Policy Board Meeting

17 10 2019

The meeting on October 21st has been canceled.





Welcome Back

20 08 2019

Another summer has come and gone and a new year is just beginning! I wanted to share a tool that I’ve told you about before but is so worth speaking about again. Office Lens is a phenomenal scanning tool that is free. Found an old print worksheet that you wish was digital? Use Office Lens to bring it into Word as a completely editable document.

This video will show you how to take a picture of your document and bring it into Word or OneNote. Also take a look at the immersive reader (used to be an add-on) but is now built into all Microsoft products.

Enjoy and have a GREAT year!
Barbara





Tips for Google Keep

10 04 2019

Hi all!
I’ve been using Google Keep quite a bit lately and found this video that I wanted to share with you. I believe I’ve already written about the app Office Lens that can be used to take a picture of an old worksheet and upload as an editable document in Word. If not, I will next time. This time is all about Keep.

In Keep I have found it very simple to grab text from an image. Very simply, I take a picture of any image that has text, add it as a note in Keep then I choose Grab text from image and Keep will show not only my image but all of the text that I can now edit. Very Cool!!

This video will give you a visual of how to accomplish this task but also some other tips such as setting a reminder for a PLACE! Enjoy 🙂

Barbara





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