Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Skyping with My Teacher

Mrs. Burn's 5th grade class Skyped with their teacher who was visiting the the Mayan Ruins in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.  She took them to el Castillo which is a massive step pyramid that dates back to 600 A.D. to the 1200's  is one of the " 7 Wonders of the World" .  The students saw the ball court in el Castillo and the Temple of Warriors.  Mrs. Burns spoke about the history around these ancient ruins and the town of Piste where she was visiting.  Students had the opportunity to ask questions about the tour and the lessons will continue when Mrs. Burns returns with further discussion and video of the ruins.  Today was a real time experience for these 5th graders.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Paul Revere's Ride

The Memorial Student Tech Team has been working on a project about the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.  Students recreated Paul Revere's  Ride and designed all the staging for "Ollie" our robot to serve in the role of Paul Revere.  Students programmed Ollie to reenact Revere's Ride.

                                          Student Tech Team created Paul Revere's Route.
                                          Tech Team member preparing "Ollie" for the ride!
                                           "Ollie" on the "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"

Thursday, March 17, 2016

MCBA Book Trailers

Fifth grade students created book trailers to promote their favorite MCBA book.  Students shared their persuasive videos with 4th & 5th  graders at lunch.  Please go to Mrs. Burns blog to see all our 5th grade MCBA trailers.  Which book will you be voting for??

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hour of Code

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.

Hour of Code



Khan Academy

3rd & 5th Graders Coding on Monday

Friday, December 4, 2015

Memorial School Student Tech Team Hard At Work

Two of our Memorial School Student Tech Team members had their first assignment for the year.  They were asked to reload apps on the new I-Pad Air cart that was delivered to Mrs. Cyr's classroom yesterday. Neil and Barrack reloaded the apps for the third grade students in Room 208 so they could use their new I-Pads.  Great job!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Explain Everything, Wampanoag, English Colonist and Memorial Third Grade Students

You may ask what do these things all have in common?   If you ask a Memorial third grader they will tell you that they are taking a virtual field trip to Plimoth Plantation and doing a research project on the Wampanoags and English Colonist using Explain Everything on their I-Pads.

 Our project has gone 100% digital this year.  Teachers shared the project through Google Drive to their students.  Students then imported the project into Explain Everything and have been learning all the ins and outs of the app as we work on our research projects.  

Accessing the "You are a Historian" site, students are taking the tour of the Wampanoag Village to kick off the project.  Once we are done studying the Wampanoags we will continue our adventure studying the English Colonist.  

Students are preparing for a real life experience to Plimoth.  When they return from their trip they will produce a project using either Book Creator or Explain Everything highlighting what they learned.  They will be taking original photographs while they are at Plimoth Plantation to add to their projects.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Internet Safety Tips to Talk to Your Children About

One of the biggest concerns for parents and educators these days is safety on the web for our children and students.  Educating our students on the do's and don'ts of being safe on the web is an important role for both parents and teachers.  With so many different social media sites,  it is important to carefully evaluate the settings of the sites for your children and what is being shared about them and you.  Privacy is a big issue these days, but if we as users keep an eye on what we are sharing, then that is one of the first steps you can take for keeping  your child safe on the web as well as yourself.  

Having conversations with your child or students is also important.  They need to know what is acceptable to share and what is not.  Children don't always know when they are giving too much information about themselves whether they post a photo of themselves wearing their team gear or talking about the birthday party they are going to on Saturday to someone on-line.  

This link will give you some ideas of some of the most important conversations you can have with your children/students about staying safe on-line.   National Children's Advocacy Center

You will also find some great resource links for learning more about Internet Safety.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

As we transition to our Chromebooks as our primary device I am finding that many teachers are looking to use keyboard shortcuts with their Chromebooks.  I have gathered some of these for you to help make this transitioin easier.  Keyboard Shortcuts for Chromebooks

Monday, September 21, 2015

Every year I am asked.......

Another new school year brings us to a question that I am asked each year by teachers.  How can I get my students to type their projects faster?  Using our keypads on our mobile devices and phones are great, but when it comes to writing a paper in doc's the teachers find that the student's typing skills need a refresher course after the summer break.  Here are a few typing sites that may help your students improve their speed and accuracy when typing.    There are many programs that can be purchased for home use as well, but these are a few free sites that offer some activities that your students may enjoy.

Dance Mat Typing

Learning Games for Kids-Typing

I also suggest that teachers check out the Chromebooks for the students on occassion so that they are using a standard keyboard to type their projects with.  Typing is a great practice skill to add to your students homework list!