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.


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.

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.

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? 
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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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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Character Traits

Mrs. Ford had her class participate in a carousal activity to share character traits about each other. The month of March celebrates the Life is Good theme FUN! This certainly was a FUN activity.

As students moved around the room they each added a trait to that person's name sheet.

The next part of the project involved using the laptops and the website tagul. Students entered the characteristics, chose a shape, adjusted text and color.

Finished projects look Awesome!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Visit to Japan

When one student takes a trip, we all benefit.
Dylan from Mrs. Kelleher's class is on an extended family trip. This stop is in Tokyo, Japan.
Today we got to catch up with him via Skype.

It was 9:00 AM our time and with the 14 hour difference it was 11:00 PM in Tokyo.
We had just arrived at school and Dylan had been sleeping.

The students had some thoughtful questions:

What has been your favorite part?

Food Dylan says the food is very fresh and healthy. Fruit is dessert.
Have you ever had whale bacon?

10 yen =  about 10 cents

They are staying in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  Dylan gave us a tour of the room.

Tomorrow they are off to visit a local school and will use google translate to communicate.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Help Desk Discovers Padlet

The Proctor Help Desk students have discovered the FREE sight padlet which allows users to create a bulletin board type wall.

Please add to their padlet walls.
Click on the + at the bottom of each post and add your thoughts.
Each post will not show on the public wall until they are approved.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Made with Padlet

Favorite Disney Movie
Made with Padlet

Favorite Pet or Animal
Made with Padlet
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss 2017

Steward School has decorated their entire school for Read Across America.
Click on the video below to view all the doors and hallways.
Enjoy your visit.

Made with Padlet

Add your favorite Dr. Seuss book to our padlet by clicking on the +

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Monday, February 27, 2017

What Did You Do Over Vacation?

It is always a pleasure when a teacher and students come and share the wonderful tech integration happening every day in our schools.

Mrs. Murphy's class has a teddy bear, Murphster that students take on all types of journeys and write about it in his journal. During February vacation Lincoln took Murphster to Florida with his family. They had an incredible time. I was a little jealous.

While on vacation Lincoln created a google slide presentation and a kahoot game for his class and he couldn't wait to share them on the first day back.

Lincoln holds Murphster as he shares his work.

Click on the slide presentation below to learn more about Murphster and Lincoln's vacation in Florida. Be sure to click on the insert videos Lincoln took with a new pair of video glasses he was trying out. Very impressive work!

What did you do during your last vacation?

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