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Week of 11/23/15 Tech Tips and Tidbits

posted Nov 22, 2015, 6:07 AM by Melisa Scott
Hour of Code is Coming: The week of December 7th is Hour of Code Week. So far there are 120,000 schools signed up around the world to participate in this event. is currently working on tweaking new tutorials to be used this year and I think the kids will be excited with the choices. Two in the works are Star Wars and Minecraft. I'm hoping to come into each 3-5 class for an hour during that week. Please stay tuned for a list of available times and how to sign up. Students in grades 1-2 will learn about and practice coding during Media Tech classes beginning the week of 12/7. I'm looking forward to another great week of inspiring kids to problem solve, create, and learn some coding!

iPad Shut Down: With the Thanksgiving break coming up, Tuesday would be a great day to completely turn the iPads off for the rest of the week. This can help to reset any glitches that the iPads may be having and give them a fresh start for when the kids come back. 

Winter and Winter Holiday Read Aloud QR Codes: Amy Gillam, the tech integrator at BGS and MBS, has created two sets of QR codes for winter read alouds and winter holiday read alouds. You can find both of these at the bottom of this newsletter. Thanks Amy!

Tech Spotlight: A few students at BMS are using iMotion as a way to create stop motion videos of their spelling words. The video shows how the word is built one letter at a time and is made be the student. This is a great intervention for students who need another dose of practice with their word wall or spelling words. Let me know if you have students who would benefit from this and I can get them started! Popplet is being used throughout the school to show information. It is being used to show the life cycle of a pumpkin, adjectives to describe a story, and characteristics of rocks and minerals. Popplet is a great way to do a quick formative assessment and can easily be saved as a picture and used within another app. One classroom has tested out the app ThingLink (not on all student iPads). ThingLink takes a still picture and makes it interactive by adding targets linked to text, images, or video. This is another great assessment tool and one of the top "app smashing" apps. Stay tuned for more information and examples!