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!
Our next project will be creating MInecraft Tutorials using the Explain Everything app.
MInecraft Tutorials 2015
Step One: View a few of the tutorials from previous years using the links above. While watching, please observe these things:
- What things did people do to made a project interesting watch and effective to understand?
- Did the directions and steps make sense?
- Did you understand the way that they annotated their screenshots as they talked?
- Was the audio clear and easy to understand?
Step Two: You will need to watch the Explain Everything tutorials to learn how to use the app. Use the app on your iPad as you watch to test out the things you learn.
What is Explain Everything?
Also, these tutorials may be helpful:
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:
- How to make photo into a full background and arrange the photo to the back.
- How to make a photo transparent.
- How to recolor a photo.
- How to add frames around a photo.
- How to erase a white background on a photo.
You should use a minimum of 2 of these advanced editing effects on your photos.
When you are done with entering your text on your slides, watch this video to see some ideas of ways that you can format and customize your text.
You must customize your title page – use a more attractive font, change color, and make the size larger at the MINIMUM. Then you should customize the titles on each page as well. Try out some methods you have not used before. If you don’t like it, then edit > undo. I love seeing creativity and exploration!!
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!
If you finish your sketchnote, you may make another sketchnote of your choice, draw an amazing picture with the app of your choice, or follow this video to make a selfie portrait using Sketchbook X.
Another wonderful batch of Psalm Videos created by the sixth graders using iMovie for our copyright unit. Here are some of them. (I will be adding additional videos when students make correctiions.)
Students, here are the tutorial videos for you to watch to learn about what a sketchnote is and what the parts of a sketchnote are. Please watch both videos and take sketchnotes on your worksheet as you watch them.
When you are done with these videos above and have filled in the front of your worksheet, then view the three tutorials below to view which will demonstrate the drawing apps that we are going to use for our sketchnote. Please watch at least 2 tutorials and decide which app you like better and want to use for your upcoming project. Use your iPad and a stylus to try them out while watching the tutorials and after you are finished watching them. Then practice and explore using the app you like best.
Project Preview – click on these links to see examples of the project we are going to do next:
Here are the links we will use for this lesson:
Video about Creative Commons and Copyright
Learning Links Clip Art/Photos – scroll down to the section on Copyright Friendly Photos and use the ones that are labeled 6th
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.
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.
Finally, 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!