Welcome to the HS Student Portal

To make learning and communication as easy as possible for HS students, I and David Collett developed the “HS Student Portal“. It serves as a one-stop location for viewing their teachers’ websites, teachers’ calendars they subscribe to, their Google Docs, and important information from the HS Office, CAS, ATAC and ISSBA – all in one location.

Additionally, we built in the functionality to view the ISM Portal, library resources, and even Powerschool.

Simple, effective, fun.

Below you can view the screencast that I created for students and teachers.

 

Maine School District Giving Every Kindergarten Student A Free iPad 2

A school district in Maine has been approved to offer a free iPad 2 to every Kindergarten student. Here’s the full story.

“This is truly redefining how we’re going to teach and learn. We’re talking about a new tool, the iPad2. You begin to watch how young people jump on, jump in and figure this thing out. It has great potential for leveling the playing field for all students.”

Some students start kindergarten behind others “and never catch up,” Morrill said. The iPad2 “can close that gap for many students. It can also accelerate learning for many others.”

When young children are given an iPad2, “they can make it sing. … It gives me great pleasure to roll this out,” Morrill said. Auburn can reach its goal of boosting literacy rates from 62 percent to 90 percent by 2013, “and this is the tool to do it.”

 

Tools for the 21st Century Teacher Vol. 2

Are you looking for some new ways to integration technology into your curriculum?  If so, there are some great resources included in Tools for the 21st Century Teacher Vol. 2 by Matt Zimmer.  If you didn’t see the first volume, be sure to check that out as well!  You may also be interested in following Matt’s blog, The Pursuit of Technology Happiness.  I found some great resources in this blog.

Animation: First Steps

Some Grade 6 iDesign students created animations which were played for the entire Middle School this week. Based on the laughing. applause, and the audience’s desire for more, the student animators should be proud of their work.

If you are interested in animation, download the free Stykz program. It is available for both Windows and Mac. The website includes some great “getting started’ video tutorials. They also have great tips and a solid help section to learn as you go.


WatchKnow – Free educational video resource

Free educational videos delivered over the Internet. Viewed any time, from anywhere.

We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to learn. The best way to make this possible, we believe, is to organize into one, super directory the hundreds of thousands of good videos currently available on the Internet. To make this a reality, we invite teachers, instructors and educators to suggest videos for inclusion into our directory, and then to review, approve, and assign those videos into appropriate categories using a wiki framework and philosophy. The videos are the highest quality found on the World Wide Web, cover all major educational topics from elementary to secondary schools (or age range 1 – 18), and are Kid Safe!

WatchKnow has indexed over 20,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7. Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. We have had a tremendously positive response from educators to the website. If we continue to work together, we can create an incredible, free, educational resource for students across the world.”

WhatKnow.org

United Nations Pitches

For the second straight year, Grade Six students have produced stupendous work incorporating research from all core subjects.

They produced incredible Pecha Kuchas* for the Q2 performance task. Their video presentations are between 10-20 slides, and the narration on each slide is between 10-20 seconds long. Their task was to research the impact of certain products on food chains and groups of people.

Situation: The UN has raised the question of whether or not certain products should stay on the market due to their questionable effects on the environment and people. They have appealed to certain NGOs for their help in determining positive and negative impacts on the environment and people, so that they can make an informed decision.

I.T. Connections: Students learned about Creative Commons and how to search Flickr and Google Image Advanced Search for Creative Commons photos. Students were encouraged to use Compfight to find appropriate photos.

To view the videos, click on the topic below:

Chocolate

Coffee

Plastic

Electronics

*What is PechaKucha ?

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.
To read more about the Pecha Kucha format click here.