Thursday, February 15, 2018

St. Williams KinderCoding

Principal Carl Bull talks about the St. William Kindergarten Student Coding Project


 CPCO

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Catholic Coding Challenge

Students in Mrs. Devlin's Grade 2/3 Class & Mrs. Sidi's Grade 3 Class were given a very important coding task this year.  


To begin they watched: 




Next they received their coding challenge which was to code Beebot to ensure Mary and Joseph safely arrived at the stable.  Along the way they experienced some obstacles that they need to avoid




Students carefully coded each stage of their journey to ensure their coding was correct. They were also careful to avoid the camels and the hills along the way.  


     

See a full recap here:  






Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Ipevo Document Camera Microscope Adapter

Although this is not a new item, it is new to me and I finally got one to try it out. I have been using the Ipevo document camera for years (I've written about it here) and it's a great portable way to display what's going on on your actual desk top. But as it turns out there is a small rubber adapter that you can purchase that will let you view the image from a microscope.

When you purchase the adapter, it comes in four sizes. Two for the angled barrel and two for the straight barrel microscope and each of those in two diameters: 28mm and 33mm. It's as easy to install as simply sliding the correct adapter onto the eyepiece of your microscope. Once you do that then you will have to adjust its position on the eyepiece to see the whole image. You can see the adjustment process in the video below.
You obviously need the Ipevo P2V camera in order to use this but if you are already using one then it's a great addition to your tech arsenal and if you don't have the camera, the camera+adapter combo is still pretty cheap (or you can splurge on the combo that includes the stand extension, scan kit and the case). You can obviously get these on the Ipevo site or in Canada you can get them on Merconnet.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Differentiated Instruction Using Google Classroom!


Google Classroom Allows Teachers to Release Assignments to Groups or Select Students


Teachers rejoice! One of the features we have been waiting for is finally available–the ability to give assignments to EXACTLY who you want, meaning an assignment meant for one student, a few, or even groups of students within a Class in Google Classroom.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Student Voice / Interactive Nativity Slide Show

Shout out to Karen Johnson at St. Rose Catholic Elementary School for sharing these samples of her Interactive Nativity slideshows created by past students.   


Consider kicking off this activity with Voices of Christmas as a mentor text.  This beautiful text shares the story/perspective of the birth of Jesus from many viewpoints.  

Following the reading of the text, students can lend their own voice/perspectives to the many individuals/animals present at the time of Jesus' birth in an interactive slideshow (see samples below).


Diana's Interactive Nativity (Grade 6)
(note: Click the star to return to the home screen)


Tyler's Interactive Nativity (Grade 5)



Not sure how to create Interactive Slide Shows?  
Check out this comprehensive "How To" guide on Eric Curts Control Alt Achieve website.

Google Cheat Sheets

WOW! I recently found these AMAZING Google Cheat Sheets online created by Ben Cogswell from Alisal Union School District.  Thankful that Ben has generously allowed me to share them here as well. Check out more of Ben's posts on the Alisal Edtech blog.

(click HERE for live Classroom Cheat Sheet)


(click HERE for live Slides Cheat Sheet)


(click HERE for live Docs Cheat Sheet)


 (click HERE for live Sites Cheat Sheet)


(click HERE for live Drive Cheat Sheet)