We had a great time yesterday on our field trip to the Somerset Apple Store. Students took a class and learned how to create a self-portrait using the Procreate app and the Apple Pencil. Students made some excellent portraits. Thank you to the Apple Store and Micky for a great class!
The Multimedia Tech class recently completed a coding unit. We began by using the lessons in Swift Playgrounds on our iPads. Students Students learned some of the basic logic and language of coding while working through the challenges. There was a lot of teamwork as students helped each other to solve the challenges when they were stuck. Swift Playgrounds is available for free for iPads on the iTunes Store. It has a variety of fun coding challenges on a variety of levels that help students learn about coding.
We next transferred the skills learned into programing our Sphero robotic balls. Students learned some basics of how to pair the Spheros with Bluetooth, aim, and drive them. Then we used the SheroEdu app for working through some challenges. Students had to program shapes, colors, and sounds. Then they got creative got creative and programed the Spheros to tell stories, dance, and even sing! Check out these videos to see some of their creative coding solutions!
The Sphero Edu app is also available for free on iTunes. It has lessons and tutorials that students can use. (Note: the tutorials are hosted on Youtube and sadly we found they were blocked on our student network.) You also can simply use the app to code the Sphero. We especially loved that there was a large library of sound effects! You also could program talking using text to voice – the voice came out of the iPad. Great potential for blending storytelling with coding!!
We recently finished up our sketchnotes unit in class. It’s always exciting to see students putting that strategy into action during chapel time. Here’s a few of their sketch notes.
Students, we will be using these links for our lesson today. Please write answers on your worksheet.
Go to one of these links. On your worksheet write one or two things that you learned from the site:
Please watch this video and use the worksheet to take notes. Write down the meanings of website endings and the A, B, C, D, and E of evaluating websites. Then write a sentence or two explaining what each one means. (Ignore the instructions at the end of the video.)
Use these links to view some videos on issues related to Cyber Citizenship:
NS Teens Challenge
On the back of your paper, write down at least 3 things that you think are important for middle schoolers to remember about web safety.
This year our Middle School students have created 4 outstanding videos to enter in the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival. We are asking everyone we know to support our entries by voting each day for our videos. You will need to create an account either using Facebook or with an email account to vote. Once that is done, it will literally take you seconds to vote each day!
Here are links to the videos:
Healthy Food Always Wins by by Jake, Luke, and Tyler
Take a Stroll to Help Achieve Your Goal by Kaitlyn, Raven, and Camryn
Be Yourself by by Arianna, Rachel, and Joslyn
You are Special by Jalon and Mitchell
The videos receiving the most votes in each category wins $500 dollars for their school. Second and third places earn $200 dollars. Last year our student videos took a first and third place earning $700 for our school and doubling our technology budget!
Thank you so much for your daily support!
Here are the links to my photo collections for the national parks you are researching. I will give you hints for how to get them onto your iPads for the projects when we get to that point in the project.
Yellowstone National Park
Sequoia National Park
Yosemite National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park