• What Do You Do with an Idea?

    Posted by Julie Doyle on 11/26/2018

     

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    Have you ever had an idea?  Well here at the Neary School, everyone has ideas.  And you know what?  Our ideas can change the world!  

    To get our creativity flowing, in Libratory, we read a book called What do you do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada.  In the book, the little boy has an “idea” (a little creature) that follows him around.  At first, the little boy isn’t sure what to do with his idea and ignores it. However, as time goes on he grows to love his idea and realizes that he can’t live without it.  Eventually, the idea becomes it’s own thing and changes the world!

    We discussed how all our ideas can also change the world.  Then, the students learned to design their own 3D “ideas” using Tinkercad- online 3D design software.  Learning to think and design in three dimensions can be challenging but they did an awesome job!

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    Do you want to know the best part though?  We are 3D printing them so that the students will have their own “idea” figure to take home and remind themselves about how their ideas can indeed change the world!

     3-D printed objects

    -Amy Brewis

    Instructional Technology Specialist

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  • MassCUE Conference Visit

    Posted by Brian Calnan on 10/25/2018 9:00:00 AM

    Last week, teachers and members of the District Technology Staff attended and presented at a conference at Gillette Stadium run by an organization named Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE).

    (Logo courtesy of MassCUE website)

     

    There was a lot of energy and information to take in at this exciting event. Presentation topics included:

    • Podcasting in the Classroom
    • Using Copyright Laws in Schools
    • Virtual Reality Field Trips
    • Internet Safety for Students
    • Coding Across the Curriculum
    • Green Screen Projects
    • And many more!

     

    Our teachers are excited to bring these tools back to the schools of Northborough and Southborough to use with our students.

     

    Many teachers are already using these technologies in the classroom. At Algonquin, some Spanish classes are using a Green Screen to record news broadcasts, and students in Public Speaking are using iPads to edit "Life Lessons" podcasts to be played on the school radio website. Tune in to www.arhsradio.com to listen.

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    (Image designed by Joseph Greene, ARHS Class of 2020)

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  • Back to school with Technology

    Posted by Julie Doyle on 8/14/2018

    Are you looking for some ideas to start your year off with a bang?  Check out these links below.

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    ISTE's Back to School Guide

    Free personalized learning tutorials to build technology skills:21 Things 4 Teachers

    Back to School with G Suite

    50+Back to school Ideas, Activites and Icebreakers

    21 Things Every 21st Century Educator Should Try This Year (2018 Version)

     

    Commit to try at least one new thing this year to get your students learning with technology.  You won't regret it!

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  • Instructional Technology Wrap-up

    Posted by Julie Doyle on 6/19/2018

    Welcome to the Nsboro technology blog.  In this space we will share stories of how technology is transforming learning and helping our students succeed in the classroom.  Read more below to hear about some of those success stories that happened during the 2017-2018 school year:

    This year at the Neary School, students used technology in a variety of ways.  In our new “Libratory” space, students used technology to create stop motion videos, learn coding, document their learning with pictures and videos, control robots, build their own video games and more! In the classrooms, students utilized technology to conduct research, collaborate with peers on projects, create presentations to share their learning and create multimedia Science journals.
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     In addition, the teachers and students worked hard to raise money to bring OSMO learning to Neary. OSMO uses a reflector to make use of the camera on the ipad, so that the activities become “hands-on” and the table becomes the workplace. The OSMO apps had students working with numbers, words, money, tangrams, coding and drawing! Neary was buzzing from all the technology uses this year and the 4th graders can’t wait to continue next year!-Amy Brewis

     

    Watching Woodward!
    What a great year! Our second and third graders have been immersed in everything Google, had fun learning to code with Root Robot, and learned the ins and outs of Chromebooks and iPads!  Students created writing projects in Google docs, worked on several shared and individual Google Slides projects, and enjoyed creating virtual tours of habitats and events of the American Revolution with Google Tour Builder!
    Our Root Robot Pilot program is wrapping up, and through the fabulous Southborough Education Foundation we will be purchasing us our own Roots for next year!  Students collaborated to create and debug algorithms to make root move at different angles, light up, play music, write, and more! We are fortunate to have an abundance of technology here at Woodward, and we look forward to more tech adventures next year!-Amy Benford

