Thursday, January 19, 2017

Build a Snowman

We haven't had a lot of snow outside this year so the Second Graders had a lot of fun building digital snowmen.
Using a template in google slides the students learned the keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste as they added numerous features to their new friends.
Click below to see Mrs. Ragan's Class of Snow People.

Click below to see Miss Reid's Class of Snow People.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Google Read and Write

The students in Topsfield have access to the Google Read and Write feature.
The students in the Help Desk were the first to try it out.

Click below to view their first impressions.

To use Read&Write for Google:

  • Open any Google Document and you will now see a pull down tab at the top of the screen.
  • Click on that pull down tab and the Read&Write toolbar will appear.
  • There are many features included with Read&Write for Google including word prediction, dictionary, highlighting, and more. The feature we will focus on is the text to speech tool.
  • To have your document read to you simply click the Play button in the Read&Write toolbar. You can likewise use the Pause and Stop buttons as needed.
  • If you only want certain text read, select the text first and then click the Play button.
  • If you want to change the speed or accent of the voice, click the Settings button on the right of the Read&Write toolbar.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Me on the Map

Mrs. Gibbas and her students were very busy traveling to the southeast region of the USA recently.
They made 10 stops along the way and created short videos at each attraction.
Students working with a partner first researched their destination. They then wrote a short script using google docs. After memorizing their lines and practicing their script, the magic behind this project was added. This involved using the green screen and the app DoInk.
Mrs. Gibbas filming a segment for the project.
Click on each map marker to watch the students' short videos.
When the window opens, click on the photo at the top.
Tech tips:
Google maps allows you to add You Tube videos. 

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