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.


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!


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:



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!


Congratulations Meijer Great Choices Video Winners!

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


“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!

Welcome to Multimedia Tech Class 2016

We will be using blogging and commenting to set goals and to evaluate and reflect upon our work. Remember when blogging or commenting to only use your first name and  don’t include personal information. Please use complete sentences, good spelling, and correct grammar and to show yourself off in a positive intelligent way!

Leave a comment of at least 3 sentences telling about the following:

  • What would you like to learn how to do (or improve) using technology during this class?
  • What are some of your technology skills that you feel you already are good at  doing (your strengths)?
  • What are some of the ways that you use technology for fun?
  • What kinds of devices do you own or have available for use in your family (such as a smartphone, iPod, iPad or other tablet, digital camera, or ???)

In case you are interested, here is the link where I made the Star Wars trailer: http://www.starwordz.com/starwordz/




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.