Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Build A Jack O Lantern

Who doesn't love a Great Pumpkin design?
Boo! Guess Who?  Me! I love a great jack o lantern!
The month of October brings out our spooky and creative sides.
Using the template for Build a Jack-O-Lantern from Eric Curts that I found on Twitter, students have been creating their own personalized Jack-O-Lanterns.

Here is the collection from Mrs. Corliss' Third Grade Class.
Click on the slides below to view each original creation.




Here is the template:




Teacher Tip:

To get your own copy click HERE. This link will force a copy to your own google drive.
Share your finished Jack O Latern in comments.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

FlipGrid

Welcome to FlipGrid!
Over the summer I won a subscription to FlipGrid and have introduced many class to this engaging format of reflecting and sharing.
This week on Twitter I came across a Global Reading Project. People around the world were challenged to read one page from the book, Oh, the Places You'll Go! 
Click on the first picture below and listen to the story read aloud. It will automatically play after you click on the first square. Under each picture you will see where it is being read from. Be sure to look out for page 19.
 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September is Over!

The life of a Technology Integration Specialist in September is like a Talented Juggler.

September brought everyone back to school well rested and eager to learn.
New technology arrived, student and teacher accounts were created, spreadsheets shared, devices labeled, teachers trained, calendars updated, passwords created, students logged in to google, folders organized, digital safety discussed and so much more!

Take a peek into September 2017:


New Chromebooks for both schools.
Creating new accounts.
What is my password?

Organize Google Drive Folders
Create a Grade Level Folder and Share with teacher.

New J Touch TV by InFocus in Grade 5
I know that I can share my computer screen for our new science program.


Google Classroom is set up and ready for student assignments.

Learning Google Doc skills
Where is the Backspace?


Joining Science Class

There is a font named after me! Georgia!

Green Screen is waiting to create magic!
 And this video says it all:



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

A new school year has begun.
Excitement is in the halls and classrooms as students return to school.

The buses arrived.

Lunch was prepared.
The fire department visited.


Our challenge this year is to Dream Big.


Click on the padlet below and add your own Big Dreams.


Made with Padlet

Tech Tip:
Double click on the padlet wall.
Add your first name for the Title.


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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.

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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