Thursday, February 16, 2017

7th Grade Doherty students: Steven Zhang, Davis Blanch, Lucas Bacchi, Chad Cao under the guidance of Barbara Murray: Digital Learning Specialist & Stephen Chinosi: Director of Strategic Innovation took part in the OPTIMUS PRIME Challenge. 

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center invites students in grades 3-12 to take part in the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). Participants are challenged to help raise awareness and understanding of NASA technologies and their many benefits to our everyday lives. Our students have created a robot,the redesigned Rocker Bogie made to help people transport heavy loads or carry supplies, such as water, long distances. It uses the mechanics of the All-terrain wheelchair, designed by an MIT engineer Amos Winter, to move itself forward. The passenger can use their own strength to power the bot by using the hand cranks. By doing this they are able to help the bot move without using too much of the energy. In addition to the hand cranks, the Rocker  has installed motors which can help the person move the Rocker Bogie up hills and over rough terrains, when the hand cranks cannot provide enough power.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What is World Read Aloud Day?

Celebrated each year, World Read Aloud Day was started by LitWorld to bring attention to the power or reading stories aloud to children. Young and old we all know the power of a picture book or short story. 
The research on read aloud is clear – when children listen to the voices of their teachers and family members read stories aloud they can become stronger readers! You can learn more about LitWorld’s work and World Read Aloud Day on their website.
This list includes some favorite read aloud websites and apps that are prefect for your World Read Aloud Day celebrations.

  1. EPIC! (website and app) This iPad app and website gives elementary-school aged readers access to thousands of books straight from their device.  Kids can set their preferences, browse the collection and earn badges for their achievements.  This engaging app is great for reluctant readers or students struggling to find a just-right book that also captures their interest.
  2. One More Story (website) This is an online library for students with plenty of fiction titles perfect for read aloud.
  3. Storyline Online (website) Presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this site has videos of well-known actors reading your favorite picture books aloud.
  4. Reading Rainbow (website and app) Looking for a seemingly endless number of great books? Reading Rainbow has plenty of titles for independent readers. Students can work on any device to explore stories independently or with a partner. There are lots of choices for readers with different interests.
  5. Caribu (app) This very cool app connects two readers from down street or across the world so they can explore a picture book together – perfect for long distance read alouds.
  6. Goodnight Safari (app) This beautifully illustrated interactive book that children can explore independently.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

ChromebookAs test scores rise and engagement increases, schools are beginning to see the incalculable benefits of implementing digital curriculum and resources for math instruction. District and school leaders are using data to make strategic decisions, teachers are able to respond to students’ individual needs, and students are employing higher-order critical thinking and reasoning skills—not just to arrive at the right answers, but to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Starting today, you can insert and play your Google Drive videos in Google Slides, in addition to videos from YouTube.

Once you’ve added a Drive video to your presentation, you can choose when to start and end it, whether it should autoplay when presenting, and whether it should be muted or play with audio. Simply right-click on the video and select Video options.

If a person viewing your presentation doesn’t have permission to view a video embedded within it, they’ll be prompted to request access.

Note that while you can play Drive videos in Slides on the web and mobile, you can only insert them from the web application.