C-L-A-YMATION NATION in 6th Grade Art

Mrs. Delaney's Art Students are collaborating in their first Claymation Productions!

First Graders and iPads, I think so!

Mrs. Herring's class researched their wonderings using the Pebble Go database on the iPad.

Blake's 6th Grade Teachers get a FaceLift!

While they piloted the Nexus 10 Tablet this past year, there was much excitement about switching to the iPad for 2014-15 school year!

8th Grade Teachers stop for a Group Selfie

The 8th Grade team has led the way with the successful implementation of 1:1 iPads at Blake MS. Next year, look out! We will be full scale 1:1 with the 6th and 7th grade too! We have to mention Beth Holland (in the photo)from EdTechTeacher who was a big help in providing valuable professional development.

SRA Manning's Spanish Class

Creating Text Messages in Spanish- Students work in partners by airdropping each other's pics to one another, cropping and importing their pics into Explain Everything and adding/recording their dialogue.

3rd Graders Bring Life to Horrible Harry Characters

In preparation for author Suzy Kline's visit, Mr. Kuehl's class create an Augmented Reality project by drawing each character and using the Aurasma iPad app to trigger the image to a video of themselves describing their favorite character.

Medfield's Adminstrators Retreat

The great minds of Medfield's Administrators collaborate and listen in preparing for the upcoming school year!


Google & Office Can Play Nicely- Check Out the Updates!

Medfield's full transition to Google Apps for Education happened this past July, leaving teachers wondering how are they still going to make use of all those Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoints slides??  While you can convert them on upload to Google Drive,  most Office Files lost their formatting- adding to more time needed to fix them. The bottom line: Google and Office just didn't play well together.

Well.. here's one technology update you all have been waiting for... improved Office to Google File conversion AND the ability to actually edit Office Files in Google Drive. Read on!

*NOTE: This is in reference to using Google on the computer and not a mobile device.

Google Guru's: 3 Updates To Make Editing Office Files Even Easier

1. Convert Office files to Google in one click - in Gmail, any Word, Excel, PPT attachments can be converted directly from the email message and saved into Google Drive. YES!

2. 15 new supported Office formats to improve the conversion and reduce the changes in formatting.

3. Edit Office files with Google Office Editor — this is a Chrome Extension for those who want to leave it as an Office File and still edit it within Google Drive. Click here for the Chrome Extension.

Source: Visit Google Guru for more info and the latest Google Updates.

For those who are looking to edit Microsoft Office Files on the Computer, you'll be happy to know that Dropbox + Microsoft have also teamed up. Once the Microsoft Office Apps are install, you can open those files in Dropbox, edit and sync any changes in Dropbox!

Read this article for more information.


Highlighting our 1:1 Classrooms for Parents! #AMUST!

Blake Classroom Highlights Session for Parents

This year has been one like no other.. it's Blake's first year going completely 1:1 iPad for all grades! The result is some fabulousity in the classrooms. Teachers are transforming their students learning beyond what they could have done pre-mobile device! The learning looks different. The studying can look different. The support for students may look different.  

This is where our Parent Highlight Sessions come in.  A cross-section of teachers gave brief presentations selecting one or two ways the iPad/Google Apps/technology has been integrated into the curriculum, why, and their observations and impact for students. Afterwards, there was an open Q & A discussion time to answer parent questions for those who were able to stay to the end! If you missed out, another Highlight Session is being held this Tuesday night at 7pm.  Otherwise, feel free to check out the presentation below and links to the presenting teachers' websites.

Marjorie Heim: 6 Science 
Mike Gow: 6 Social Studies
Marissa Gumas: 7 Math
Sara Donovan: 7 English
Brian Gavaghan: 7 English
Cynthia McClelland: 6/8 Social Studies
Erin Kearney: 8 Math
Jason Heim: 8 Science

A huge thanks to the above teachers for their willingness to share their experiences!
(wish I had it recorded to post)


Count Medfield in for the Hour of Code!

Computer Science Education Week.org states:

  • There will be 1 million more computing jobs than students over the next 10 years (adding up to $500 billion in salaries)
  • Computing occupations are among the highest-paying jobs for new graduates. Yet fewer than 3% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.
  • Fewer than 20 percent of AP Computer Science students are women. Fewer than 10% are Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino. See where Massachusetts falls: Info Graphic

CSEW.org has designated the week of
Dec. 8th -15th as the #hourofcode!  This is the LARGEST GLOBAL campaign  (estimated over 15 million participants worldwide) to push, inspire, and bring awareness and support to the importance of teaching computer programming and coding to our students! It can and should start as early as Kindergarten!

Here at Blake MS, we will be hosting a school-wide event on Friday, Dec. 12th with an alternative schedule and then....going beyond the hour of code with Showcase after school sessions the following week & more! 

I know the High School, Memorial School and other Medfield Schools are hosting their own events throughout the week, so please ask at those respective schools for more info.

Of course this is only one hour of code, with the hopes that if some students and teachers get a taste of it, who knows what will happen!

Check out other videos and resources at hourofcode.com/us


PTA: Back Up Your Work in Explain Everything & Notability

Attention all Students: 
I want to remind you about the importance of backing up your work particularly when using Explain Everything and Notability. Many students have stopped by my office after their iPad crashes! Even if you have iCloud setup, you must MUst MUST follow these steps to save your work in these two apps.

 Explain Everything only saves locally to your iPad. It does not save to iCloud. Therefore, you will need to EXPORT any work created in EE to Google Drive.

First, make sure Explain Everything is connected to your Google Account. Export your work as a PROJECT File. It's quicker and will allow students to continue editing their work.  

  For more info, click the link below.

Second, Make this the last step in  your workflow routine when using Explain Everything!
Everytime you create something, end the class with exporting it to EE!

* The end result: IF your iPAD ever crashes, you can open EE import your work AND not miss a beat!

Notability will backup your work automatically if the BACKUP settings for Google Drive is Turned ON! Open the App < Go to Settings Gear (bottom lefthand corner), Login to Google< That’s IT! Your work will be autosaved in a Notability folder in Google Drive.

Please let me know if you have questions - Hopefully, this will help you from losing anything!


We'll Go Somewhere Where There's CLAYMATION!

Wallace and Gromit, The California Raisins, oh no and can't forget Mr. Bill... Claymation has a long history dating back to 1897!  Like anything, it has evolved over time especially with the insert of a mobile device, the iPad. Let's take a peek into Mrs. Delaney's 6th Grade Art Class to see how it's changed!

By the time I came into the Art room, the process was already in midstream. Students were grouped together to work as a production team. Most of the work began earlier with developing an idea or story line with characters, dialogue, props and scenes.

The next step was to storyboard those ideas into scenes including the mapping out the details of character movements and actions and any props needed. 

Third, the group had to create the characters from clay, find props and paint the background scene on cardboard.  They also had to figure out how to make the movements happen- what wires or tools were needed to make the changes in expression or how the character moved on camera. The iPad became a useful reference tool during this part of the process.

 Fourth, time to shoot and record the video! This required ultimate teamwork in communicating, assigning roles, and executing the plan!  All with fun too!

The students used a  Stop Motion App  (free version) to snap incremental photos of their story.
But, there was still production left on recording voice overs or adding music, 
or adding title and credit slides.
This is where iMovie comes in for a little appsmashing!

Once those Claymation projects are finalized, 
come back as I'll post them here with 
great anticipation!

My brief experience in the 6th grade Art class, left me
saying.. Wow, This class was full of engaged, creative, motivated learners!
Sign me up! I want to be in that class!