Merge Cube Mania


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.


The students had a blast and were amazed at the 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 blogs. We’d love for you to view them and even leave them a comment!

Middle Pages Merge Cube Reviews


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


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:

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.


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!!

Bubble Wands: Better, Bolder, Beautiful!

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Our Middle School multimedia tech class has been working through the 5 step design process while designing bubble wands using the Morphi app. The challenge was to see if students could improve the ability to blow bubbles (better), make it blow cooler bubbles (bolder), and then make the design of the wand look interesting (beautiful).

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Students began with designs using exact measurement.


Some first designs were not very successful! LOL!

bubbles iteration1

bubbles iteration 2


Students worked through several iterations of designs to address design flaws and to add decorative features. We used our Dremel 3D20 and 3D40 printers to print our projects. Above you can see  examples that show how the designs evolved. Below, you can see some of the bubble wands in action!!



Each student created blog posts talking about how they planned and worked through this project. Click here to see their posts:

3D Printing Bubble Wands

morphi hangout

UPDATE: We were able to have a Google Hangout with Sophia, the developer of the Morphi app! Students enjoyed learning more about app development and shared some suggestions for features to add to Morphi.

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  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!

PowerPoint Tutorials

Formatting/Customizing Text in Powerpoint

When you are done with entering your text on your slides, watch this video to see some ideas of ways that you can format and customize your text.

You must customize your title page – use a more attractive font, change color, and make the size larger at the MINIMUM. Then you should customize the titles on each page as well. Try out some methods you have not used before. If you don’t like it, then edit > undo. I love seeing creativity and exploration!!

Editing and Formatting Photos in PowerPoint

Be sure to copy/paste the URL web address for each photo onto your Image Credits page!

Then watch the video showing you ways to customize your photos. It will demonstrate:

  1. How to make photo into a full background and arrange the photo to the back.
  2. How to make a photo transparent.
  3. How to recolor a photo.
  4. How to add frames around a photo.
  5. How to erase a white background on a photo.

You should use a minimum of 2 of these advanced editing effects on your photos.

Using Clips to Reflect on 3D Printing Life Logos


As a final piece after completing and printing our Life Logo designs, the sixth grade students used the Apple Clips app to create a video where they shared about their project. Students used Clips to show photos/videos of their project, talk about the process of how they designed their key chain, reflect on how they solved problems, and evaluate any improvements they could make. Students came up with lots of creative ways to use Clips to share about their projects. Here are a few examples:

Here is a link to Vimeo where the rest of the videos are posted. (We had a few technical problems with Clips and with posting to Vimeo so a few videos may be missing.)

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  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!


Using Clips to Annotate and Narrate Sketchnotes

The MS Tech Class has not only been making amazing sketchnotes (see this post), but also has been using the Apple Clips app to explain their sketchnotes by adding narration and annotation. Check out their videos, then click on the link underneath to see a blog post where each student wrote to share about the visual learning strategies that they have been learning!

MJ’s Blog Post

Drew’s Blog Post

Kendall’s Blog Post

Cameron’s Blog Post

Lilly’s Blog Post

Jordan’s Blog Post

Mehki’s Blog Post

The Apple Clips app is a wonderful free addition to classroom learning. It lets you combine photos, video clips, audio narration, closes captioning, titles, text boxes, annotations, emoji’s, and music into short Instagram style videos. It can be used in all subject areas in a variety of ways – I especially like to use it as a way for students to share and reflect on the things they are learning.