Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Not At ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in better use of technology in education. The jam packed conference this year was held is San Antonio, Texas.

As a member of the private google+ community (1,969 members) I discovered the group NOT AT ISTE17.  I soon was involved in all things ISTE but from home.
I loved the challenges posted daily.

First challenge was to create an introduction badge with ribbons.
I plan on using this idea with students in the fall using google drawings.

Live streaming made me feel like I was right there as I learned new things in the tech field.  How inspiring!



I was even a winner of a door prize while at home!



Another challenge was to connect with someone who was attending ISTE.  I sent MASS CUE president elect, Rayna Freedman a twitter request and she so quickly and kindly obliged.

Getting ready for my workshop


Thank you to everyone in the google community and everyone in the tweeter #notatiste17 feed.
I has been a blast learning along with you.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Nonfiction Text Features

What do you know about nonfiction text features?

Click on the chart below to see a nonfiction slide show from Teaching Made Practical.



Mrs. Corliss' class jumped right into many nonfiction books and would like to share what they have learned.
Click on the short videos below:


Caden
Addison
Molly
Ayla
Liam
Delaney
Nico
Elise
Ella
Lance
Emma
Max
Jamason
Olivia
Joseph
Kaleigh
Mason
Seri
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.5
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

All About Us in a Word

Using the site tagul.com, students in Mrs. Surprise's class made word clouds all about themselves. Working in a google doc the students were tasked with compiling a list of at least 10 words about themselves. Even the chosen shapes gives you a peek into their personalities.






Tech Tip:
These word clouds make a great cover for student's portfolios.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

It's a Mystery!

It's a Mystery!
Mrs. Boucher's fifth grade class has been studying and enjoying the genre of mysteries. The elements of a mystery are character, setting, plot, clues, distractions, and structure.
Working in small groups, students wrote their own mysteries in a shared google doc to include all the elements of mysteries. After editing, the stories were transferred to a shared google slides where pictures were added for the final version.

The Crime Scenes were all set up around Proctor School!


Click on the stories below. 
Can you solve the mystery before you get to the end?










Wednesday, June 7, 2017

BioPoems

What do you get when you mix research, poetry, green screen, and chatterpix?
A FUN CREATIVE project!

Mrs. Surprise's Third Grade Class have been reading biographies and learning more about a famous person. This research led to writing a BioPoem.

The next step was to draw a Bobble Head style picture of the person.
Using the iPad camera, pictures were taken on a green paper background ready for the DoInk GreenScreen app.

The Chattepix app gave voice to these famous people.

Click on the videos below to learn more from our research.

Tech Tip:

Free Template for BioPoem from Teachers Pay Teachers

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Screencastify

HelpDesk students have been exploring the google extension Screencastify

"Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. Screencastify is the easiest way to Record, Edit, Annotate, Store, and Share video screen captures. Record a specific tab, or your whole desktop at the click of a button. And your whole experience is synced with your G-Suite."

Ava reviews her recording.


In the video below Ava uses screencastify to teach others how to organize their google drive.


Try using screencastify and share your video with others.

Tech Tip:
First add the extension screencastify to your google chrome account.
You will be prompted to allow the microphone and webcam.
Allow your videos to be synced to google for easy access.
When you are on the TAB view, you will have access to the other tools for recording.



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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nonfiction Books by Mrs. Ford's Class

Students in Mrs. Ford's Second Grade Class have become published authors! They read, researched and wrote their very own nonfiction books. Included in each book along with the great writing, readers will find a Table of Contents, Index, and Glossary.


After the books were completed, students then used the iPad camera and recorded a Book Talk to give the reader a little information about the creation of the book.



Click on the videos below to hear their Book Talks.
Visit Mrs. Ford's Class and ask to read one of these award winning nonfiction books.

Ada
Lucas
Molly
Caleb
Sadie
Soren
Anna
JJ
Brooke
Danielle
Jack
Elise
Gwyneth
Jackson
Kiera
Jake
Nadia
Leo

As an added feature we created QR codes for each book talk and added that to the back of the nonfiction books. Now readers can not only read the book but hear the author give some background information.


Tech Tip:
All Book Talks were saved to google drive.
The google QR Code Extension was used to create the QR codes.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Global Day of Design 2017

Steward School participated in the Global Day of Design 2017.
It was a day filled with fun learning.
Students created, made, built, and invented!
What is Global Day of Design?
"Students need to make, build, and tinker. The Global Day of Design is one-day that focuses on using the Design Thinking process in school. Our goal for the Global Day of Design is to inspire a transformation in schools around the world to incorporate design into an every day practice with our students."
Sink and Float Design
Will this float?



How many marbles will it hold?

Little Pig Houses


Real Life Area and Perimeter

Let's Build

Design the Classroom
Winning Design

New Classroom Design for May
What would you create?
Tallest Lego Tower
Click on the short video below to see innovation in action.
video

Take a look at the tweeter feed for GDD17.


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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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Friday, March 10, 2017

Third Grade Visits Japan

Maddy in Mrs. Jordan's third grade class visited today from 6686 miles away. She was sitting comfortably in her hotel room on the 38th floor in Tokyo, Japan at 11:00 PM. Look at the view outside her window.




Mrs. Jordan's class was sitting comfortably in their classroom at 9:00 AM in Topsfield, MA USA.


Maddy shared some of the new words she has learned. 
Click on each picture to go to google translate.
Click on the sound icon and listen to the words.













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