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:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/book-shelfies-2017/id1245385011?mt=11

“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.

 

Texting Story App

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Recently a few of my middle school students did a test run of the free Texting Story app. They really enjoyed the app because it let them create a digital story using a format that is second nature to them – texting! The app lets you build a text story between two characters. It also lets you add photos into the story. (This is a paid inapp feature, but when we used the app we were able to add it for free.) Once your story is crafted it will generate a video version of the story complete with clicking sounds!

Here is an example based on The Warriors book series. What a great way for students to illustrate a scene from a book! (Note: students were just testing the app, so spelling and some other aspects of their videos might not be “publication perfecct.”):

Here’s another example with a conversation between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. This app is a perfect 21st century way to share biographical facts, compare two historical figures, or illustrate a historical event!

I believe this app could be used in almost any subject. In science, two animals or planets could be comparing and contrasting traits. It would work wonderfully for practicing conversational writing in World Language classes. Even in math, there could be conversations between shapes, vocabulary, terms, or even two characters showing 2 different ways of solving a problem.

Texting Story is currently free on the US iTunes store.

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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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#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:

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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!

 

 

 

“How To” Sketchnotes – November 2016

The sixth graders recently completed a unit on creating digital sketchnotes. They created a “how to” sketchnote which included all the elements which they learned about from our tutorials. (See earlier post if you are interested in the tutorials that we used.) The students choose between the Flipink, Sketchbook X, and Tayasui Sketches Pro apps to make their sketchnotes. Here is their work – click on an image to view it larger!

After our lesson, I was very impressed with all the students who used the sketchnote strategy while listening in chapel. Check out their work!

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Sketchnote Video Tutorials – 11/11

Students, here are the tutorial videos for you to watch to learn about what a sketchnote is and what the parts of a sketchnote are. Please watch both videos and take sketchnotes on your worksheet as you watch them.

When you are done with these videos above and have filled in the front of your worksheet, then view the three 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.

 

 

Life Logo KeyChains Using Morphi, Pic Collage Kids, and the Dremel 3D40 Ideabuilder Printer

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Our sixth grade students recently designed “Life Logo” keychains to as a conclusion to our digital citizenship unit. Here is the Life Logo video which we used to introduce the lesson to the students:

Students used the Morphi app to design their keychains. I created a series of short tutorials on how to build the keychains in layers (base, decorations, text, and loop) which students used to self direct their learning of how to design in 3D. After printing the first version of their keychain, students examined their keychains for flaws and had the option to redesign and reprint. It was great to observe their iteration process as they worked on version 2.0.

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The students came up with a variety of creative designs for their logos. I liked that the Morphi app allowed them many ways that shapes, drawing, and text could be combined. Students found the design process challenging at times, but very satisfying and exciting  when they saw their end product! Our Dremel 3D40 IdeaBuilder Printer did a beautiful job rendering their designs.

morphi keychainsFinally, students designed a digital poster to show their key chain and explain their Life Logo using the free Pic Collage Kids app.

The digital posters included:

  • a large title with the words of your Life Logo
  • your first name (No last names! We cannot publish last names.)
  • a text box with 2 or 3 sentences sharing why you would choose that Life Logo to represent yourself online
  • proofreading of your text to make sure it makes sense and that capitals, punctuation, and spelling is correct!
  • a photo of your key chain
  • one or two pictures from the internet to help illustrate your logo (no copyrights)

Below is the tutorial video that shows how to use the Pic Collage Kids app.

Here is a gallery showing you all the Life Logo posters. Click on the thumbnail to view the poster full size:

I was very pleased with how this unit turned out. It was a great way to combine the design process with thoughtful reflection on digital citizenship.


Disclosure: 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!

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Animated Videos with our 3D Stanleys

greenscreenskellyWhile my students were designing and printing their 3D Stanleys using the Thingmaker app, we did some brainstorming on how we could use them for some kind of digital storytelling. One student asked if we could do stop motion animation. What a great idea! So the students came up with the idea of Alien Academy as the basis of their videos and gave each character a super power that could be used in school. (See their character profiles here.) After planning out a storyboard, they began using their iPads to film a clip for each scene. They ended up using a variety of apps to create their animations:

Green Screen by Do Ink

ChatterPix Kids (free) – create talking characters

Puppet Pals – create and record path animation

Lego Movie Maker – free easy app for stop motions

Pickayoo – for avatars

Background Eraser by HandyCloset – to create transparent objects for animation and layering. This is the easiest app I’ve found to quickly create a clean photo with a transparent background.

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After the students created all their clips and saved them to the photo album on their iPads, they transferred them to their computer and completed the editing in iMovie, adding transitions, titles, and sound effects. The students did a great job of editing their videos. Here are the videos and links to the student blogs where they explained and reflected on the process of building their projects.

About Ryan’s project with Skelly

About KC’s project with Lollita

About Dominic’s project with Wrench

Would you like one of these characters to visit your school? If you have a 3D printer, you can! Learn more about our 3D Stanley project here.



Disclosure: 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!

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