) to work on collaborative documents.  Students worked in teams of four, but the trick was they were weren’t sitting next to each other!  They were spread around the lab and could not talk to each other.  They had to use the chat tools to discuss their ideas and plan their document.  Their assignment was to create some kind of document that would give advice to future sixth graders.

Here are a few screen shots of the students’ work.  Each student is represented by a different color, so you can see these are truly collaborative works.

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Students, please leave a comment about our chat/collaborative activities.  Remember to use only your first name and use correct sentences, spelling, and punctuation.  Your comment should be at least 3 sentences and should include thoughtful ideas. Please tell me:

  • What did you like about using the chat and the online documents?
  • What didn’t you like? What problems did you have as you worked on the document?
  • What did you learn about using chat/online documents?  What are some ways you can be safe and smart when using them in a school situation?
  • What are some other ways that you think students/teachers could use tools like these in school?
  • What could the teacher do to improve these activities next time?

iApp Project October 2013


As a short fun first project to start the quarter (which also reviewed a variety of basic computer skills), the sixth graders created an “iApp” based on their personality and goals for the new year.  Here are a few examples of what they created. (I blurred student names according to our school policy because student photos are included.






SCS Featured at the Book Creator Blog

poetrycoverThis week the Poetry Anthology that was created by some of the 6th graders using the Book Creator app on our iPads last May was featured at the Book Creator blog!  We are excited that they chose to spotlight our project!  Here is a link to the post:


Our APPlied Poetry Anthology is available for free download at the iTunes Bookstore:



Sixth Grade Survey October 2013

Hello, sixth graders! Welcome to Technology Class.

SOCRATIVE LINK – Use this when Miss Bosch tells you to take a quiz over the lab rules.  Use 25936 as your room number.  This will not work until Miss Bosch starts the test.

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

Vocabulary Tutorials created with the Knowmia Teach app

The sixth graders have been working on creating vocabulary tutorials on words that are included on the MAP test (as well as some additional words from their other classes).  We are using the Knowmia Teach app which allows you to publish the tutorials online.  Here are the tutorials that the students have created:

Symmetry by Caleb

Non-Fiction by Jared, Dubem, and Michael

Technology by Isaiah and Jimmie

Onomatopoeia by Anna, Isabelle, and Caroline

Metaphor by Jimmie and Isaiah

Millimeter by Nolan and Gabe

Grams by Christopher and Austin

Factor Trees by Aria, Aryn, and Ahvon

Mixed Numbers by Destiny, DeSharia, and Bethany

Dividing a Decimal by a Whole Number by Caleb

Faithful Bible Characters by Isabelle, Caroline, and Anna

Imperative Sentences by Gabe and Nolan

Prepositions by Gabe and Nolan