End of Class Reflection/Evaluation

Students, sadly, our class is drawing to an end. Thanks for all your hard work!

Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences to give me some feedback on the class and also to reflect on your work during the quarter. You may look back at some of the blog posts to refresh your memory, just do not get distracted by them.

  • What new things did you learn from this class?
  • What was your favorite project or activity?
  • What project or activity did you NOT like? Please explain why and give any ideas to make it better.
  • Which project that you made were you proudest of and why?
  • What is something you could have improved in this class?
  • Any other suggestions or ideas for MIss Bosch to make the class better?

Minecraft Tutorials Using Explain Everything

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Over the past week or so, the sixth graders have been developing tutorials to explain how to create or do something in Minecraft. They took screenshots of the process while building in MInecraft. Then they added their screenshots into the Explain Everything app where they added additional directions using text and annotations. When their slides were done, they recorded audio directions.  I will be posting the tutorial videos below as they are completed and published!

 

 

 

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.

Copyright for Music and Photos – November 2016

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

September 2016

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 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.

Keychain 2.0

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.

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

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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Chat and Collaboration Activities October 2016

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.

Chat Room 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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Sixth Grade Technology Goals 10/16

Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences. Talk about:

  1. What kinds of technology you like to use and what you like to do?
  2. Something new you would like to learn this year in tech class?
  3. Something you like to improve in your technology skills?

Remember, when posting online:

  • No last names.
  • Use your best sentences, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Be sure that everything you post is kind and God honoring!

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When done:

Cyber Citizenship

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

Netsafe Kids

Netsmartz Videos

NS Teens Challenge

Minecraft Tutorials using Explain Everything

Building Minecraft Tutorials Building Minecraft Tutorials Building Minecraft TutorialsThe sixth graders finished off this quarter by working on building Minecraft tutorials using the Explain Everything app. Unfortunately, most groups ran out of time to complete the videos, but a few were completed and are posted below:

 

Please click on the link below to view a few of the Minecraft Tutorials that were created last year.

MInecraft Tutorials 2015

Here are the links to the Explain Everything tutorials. You will need to teach yourself how to use this app before building your Minecraft Video. Miss Bosch may give out iPads so you can try out the app while watching the videos.

Also, these tutorials may be helpful:

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