Choice Designs using the Morphi App

The middle school students had an opportunity to design (using the Morphi app) an object of their choice to print on our 3D printers. Here are a few of their designs.

A container designed as a gift, by Cameron.
A Christmas ornament designed by Seth.
A box with a lid, owl handle, created by Julie.
A working lock with 2 pieces, designed by Ethan.

Most of these projects took several iterations before they were able to successfully print. I am always impressed with our students’ creativity as they work through their designs.

3D Selfie Portraits

The Middle School students have been working on a project where they creatively edited a selfie using a variety of apps. Our final challenge was to use Keynote to create a design that could be transformed into 3D using the Morphi app.

Students needed to add shapes/symbols from Keynote into their design to represent different parts of themselves.

Once the pieces of the design were completed in Keynote, students exported their images to their photos on their iPad. Then students used the Morphi app to transform them into 3D. They combined them together with shapes in Morphi to make a stand for their design. Then their designs were printed on our Dremel 3D printers. Students went through several iterations of their designs, adjusting sizing and layers as needed.

Below you can see more examples of how the designs in Keynote were transformed into 3D.

We really enjoyed this project. It added a new twist to how students could imagine making a selfie! Here is a link to the students’ posts in Kidblog where they share about their process and learning through this project!

Coding with Swift Playgrounds and Sphero

swift playgrounds

The Multimedia Tech class recently completed a coding unit. We began by using the lessons in Swift Playgrounds on our iPads. Students Students learned some of the basic logic and language of coding while working through the challenges. There was a lot of teamwork as students helped each other to solve the challenges when they were stuck. Swift Playgrounds is available for free for iPads on the iTunes Store. It has a variety of fun coding challenges on a variety of levels that help students learn about coding.


We next transferred the skills learned into programing our Sphero robotic balls. Students learned some basics of how to pair the Spheros with Bluetooth, aim, and drive them. Then we used the SheroEdu app for working through some challenges. Students had to program shapes, colors, and sounds. Then they got creative got creative and programed the Spheros to tell stories, dance, and even sing! Check out these videos to see some of their creative coding solutions!

The Sphero Edu app is also available for free on iTunes. It has lessons and tutorials that students can use. (Note: the tutorials are hosted on Youtube and sadly we found they were blocked on our student network.) You also can simply use the app to code the Sphero. We especially loved that there was a large library of sound effects! You also could program talking using text to voice – the voice came out of the iPad. Great potential for blending storytelling with coding!!

Evaluating Websites/Internet Safety

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


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

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 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.

Please vote – Meijer Great Choices Film Festival

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 6.25.09 PM  3-1-16This year our Middle School students have created 4 outstanding videos to enter in the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival. We are asking everyone we know to support our entries by voting each day for our videos. You will need to create an account either using Facebook or with an email account to vote. Once that is done, it will literally take you seconds to vote each day!

Here are links to the videos:

Healthy Food Always Wins by by Jake, Luke, and Tyler

Take a Stroll to Help Achieve Your Goal by Kaitlyn, Raven, and Camryn

Be Yourself by by Arianna, Rachel, and Joslyn

You are Special by Jalon and Mitchell

The videos receiving the most votes in each category wins $500 dollars for their school. Second and third places earn $200 dollars. Last year our student videos took a first and third place earning $700 for our school and doubling our technology budget!

Thank you so much for your daily support!