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.

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Some first designs were not very successful! LOL!

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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:

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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 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!

Using Clips to Reflect on 3D Printing Life Logos

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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 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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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!

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Drew’s Blog Post

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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.

Sketchnotes from MS Tech – Fall 2017

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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:

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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!

 

 

 

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Sixth Grade – Resources for Clips Life Logo Project

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.

BookSnaps using the Pic Collage app – MS Tech Class

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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:

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Here is my teacher example for the lesson:

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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.

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3D Printing Life Logos 2017

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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!IMG_3514

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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:

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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:

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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!

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iPad Photography

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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!.

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We then looked at my teacher friend David Caleb’s wonderful free eBook “Stories Through the Lens” for some ideas about photo composition.

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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.

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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!

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Book Shelfies 2017 Multitouch Book now on iTunes!

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Our Book Shelfies multitouch book was published on iTunes today! I am so excited that it is available for free download on 51 iTunes stores around the world! I am very proud of the students’ creative work in this project. Here is the link to the book on iTunes:

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“Book Shelfies” is an anthology of multimedia “book reports” created by the middle school students of Southfield Christian School in Southfield, Michigan USA during May of 2017. Students used iBooks Author and a variety of Apple programs and iPad apps to share a “self portrait” of a book that they love. Each student created a chapter which included a video book trailer, an animated book character, a GarageBand recording of portion of the book, an interactive quiz widget about the book, and a creative element of their choice. Some of their creative choices included book scenes created in Minecraft, an interactive map, book quote posters, and texting videos to illustrate a scene from the book. We hope you enjoy a glimpse of how the traditional book report can be transformed and energized by using 21st century tools! This was our final project in the class, and students needed to use many skills to pull all the elements together into their book chapter!

To download the book, you will need to use the iBooks app either on an iPad, iPhone, or on a Mac computer. Because of the special multimedia features that we included, it will not work on different platforms.

We would love for you to download, share, rate, and leave comments for our book! Thanks!

Here is a link to see some examples of the multimedia which the students created on their iPads.

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Book Shelfies – Book Media

The middle school students have been working on a “Book Shelfie” about a book they love. They are creating a book chapter in iBooks Author and adding in multimedia pieces that they create either on an iPad or on a Mac Computer. Look for the multitouch book to be published soon to iTunes!

Here are a few examples of media they created to illustrate their books;

Above is Lacey’s Book Trailer for Eddie Red. She used the Pickayou app to make the characters, animated them in Puppet Pals, and then pulled the clips into iMove to make the trailer!

Ethan used the SpokenPhoto app to make this amazing talking video of Fire Star who is one of the cats in the Warrior book.

Bobby used Tellagami Edu to make a character animation of Sadie, one of the characters in the book Throne of Fire.

 

Giovanni used the Texting Story app to illustrate a scene from the book Maze Runner.

Brooke also used the trailer feature in iMovie to illustrate the book The Skin I’m In. She used live video clips. She also included a video collage into her trailer using the Pic Play Post app.

Carter created this creative talking Wanted Poster using the Wanted Poster app and Facejack!

Quentin really made the basketball theme come to life by using a variety of images and clip art in his video.

Here is Antonio’s book trailer for The Longest Ride. Did you notice how he drew a hat on one of his characters using the Sketchbook X app? That was a great creative touch!

Matt also used a combination of Pickayou, Puppet Pals, and iMovie to make his trailer.