Computational Thinking in STEM Activities

18 03 2019

I’ve been working with 7th and 8th graders on various STEM projects and having a blast! It is so much fun to watch kids excited about learning and utilizing computational thinking in order to accomplish a given task. The latest project we worked on was a volleyball machine.  The project can be found at https://www.sciencebuddies.org/

We gave them no assistance – this video was it – and the designs they came up with were phenomenal. The excitement when their designs worked was contagious. The collaboration in helping one another solve a problem with their design was what every teacher loves to see. The fact that the activity culminates in a competition motivated them even more. And for the teacher .. besides generating excitement among their students it satisfies various math and science standards.

There are so many valuable sites with projects that will excite students and make them THINK! This is just one of them. Enjoy 🙂





Enjoy your break

21 12 2018

Hi all

Your winter break has arrived! Enjoy the rest! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas 🙂

On a personal note, we lost a member of the Massapequa family this week. Walter Vohs, Math teacher, chairperson, curriculum associate, was a stellar example and champion of both students and teachers. He made a difference….





The Immersive Reader

28 11 2018

What used to be called Learning Tools is now the Immersive Reader and is available in One Note. One Note is an add-on that works on ChromeBooks. Take a look at the video as well as the articles about the Reader and OneNote. Every teacher I’ve shared this with is blown away!

Click the link for the article to read about the Immersive Reader.
Immersive Reader Article

Click the link for the article to read about OneNote on Chromebooks.
One Note and Chromebooks

Two very powerful tools! Enjoy them 🙂





Exciting News about FlipGrid

19 06 2018

FlipGrid has been purchased by Microsoft and is now TOTALLY FREE for teachers!!! NO MORE LIMITS 🙂

Watch “Ditch That Textbook” author explain WHY:

You may want to visit over the summer to explore.

And speaking of SUMMER, have a GREAT ONE!

See you in September,

Barbara

 





Helping Students through the Writing Process

26 03 2018

More on Curriculum Pathways from Curriculum Pathways

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As students prepare for the end of the year, many are focused on finishing final essays. Help students at any level think like a writer with Writing Navigator – a suite of no-cost tools that takes students through the entire writing process, from planning to publishing.


Help students through the four-step writing process

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Writing Navigator goes beyond identifying what’s right and what’s wrong. It prompts students to make creative decisions and find the right words in the best order by providing assistance at each of the four steps of the writing process.

Students get feedback about their writing and begin to think like experienced writers over time.

Plan

Writing Planner helps students generate ideas and organize them into a writing plan.

Draft

Writing Drafter transforms the plan into a first draft. It helps students develop sentences, supporting details and transitions.

Revise

Writing Reviser provides feedback that helps students make thier sentences more economical, varied, powerful and clear. This popular resource is also available as a Google Docs add-on.

Publish

In this final stage, students use Writing Publisher to proofread and correct any errors before publishing a polished essay. It can even help with citations.





Binumi – a Video Project Tool

19 01 2018

Binumi is an AWESOME tool for digital storytelling video projects. There is a free version that should be adequate for your needs. It has a huge library of video clips as well as sound files that can easily be dragged and dropped to your storyline. Adding text as well as your own files are easily done but if you get stuck there is a short tutorial right within your project screen – just look for the which gives you an overview of the editor. I’ve  included a short video to give you an introduction and if you have any questions contact me. I’d be more than happy to help! Go to https://www.binumi.com/ and create your free account Enjoy!





FREE Resources for your Chromebooks – Great Idea for a Collegial Circle

13 12 2017

Hi all
Hope your year is going well.

I’ve spoken about Curriculum Pathways before but now have webinars for each discipline created by the company. For those who do not know, Curriculum Pathways was created and is maintained by SAS, a top data analytics company. It is their philanthropic activity due to their deep interest in education. The resources are among the best I’ve ever seen and used. They include interactives, web inquiry, web lessons, … A great thing about Curriculum Pathways is that everything is standards aligned with emphasis on higher order thinking skills. There will NEVER be a cost! Everything is free! There will never be a push to a premium account. There is none!

Most activities are for middle and high school but there are some for elementary. Complete lesson guides are included and many additionally have worksheets that can be printed or completed on students’ Chromebooks. You can filter by subject, grade level, standards, activity, Chromebook, and more. The search is quite robust. Each of these webinars is approximately 45 minutes and could be used as a great base for a collegial circle so activities could be shared with your colleagues.

When you first open the video, it may say no content – just ignore it. It will start by itself. Don’t even bother pressing Play.

Math: https://youtu.be/Xnjy8FRM7fc

Science: https://youtu.be/ABj7eaooQU8

English Language Arts: https://youtu.be/oECsv0iQhCY

Social Studies: https://youtu.be/2zTr_UAiyac

Spanish: https://youtu.be/9vsagH5gfcE

I PROMISE you! You will not be disappointed in Curriculum Pathways!!!

Have a great week,
Barbara