Monday, October 24, 2016

Meet the Members of the HelpDesk

 We having been using google classroom for all our assignments and here is today's work.

The HelpDesk today explored the FREE site RECAP
Students explain their thinking on video.
This site gives students the opportunity to record them self as they answer the assigned question.

Why are you excited about HelpDesk?

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Saturday, October 22, 2016


I had the pleasure of attending my first  MASSCUE conference this October. We traveled to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA which was another first for me. Many of the sessions were held in the luxury boxes with spectacular views of the field. This 2 day experience provided me with so many new learning opportunities that I am excited to share with students and teachers.

Some of my MASSCUE highlights:
Meeting Karen Miller (again) from DoInk Green Screen. She always inspires me.
Playing with the Animating and Drawing App from DoInk in action
Learning about EDTV from Plymouth Schools
Coding with Swift Playground
Chatting with Matt from Apple who has come Steward School for a regional meeting in the past
Seeing the PBS Media Learning capabilities and extensions
Discovering Ways to personalize chromebooks
Learning how to integrate Google forms with Google maps
Meeting many, many vendors
Using many of the new interactive display boards
Exploring for math
Visiting the BrainPop booth
Seeing new ideas from Scholastic
Chatting with Jeff from Read and Write
Meeting Jim from CDW where we received our chromebooks last year

Received numerous swag!

What a great time!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Meet The Help Desk

I am thrilled to announce that Proctor School has its first Student Help Desk!
After applying digitally to become a member of the HelpDesk we had our first meeting this week.
Click here to see the application. Help Desk Application
This dedicated group of fifth and sixth grade students are eager to learn and share technology skills with the Proctor School Community.
The goal of this group is to provide practical, time saving tips for students and teachers as they become experts in google applications and our iPad foundational apps. We also will be exploring creative ways to integrate the iPad to help engage and motivate users as they share concepts taught in class.
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 HelpDesk Members!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Life is Good

The Tri Town Schools and Communities are all reading the book Life is Good by Bert and John Jacobs. How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride is the major theme of this enjoyable and thought provoking book. To see all that is happening follow the TriTown Reads on twitter @TriTownReads

The month of October is dedicated to CREATIVITY.

Here is your challenge:
Let's all...

What do you see?
Either digitally or with paper and coloring tools create something with this squiggle.
Add a short caption.

Send your digital creations or photos of your drawing to Paula Klipfel
At the end of the month I will create a digital art gallery of all the submissions.

Have Fun!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

All About Me in First Grade

It is a wonderful experience when students make new friends and learn about each other.  Mrs. Gouzie's First Grade Class has been working on a social studies unit "all About Me". They have been talking about how they are all special and different. Their first task was to bring in a bag with 5 small items that are important to them.

Drawing a self portrait was next.
Check out the colorful display outside their room.

During the writing block students wrote a short script about them-self.
Using the app Chatterpix students then recorded their descriptive work telling All About Me.

Click on the iMovie below to visit with Mrs. Gouzie's First Grade Stars.

Hi I am...

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Global Read Aloud 2016

Global Read Aloud officially begins Oct. 3, 2016.
Both Steward School and Proctor School will be participating in this event again this year.
There are over 890,000 students participating from all over the globe. The premise of this global project is to have students read one book and make connections, often with the aid of technology.

With a BIG thank you to a grant from our parent organization, TESPTO, students in kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 will be reading books illustrated by Lauren Castillo.
Grade 3-6 students will be reading PAX by Sara Pennypacker.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Technology in the Month of September

The month of September has gone by in a BLURR...

Life as a technology specialist in September is filled with...
Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings.
Checking with teachers to be sure their technology is working.
Passing out devices.
Creating google accounts for all new teachers and students.
Archiving teachers and students who have left the district.
Being sure the school website is up to date.
Checking that all devices are ready for students.
Helping new teachers set up their own blog.
Enrolling students into their Type to Learn accounts.
Updating RAZ-Kids for students.
Getting all the log in codes to teachers.
Helping students remember their passwords. (teachers sometimes too)
Organizing Global Read Aloud
Setting up google classroom with teachers and students.
Planning on professional development for staff.

Take a peek into my busy September...

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