Monday, April 10, 2017

We Traveled to New Mexico

Mrs. Kelleher's Class had a Mystery Skype visit with a class of students 2242 miles away. By asking Yes or No questions, students in both classes narrowed down the possibilities of locations. Students began with big picture questions such as Are you in the northern hemisphere? Are you east of the Mississippi? As clues were gathered and all students were focused on their jobs, they guessed our state first and we guessed New Mexico right after them.
The mystery continued as we tried to guess the town or city. We did stump them on our town of Topsfield.

Thank you Ms. Garcia and students from the Manzano Day School in Albuquerque, New Mexico for playing Mystery Skype with us.



Tech Tip

I use this google slide presentation to introduce Mystery skype to students.
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Essential Question:
How can you use technology to foster collaboration, generate solutions and make informed decisions in order to successfully solve a problem?
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I Want More Books

During World Read Aloud Day for the past two years the kindergarten classes have had the pleasure of connecting with children's author Sue Fliess. She kindly shares her time and expertise around the books she writes. Students ask such thoughtful questions and Sue helps promote the love of her writing.

Sue also has a wonderful sense of humor. Not to mention a great singing voice,
Recently, she sent an email asking for pictures in school libraries.
Click on the video below. Be on the lookout for someone you might recognize.



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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Google 101 with Proctor Help Desk

Proctor Help Desk students have prepared a Google 101 tutorial for parents and students.
Their goal was to make using google features more accessible.
This group met twice a week in school and because this is a google slide presentation they also worked at home on their individual parts. They collaborated and guided each other through the entire process. Their skill set is amazing!
Click on the arrows below to view their slides and learn more about Google use for students.

During one of our practice sessions we recorded each segment for those that couldn't make it to the live presentation.
Videos of students' presentations:

Noah talks about Devices in Topsfield


Sarah talks about Google Drive

Andrew talks about Collaboration

Elsa talks about Google Slides

Alicia talks about Google Read and Write

Ava talks about Google Classroom

Jack talks about Signing Out
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

FUN With Dr. Seuss

Students and Teachers are enjoying the month of March as they celebrate Dr. Seuss in many ways. Today the big green screen came out and everyone had some fun, Dr. Seuss style.

Click on the image below to see our Wacky Green Screen Pictures.


Tech Tip:
Use the ipad to take your pictures.
Save background images to the camera roll.
Use the app GreenScreen by DoInk for the editing.
The mask tool makes it easy to remove any unwanted sections.
Have FUN! 
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Case of the Missing Gold!

Working on her own, Angie, a fourth grader created a google slide mini math unit for March.
Work through each problem and help Lucky the Leprechaun get to the end of the rainbow. 


Be sure to View in present mode.

Give it a try!
If you make one on your own I would love to see it. Please share.
Tech tip:
Each page in a google slide has a unique url.
Using this url it is easy to link one page to another page in the presentation.
Copy the answer page url first.
Go to the slide page and highlight the text and insert a link. Paste the answer url.

Remember the keyboard short cuts? 
ctrl+c=copy
ctrl+v=paste
ctrl+k=link
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Oh the Thinks You Can Think!

The Dr. Seuss theme this year at Steward School is Oh the Thinks You Can Think
All our doors and hallways are decorated.
Students are reading each night and the class BIRD is moving around the track to show the class total minutes of reading.
Teachers had a little FUN recording this story for students.
Click on the picture below to listen to the book, Oh the Thinks You Can Think.
Tech Tip:
This video was created using the app explaineverything.
Using the iPad, pictures were taken of each page and added to the app.
Each BIRD was added using the editing tool in the app.
Teacher's faces were added using the editing tool.
BIRD and Face were grouped.
Teachers recorded their page while having BIRD move.
Everything was uploaded to Google Drive to share.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Colonies in Grade 5

Students in Grade 5 have completed their study of the early colonies. The task was to share their new knowledge.
One option was to create a green screen video to incorporate the facts they learned . Click HERE for a copy of the planning guide.

The stage was set. 
The props brought in. 
The iPad charged.
Quiet on the set!
Click below to view the final Oscar nominations.

Keeping Up With the Quakers
The Wiggins Family
The Journey Home
Every Vote Matters




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