    Finn Fun!
    It’s been another amazing year of incredible projects by our Kindergarten and 1st Grade students.  Our kindergarten classes have created videos describing each part of their day. Incoming students will sure find it helpful to see how their days will be filled with learning, laughter, and fun. 1st grade students at Finn have created movies all about their year and they shared them with their families.  Coding with BeeBots was a huge success as well. It has to be said, none of this could have been done without our fabulous family volunteers. Thank you for your continuous support.-Elizabeth Hall

     

    This was an exciting year for me as I transitioned into the role of Instructional Technology Specialist in April. One of the highlights of the year was the International Night hosted at ARHS for families of in-district EL and FEL students, when we used a "Green Screen Photo Booth" to allow guests to take pictures anywhere in the world.
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    We also grew our school radio station, which is available for live streaming at
    www.arhsradio.com. This was Algonquin's first year with a whole-school implementation of Canvas as a Learning Management System. I, along with the other Digital Literacy Leaders in the school, assisted other teachers use Canvas for grading, distribution of materials, and student feedback. While this was a primary focus for this year, I spent a lot of time planning for next year as well. We successfully ran Computer-Based Field Tests for ELA and Biology MCAS. We also piloted a Bring Your Own Device program that will be in full effect next year. I am excited for the new opportunities that BYOD will provide our students and teachers in terms of dynamic and engaging learning opportunities. - Brian Calnan

    Trottier Tech

    Trottier has had an incredible year, starting with the adoption of our new learning management system, Canvas.  Early adopters worked together with Trottier’s Tech Integration Specialist to experiment with all of the dynamic tools and features that Canvas has to offer.  Their experience was invaluable in providing support and training for the rest of Trottier’s staff throughout the spring, and laid a solid foundation for our Canvas rollout in the Fall. This spring also marked our second year of MCAS 2.0 and by all accounts testing went smoothly, with as little impact on time on learning as possible. Our Flexible Learning Center is scheduled to be completed this summer; however, despite that fact that it is a work in progress, students and teachers are taking advantage of the space and enjoying the flexibility to adapt the structure of this classroom to a configuration that supports the type of innovative lessons they choose to provide. Students are enjoying the opportunity for physical movement within the classroom as they explore the variety of opportunities for learning that their teachers have made available to them.  The Flexible Learning Center’s green screen has been a big hit with students and teachers. A few of the innovative projects that incorporated the use of the green screen were our health week videos, where students utilized TouchCast Studio app to provide a newsroom backdrop for their daily health tips. Our Spanish teachers designed a project were students acted as real estate agents and conducted home tours in Spanish. Using images taken from Zillo as their backdrop, room by room they walked “prospective buyers” through the home, adding their own persuasive description in Spanish for each. Both of these projects not only gave students an opportunity to learn to use the green screen technology, but they also practiced researching, persuasive and script writing, reading from a teleprompter, public speaking, and with the Spanish project they were able to practice translating and speaking in Spanish. This spring we also were awarded a grant from the Southborough Education Foundation to purchase a set of thermal imaging cameras for our science department.  The cameras have helped to create a dynamic learning environment for all students, as they are now able to observe the temperature gradient within a model ecosystem. Using the camera to enable students to “see heat” and how it radiates has been helpful in developing their understanding all concepts around thermal energy, which can be challenging as complex and abstract concepts. The cameras have allowed experiential (hands-on) learning, enhancing critical and creative thinking, helping to develop problem-solving skills, and promote curiosity. It’s been an exciting year and we are looking forward to continuing our exploration and experimentation with technology that improves motivation and productivity and supports the development of problem solving, critical thinking, communication and leadership skills.-Sandy Scordato

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