This week, 5th graders celebrated Geography week by participating in several activities. One of these was a mapping activity with Mrs. Antoniak and Ms. Barrett. Using Google My Maps, students were able to learn about towns and cities around the US and throughout the world with the same names as Vermont's towns and cities. Take a look!
This year, let's make it even bigger. We're asking you to join in for the Hour of Code 2016. Please get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11. There are activities for all ages!
Get started at https://code.org/learn, and check out our district Hour of Code website.
Seventh grade teacher Pernille Ripp nearly quit teaching six years ago, until she realized she could change the way she reached students by understanding their never-ending fascination with technology. By incorporating new communication tools and the cloud into her curriculum, Ripp teaches her students invaluable lessons about the importance of reading, writing – and showing kindness toward others. To learn more about Ripp, visit her blog https://pernillesripp.com. To learn more about Toronto-based writer Rusul Alrubail, also featured in the video, go to https://rusulalrubail.com.
Maybe the most entertaining one so far?
Google Slides - Try thinking of Slides not just as a slideshow tool, but a way to create an interactive digital poster. It is easy to drag, drop, and rotate different text, shapes and pictures. It is also easy to insert YouTube videos and charts from your Google Sheets.
Google Pity - Pity the man who's bag's zipper started a cascade of lamentable occurrences.
As part of our work around PLP's, students at Camel's Hump Middle School participate in activities that they sign up for based upon their interests. The activities take place one morning a week for 4 weeks. Principal Mark Carbone explains, "The attempt is to expose young people to a variety of activities that they might not try otherwise". This trimester there are 26 activities that students can choose from including paper sword making, Arabic language, badminton, core fitness, and crafting for charity.
This post highlights the tech-minded students. They are learning to code Sphero rolling robots to respond to commands. This group is facilitated by 7th grade teacher David Jensen. Mr. Jensen says that the first week, students learned to drive the Spheros around, but as the weeks go on the expectation is that they use more of the macro language to get the Spheros doing other things. Watch the video to see what these little robots can do!