“Black Water Middle School” App – BWMS Mobile – Updates, Games, Learning & More

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Mr. Reeser and I created an app for Black Water Middle. It started off as something to inform the community about the school, but it continued to grow to include education and entertainment.

Source: myapp.is via James on Pinterest

You can scan the above QR code or click on the Pinterest image and it will take you to the app. 

Save it to your mobile device’s home screen and be a click away from updates

What you will get if you use the Black Water Middle App

  • Quickest way to get updates for Black Water Middle School
  • Contact a teacher
  • Calendar of upcoming events
  • Parents can check grades
  • Teachers can book a sub
  • Students can play games, view tutorials and more
  • Multimedia from sports, clubs, and major events

Help us continue to make the best Mobile App for School around by scanning this QR code and give us some feedback.

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How can students create their own apps? Use iBuild

My students studied up on the Principles of Design and took notes by using Evernote. Afterwards they gathered that knowledge and designed their own app using iBuild, which allowed them to make a free webapp that appeared as an iPhone simulator

If you want to do something like this with your students, watch my tutorial below on how they had to embed the app into their Kidblog

Kat made her app about her favorite show Death Note

 

Jason did his on his about Clemson

  

Juventino’s on Sports

 

  

Wendell’s on Chuck Norris et all

 

  

Brandi’s on WWE and wrestling

 

  

Finally, Cassandra’s on music

 

How to make movies in your class part2: #Storyboard on #CyberBullying w/ @spinthought Storypages app #mlearning #film

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Students collaborated to write their scripts, break them down into a shooting schedule and then they received a stylus pen and an IPod with the Storypages app to plot out their film (see what you missed in the recent post)

Storyboarding is a serious step when planning the production of their film. I showed students my examples of storyboards that I had done on my own films in the past, along with the samples of Josh Sheppard on his Storyboard sample website

Basically, a Storyboard artist takes a script and works with the Director to help plot out the visual sequential order of shots that need to be filmed. Storyboarding is used in commercials, movies, music videos – and a whole lot more. Sometimes the sketches can be very detailed, and sometimes not – but as long as their is some use of planning done, it helps save time in production.

To help ease the student frustration, I showed them the storyboard to film comparison from a segment of Nightmare Before Christmas

I think the students using the app went quite well, as some of them were using Storypages in the past, and it is a fairly easy app to pick up. They can make a scene just a drawing, a drawing w/text or just text. 

After the students broke up into groups to see who had to draw what, I tried to work around the “sharing” issue of our guest wireless server that the IPods use so that I could easily get the student samples off and then print them off for the students.

Unfortunately, there were several issues against us. The email option that the IPods use could only handle 10 mobile devices, and our school has a total of 59 IPods (you do the Math). So some of the students could email me their storyboard as a .PDF, which was the best option, whereas several others got locked up in cyber space somewhere.

The other option is to export all of the images to the IPod’s Camera Roll. Which I then had plug that IPod into the Macbook and import them via IPhoto. From IPhoto create an album, copy the contents of the album to a folder on the Macbook’s desktop and then upload those images to my Posterous site (phoo!)

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Above is an example from Ipod 6, it would seem the exporting, importing, uploading has shuffled the images around a bit. I am not sure if this student’s work is in the proper order but I am just happy it is up. NOW – should I go through the process of combining all of these into a .PDF to print for them too?!

But after all is said and done, and I was able to go through the process of printing this work off for my students – it would seem the majority of them didn’t even use the boards when they started to film.

I recommended that they take their boards with them, and as they finished shooting a scene, their Producer should mark it off of their shooting schedule.

Perhaps I just gave the students an excuse to get distracted with other apps on the IPod or just wasted their time to delay filming – but I really wanted them to understand the planning process when it comes to film production.

Our next step of the film process is to review the film clips that they shot (dailies) and perhaps do some acting excercises and games. To check out my Prezi lesson plan you can modify it to use in your own classroom and do film making in your class

 

7th grade student gallery of @HansolHuh TypeDrawing contour sketches #mlearning #edapp #edtech #artsed

7th grade BWMS art students learned about the basics of line when it came to Contour drawing in class

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Students learned the basics of Contour drawing and Blind Contour, to help them focus on the edges of their subject, to not pick up their pencil/marker and to increase their observation skills.

Students first did some basic contour sketches of their hand, and then they received their Ipod to use the free version of TypeDrawing

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After receiving their Ipod, students were show the basics of the app, including typing in words to help describe their subject (whether a self-portrait or a neighbor), pick some colors and then be sure to export their image.

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Some students even had time to download a picture of their favorite celebrity, and then import it as a background image. The students got a firmer grasp on contour drawing by tracing the edges of the celebrity, and then dropping the opacity of the image down to nothing so they could see just their sketch.

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6th grade student gallery of @morriscooke Photo Puppet movies on Ancient Egypt & Renaissance artists #artsed #mlearning #edtech #edapp

6th grade BWMS art students had to pick one Renaissanceartist from a selected list. Alternatively, students could tell me whatever they learned about Ancient Egypt in their Social Studies class and they could make a movie about one topic they learned in there. They then had to type up a biography paragraph on Edmodo prior to receiving their IPod.

Afterwards, students had to log into their Edmodo site, where I posted a link of student photos. I took a photo of the students in front of green paper to simulate a green screen effect. Unfortunately, the Photo Puppet Go app doesn’t have the “remove green” effect that my IPad app has.


Once students downloaded their picture from Edmodo, they then had to import it as a puppet in the Photo Puppet Go app

The next step, students had to download one piece of art from their artist and then upload it as a  background in the Photo Puppet app

Finally, students combined their puppet and the background into a scene. Within the scene, they would animate their puppet while recording their voice which demonstrated their research on the artist.

When the film was done, a student could Tweet about it, upload it ot their YouTube account or save it to the camera roll.

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7th grade student gallery of @morriscooke Photo Puppet movies on European artists #artsed #mlearning #edtech #edapp

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7th grade BWMS art stdents had to pick one  European artist from a selected list. They then had to type up a biography paragraph on Edmodo prior to receiving their IPod.

 

 


Afterwards, students had to log into their Edmodo site, where I posted a link of student photos. I took a photo of the students in front of green paper to simulate a green screen effect. Unfortunately, the Photo Puppet Go app doesn’t have the “remove green” effect that my IPad app has.

 

 


Once students downloaded their picture from Edmodo, they then had to import it as a puppet in the Photo Puppet Go app

 


The next step, students had to download one piece of art from their artist and then upload it as a  background in the Photo Puppet app

 


Finally, students combined their puppet and the background into a scene. Within the scene, they would animate their puppet while recording their voice which demonstrated their research on the artist.

 


When the film was done, a student could Tweet about it, upload it ot their YouTube account or s
save it to the camera roll.

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