Life Lessons Selfie Videos

The middle school tech class has been working on recording selfie videos to share 5 life lessons. Here are some shots of the students recording their clips. Now they are using iMovie on their computer to combine all the clips together into one video. While working on this project they will be using workflows to download video and music. They also will be using many of the editing feature in iMovie including transitions, titles, and effects.

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Custom 3D Containers – Design Process

Recently, the Middle School multimedia class worked through a 5 Step Design Process to create a custom 3D Container. Here is the process they have been working through over the past few weeks.Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.47 PM 3-4-17

We began the process by brainstorming ideas about containers that could meet a specific need for a specific audience.

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Students researched online to clarify their ideas by looking at other ways people may have designed a solution.

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.27 PM 3-4-17Next students developed a prototype for their idea. They began by building a life sized model using file folder cardboard. Students had to keep the size within 90 mm wide, long, and tall (to limit the amount of filament and time their design would require to print.) This step was trickier than it appeared at first because measurements needed to be precise. Sometimes it was hard to translate the ideas they had in their head into an actual model. Most of these models were fairly simple variations of a box.

Before moving into Tinkercad to begin their design in 3D, each student had to write a blog post explaining their idea. Classmates used comments to give feedback and to ask thoughtful questions that helped to clarify ideas. (You can view student blog posts here – search using “3D” to find the posts that relate to this project.)

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Then students then built their prototypes using the online Tinkercad website. We printed the beta version of their designs using our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 Ideabuilder printers.  Some designs failed to print successfully or were printed only part way when size or other issues appeared. Other designs needed revisions to better fit the objects they were supposed to contain or to address flaws in the designs. We held a class focus group for each printed design to help students evaluate and think about ways to improve their containers. Students wrote a second blog post documenting and evaluating their prototype.

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It really helped for students to be able to hold their design in their hand as they evaluated on their first version. Then students went back into Tinkercad and reworked their design to address flaws and difficulties. The second or third iteration of their designs showed thoughtful improvements. Students were also challenged to add a visual element to further customize their container. Many students used flaticon.com website to search for .svg files which could be uploaded into Tinkercad and added to their design. Here are a few examples of how student designs evolved:

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The last step in our Design Process was for students to write a final blog post to show their project, explain their revisions, and reflect on their process. Students did an excellent job discussing how they had improved their designs as well as thinking about areas they could still improve.

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Students were overwhelmingly positive about using this design process to create in 3D! They loved that they had freedom to come up with an idea and create it from scratch. They felt a sense of accomplishment and pride as they saw their containers evolve and improve. Their blog posts demonstrated evaluative thinking throughout the process  – all important 21st century skills!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 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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Passion Portraits eBook on iTunes!

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For their final project, the Multimedia Tech Class students were asked to create an eBook using the Book Creator app that shared one of their personal passions. Along with text, images, and audio, the students also used a variety of iPad apps to created video and multimedia pieces to enhance their books. Miss Bosch combined their eBooks into one anthology and submitted it to iTunes where it now has been published to 51 iTunes stores around the world! Talk about a global audience! We would love for you to download our book and would appreciate if you would leave a rating and/or a review!

If you have an iPad, iPod, or iPhone or a Mac Computer, you can download the book directly from iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/passion-portraits/id1192999472?mt=11

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If you have a different type of device, you may be able to download this ePub file:

Link to Passion Portraits ePub file

On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file.  If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files.  (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.)

Teacher Note: Book Creator is both an easy and creative way for students to create and publish their own content! It is one of my favorite apps. It currently is available on the US iTunes app store for $4.99. There also is a free version that will let you create one book.

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Dollar Store Design: Tinkercad Night Lights!

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One of the places I go for inspiration for 3D printing projects is the dollar store! I look for ideas of small items for which our students could create new design elements. In December the middle school multimedia class used Tinkercad to design their own custom night light cover for printing with our Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer.

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After students had viewed a few tutorials for Tinkercad and had some “playground” time just to explore, they began the design process. The first challenge was to design a base the would perfectly slide onto the night light. This involved a lot of real world measurement  and evaluative thinking (which I love).

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Each student ended up printing several iterations of their base design before they designed one that fit perfectly. The bases were pretty quick to print, so we wanted to make sure they were right before continuing. Since these students had already done several projects using the our Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, I was able to let them take charge of getting their files downloaded and ready to print, loading the filament, leveling the build plate, and starting the printing process. The onscreen directions on the control pad are easy enough for middle school students to follow on their own after being instructed on the process!

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Next step was designing a front for the night light.  One design was a Minecraft style face with holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. The student used the tools available in Tinkercad to create shapes and holes.

