Life Logo Key Chains with the Dremel 3D IdeaBuilder Printer

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Over the summer, I received the exciting news that I had been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the upcoming school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer and will be developing and sharing lesson ideas. Since we are beginners at using the 3D printer, we started with a simple project where students made  “Life Logo” key chains as part of a digital citizenship unit.  In this post, I will share the steps for lesson, along with some resources that will help you replicate the lesson in your classroom if you wish.

Here is the Life Logo video which we used to introduce lesson to the students:

After viewing the video, students came up with an idea for their Life Logo. Then they used Dremel’s page of online customizers to design a key chain. This is a great starting project, because all students needed to do was customize a few easy features like the logo text. Once done, students clicked the button to download their designs. I collected the files using a shared drive we have set up in our computer lab (or you could use a flashdrive). Here is the link to the Dremel 3D Customiziers:

Dremel 3D Customizers

After all the files were collected, I used the Autodesk Printstudio software to convert, resize, and arrange multiple key chains to print in the Dremel format. I was able to print 6 key chains at a time.  Here is the link where you can download the free Autodesk Printstudio Software:

Dremel/Autodesk Printstudio Download

Students loved watching the files print on the Dremel Idea Builder!

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

Life Logo Example

Above is an example of what a Life Logo digital poster might look like. Their digital poster was  to include:

  • 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 the students how to use the Pic Collage Kids app.

Finally, our digital posters were done. Here is a gallery of the projects. Click on an image to see it full sized.

This was a great way to begin digital printing because it let the students quickly print a project without having to learn complex design tools. (That’s our next step!) It added a concrete element to our lessons and discussion on digital citizenship and gave students something they could take with them to remind them of the lessons they’d learned!

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  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!


Evaluating Websites/Internet Safety

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


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

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 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 2016a

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.

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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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Technology Class Goals 2016

Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences. Talk about:

  1. What kinds of technology you like to use and what you like to do?
  2. Something new you would like to learn this year in tech class?
  3. Something you like to improve in your technology skills?

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 2015, September 2015, October 2015, November 2015, or December 2015 on the right sidebar and check out some projects from last year’s classes.


If Time:

Quizizz Login

Miss Bosch will give you the sign in code and directions how to login.

Cyber Citizenship

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

Netsafe Kids

Netsmartz Videos

NS Teens Challenge

Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educator Institute 2016, Berlin


At the end of July, I was blessed to attend the Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educator Institute which was held in Berlin, Germany. I was one of 380 educators from 38 countries selected to attend this amazing conference for 5 days.


Upon arriving in Berlin, I connected with some other ADEs (some that I have met at previous institutes, some new friends) to do a bit of exploring in downtown Berlin, including a boat ride through the main part of the city. One of the great parts of being in the ADE program is the connections that I have made with educators worldwide. They are my “go to” people when I have questions or are looking for inspiration on the latest creative ways for using technology in learning. Even while touring, we were talking edtech ideas!


Our sessions at the conference were a high energy combination of inspiration and instruction from some of the best experts and educators in the world. Each day we heard from ADEs in 3 minute Showcase presentations where they shared the amazing things that are happening in their classrooms. We also had updates on Apple products and sessions with experts that helped us dive deep into some of the advanced features of Apple applications. Above is a sketchnote that I made of showing some of the things that were covered in our sessions. I am especially excited to use what I learned about the magic motion feature in Keynote, the Live Loops in GarageBand, and programing with Swift Playgrounds. I also had time to talk individually with one of the program leaders in GarageBand to get advice how to reduce sibilants when recording my voice.

Live Loops in GarageBand

Live Loops in GarageBand

On Wednesday we spent part of the day exploring downtown Berlin and had a presentation on iOS photography at the Apple Store in Berlin.

Apple Store Berlin

One of the best part of the conference is working collaboratively with other ADEs to launch a new project with resources that will assist and inspire other educators. Here is a sketchnote which outlines the design process which we were encouraged to follow as we worked together (which also would work great for student projects):

Design Process Sketchnote

I worked with a group of ADEs to develop a multitouch book on sketchnoting. The book will contain “snapshot pages” from a variety of educators who sketchnote personally and with their students. It will serve as a guide and inspiration to others who are looking to use this strategy with their classes. This group contained both beginning sketchnoters as well as some amazing artists and creative minds whose work I have admired. We truly were an international group and we are continuing to work virtually to pull our project together for publication.

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Finally, I was one of 33 ADEs who had an opportunity to present a Spotlight Session highlighting a topic or lesson that they have developed.  I shared a 50 minute workshop on Quickstart Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning. It was a great experience to talk about my journey with sketchnotes, share the resources I have been creating, and show off some of the amazing sketchnotes my students have been creating! Here is the link to my resources which includes a link to my presentation and my sketchnote course on iTunesU: Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning

Sketchnote Session

photo via @cindyherren

The entire conference was an amazing opportunity to learn, connect, collaborate, and share! Thank you again to Apple for their encouragement and support to educators worldwide!

After the conference was finished, I was able to travel with my brother to Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg, which was also incredible! Wow, what a summer!Save