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How to Use Book Creator with Elementary Students

How to Use Book Creator with Elementary Students



You can ask your students to pick their favorite “How to” book topic and then create a book on that topic.

Description of Book Creator

Book Creator is an easy to use tool that allows users to create beautiful eBooks. Users can make their eBooks interesting by adding text, choosing right images, and picking background colors of their choice. You can include as many pages as you want in your eBook. Apart from this, book creator also allows its users to add images by using the camera of your device. You will also have the option to change text attributes, reposition images, and change the size of images as per your requirements. Finished eBooks can be opened by using Google Play books, Dropbox, Evernote, iBooks and many other apps. You will also be able to share your creations with friends and family through email or by saving your eBook on iTunes. Book Creator also won The Best Educational App award in 2015 by BETT Awards.

How Book Creator Works

Here is how Book creator works:
1.      First, open the Book Creator app on your iPad.
2.     On the top left corner, you will see a “New Book” button. Click on it.
3.     The next step is to choose the orientation of your book. There are three options available; portrait, square and landscape. Make sure to pick the same options for all students if you want their pages to combine into a single book.
4.     For editing the book, click the + sign on the top right corner of your iPad screen. Once you click on this sign, you will see multiple options by which you can edit your book.
-          To add a picture from your mobile device, click on “Photos” under the + sign.
-          To take a photo with your camera and then adding it to the book, choose “Camera” under the + sign.
-          You can also add recording to your book. To do this, click on “Add sound” and then record your voice or choose any other recording from your phone.
5.     Once you are done editing your book, the next step is to save it. To do this, click on “My books” and your book will be saved automatically.
You can ask your students to pick their favorite “How to” book topic and then create a book on that topic.

Using Book Creator with elementary students

There are several ways through which you can use Book Creator with your elementary students. Some of the best ideas are:
*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group

Creating a “How to” eBook

You can ask your students to pick their favorite “How to” book topic and then create a book on that topic. A few examples of “How to” eBooks are “How to tie a shoe”, “How to bake a pie”, “How to create an MS Word document” and so on. Ask your students to explain the whole topic by using different aids such as pictures, recordings, videos etc.

Creating a collaborative eBook

Creating a collaborative eBook is also a fun and interesting idea. You can pick a topic of your choice such as a history topic from the textbook, divide this topic into sub-topics and then create a group of 3-4 students. Each group should be responsible to create a book about their specific topic. Once they are done with it, combine the small books of all groups into a single eBook. 

Digital Book Companions would make a great starter before using Book Creator. 

You can ask your students to pick their favorite “How to” book topic and then create a book on that topic.
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Technology Lab Essential Supplies

Technology Lab Essential Supplies


In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money? 

Well, Amazon has made it really easy to put all of these essentials on one page so you can see my Product Recommendations. These recommendations come from me and from experienced tech teachers, so know that they are going to be worth the money. 

I've split up the recommendations into categories here. I'm always adding more to my Amazon page so be sure to check back often. Let me know if you have something to recommend for the list. 

*All links are Amazon Affiliate Links, which means I make money if you click through and purchase. This helps me keep this blog running. 

In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money?

 Tech Lab Essentials Recommendations


In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money?

Tech Lab Robotics Recommendations

In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money?

Tech Lab Toys and Games Recommendations


In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money?

Tech Themed Picture Book Recommendations



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How to use Microsoft Paint with Elementary Students

How to use Microsoft Paint with Elementary Students


Users can paint in different colors and apart from this, it also includes variously shaped stencils that can help its users.

Description

Microsoft Paint (commonly known as paint) is a simple program included with Microsoft Windows. It is basically a graphics editor and a painting utility that allows its users to create simple and interesting graphic art on their computers. Since the launch of Microsoft Windows, MS paint has been included in every version of Windows. It can be used for drawing and painting purposes. It can also be used to edit and color existing pictures. You can also edit pictures that are imported from your camera. Users can save their creations in different formats such as .bmp or .jpg. Users can paint in different colors and apart from this, it also includes variously shaped stencils that can help its users.

How Paint Works

Here is how paint works:
1.      To launch the Paint program, go to the start, click on “Accessories” and then choose “Paint”.
2.     Once you click on the “Paint”, a white screen with multiple tools will appear. This screen is known as “canvas”.
3.     On the left-hand side of your screen, you will see several tools. This section is known as the “toolbar”. There will be several icons present on this toolbar. Each icon will perform a unique purpose such as drawing, erasing, etc. Pencil mode will be selected by default. This mode is used to draw anything in a free-form.
4.     On the bottom left side, you will see a number of colors. This section is known as “Color Palette”. You can choose any color that you want to use in your drawing.
You will see many different tools in your Paint. Every tool performs a different function. Some of these functions are:
Line width: This tool is used to change the width of a line.
Rectangle tool: This tool is used to draw a rectangle.
Curve line tool: This tool is used to draw a curved line.
Ellipse tool: This tool is used to draw a circular shape or an ellipse.
Rounded rectangle tool: This tool is used to create a shape of a rounded rectangle.