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Another design used a reindeer .svg icon that was downloaded from the Flaticon website. This file was imported into Tinkercad and was used to cut out a shape into the front of the night light. One challenge in this design was trying to figure out a way to keep the nose and eyes connected to the cutout. (Unfortunately, my photo of the finished project is a bit blurry, but you get the idea.)

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The third design was a mermaid. This student could not find a .svg icon that she liked, so she decided to create her own. She used sharpie markers to draw her mermaid, photographed it with her iPad, and then downloaded it to her computer. She used an online converter to change the .jpg file to .svg which could then be imported into Tinkercad. Her design looked amazing when done! This student ended up taking her .stl file home to continue working on it in Tinkercad over vacation to get it to fit the night light better. She is fortunate that her dad has access to a 3D printer! I’m looking forward to seeing the revised design.

Teacher Notes: Tinkercad does not let you to create drawings or upload .jpg files, but it will upload .svg files. We used the following website to search for .svg files to use for this project. Black and white solid icon images work best. You will have to choose to download the file in .svg format.

http://www.flaticon.com/

If you want to create your own drawing or have a .jpg file that you wish to use, you can convert the file to .svg format. Here is the website that we used:

http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-svg


Disclosure: I am delighted to have been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the 2016/17 school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer and will be developing and sharing lesson ideas.

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!

 

Vote for Southfield Christian to win Two 3D Printers!

Here is a fantastic opportunity for our school to win two 3D printers from Dremel. There is NO LOGIN REQUIRED to vote! Click the link below, then click vote. Look for Southfield Christian, then check the box to vote for us. Here is the link:

Link to Vote for Southfield Christian

You can vote once a day on each device that you own through December 26. Dremel will be giving these away to the schools that get the most votes!

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Thanks for your help! We’d appreciated it if you would share with others to vote for our school!

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End of Class Reflection/Evaluation

Students, sadly, our class is drawing to an end. Thanks for all your hard work!

Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences to give me some feedback on the class and also to reflect on your work during the quarter. You may look back at some of the blog posts to refresh your memory, just do not get distracted by them.

  • What new things did you learn from this class?
  • What was your favorite project or activity?
  • What project or activity did you NOT like? Please explain why and give any ideas to make it better.
  • Which project that you made were you proudest of and why?
  • What is something you could have improved in this class?
  • Any other suggestions or ideas for MIss Bosch to make the class better?

#ONEWORD New Year Selfies

What is one word that best represents your goal for the new year? You are going to use the Phonto app to combine your ONE WORD with a selfie and an explanation of why you chose that word.

The four parts of this project are:

  • Open the Phonto app and take a selfie
  • Type in your ONE WORD and format it so it is large and stands out.
  • Type in your explanation of why you picked that word and format it so it is smaller but easy to read.
  • Save your picture and upload it to Dropbox

Watch this video tutorial which shows the 4 parts of the project. You may pause the video while you do each step.

Here is a link to Mrs. Requard’s video which I showed at the beginning of class with the ONE WORDS created by the 4th and 5th graders of North Star Elementary School in Arizona:

One Word Resolutions for 2016

Devotion Power Point Self Reflection – 12/16

Students, you did an outstanding job on your PowerPoint presentations! I enjoyed looking at them and hearing your presentations.  Please leave a 3 sentence comment reflecting on what you learned, evaluating yourself, and giving me any suggestions for the project in the future.

  • What new skills did you learn about creating a PowerPoint?
  • What did you learn about ways to design a good and a bad looking presentation?
  • How did you feel about giving your presentation in front of the class?
  • What things would you try to improve next time you make and give a presentation?
  • Do you have any suggestions how the teacher could improve this project for next time?

Thank you for your comment.  It is a part of your daily participation grade.

Minecraft Tutorials Using Explain Everything

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Over the past week or so, the sixth graders have been developing tutorials to explain how to create or do something in Minecraft. They took screenshots of the process while building in MInecraft. Then they added their screenshots into the Explain Everything app where they added additional directions using text and annotations. When their slides were done, they recorded audio directions.  I will be posting the tutorial videos below as they are completed and published!

 

 

 

Minecraft Tutorials Using Explain Everything

Our next project will be creating MInecraft Tutorials using the Explain Everything app.

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Step One: View a few of the tutorials from previous years using the links above. While watching, please observe these things:

  • What things did people do to made a project interesting watch and effective to understand?
  • Did the directions and steps make sense?
  • Did you understand the way that they annotated their screenshots as they talked?
  • Was the audio clear and easy to understand?

Step Two: You will need to watch the Explain Everything tutorials to learn how to use the app. Use the app on your iPad as you watch to test out the things you learn.

What is Explain Everything?

Also, these tutorials may be helpful: