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Week of 11/9/15 Tech Tips and Tidbits

posted Nov 8, 2015, 1:44 PM by Melisa Scott
PBIS Character Voting: Just a reminder to have each of your students vote for the new bulletin board character on Monday. The winner will be announced on Tuesday at the All School Meeting. The Google Doc with the QR code for voting was shared last week. Click HERE if you need to access the QR code again. Please let me know if you need assistance with the QR code scanning!

November QR Code Read Alouds: There are some great Thanksgiving read alouds on YouTube. I took six of these read alouds, put them into ViewPure and created QR codes that link to the videos. These are for you to use in your classroom as a center, individual work, or however you would like to use them. Click HERE to access this document.

Coding at BMS: Later this month I will be assigning coding apps to the BMS iPads. Younger students will receive Lightbot, Daisy the Dinosaur, and Kodable. Upper grades will receive Kodable, Hopscotch, and Codecademy. I'll also be setting up a Tynker account for BMS which is another place that students can use for coding. BMS will participate in the Hour of Code again this year, which has been extremely popular the last two years. I'm hoping to add to this experience and put a focus on coding and STEM for the month of December. More information to come!

Tech Spotlight: The kindergarten classes now have their iPads! We reviewed expectations last week and introduced the app LetterSchool for letter practice. A few first grades used the app Popplet to create number bonds. This is a great way to do a quick, informal assessment! Fourth graders were introduced to the website, Zearn, which aligns with Engage NY. Zearn will soon be introduced to grades 2-3 as well. Keep your fingers crossed that will eventually be released for grades 1 and 5!