This week our second graders explored the last of the tools that we will be testing for our technology integration project.
Bloxels EDU was released at the beginning of October and this is the first group in our district that is trying the new product to design video game based storytelling. For our first exposure to this new platform, I had students focus on creating their character avatar.
With the Bloxels EDU hub, I can create classrooms and monitor what students are creating without having to go on each individual device. With Bloxels EDU, my students create in an environment where they can share their designs to a classroom library as well as earn badges for different design challenges.
Students in Ms. Fortney's class are creating their paper slide videos and sharing them on Flipgrid as they learn about the history of the country they live in as well as the history of Australia from their partner class in Australia. Next week students will be creating 3D artifacts that represent their important event and sharing them.
Candle Video Tutorial
As we played with Makers Empire and learned how to manipulate shapes through the snowman challenge and other challenges, I realized that too many of the students really couldn't see what they were creating in the physical environment which is why we used model magic and took a learning session to physically create a candle holder. It was also important that students not accept their first physical design as I planned to require multiple designs in Makers Empire before students would select their final design.