Keynote Drawings and Magic Move

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Over the past few weeks, the multimedia tech students have been exploring how to use the drawing and Magic Move features to create some amazing animations. They followed this helpful video to get started with some of the basics of Magic Move.

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Then they had an opportunity to get creative with Magic Move. I especially loved this Teacher Appreciation animation created by Ethan V. (We used the screen recording feature in iOS 11 to take a video of their animations.)

Students found lots of helpful ways to use Keynote to share about things they had been learning.

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Next, the students took selfies and traced over top of them to draw their self portraits. Students really made some amazing portraits!

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Finally, students used all kinds of tools in Keynote to add words and images to their stories. Here are videos showing some of their animations:

Julie even used GarageBand to add some awesome music to the background of her video:

All of our students have blogs where they post and reflect on their work.  Joshua’s comment, “What I like about keynote is that it’s Google Slides, except 5x better” really made me smile, because it shows the depth of creativity the students were discovering! It’s more than text and an picture on a slide!

You can view their posts on this project here: https://kidblog.org/class/scs-ms-multimedia-tech-18/posts

Sphero National Park Mazes

Sometimes the students take a project in an unexpected direction and make it better!

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My middle school classes have been working on several coding units during the past few weeks. They began by using Apple’s Swift Playgrounds to learn some of the basics and vocabulary of coding. Then they transferred what they had been learning about code to the Sphero Edu app while working on a variety of Sphero Coding Challenges.

Our final project has been to design a maze and then code Sphero through it. We have done this activity before, but this year we added a theme to our mazes – US National Parks! Students did a bit of research on their selected park, then designed a maze where Sphero would give a tour of the park. Students have been challenged to use movement, color, actions, and speaking/sounds as Sphero moved through the park. Here is an example of Nick’s maze design for Glacier National Park:

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Once their plans were completed, I expected students to put a bit of tape on the floor, print out a few pictures, and add a simple ramp or tunnel to build their mazes. But as their ideas developed, my room began to explode with cardboard, styrofoam and paper cups, pipe cleaners, and gobs of masking tape. Students were having a blast BUILDING stuff – not always pretty, but definitely related to what they had learned about their national park. Here are a few of their ideas:

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While researching, Ethan learned that the only way to visit Isle Royale Nationa; Park was by seaplane or boat. So he designed a boat to carry Sphero to the island. In his coding, Sphero pauses so that when it reaches the island, he can remove the boat, then Sphero can hike through the island.

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Ryan’s Sphero will travel deep into Mammoth Cave – note the cave with pipe cleaner stalactites.

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Sphero traveling down a waterfall at Katmai National Park. Note the salmon swimming upstream. Some bears are going to be added to this scene.

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Joshua’s cardboard structures from the Grand Canyon included a bridge and the Sky Walk.

Here are some videos showing Sphero going through the National Park Mazes:

 

 

Solomon Island Boat Game Pieces

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We recently began working on designing boat game pieces based on the boats of the Solomon Islands. The game pieces are for my missionary friend Martha Matzke who is developing a game about the Solomon Islands similar to the game Ticket to Ride. (Learn more about how we Skyped with Martha to launch the project here.

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Students were given the choice to use either Tinkercad or the Morphi app to create their designs. As you can see, their attention to details was amazing, especially considering the designs were only 40 mm long.

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Students discovered that precise measuring is important. We cracked up when this teeny boat was printed – not the 40 mm size that was expected!

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Students went through multiple iterations of their designs. Becuase these files printed in about 15 minutes each, they were able to learn how to process the files for printing and then actually print them on our Dremel 3D Printers.

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Here is a link to student blog posts where they share and reflect upon their project.

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These models above were printed 50% larger than the 40 mm size that was needed for the actual game. By printing them slightly larger you can really see the details!

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Here is the actual size of the final versions of the game pieces. (I made slight adjustments to the student designs to help stabilize them, remove sharp pieces, and get them a similar height and thickness.)

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Our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 printers have been going all day printing 50 of each boat design. We appreciate having great 3D printers from Dremel that make this project possible!

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We are delighted to be getting these game pieces ready to send to the Solomon Islands!

Disclosure: As a part of the 2016/17 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received use of a 3D40 printer. 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!

Merge Cube Mania

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A few weeks ago I joined in the Merge Cube Mania and purchased 30 Merge Cubes for a dollar each at Walmart. This week I asked my middle school multimedia tech class to explore the Merge Cube apps and then write a review of the product and apps on their blogs.

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The students had a blast and were amazed at the AR/augmented reality effects when using the cubes. They wrote some insightful posts and included pictures and videos to illustrate their ideas. Some student even used the Clips app to illustrate their reviews.

Here is a link to the student blog reviews. We’d love for you to view them and even leave them a comment!

Middle Pages Merge Cube Reviews

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I also have been beta testing the Merge Cube Object Viewer. It allows you to upload a 3D file (such as a .stl file that you create with Tinkercad) and view it in 3D in the cube. It is a pretty cool way to preview 3D files. Here is an example of a boat designed by one of my students being viewed in the Merge Cube:

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

For more information on Merge Cubes, check out this detailed post from Michael Fricano.

Check out if your local Walmart has any discounted Merge Cubes available.

Here is a Merge Cube Printable that you can use to make your own cube to test out!

Sketchnote Tutorials

Students, first watch the video on Sketchnote Elements:

Next, view the 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.

3D Game Pieces Project for the Solomon Islands

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About a month ago, my missionary friend Martha Matzke, contacted me about a game that she was wanting to make about the Solomon Islands similar to the game Ticket to Ride. She was curious about how hard it would be to 3D print game pieces modeled after the boats in the Solomon Islands. I thought this would be a great project for my middle school multimedia tech class that would combine 3D design with real-life service!

Today we launched the project by Skyping with Martha in the Solomon Islands. (Note; it was 2 pm Monday for us, but 6 am Tuesday for her!) Students learned a bit about their ministry with Wycliffe Bible Translation. Martha then explained the game they wanted to make and what they needed with their game pieces. IMG_5164

Students quickly started exploring the Morphi app and Tinkercad website to see which platform they wanted to use for their design. Tomorrow they will select the kind of boat they will be creating and start their building in earnest! I can’t wait to see what they design.

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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