Over the past week, students in the Multimedia Tech class worked on making digital sketchnotes on our iPads. They tested out several drawing apps, selected their favorite (most chose the Tayasui Sketches app) and then worked on a non-fiction sketchnote from their science or social studies book.
Sketchnotes are about ideas, not art. The purpose is to link words with simple pictures to create a visual document of learning that is easy to remember. Here are some examples of their work:
One student told me that making the sketchnote really helped her with a test retake. Here is a video clip where she talks about the benefits of sketchnotes:
Students also worked on making sketchnotes based on a fictional book. Here are a few more examples of their work (note: a few of these are missing, will try to add next week).
It was exciting to see students explore drawing apps and learn to use new techniques like layers as they worked on putting their ideas into pictures. Next week we will be adding voice and annotations to their sketchnotes using the Apple Clips app!
Here’s an example of how you could use the Apple Clips app to make your reflection video about your Life Logo/3D Printing project. This is just one way you can build the project – you can be creative! Be sure to use the checklist so that you include all the elements that are going to be graded.
When you are done, here is a video showing how to publish your video:
Note, I will double check all videos, if you did not follow directions they will not be published.
Recently, I’ve been seeing many examples of a visual learning strategy called “BookSnaps.” (Check out this post from Tara Martin, who is the BookSnaps Guru if you would like to learn more.) To make a BookSnap, take a photo of a page in a book, then use an app like Pic Collage, Book Creator, or SnapChat to add lines, text, images, and emojis to dive deep to annotate and visualize the text.
The Middle School Multimedia Class recently created these BookSnaps over fiction stories using the PicCollage Kids app. The drawing tool (which was recently added to PicCollage) works perfectly for this strategy. I asked students to use red to show an important idea, green to show something they had a question about, and blue to mark a vocabulary word. Students added text boxes to tell about their annotations. They also used the photo search feature to add pictures that illustrated parts of the story. Finally, some emoji’s were added to show their emotional reactions to parts of the text. Here are the BookSnaps that they made:
Here is my teacher example for the lesson:
I put together a series of video tutorials to help students work through the process of creating their BookSnaps in PicCollage Kids. Student used the videos to self direct their learning with the project. Here are the tutorials:
I’m looking forward to trying this strategy with some other grades – it is a fun way to help students think deeply and visualize text.
The sixth graders have been working over the past few weeks to design a “Life Logo” key chain using the Morphi app to be printed on our Dremel 3D Printers. Here’s a video explaining the premise of the project:
Students followed this collection of online tutorials to self direct their learning as they built their designs using the Morphi EDU app. Morphi allows students many creative design options including building with shapes, text, and making drawings that convert into 3D!
Our Dremel 3D Printers have been printing away over recent days helping the designs come to life. Here are some examples of their printed keychains:
In this project we talked about F.A.I.L. – First Attempt In Learning. Part of our design process was “iteration” where students evaluated their first design, made corrections and improvements, and then printed version 2.0. Here are a few examples showing the evolution of their designs:
Over the past 2 weeks, our Dremel 3D printers have printed 52 “Life Logo” keychain designs, then printed versions 2.0 and 3.0 if needed! It’s been fun to watch students use design skills and problem solve throughout this activity.
Next, students will be building videos using the Apple Clips app to share and reflect on their projects!
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!
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.
Paper 53 tutorial:
If you finish early, you may try to make a Selfie Portrait.
Here is the tutorial on how to make a selfie portrait. Watch the tutorial and pause it as you watch to follow the steps to make your own Selfie Portrait!
This past week, the Middle School Multimedia Tech class worked on learning ways to improve their iPad photography. We used a variety of FREE iPad apps including Prizma, Pixlr-o-matic, PaintMee, and MySketch to add filters and effects to self portraits. We also used the Pic Collage Kids app to design collages that showed off their best work!.
We then looked at my teacher friend David Caleb’s wonderful free eBook “Stories Through the Lens” for some ideas about photo composition.
Since it was a warm beautiful day, we headed outside. Students picked one subject and took photos of it using a variety of perspectives following ideas that they learned from the book.
It was a fun way to end the week. Next week students will be blogging about about what they learned about iPad photography and sharing some of their examples!
Students, we will be using these links for our lesson today. Please write answers on your worksheet.
Go to one of these links. On your worksheet write one or two things that you learned from the site:
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.)
Use these links to view some videos on issues related to Cyber Citizenship:
NS Teens Challenge
This week the sixth graders did an activity to build a collaborative document on “Advice for Future Sixth Graders.” They used a chat window to plan and collaborate as they worked on this project. Sometimes it was challenging to coordinate their ideas and their typing in the document, but in the end they were able put their ideas together without actually talking out loud to each other.
Here are some examples of the documents that the students made. Click on each one to see a larger view. Some documents are cropped because they were LONG!!
Over the past couple days, the sixth graders used an online chat room to discuss digital citizenship and cyberbullying while practicing good God honoring habits when online. I was very pleased with their thoughtful ideas as we chatted – it is a great way for EVERYONE to have a voice during a discussion.
Use this link for the Lab Rules Kahoot game: https://kahoot.it/#/
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- What is something you enjoy doing with technology (at home or at school)?
- What is one thing you would like to learn or improve in tech class this year?
- What is something you would like me to know about yourself?
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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