Hi students. My stepmom passed away peacefully on Wednesday night. I’d appreciate your prayers for my family and especially my dad.
Here is a what I expect you to be working on:
1) Work on your African American Hero Portrait Project. Follow the directions on the worksheet. Be creative! If you were absent when I introduced the project, please read through the directions sheet and you may ask questions of a classmate if you need more details. Don’t use Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks – I want you to find someone that you maybe don’t know all about. **Please talk to your sub to see if they approve the person that you pick to be an appropriate example from a Christian context. It should be a person who is no longer living and has a legacy.
Here is a video to watch if you are looking for ideas or just to get some background on what we celebrate this month:
**Be sure to watch the tutorials below for help using Keynote if needed, expecially if you have never used Keynote to draw or to show you how to set up the portraits!
2) Finish working on editing your selfie portraits if needed using the photo apps – minimum of 3, you may do more. (Gioni, I think you were absent when we did this. I have the worksheet for you. Ask a classmate to explain, if needed.)
3) If done with the above: Photo or Drawing project or projects of your choice. (You must be working on one or more of these things, not just messing around, I will be checking to see what you did.)
- Animating your African American Hero Portrait it Keynote.
- Making another portrait, drawing, or sketchnote of your choice in Keynote
- Doing a project from the Everyone Can Create Photo or Drawing ebooks on your iPad.
- I am looking for detailed and skilled work, not just messing around!
If you have a question, please leave it in the comments on this post and I will try to get back to you for the next day with a reply.
Here are the links we will use for this lesson:
Video about Creative Commons and Copyright
Learning Links Clip Art/Photos – scroll down to the section on Copyright Friendly Photos and use the ones that are labeled 7th
These are some examples of the Psalm videos that we will be creating:
Psalm Videos October 2018
Psalm Videos November 2016
Psalm Videos September 2016
Psalm Videos November 2015
Psalm Videos September 2015
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.
Here are some examples of the best projects from last year:
Here is a link to Vimeo where the rest of the videos are posted.
The sixth graders began our technology class with a series of lessons on digital citizenship. We started by reading some hoax websites which fooled many students! We did some research using the Snopes website to find out the true story about some photos that have been passed around the internet. We also viewed and took notes on some videos about how to evaluate websites and digital citizenship and safety. Finally, we worked on creating a collaborative slideshow in Google Slides to share a message that was learned from the videos. A few examples of the slide are above. You can view their slideshows below.
Here are the links for our slideshows in Google Slides:
Sixth Even Days Slideshow – view only
Sixth Odd Days Slideshow- view only
Go to one of these links. On your worksheet write one or two things that you learned from the site:
Learning Target: I can use the wisdom God has given me to evaluate websites for truth and accuracy.
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 this website to help determine if these pictures from the internet are true, false, or ??
Use these links to view some videos on issues related to Cyber Citizenship:
NS Teens Challenge
Over the past few weeks, the multimedia tech students have been exploring how to use the drawing and Magic Move features to create some amazing animations. They followed this helpful video to get started with some of the basics of Magic Move.
Ten Ways to Use Magic Move by Simon Pile
Then they had an opportunity to get creative with Magic Move. I especially loved this Teacher Appreciation animation created by Ethan V. (We used the screen recording feature in iOS 11 to take a video of their animations.)
Students found lots of helpful ways to use Keynote to share about things they had been learning.
Next, the students took selfies and traced over top of them to draw their self portraits. Students really made some amazing portraits!
Finally, students used all kinds of tools in Keynote to add words and images to their stories. Here are videos showing some of their animations:
Julie even used GarageBand to add some awesome music to the background of her video:
All of our students have blogs where they post and reflect on their work. Joshua’s comment, “What I like about keynote is that it’s Google Slides, except 5x better” really made me smile, because it shows the depth of creativity the students were discovering! It’s more than text and an picture on a slide!
You can view their posts on this project here: https://kidblog.org/class/scs-ms-multimedia-tech-18/posts
A few weeks ago I joined in the Merge Cube Mania and purchased 30 Merge Cubes for a dollar each at Walmart. This week I asked my middle school multimedia tech class to explore the Merge Cube apps and then write a review of the product and apps on their blogs.
The students had a blast and were amazed at the AR/augmented reality effects when using the cubes. They wrote some insightful posts and included pictures and videos to illustrate their ideas. Some student even used the Clips app to illustrate their reviews.
Here is a link to the student blog reviews. We’d love for you to view them and even leave them a comment!
Middle Pages Merge Cube Reviews
I also have been beta testing the Merge Cube Object Viewer. It allows you to upload a 3D file (such as a .stl file that you create with Tinkercad) and view it in 3D in the cube. It is a pretty cool way to preview 3D files. Here is an example of a boat designed by one of my students being viewed in the Merge Cube:
For more information on Merge Cubes, check out this detailed post from Michael Fricano.
Check out if your local Walmart has any discounted Merge Cubes available.
Here is a Merge Cube Printable that you can use to make your own cube to test out!
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!
MJ’s Blog Post
Drew’s Blog Post
Kendall’s Blog Post
Cameron’s Blog Post
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.