Sixth Grade End of Semester Reflection/Evaluation

Sixth graders, please write a comment that includes ALL of the following:

Keyboarding (2 or 3 sentences):

  • How did you do meeting the goal that you set at the start of class? How did your keyboarding improve?
  • What do you still need to work on improving?
  • What suggestions do you have for keyboarding for 7th grade?

The Rest of the Class (2 or 3 sentences):

  • What were your favorite parts of the class? (Reminder: We started the year doing digital citizenship/collaboration activities, then Morphi for 3D printing. the Clips video, then making and giving your PowerPoint Devotion video.
  • What important/helpful/interesting/cool thing did you learn or accomplish this semester?
  • Any suggestions to improve this class for sixth graders next year?

This comment is a part of your participation grade for today. Remember to only use your first name.

Thanks for a great semester!  Miss Bosch

Life Lesson Selfie Videos

Our Life Lesson Selfie Video project is a good way for students to creatively many of the multimedia skills that we have worked on during the semester. They used iPads to film themselves sharing 5 “Life Lessons” that were both serious and funny. Many students used filter, photo cam, and green screen apps to film their lesson clips. Then the clips were downloaded onto our Mac computers, where students used iMovie to edit the clips and add titles, music, voiceovers, and other effects. The students were very creative with how the edited their videos together. Here are their videos:

You can read the student reflections and evaluation of this project at their Kidblogs here: https://kidblog.org/class/scs-ms-multimedia-tech-17/posts

Coding with Swift Playgrounds and Sphero

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The Multimedia Tech class recently completed a coding unit. We began by using the lessons in Swift Playgrounds on our iPads. Students Students learned some of the basic logic and language of coding while working through the challenges. There was a lot of teamwork as students helped each other to solve the challenges when they were stuck. Swift Playgrounds is available for free for iPads on the iTunes Store. It has a variety of fun coding challenges on a variety of levels that help students learn about coding.

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We next transferred the skills learned into programing our Sphero robotic balls. Students learned some basics of how to pair the Spheros with Bluetooth, aim, and drive them. Then we used the SheroEdu app for working through some challenges. Students had to program shapes, colors, and sounds. Then they got creative got creative and programed the Spheros to tell stories, dance, and even sing! Check out these videos to see some of their creative coding solutions!

The Sphero Edu app is also available for free on iTunes. It has lessons and tutorials that students can use. (Note: the tutorials are hosted on Youtube and sadly we found they were blocked on our student network.) You also can simply use the app to code the Sphero. We especially loved that there was a large library of sound effects! You also could program talking using text to voice – the voice came out of the iPad. Great potential for blending storytelling with coding!!