Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Google Read and Write

The students in Topsfield have access to the Google Read and Write feature.
The students in the Help Desk were the first to try it out.

Click below to view their first impressions.

To use Read&Write for Google:

  • Open any Google Document and you will now see a pull down tab at the top of the screen.
  • Click on that pull down tab and the Read&Write toolbar will appear.
  • There are many features included with Read&Write for Google including word prediction, dictionary, highlighting, and more. The feature we will focus on is the text to speech tool.
  • To have your document read to you simply click the Play button in the Read&Write toolbar. You can likewise use the Pause and Stop buttons as needed.
  • If you only want certain text read, select the text first and then click the Play button.
  • If you want to change the speed or accent of the voice, click the Settings button on the right of the Read&Write toolbar.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Me on the Map

Mrs. Gibbas and her students were very busy traveling to the southeast region of the USA recently.
They made 10 stops along the way and created short videos at each attraction.
Students working with a partner first researched their destination. They then wrote a short script using google docs. After memorizing their lines and practicing their script, the magic behind this project was added. This involved using the green screen and the app DoInk.
Mrs. Gibbas filming a segment for the project.
Click on each map marker to watch the students' short videos.
When the window opens, click on the photo at the top.
Tech tips:
Google maps allows you to add You Tube videos. 

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays 2016

Happy Holidays!

Steward School had a sing along on the day before vacation.
Here is Mrs. Willa, our principal leading the song the 12 Days of Christmas in her rewritten version "And the Principal Singing Off Key"

Here are the words for the song:
Twelve, students running
Eleven, whiteboards wiping
Ten, pre-k’s weeping
Nine, teachers dancing
Eight, desks a-spilling
Seven GA GA Balls Flying
Six children playing,
Five school days off,
Four phone calls home,
Three Band-Aids,
Two pencil grips,
And a principal singing off key.-CarrollWilla

Click below to hear the adapted version of Twas the Day Before Vacation

Click below to see all the students trapped for the holidays.
Click below to see the Help Desk Holiday Fun.

When the green screen comes out we are all ready for some fun!

Tech Tip:
Set up the green screen and take a class picture with students.
Have background pictures saved to you camera roll on your iPad.
Open the app Green Screen by DoInk
Lower level place the background image.
Middle Level place the class picture. Use the masking tool to erase any unwanted parts.
Top Level may add other images such as Happy Holidays.
Pinch to size in the spot you want.
Use the mask too to erase any unwanted images.
For fun app smash with a writing app. I use explaineverything.
Add the the top level for class name or date.
Pinch and place where you want the added detail.
Check out this google doc with picture directions.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Let's Explain Multiplication

Mrs. Corliss' Third grade class has been working on the concept on multiplication.
In grades one and two students learn that multiplication is repeated addition.
7+7+7+7+7+7  = 6 groups of 7
                         = 6 x 7
                         = 42
Using the app explain everything Mrs. Corliss' students wrote out a multiplication story and worked through the explanation. Try to solve the problem before the answer is revealed.
Click on each project below to hear their math thinking:
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gingerbread People Exchange

What started out as a simple reading of a blog post late one night turned into a most enjoyable experience for the First Graders in the Tri-Town Schools. During the month of December first grade classrooms cut, glued, and decorated gingerbread people of all shapes and sizes. Each class also wrote a letter about their class and school. Both of these things were packaged up and sent off to all the other first grades who anxiously waited for their mail to arrive.

As the packages arrived students soon enjoyed a new and unique gingerbread person along with a letter from the creator's class. Classes were so creative and even shared QR codes, scribble press books, book creator tales and ideas about their classrooms.
This sharing across towns was very exciting.

A few of the Gingerbread People that traveled across the towns.


1. Students decorate Gingerbread People.
Optional template was included. Teachers were free to create their own design as well.
2. Write a short letter from your class about your classroom/school.  
You may even Print out a class picture to send along with your Gingerbread Person and letter.

A special thank you to all the TriTown teachers who participated in our first Gingerbread Exchange!
Check out these teachers' blog posts for a peek at their Geingerbread People Exchange experience.

Check out more pictures of the project on Twitter with #TTUGingerbreadExchange.

Click here for the original blog inspiration: Gingerbread Man Exchange Inspiration

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What Do You See?

Mrs. Rogers' Kindergarten Class had a lot of fun with the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
They adapted this story into their own creative version.
Using the big green screen, Mrs. Rogers recorded their visions of what happens at night. 
These clips were then put in the app Green Screen by DoInk and iMovie for the final project.
Look at the video below to see what these kindergarten students see on a dark, dark night.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hour of Code is Complete

The Hour of Code may technically be over but students at both Steward and Proctor School are still enjoying coding.

Enjoy this video of all the problem solving moments of engaged learning we had this month.

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