Wednesday, May 30, 2018

STEAM Carnival

Students, staff and families had the opportunity to participate in the first annual STEAM Carnival for Middleton Public Schools.  Organizers Barbara Deeley and Catie Nasser had the vision to create a fun, family oriented festival to explore the arts in a different way.  Teachers organized their own booths and had some phenomenal student volunteers.  Games were STEAM themed - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.  There was so much excitement in the air!

Check out the video below:


Friday, May 25, 2018

Atomic History - Students become the scientist

Sixth graders are studying atoms and learning about the history of atomic structure.  They broke into 7 small groups and conducted research about one of the scientists who are instrumental in developing the theory of atomic structure.

The scientists are:

















Students took some time to research their scientist.  They learned about their biography and atomic theory that the scientist developed.  Next, they worked together to write and practice a script to share in a green screen video.  We used the app "Green Screen" by Do Ink and imported a picture behind them that relates to their information.  We then used the app "iMovie" to put all of the videos together to make a class video that includes all of the scientists videos.

Check out their videos:


Thursday, May 17, 2018

BreakoutEDU

Students in WHMN News Crew ended our season with a collaborative game called BreakoutEDU.

Breakout EDU - immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Each Breakout EDU kit can be used to play hundreds of games. Breakout EDU Games are designed for 8-15 players. Teachers that play Breakout EDU with a full class use two or three kits and divide the students into small groups.  (Source)


Our game focused on Growth Mindset - “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,” writes Dweck


Getting started...





The kids had so much fun "escaping" the room! They worked well together and overcame frustration!  I'm so proud of them!




Click HERE for more information about BreakoutEDU.  


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fuller Meadow Ed Tech Challenge 2018



Teachers at Fuller Meadow had the opportunity to participate in the first annual "FM EdTech Challenge."  This is a fun and quick way to dip your toe (or swim) in educational technology.  I created a BINGO board with many activities to expose teachers to different educational technology programs and professionals.



Prizes:

Fill in a row, column, or diagonal for a chance at the First Place Prize.

Fill in the entire board for a chance for the Grand Prize.

There are several different prizes, some are sponsored from professionals in the edtech field and are featured on this board.

On the second page, you’ll find some professionals in the field to add to your PLN - professional learning network.  It’s fun to follow them in your social media.

Check out our challenge:




We had 10 teachers at Fuller Meadow participate in the FM EdTech Challenge.  It was great helping our teachers learn new programs, expand their professional learning network, and watching them get excited about new programs that they can use with their students.  Because Kids Deserve It!!




Teachers who participated in the FM EdTech Challenge received a prize.  Most of these prizes were donated by educational technology professionals who were very willing to help sponsor this challenge.

A huge thank you to the following sponsors:
Brian Aspinall
Kasey Bell
BrainPop
Dave Burgess
Diane Carriero
EdTech Team
Flipgrid
Amy Karas
Alice Keeler
Middleton PTO
Matt Miller
Sol Bean Cafe
Paul Solarz
Adam Welcome
Dierdre Baker


Friday, April 6, 2018

WHMN Spring 2018

Our spring WHMN News Crew started this week.  We have 12 great broadcasters in our Crew this cycle.

Check out this week's broadcast.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

BrainPop

Students and teachers at Fuller Meadow School and Howe Manning School use BrainPop, Jr., BrainPop, ELL and BrainPop to enhance their curriculum and lessons.

What is BrainPop, Jr?

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What is BrainPop?

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What is BrainPop, ELL?
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BrainPOP ELL™ is a comprehensive English language learning program that uses highly engaging animated movies to model conversational English. The movies and related features are leveled, building upon each other to reinforce vocabulary and usage. New concepts are presented within everyday situations, helping to provide context. BrainPOP ELL's structure enables students to master the language in a step-by-step process, giving them the confidence they need to read and speak English. (Source)

Features in BrainPop 

Storytelling
Forming and Connecting Ideas
Play

Playful Assessments
Educator Support
Using BrainPop in the classroom
Students and staff at Fuller Meadow and Howe Manning love using BrainPop in their classrooms.  The videos and activities allow for curricular topics to be explained and explored in an understandable and FUN way!  Students are constantly engaged in their learning.

Example of a 6th grade lesson on Cells and Cell Functions.

Students watch the video



Students complete activities independently or collaboratively. This is "Make-a-Map".


Students take their learning and exploration to the next level by acting out the functions of a cell.



Certified BrainPop Educator
I have been a Certified BrainPop Educator for two years now.  Each year, BrainPop offers recertification possibilities so that we can continue to help our staff and students as they integrate this program into their curriculum.



Thank you Moby and BrainPop for the fun and engaging lessons that you offer!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Howe Manning EdTech Challenge



Teachers at Howe Manning had the opportunity to participate in the first annual "HM EdTech Challenge."  This is a fun and quick way to dip your toe (or swim) in educational technology.  I created a BINGO board with many activities to expose teachers to different educational technology programs and professionals.

Prizes:
Fill in a row, column, or diagonal for a chance at the First Place Prize.
Fill in the entire board for a chance for the Grand Prize.
There are several different prizes, some are sponsored from professionals in the edtech field and are featured on this board.

On the second page, you’ll find some professionals in the field to add to your PLN - professional learning network.  It’s fun to follow them in your social media.

On the third page, I’m adding video tutorials to help you with some of these programs.  Please feel free to reach out to me if you need any assistance with these challenges.  I’d love to help you!



We had 15 teachers at Howe Manning participate in the HM EdTech Challenge.  It was great helping our teachers learn new programs, expand their professional learning network, and watching them get excited about new programs that they can use with their students.  Because Kids Deserve It!!


Teachers who participated in the HM EdTech Challenge received a prize.  Most of these prizes were donated by educational technology professionals who were very willing to help sponsor this challenge. 

A huge thank you to the following sponsors:
Brian Aspinall
Kasey Bell
BrainPop
Dave Burgess
Diane Carriero
EdTech Team
Flipgrid
Amy Karas
Alice Keeler
Middleton PTO
Matt Miller
Sol Bean Cafe
Paul Solarz
Adam Welcome




Next up...
FM EdTech Challenge