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.

Keychain 2.0

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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Animated Videos with our 3D Stanleys

greenscreenskellyWhile my students were designing and printing their 3D Stanleys using the Thingmaker app, we did some brainstorming on how we could use them for some kind of digital storytelling. One student asked if we could do stop motion animation. What a great idea! So the students came up with the idea of Alien Academy as the basis of their videos and gave each character a super power that could be used in school. (See their character profiles here.) After planning out a storyboard, they began using their iPads to film a clip for each scene. They ended up using a variety of apps to create their animations:

Green Screen by Do Ink

ChatterPix Kids (free) – create talking characters

Puppet Pals – create and record path animation

Lego Movie Maker – free easy app for stop motions

Pickayoo – for avatars

Background Eraser by HandyCloset – to create transparent objects for animation and layering. This is the easiest app I’ve found to quickly create a clean photo with a transparent background.

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After the students created all their clips and saved them to the photo album on their iPads, they transferred them to their computer and completed the editing in iMovie, adding transitions, titles, and sound effects. The students did a great job of editing their videos. Here are the videos and links to the student blogs where they explained and reflected on the process of building their projects.

About Ryan’s project with Skelly

About KC’s project with Lollita

About Dominic’s project with Wrench

Would you like one of these characters to visit your school? If you have a 3D printer, you can! Learn more about our 3D Stanley project here.



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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Sixth Grade Technology Goals 10/16

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!

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When done:

Cyber Citizenship

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

Netsafe Kids

Netsmartz Videos

NS Teens Challenge

Minecraft Tutorials using Explain Everything

Building Minecraft Tutorials Building Minecraft Tutorials Building Minecraft TutorialsThe sixth graders finished off this quarter by working on building Minecraft tutorials using the Explain Everything app. Unfortunately, most groups ran out of time to complete the videos, but a few were completed and are posted below:

 

Please click on the link below to view a few of the Minecraft Tutorials that were created last year.

MInecraft Tutorials 2015

Here are the links to the Explain Everything tutorials. You will need to teach yourself how to use this app before building your Minecraft Video. Miss Bosch may give out iPads so you can try out the app while watching the videos.

Also, these tutorials may be helpful:

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