Life Lessons Selfie Videos

The middle school tech class has been working on recording selfie videos to share 5 life lessons. Here are some shots of the students recording their clips. Now they are using iMovie on their computer to combine all the clips together into one video. While working on this project they will be using workflows to download video and music. They also will be using many of the editing feature in iMovie including transitions, titles, and effects.

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Custom 3D Containers – Design Process

Recently, the Middle School multimedia class worked through a 5 Step Design Process to create a custom 3D Container. Here is the process they have been working through over the past few weeks.Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.47 PM 3-4-17

We began the process by brainstorming ideas about containers that could meet a specific need for a specific audience.

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Students researched online to clarify their ideas by looking at other ways people may have designed a solution.

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.27 PM 3-4-17Next students developed a prototype for their idea. They began by building a life sized model using file folder cardboard. Students had to keep the size within 90 mm wide, long, and tall (to limit the amount of filament and time their design would require to print.) This step was trickier than it appeared at first because measurements needed to be precise. Sometimes it was hard to translate the ideas they had in their head into an actual model. Most of these models were fairly simple variations of a box.

Before moving into Tinkercad to begin their design in 3D, each student had to write a blog post explaining their idea. Classmates used comments to give feedback and to ask thoughtful questions that helped to clarify ideas. (You can view student blog posts here – search using “3D” to find the posts that relate to this project.)

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Then students then built their prototypes using the online Tinkercad website. We printed the beta version of their designs using our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 Ideabuilder printers.  Some designs failed to print successfully or were printed only part way when size or other issues appeared. Other designs needed revisions to better fit the objects they were supposed to contain or to address flaws in the designs. We held a class focus group for each printed design to help students evaluate and think about ways to improve their containers. Students wrote a second blog post documenting and evaluating their prototype.

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It really helped for students to be able to hold their design in their hand as they evaluated on their first version. Then students went back into Tinkercad and reworked their design to address flaws and difficulties. The second or third iteration of their designs showed thoughtful improvements. Students were also challenged to add a visual element to further customize their container. Many students used flaticon.com website to search for .svg files which could be uploaded into Tinkercad and added to their design. Here are a few examples of how student designs evolved:

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The last step in our Design Process was for students to write a final blog post to show their project, explain their revisions, and reflect on their process. Students did an excellent job discussing how they had improved their designs as well as thinking about areas they could still improve.

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Students were overwhelmingly positive about using this design process to create in 3D! They loved that they had freedom to come up with an idea and create it from scratch. They felt a sense of accomplishment and pride as they saw their containers evolve and improve. Their blog posts demonstrated evaluative thinking throughout the process  – all important 21st century skills!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 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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“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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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.

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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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Help Our 3D Stanleys Travel the World!

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No more Flat Stanleys! For many years, thousands of students have sent paper “Flat Stanleys” on visits around the world as a part of global collaboration projects. But now, with a 3D printer, student created characters can travel the world simply by sharing a 3D file which could be printed by anyone around the world with a 3D printer!

Our class has created four 3D jointed characters using the free Thingmaker app (link for the Android version). We are looking for other classrooms with 3D printers who would be willing to print one of our characters and then share a photo (or even a story) showing that character visiting your classroom. (Photos could be shared via Twitter to @karlyb or via email to kbosch at southfieldchristian.org.)  The profiles and links for the 3D .stl files are below. I also am including some more detailed information on creating and printing the characters at the bottom of the post.

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Download file for SKELLY   Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

 

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Download file for LOLLITA   Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

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Download file for Wrench  Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

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Download file for HAMMER   Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

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Students used the free Thingmaker app to design their jointed characters. The interface is very simple to use. Students simply select and drag parts from the top right corner and join them together. They can use their finger to twist and move the figure around on the screen.

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The app creates a link to a webpage address where you can download all the parts in a zip file for printing.

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We printed the parts on our Dremel Ideabuilder 3D40 printer. Students are fascinated to watch the printer at work. It took between 4 and 5 hours to print each character.

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Here’s what the finished print looks like. Student had a great time assembling the parts together to make their characters. The fact that the characters are jointed and actually move is very engaging for students. They are very excited to move on to the next part of the project which is going to be creating animated stories featuring their characters. Stay tuned to see their videos!

(NOTE: We did have difficulty getting a few of the more complicated parts to print correctly and had to reprint a few individual parts a second time. Some parts needed to be rotated/flipped to get a more precise print.)


UPDATE: Here are posts related to others who have joined in the 3D Stanley Project:

Twiiter Hashtag: #3DStanley

Our Visit With Lollita (AKA 3D Stanley)Huge thank you to Jacqueline Prester and her students at Mansfield High School in Massachusetts who were the first people to join the project. Their pictures/tweets were so clever!

3D Stanley – Blogpost from Engage Their Minds about the project


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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Congratulations Meijer Great Choices Video Winners!

Thank you to everyone who faithfully voted for our student videos a few months ago.

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“Be Yourself” took second place in the Promoting Character category.

IMG_6833“You are Special” took third place in the Celebrating Diversity category.

Each video won $200 for our technology classes. We are hoping to use the money towards buying a 3D printer! Thanks again for your support!

Minecraft Tutorials

Over the past 2 weeks the sixth graders have been building Minecraft tutorials that can be used by the 3rd graders when they do their animal habitat project in Minecraft. The tutorials were built using screenshots from Minecraft and the Explain Everything app. When I surveyed the students at the end of class today, this project was by far their favorite! A great lesson to help student think logically and clearly to break down and explain a process in steps.

Teacher note: Explain Everything is one of those essential apps for education that can be used in multiple ways. Currently it is $3.99 on the US iTunes store.