#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

Minecraft Tutorials Using Explain Everything

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

MInecraft Tutorials 2015

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:

 

 

Editing and Formatting Photos in PowerPoint

Add one or two photos to each slide. Adjust the text boxes so the photos fit nicely onto the slide.

Be sure to copy/paste the URL web address for each photo onto your Image Credits page!

Then watch the video showing you ways to customize your photos. It will demonstrate:

  1. How to make photo into a full background and arrange the photo to the back.
  2. How to make a photo transparent.
  3. How to recolor a photo.
  4. How to add frames around a photo.
  5. How to erase a white background on a photo.

You should use a minimum of 2 of these advanced editing effects on your photos.

Formatting/Customizing Text in Powerpoint

When you are done with entering your text on your slides, watch this video to see some ideas of ways that you can format and customize your text.

You must customize your title page – use a more attractive font, change color, and make the size larger at the MINIMUM. Then you should customize the titles on each page as well. Try out some methods you have not used before. If you don’t like it, then edit > undo. I love seeing creativity and exploration!!

Evaluating Websites – October 2016

Students, we will be using these links for our lesson today. Please write answers on your worksheet.

PART 1

Go to one of these links.  On your worksheet write one or two things that you learned from the site:

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Jackalope Conspiracy

Dog Island Free Forever

Republic of Molossia

PART 2
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.)
http://www.schooltube.com/video/ca475ce545e844d4a2de/

PART 3

Use these links to view some videos on issues related to Cyber Citizenship:

Netsafe Kids

Netsmartz Videos

NS Teens Challenge

On the back of your paper, write down at least 3 things that you think are important for middle schoolers to remember about web safety.

Copyright for Music and Photos – September 2016

Project Preview – click on these links to see examples of the project we are going to do next:

September 2015

November 2014

Here are the links we will use for this lesson:

Video about Creative Commons and Copyright

Music Websites:

Imcompetech

Purple Planet

Bensound

Photo Websites:

Learning Links Clip Art/Photos – scroll down to the section on Copyright Friendly Photos and use the ones that are labeled 6th

Life Logo Key Chains with the Dremel 3D IdeaBuilder Printer

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Over the summer, I received the exciting news that I had been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the upcoming school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer and will be developing and sharing lesson ideas. Since we are beginners at using the 3D printer, we started with a simple project where students made  “Life Logo” key chains as part of a digital citizenship unit.  In this post, I will share the steps for lesson, along with some resources that will help you replicate the lesson in your classroom if you wish.

Here is the Life Logo video which we used to introduce lesson to the students:

After viewing the video, students came up with an idea for their Life Logo. Then they used Dremel’s page of online customizers to design a key chain. This is a great starting project, because all students needed to do was customize a few easy features like the logo text. Once done, students clicked the button to download their designs. I collected the files using a shared drive we have set up in our computer lab (or you could use a flashdrive). Here is the link to the Dremel 3D Customiziers:

Dremel 3D Customizers

After all the files were collected, I used the Autodesk Printstudio software to convert, resize, and arrange multiple key chains to print in the Dremel format. I was able to print 6 key chains at a time.  Here is the link where you can download the free Autodesk Printstudio Software:

Dremel/Autodesk Printstudio Download

Students loved watching the files print on the Dremel Idea Builder!

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

Life Logo Example

Above is an example of what a Life Logo digital poster might look like. Their digital poster was  to include:

  • 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 the students how to use the Pic Collage Kids app.

Finally, our digital posters were done. Here is a gallery of the projects. Click on an image to see it full sized.

This was a great way to begin digital printing because it let the students quickly print a project without having to learn complex design tools. (That’s our next step!) It added a concrete element to our lessons and discussion on digital citizenship and gave students something they could take with them to remind them of the lessons they’d learned!


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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Chat and Collaboration Activities 2016a

We recently did 2 online activities to practice using chat and collaboration tools in a school setting.

On Wednesday we used an online chatroom to hold a class discussion. It was great because everyone had an opportunity to answer each question and contribute to the discussion.

sixht chat activity

On Thursday we used a collaborative document tool that had a chatroom attached. Students were challenged to build a document virtually with a group. The document was to give advice to future 6th grade students. No talking was allowed – all planning needed to be done by using online chat!

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Each color represented a different student’s work. The chat area is on the right. Below are some examples of the students’ documents.

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Psalm Video Project Reflection/Evaluation November 2015

Students, you did a great job putting your videos together – they are beautiful! To wind up this project, I would like you to do a self evaluation.

Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences, telling about the following things:

  • What did you like about this project? What didn’t you like?
  • What new things did you learn from this unit about copyright and/or iMovie?
  • What parts of your project were the best/strongest? What things do you think you could have improved or done better?
  • What suggestions do you have for Miss Bosch to improve the project for next time?

When you are done, if you did not get 25 points on your project, you may correct your mistakes and turn it in again so Miss Bosch can publish your project.

Then you may view the videos that are already published posted below. (I will publish more if you make the corrections!)