Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Grade 4 Country Reports

I had the pleasure to visit 4 new areas of the world today!
Come take a tour of the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and Central America with the Grade 4 students. 

Teachers presented students with a copy of the MA standards for the country they would be studying and the students then researched to discover the answers to leading questions.
Students used a variety of digital tools, as well as hands on materials to turn their classroom into their new destination.
Google Docs was used to create brochures, Google Slides and the app explain everything were used for presentations.

Click on each picture below to view the final projects.

Mrs. Lampe's Class
Mrs. Gibbas' Class

Mrs. Murphy's Class

Mrs. Kelleher's Class

Massachusetts Standards for Technology:
Multimedia and Presentation Tools
G 3-5: 1.19 Create, edit, and format text on a slide. 
G 3-5: 1.20 Create a series of slides and organize them to present research or convey an idea. 
G 3-5: 1.21 Copy and paste or import graphics; change their size and position on a slide.

Tech Tips:

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Skype to Learn

As grade 4 students continue their study of the regions of the USA we reached out to Karen Wright-Balbier, Instructional Technology Specialist, from the El Paso School District in Texas through skype in the classroom. Karen connected us with Mrs Coppinger from White Elementary School.

These two fourth grade classrooms became experts of their own region or state. They each created a google doc with facts based on their research. Once these were shared, the other class generated a list of follow up questions that they wanted more information about. 

Our skype session which we called "Skype to Learn" was Mrs. Coppinger's first experience using skype and making a global connection. 

The experts each asked and answered questions as both classes became more knowledgeable about another part of the United States. we even had time to share a little about our schools. We look forward to visiting Texas and Mrs. Coppinger's Class again soon.

Click HERE to see the worksheet from the northeast region.
Click HERE to see the worksheet from Texas.

Mrs. Murphy's  Class Topsfield, MA

Mrs. Coppinger's Class El Paso, Texas

Tech Tip:
The document was created as a google doc and saved to become the original template.
A copy was made and shared with students.
Students working in small groups completed the section they were the expert on.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Eye on Topsfield Episode 1

Sixth grade students eagerly took on the task of creating the first episode of Eye on Topsfield. Students planned, wrote scripts, invited guests, rehearsed, and filmed this episode with the theme of Nutrition.
In this video you will meet Mr. Braden, director of food services for the Tri-Town Schools, Mrs. LeBlanc from Proctor School Kitchen, Mrs. Meehan, physical education teacher, and a few members of the Proctor Staff.

Special Thanks:
All the interviewers and interviewees.
Gabby who drew The Eye on Topsfield logo.
All filming was done by 6th grade students: Gabby, Katelyn, Tim, Alessandro, and Tea

Click on the video below to see Episode 1: Nutrition

Stay tuned for future episodes.
If there is something special you would like to know more about let us know. 
Leave a comment or send an email.
Tech Tip:
The news studio was created in explaineverything for the traveling sign and greenscreen by Doink.
All clips were added in iMovie.
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