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Projects from a Pandemic Year

So this year, I have had to let go of blogging our student work. There just were too many new things to navigate including teaching in person and online, posting to Seesaw and Google Classroom, keeping iPads clean and hauling them from class to class, and just the uncertainty of what each day might bring. But our elementary students were awesome and did some amazing work on our iPads this year. Because of the nature of not knowing which students would be in person or at home, projects had to be short and had to have options for students to do at home if they didn’t have an iPad.

One of our first challenges was finding a way for students to safely share iPads for our classes. Did you know an iPad will work inside of a Ziplock bag? So each student had their own zip lock and I would place the iPad into the bag for each class. The hope was that any germs would stay on the plastic bag and their hands, sneezes, and other germs would never touch the iPad. We discovered even our Apple Pencils would work over top of a plastic bag.

Here is an overview and a few examples of some activities that the students worked on.

Our 4th and 5th graders used the Pages app to write about what they would do if they were president. They learned how to format the text, used some tricks for effective typing on an iPad, and then selected and formatted shapes to illustrate their writing.
Then they wrote health safety commercials about wearing masks and other things they could do to stay healthy. The commercials were animated using the ChatterKid app.
Our younger students did many projects and activities using KidPix on our iPads. A favorite project at the end of the year was to design a custom shoe using drawing tools, paint bucket fill, stamps, and text.
Another fun activity was to use colors and textured brushes to create a spring flower garden.

We also spent several weeks using Code Spark Academy to learn about coding and problem solving skills. They learned about loops and if/then statements and discovered some of the basics of how their favorite games are developed.

These are only a few of the things we worked on this year. They students rose to the challenges of this year and did some amazing work! I am proud of them! I hope you all have a great summer!

Online Learning for K – 1 for April 27 – Bible Story Time

This week we are going to explore ways we can use technology to learn about and share Bible stories. Please do one or more of the choices below. Have a grown-up help you decide what to do. You may leave a comment to tell me which Bible Story you did or watched when you are done. If you did a project, I’d love to see it. Have a grown-up email it to me at

Download Bible App for Kids (have a grown-up help you). Do one or more of the interactive stories.
Bible App for Kids (Apple)
Bible App for Kids (Google)

Another Bible app option:
Superbook for Kids (Apple)
Superbook for Kids (Google)

Watch a Bible Story video from one of these sites:
Bible App for Kids Videos
Bible Stories for Kids (NOTE: Youtube Channel)


Use the Voice Memo app on your phone or iPad to record your child retelling their favorite Bible story. (You can gain great insights by listening to what they say!) – I forgot to mention this project in the video! Sorry!

Draw a picture of your favorite Bible story using an iPad app. Here are some suggestions:

  • Hello Crayon ( was used with K students)
  • Draw and Tell( was used with K students)
  • KidPix5(NOTE: this is a paid app. It is the same as the software that we use in technology class. If you have an iPad, it might be worth the cost as a familiar way for students to do technology activities at home.)
  • Any other app or website that lets you draw or create a Bible Story picture is ok.

BIBLE BUDDIES APP ($3.99) If you are looking for something new to do with your child, I highly recommend purchasing this app. Students can record their own animated Bible stories using their finger to move characters while they talk. It is a wonderful way to have them retell the truths that they are learning.

Online Learning for 2 – 5: April 27 – Superheroes and Avatars

This week’s message from Miss Bosch

This week you are going to have the opportunity to use technology to create your own superhero or avatar. Please select one or more activities to do. When you are done, you may leave me a comment to let me know which activity you did and what you learned and liked about it. If you do a project, I would love to see a picture of it. An adult may send me an email to share it with me. ( I also challenge you to be a “Superhero” this week around your house by doing something kind and helpful for the people who are living in your home!

Examples using iPad apps


  • Super Hero Me – show your super powers! (This doesn’t have a save button, have an adult help you take a screenshot to save.)
  • Star Wars – design your own Star Wars Character
  • Hero Maker – from PBS, create a hero and learn about other REAL Heros!
  • Style-a-Hero – use character traits to build your hero
  • Avatar Maker – detailed features to design your face, this one is a kid favorite!
  • MiniMizer – design a Lego style person
  • Disney Yourself – make yourself look like a Disney Character
  • Peanuts – make a Peanuts character that looks like you
  • Adventure Story Comic Covers – design your own custom comic cover (note: this one is advanced, but older students may be able to figure it out!)

PROJECT – turn your photo into a superhero on an iPad. Watch this video below to learn how.

ON AN IPAD (ask a grown-up before downloading):

Online Learning for K – 1 for April 20 – Think Spring!

