Students in grades 3-5 have been participating in National Computer Science Week. Memorial students have been learning about programming this week. To find out more about some of our actiivities please visit some of our sites we have used this week. I have added a few extras for those of you that would like to continue throughout the year with some fun coding activities.
Mrs. Harlow;s fourth grade created projects in Explain Everything. They photographed the rocket building process and then explained the process along with their photos using the Explain Everything app. They recorded their projects and created videos to post on their digital portfolios.
Second grade students created "Tree Guides" using the Book Creator app on their I-Pads. Students went on a tree walk with their teachers where they photographed different types of trees, leaves, seeds and bark. Students then created their Tree Guide Book using their I-Pads. They also made videos out of their projects for their digital portfolios.
OFirst grade has been planting pumpkin seeds in their classroom. Yes I said in their classroom. They have hollowed out pumpkins and added some soil to watch the seeds from the pumpkins grow into vines and hopefully into a giant pumpkin. Students have been learning the lifecycle of a pumpkin seed and part of their assessment was to recreate the lifecycle using the Drawing Pad App.
Grade 3 took on the role of being history detectives. They are acting as historians as they study "lLife as a Wampanoag and Colonist". In preparation for their visit to Plimoth this year they are studying what it was like to live in 1621 through a digital field trip.
Burlington had a group of Google Research Engineers visit our schools to talk to students and teachers about app's, 1:1 devices, technology integration projects and how we are implementing this into our daily schedules. Students had the opportunity to give their advice to the Google Research Team of what they would like to see in the future to make learning fun.
Second graders started blogging their writing and science project on "I am a .....they chose a storm to create a descriptive writing piece. Ms. McLaughlin brought weather to life for her students. Students are using Blogger for their portfolios. Ms. McLaughlin had her students add their first project of the year to their portfolios.
I found this great opportunity for classroom teachers, specialist, administrators, coaches and staff. It is a free virtual conference that will be taking place on October 23rd. I thought you may want to log-on to catch a little professional development and you don't have to leave your classroom or office! The schedule is posted for you to look at. Please check out this great opportunity
FETC Virtual is a live international conference and expo—held in the online space—that connects you with qualified education professionals interested in learning how to use technology to advance the way schools and districts operate and educate.
Welcome back to the new school year. We are excited about continuing on with our 1:1 I-Pad program in grades 1, 4 & 5 and have expanded our program into grades 2 & 3 this year. Our students will use the I-Pads during school time. We have selected educational apps that are appropriate to support their learning and will use these apps each year. You may find that your child may also speak about apps that their classroom teachers may use to support their curriculum. Many of the apps we use are free apps and some are purchased apps but are all available at the APP Store should you wish to get them for your own devices at home. Please ask your student to share what they are using in school with you.
During the school year please make sure you have your child log-in to their Google Drive to share their work that they are working on. You can also see their portfolios that they have created with prior years projects. Our teachers will speak more about this during their open house presentations.
Our elementary classroom teachers received a new Chromebook and a new I-Pad to kick off the school year. We are extremely excited to have these new devices and are looking forward to another great year. Visit us often to find out more about our projects this year.
Students from grades 4 and 5 shared their projects with educators from many different districts this weekend. Students shared projects done in Explain Everything, Edmodo, Google Drive, Book Creator, Stock Market, Skype, IMovie to name a few. Conference attendees commented on the fabulous presentations of our students. The excitement of our students and the attendees of the conference made this such a memorable day for everyone.
A big thank you to our parents that came with their children to the Summit. We greatly appreciate you giving your Satudray morning to us and sharing your children with us for such a wonderful event. Memorial you shine!
Mrs Burn's and 5th Grade Presenters
Mrs. Warford and 4th Grade Presenters
Mrs. Olshaw and 4th Grade Presenters
Assistant Superintendent, Patrick Larkin listens to a students perspective on best practices for using their IPads in school each day. Students shared Mystery Skype with Mr. Larkin and Edmodo.
Memorial parents spend the morning at the 1:1 Summit with their children. Thanks for giving your Saturday morning to us and supporting our school.
Mrs. Dressler spent her morning learning how to use Book Creator and Explain Everything. Students also gave her a quick lesson on the Stock Market!
Superintendent Eric Conti takes pride in seeing Burlington student's presenting their projects to conference attendees.
1:1 has changed student and teacher workflow in the classroom. This year our 4th grade teachers decided to move from handmade posters to digital presentations. Students in 4th grade used Google Presentation, Explain Everything or Book Creator to share the process of creating their inventions. They had to design their own logo, take photo's of different types of simple machines found in the school, create a patent, research and design their invention. Today was presentation day. Students wowed our visitors with their innovative inventions and presentations. Great job 4th grade!
Our PTO purchased headphones for our kindergarten and first grade students to use with their computers and I-Pads. A big thank you to our PTO for helping us get these for our students. We greatly appreciate your help and you can be sure we will put these to good use.
Thank you from the teachers and students in grades K & 1, and Mrs. Weldon
Our kindergarten students are using Chalkboard during their math block. This week they were doing addition and subtraction . They were great helpers putting the I-Pads away. Make sure you ask them what "Apple Up" means when using the I-Pads and how they are suppose to hold an I-Pad in school when walking around with it. Stay tuned for more fun in Kindergarten.
We created a QR code that may be used with the students I-Pads for doing research on the continents. Our 2nd grade teachers are using this for research for their writing program. There are a few sites that cannot be viewed on the I-pad but the majority of them work fine. Trudy's and K Bears are two that you will need to use your computer lab for but they are great sites to use for continent research so make sure you book some time in your school's lab. The QR code will take you to my 2nd grade blog page where you will find other links as well to use with your curriculum. Make sure you use your Qrafter app if you are using your I-Pads to have the students easily access the blog with just a few taps.
I thought this looked interesting and wanted to share it with you.
Check out the Time for Kids, Live from Antarctica, this may be one you can do with your kids, it takes place from 1-2 next Thursday, take a look at it.
This is a link for a question submission sheet that your students can use to submit questions for the live webinar.
There are also some other great webinars if you look half way down the page you will see a list of them.