Keynote Drawings and Magic Move

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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.

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Next, the students took selfies and traced over top of them to draw their self portraits. Students really made some amazing portraits!

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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

Merge Cube Mania

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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.

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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

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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:

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

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!

PowerPoint Tutorials

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!!

Editing and Formatting Photos in PowerPoint

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.

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!

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.

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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Collaborative Groups 2017

Collaborative Document in the LabThis week the sixth graders did an activity to build a collaborative document on “Advice for Future Sixth Graders.” They used a chat window to plan and collaborate as they worked on this project. Sometimes it was challenging to coordinate their ideas and their typing in the document, but in the end they were able put their ideas together without actually talking out loud to each other.

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Here are some examples of the documents that the students made. Click on each one to see a larger view. Some documents are cropped because they were LONG!!

 

 

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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:

One Word Resolutions for 2016

Minecraft Tutorials Using Explain Everything

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

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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.