This week we are going to Think Spring! Here are some choices for you to do this week for your technology assignment:

For Computer with a Mouse (clicking and dragging practice):

For iPad – use a drawing app to draw a beautiful spring picture. Here are some app suggestions for this project:

  • Hello Crayon ( was used with K students)
  • Draw and Tell( was used with K students)
  • KidPix5(NOTE: this is a paid app. It is the same as the software that we use in technology class. If you have an iPad, it might be worth the cost as a familiar way for students to do technology activities at home.)
  • Any other app or website that lets you draw or create a spring picture is ok.

For Phone – go for a walk around your yard or neighborhood with your family. Use a phone to take pictures that show signs of spring. If you want, you and an adult can combine all your photos using an app to make a photo collage. Suggested apps:

  • Pic Collage EDU (iPhone/iPad) – free during the month of April, a wonderful app built for kids!
  • Pic Collage (Google) – free, does contain ads
  • Any other app or software that lets you combine pictures together is fine for this. Use whatever you have available and work together!

If you want, an adult may help you to leave me a comment to let me know what you did this week for technology class. They may also send me a picture showing me your project if you did one ( ! Have fun and think spring!

Online Learning Week for K – 5 – April 13 – Crazy Characters

For this week’s technology class, I would like you to read the 3D Crazy Characters eBook which was written by the 2nd graders. Click on the link below to open up the book to read it. (If you use the Chrome or Safari browser, there will be a READ TO ME button in the top right corner.) Older students, you may remember making these crazy characters when you were in second grade – your job this week is to encourage the younger students!


When you are done, you may leave a comment at this blog post to tell the second graders what you liked about this book. Click up at the top title where it says “comments”. Older students, be sure you are thoughtful and kind in your comment to support and encourage the 2nd graders. (Younger students may need a grown-up to help them write the comment.) Please only use your first name (NO LAST NAMES, NO EMAIL). Miss Bosch will check all comments before they are posted.


Use a technology tool like a computer or an iPad to draw a picture or write a story about a crazy character that you invent. (Second graders or students who did this project in the past, you may also draw or write the new or continuing adventures of your 3D crazy character!) If you want, your parents may email your project to me so I can see it. Have fun and be creative – don’t just do the same thing you did in your book!



  • Use Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or Google Docs on a computer or iPad (see an adult for help to find these tools to use).
  • Book Creator App(NOTE: this is a paid app – wonderful options for book building, drawing, audio, video, and creativity! This is the app we used to make our Crazy Character book! Worth the price!)
  • Any other option that lets you make a story is fine, too!

Parents, you can also download the Crazy Characters eBook at iTunes for free if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer:

3D Crazy Characters iTunes Download

3D Crazy Characters eBook 2020


I’m excited to share that our second graders’ eBook, “3D Crazy Characters”, is now available for online viewing. The book features 3D characters designed with the Morphi app. The 3D files were printed on our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 Ideabuilder printers using white filament which were colored with Sharpie markers. We used the Book Creator app to combine the 3D characters, background illustrations, and stories into one eBook. Sadly, this year because of the Covid 19 virus we were not able to record the narrations of the story. The book also includes information on how we created the characters and eBook. (You can read more about how we created and printed the characters here.)

“3D Crazy Characters” also is available for free download on over 50 Apple Books stores all over the world! If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPad, or Mac computer you can download the book onto your device to keep for viewing anywhere and to save as a memory for the future!

To download onto iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac Computer: You will need to use an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Mac with the free Apple Books app installed on it. Use this link to download the ebook:

3D Crazy Characters iTunes Download

We hope you enjoy reading our book! We’d love it if you could leave a rating or a review at Apple Books

Daily “Stuck at Home” FREE apps for Kids!

I am posting a link to a free iPad app each day which can provide something creative and fun for your child/family to try or explore. The most recent link will be posted at the top.

Popplet – Full version is FREE for a limited time! Design word maps with text and pictures. Simple but very effective!

Pic Collage EDUFREE for a limited time. Make creative photo collages using your photos or online searching. Add background, text, stickers, and more. One of my favorite apps for the classroom!

Scratch Junior – learn basic block coding to make characters move, jump, sing, and more!

Assembly – create your own designs and logos using shapes and text. Many creative options!

MSQRD – fun and crazy filters for your face to make photos and videos. No login needed!

Tayasui Blocks is FREE until April 9 – create in 3D using colorful blocks!

Toontastic 3D – animate and narrate your own adventures by simply moving the characters with your fingers. Lots of options, totally free!

AR Dominoes – use augmented reality to create your own domino course and then knock it down! Make simple or creative complex designs. No supplies needed and no mess to pick up!

Hello Crayons – this drawing app is perfect for early elementary students with simple textured drawing tools. Note: a few tools require purchase.

GarageBand – this amazing app is filled with ways to create and record music. I’d suggest starting with the Live Loops feature as an easy way to build professional-sounding tunes with beats!

