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Week of 12/8 Tech Tips and Tidbits

posted Dec 7, 2014, 8:51 AM by Melisa Scott
Hour of Code: The Hour of Code week is here! The week of 12/8 is National Computer Science Week and for the second year in a row, BMS will be participating in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global initiative from to get students to spend an hour learning the basics of computer programming. Last year 15 million students participated in 5 days. It took Pinterest 2 years to reach 15 million users and Facebook 3 years to reach that number. Why teach coding? Because coding teaches problem solving skills, perseverance, and provides an awareness of potential careers for our students that currently don't exist. Students in grades 3-5 will spend a one hour session coding thru tutorials on and first and second graders will spend their Media Tech classes (next week) working on some coding apps on their iPads. If you would like more information on Hour of Code or coding in schools, visit

Xtra Math: Please let me know if you would like me to come and do an introduction to Xtra Math with your class. 30 minutes will be plenty of time to have students create accounts and go through the first session.

Media Center Books: We are planning to submit an order of books for the Media Center right around the holiday break. If there are any areas or topics that you would like us to order, please let me or Toni know. 

Tech Spotlight:  Second graders have been benefiting from curriculum related videos on YouTube using ViewPure which takes away the comments, related videos, and ads typically found on the YouTube site. First graders have been busy showing their knowledge of backyard birds with PicCollage. They are also practicing using informational text features such as titling and labeling.