Book Shelfies – Book Media

The middle school students have been working on a “Book Shelfie” about a book they love. They are creating a book chapter in iBooks Author and adding in multimedia pieces that they create either on an iPad or on a Mac Computer. Look for the multitouch book to be published soon to iTunes!

Here are a few examples of media they created to illustrate their books;

Above is Lacey’s Book Trailer for Eddie Red. She used the Pickayou app to make the characters, animated them in Puppet Pals, and then pulled the clips into iMove to make the trailer!

Ethan used the SpokenPhoto app to make this amazing talking video of Fire Star who is one of the cats in the Warrior book.

Bobby used Tellagami Edu to make a character animation of Sadie, one of the characters in the book Throne of Fire.

 

Giovanni used the Texting Story app to illustrate a scene from the book Maze Runner.

Brooke also used the trailer feature in iMovie to illustrate the book The Skin I’m In. She used live video clips. She also included a video collage into her trailer using the Pic Play Post app.

Carter created this creative talking Wanted Poster using the Wanted Poster app and Facejack!

Quentin really made the basketball theme come to life by using a variety of images and clip art in his video.

Here is Antonio’s book trailer for The Longest Ride. Did you notice how he drew a hat on one of his characters using the Sketchbook X app? That was a great creative touch!

Matt also used a combination of Pickayou, Puppet Pals, and iMovie to make his trailer.

 

Texting Story App

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Recently a few of my middle school students did a test run of the free Texting Story app. They really enjoyed the app because it let them create a digital story using a format that is second nature to them – texting! The app lets you build a text story between two characters. It also lets you add photos into the story. (This is a paid inapp feature, but when we used the app we were able to add it for free.) Once your story is crafted it will generate a video version of the story complete with clicking sounds!

Here is an example based on The Warriors book series. What a great way for students to illustrate a scene from a book! (Note: students were just testing the app, so spelling and some other aspects of their videos might not be “publication perfecct.”):

Here’s another example with a conversation between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. This app is a perfect 21st century way to share biographical facts, compare two historical figures, or illustrate a historical event!

I believe this app could be used in almost any subject. In science, two animals or planets could be comparing and contrasting traits. It would work wonderfully for practicing conversational writing in World Language classes. Even in math, there could be conversations between shapes, vocabulary, terms, or even two characters showing 2 different ways of solving a problem.

Texting Story is currently free on the US iTunes store.

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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!

 

 

 

Animated Videos with our 3D Stanleys

greenscreenskellyWhile my students were designing and printing their 3D Stanleys using the Thingmaker app, we did some brainstorming on how we could use them for some kind of digital storytelling. One student asked if we could do stop motion animation. What a great idea! So the students came up with the idea of Alien Academy as the basis of their videos and gave each character a super power that could be used in school. (See their character profiles here.) After planning out a storyboard, they began using their iPads to film a clip for each scene. They ended up using a variety of apps to create their animations:

Green Screen by Do Ink

ChatterPix Kids (free) – create talking characters

Puppet Pals – create and record path animation

Lego Movie Maker – free easy app for stop motions

Pickayoo – for avatars

Background Eraser by HandyCloset – to create transparent objects for animation and layering. This is the easiest app I’ve found to quickly create a clean photo with a transparent background.

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After the students created all their clips and saved them to the photo album on their iPads, they transferred them to their computer and completed the editing in iMovie, adding transitions, titles, and sound effects. The students did a great job of editing their videos. Here are the videos and links to the student blogs where they explained and reflected on the process of building their projects.

About Ryan’s project with Skelly

About KC’s project with Lollita

About Dominic’s project with Wrench

Would you like one of these characters to visit your school? If you have a 3D printer, you can! Learn more about our 3D Stanley project here.



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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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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Psalm Videos – September 2016

This is one of my favorite projects! Students learn about copyright, then use Creative Commons photos and music to illustrate a verse from the Psalms.

Great job with your Psalm videos, students – they are beautiful! I am embedding the video files that met the criteria for publication below. (Note: I will keep adding videos as people correct any errors, so check back if yours isn’t here!)

 

 

 

 

 

Life Logo Key Chains with the Dremel 3D IdeaBuilder Printer

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Over the summer, I received the exciting news that I had been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the upcoming school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer and will be developing and sharing lesson ideas. Since we are beginners at using the 3D printer, we started with a simple project where students made  “Life Logo” key chains as part of a digital citizenship unit.  In this post, I will share the steps for lesson, along with some resources that will help you replicate the lesson in your classroom if you wish.

Here is the Life Logo video which we used to introduce lesson to the students:

After viewing the video, students came up with an idea for their Life Logo. Then they used Dremel’s page of online customizers to design a key chain. This is a great starting project, because all students needed to do was customize a few easy features like the logo text. Once done, students clicked the button to download their designs. I collected the files using a shared drive we have set up in our computer lab (or you could use a flashdrive). Here is the link to the Dremel 3D Customiziers:

Dremel 3D Customizers

After all the files were collected, I used the Autodesk Printstudio software to convert, resize, and arrange multiple key chains to print in the Dremel format. I was able to print 6 key chains at a time.  Here is the link where you can download the free Autodesk Printstudio Software:

Dremel/Autodesk Printstudio Download

Students loved watching the files print on the Dremel Idea Builder!

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

Life Logo Example

Above is an example of what a Life Logo digital poster might look like. Their digital poster was  to include:

  • 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 the students how to use the Pic Collage Kids app.

Finally, our digital posters were done. Here is a gallery of the projects. Click on an image to see it full sized.

This was a great way to begin digital printing because it let the students quickly print a project without having to learn complex design tools. (That’s our next step!) It added a concrete element to our lessons and discussion on digital citizenship and gave students something they could take with them to remind them of the lessons they’d learned!


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!