Texting Story – create video conversations of two people/characters texting back and forth. (Create a conversation between two book characters!) Note: there are a few features that require in-app purchases.

Go Noodle Games – this app has fun games that use the camera to get kids moving. Totally free – no in app purchases.

Pickayou – This app lets you design your own custom avatar/character from head to toe. If you use a white background, characters can be imported into many other apps – we often use it with Puppet Pals.

Mega Photo – This app has dozens of fun and crazy effects that you can add to your selfies in both photo and video format. NOTE: some of the effects are paid, so be sure to point this out to your child before using it! This link goes to the iOS version, but also available in other formats.

Tayasui Sketches School -This app lets students draw on their iPads with digital pencil, ink, crayon, watercolor, paint, airbrush, and more! No need for supplies from the craft store and no mess to clean up!

Plum’s Creaturizer – Kids can design a crazy creature, then the app uses augmented reality and you can “place” the creature in a real location and take a photo of it. A great activity to do while on a walk!

Emoji Me Kids – Students can create their own emoji of their faces (or even of everyone in their family). It can be saved as an image (great for profiles or to be added to other projects). It even makes animated emojis.

3D Crazy Characters with Apple Pencils and the Morphi app

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Over the past few weeks, our second graders have been working on our “Crazy Characters” project. Students used the Morphi Edu app to draw a crazy character, then simply tapped a button in the app to turn their character into 3D. The completed files were emailed to Miss Bosch to print on our Dremel 3D printers. Above you can see the students working on their designs.

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The characters were printed on our Dremel 3040 and 3D20 printers using white filament.

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The students used Sharpie markers to color in the characters. You can see lots of details and personality in their characters. They gave their characters a name and have written stories about them. During the next few weeks, we will be publishing a Book Creator eBook with all the pictures and stories of the Crazy Characters!

Bethlehem Eyewitness Drawings and Animations 2019

Our second graders recently completed this inspiring Christmas project in technology class. They began by using the Drawing Pad app to draw a portrait of one of the people who were present at Christmas: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, or the angels.

Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their portraits. They used our new Apple Pencils to draw! They enjoyed being able to draw easily with detail – much better than using a finger or a stylus!

Next, they wrote a short story that told the first-person account of what that person saw and heard on Christmas day. Finally, they used the ChatterPix Kids app to record the story and make their drawing talk!!!

The videos of their talking Christmas characters are uploaded into this gallery in Vimeo linked below. There are 44 videos so you will need to click the arrows at the bottom to go through the pages of the collection if you are looking for a specific video.

Bethlehem Eyewitness Video Gallery

We hope these videos help remind you of the special message of the Christmas season that Jesus is born.

Teacher note: Drawing Pad is one of the best drawing apps for kids, currently $5.99 on the US iTunes store. ChatterPix Kids is a FREE app that lets you record 30 seconds of audio to animate a picture.

Three Elementary Learning Strategies using Keynote

I am looking forward to presenting with Mrs. Nesbitt in March at the MACUL conference about “Eight Great Elementary Learning Strategies using Keynote.” The goal of this session will be to share ways that Keynote can be used for learning that go beyond simply making a presentation. Here are a few simple examples of ways that our students have been using some of these Keynote strategies in our technology classes.


The ability to easily record audio is a valuable Keynote feature for the elementary classroom. It allows students to record themselves reading text or explaining ideas and solutions. Before Thanksgiving, I created a simple template where our second graders could share some things that they were thankful for. Students learned to use the iPad keyboard to type their ideas and then recorded themselves reading their stories. If time, some students used the Keynote shapes to illustrate their stories. Here are a few examples of this project.


We were blessed to receive a grant from MACUL to purchase Apple Pencils for our students to use with our iPads. Before Christmas, our third graders used them to draw an illustration of “My Best Gift.” It was interesting to view the different ways that students interpreted this idea prompt. We saved their drawings into the camera roll, then loaded them into iMovie and stretched the image out to play for 30 seconds. Then students inserted a green screen video clip of a package being unwrapped that I had created. The students thought it was pretty cool to see their picture being “unwrapped!” One class had time to add some music to the background of their movie. If we had had more time, I would have had students record audio explaining why this was their best gift. (If you didn’t want to use the green screen in iMovie, the recording could have easily be done right in Keynote.) Here are a few examples of their recordings.


Keynote is a perfect app to use when you want students to annotate text. Our fourth graders used a simple Keynote template that I made to create a “Book Snap” where they annotated a text from a story. They used a series of video tutorials that I created so they could independently guide themselves through the project. Students were asked to use different colors to show an important idea, a vocabulary word, and something they had a question about or were curious about. Then they used the Keynote shapes and emojis to help visualize the text. Here are a few examples of their Book Snaps.