Over the past few weeks, our 6th grade students used the Morphi app and our Apple Pencils on our iPads to design “Life Logos.” Each Life Logo represented something important to the student. Students used these online tutorials to guide them through the process of creating their designs. The Apple Pencils really helped students to easily draw details for their designs.
The logos were printed on our Dremel 3D printers. After the first 1.0 version of their designs were printed, students had an option make revisions and print a 2.0 and 3.0 version of their keychain. They really had to think deep to figure out ways to address flaws and improve their designs.
Once the keychains were printed, the students created an audio poster using the Keynote app on our iPads. They added titles, a photo of their keychain (with the background removed using the instant alpha effect), and then an audio recording where they explained their logo and reflected on their design process. Their audio posters were saved to their camera roll as a video file and then uploaded to a Padlet wall. Students had the opportunity to listen to their classmates’ recordings and leave comments for them.
After having completed our #EveryoneCanSketchnote interactive workbook in Keynote last week, students made a sketchnote using our Apple Pencils and either the Keynote or Tayasui Sketches School apps. They were very focused as they worked to turn information from their science or social studies textbooks into pictures.
Here is a gallery of the student sketchnotes. Click on the image to view a larger size.
Students loved using our Apple Pencils. Here were some comments they made on a self-evaluation survey after finishing our unit:
“I like how you can get more detailed and it always looks better than your finger.”
“My fingers are really unsteady, so this helps me draw straighter lines. I also can draw in more detail.”
“I learned that you can get very detailed and that it is more fun to draw on an iPad rather on paper.”
“I learned that I can be good at art.”
When students finished their sketchnote, they had a choice of activities using the Apple Pencils. Quite a few students used a tracing trick in Keynote to create self portraits.