Using Paint with elementary students

If you want to introduce your students to different art software, then paint should be your first choice. It is not only easy to use but it is also a fun way to learn about art and using technology to create art. Here is how you can use paint with elementary students:
*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group

Creating a Name Art

Students can create a name art by using paint. Here is how it can be done:
1.      Open Paint program.
2.     Adjust your canvas size i.e. 800 width and 600 height.
3.     On the toolbar, you will find a button with “A” on it. Click on this button as it will be used to enter text on the canvas. Drag this text box towards the canvas. After this, a dialogue box will appear.
4.     Set the font size to 70 and then write the first and last name in the dialogue box.
5.     Customize the name by using different font sizes and colors.

6.     Save it as “My name”. 

You might also like this blog post: 1st Grade Technology Lessons and Activities

Users can paint in different colors and apart from this, it also includes variously shaped stencils that can help its users.

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Anchor Charts in the Tech Lab

Anchor Charts in the Tech Lab


Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.
Do you ever find yourself saying the same things over and over in the computer lab? Like the instructions for allowing Flash, or to wait for the page to load and stop clicking?

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

This collection of anchor charts should help you to create your own. If you do, I'd love to see pictures of them! Tag me on social media if you post any tech anchor charts.

Tech Anchor Charts Displayed

This first set of pictures shows the anchor charts displayed. Scroll down to see the close up shots. 
Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.
Generally I only have one anchor chart displayed at a time, but I keep them close by in case I need to switch them out between classes. If you have any advice for storing them, let me know!

Tech Anchor Charts Close Up

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.
What should we add to the list? If you send me a picture of your tech themed anchor chart(s) I'll add them to this post.
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How to use Tinkercad in the Elementary Classroom

How to use Tinkercad in the Elementary Classroom


Building a Tinkercad house is a fun project. Here is how you can do it:

Description

Tinkercad is an online tool that is used to create different types of 3d designs. It is also used for 3d printing. It is used to create toys, Minecraft models, prototypes, jewelry, home décor and so on. It is one of the most popular tools that is used in classrooms to create simple 3d designs from scratch. It also allows its users to modify existing 3d designs without the need to download any software. It is an easy-to-use tool that comes with a lot of built-in tutorials to help you get started. Basic models like houses, furniture, snowmen, etc. can be created within minutes.

How Tinkercad Works

Here is how Tinkercad works:
1.      Go to the Tinkercad’s website and sign up for a free Tinkercad account.
2.     Click on “start new project”. This will lead you to an empty work plane.
3.     From this step, you can start creating your project. Tinkercad will have pre-defined shapes and you will need to follow a Lego approach. Lego approach means you will need to work with the existing geometric structures and shapes.
4.     On the right-hand side, you will see a “geometric” button. Click on it.
5.     Using drag and drop features, create any geometric shape that you want. This may include pyramids, spheres, etc.
6.     You will see different dots and arrows around your design. Zoom in by using your mouse wheel so that you can get a better view of your design.
7.     You can also change the shape and size of your design by using the drag feature.
8.     You can use different tools to adjust your design. For example, you can use a ruler to check the dimensions of your design.
9.     In a similar way, group together different shapes to create any model or design that you want.
10.  There will be a Tinkercad logo on the top left corner of your screen. Once you are done with the designing, click on this logo to 3d print your design or to download a 3d printable file.

Using Tinkercad with elementary students

Teachers around the world are using Tinkercad to help their students in creating amazing projects. There are many types of projects that you can do by using Tinkercad. If you want to use it with your elementary students, you can start with building a Tinkercad house.

*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group

Building a Tinkercad house

 Building a Tinkercad house is a fun project. Here is how you can do it:
1.      The first step is to create the outer part of the Tinkercad house. To do this, place a box on your work plane. It should be 10 mm tall.
2.     The next step is to create the walls. To do this, click on the box and select the duplicate button. Shrink this second box by using the black dots.
3.     Once done, select the smaller box and make it a hole by using the shape dialogue box of graphics.
4.     Make a roof by using the round shape.
5.     Make a doorway by using any shape that you want.
6.     Align the shapes so that the walls and roof can be grouped together.

7.     Congratulations! You have successfully built your house!

Check out the blog post Makerspaces in Schools


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