Stop Motion Science

8Science students collaborated in the creation of a LEGO Stop Motion Video to demonstrate their understanding of substances and different types of Elements. They created a story line that included MONATOMIC ELEMENTS, DIATOMIC COMPOUND and TRIATOMIC COMPOUNDS!

New Blakers!

Welcome Dash and Dot! AfterSchool Coding Club members are test-driving the new robots which will soon be integrated into the Science curriculum.

Digital Learning Day 6th Discussion Panel

Medfield School District held its 3rd annual Digital Learning Day Conference filled with over 60 workshops for K-12 teachers in district and from schools out-of-district. Wellesley 6th Grade teachers joined Blake's 6th teachers and students for a discussion on their initial year of having 1:1 iPads in the classroom.

A Shout Out to Medfield HS/MS Student Volunteers

Our Digital Learning Day Conference wouldn't have been possible without the support of our wonderful Medfield HS Students and Blake MS students. This photo was taken at the beginning of the day, during a briefing with Neal Sonnenbergy (HS Tech Integration Specialist)

Look out for these future App Developers

This group of Blake MS girls are entered into the Global Competition, Technovation to design a mobile app that solves a community/social issue. Wish them Luck! The final pitch is on May 1st @ Microsoft NERD Center!

Took the Show on the Road

Blake MS Principal Nat Vaughn and 8Science Teacher Jason Heim presented about the Blake iPad Initiative at the LearnLaunch Conference, Harvard Business School.

Green Screen App Smashing

At our final EdTechTeacher Workshop, 6th/7th Grade Teachers explored their creative side by layering green screen videos over images for engaging instructional videos. It was total fun!

Convert Smells to Energy = Smellergy!

Nicolina is changing the world one nose at a time! Her entry was clearly on track with dreaming, designing, and delivering an energy-saving idea into the Blake Energy Invention Contest!

Sometimes the Ideas start here

Planning and drawing out a story board before the creation of an Explain Everything project is an essential step in the process!

3.28.2015

Let's Get AMPed Up Blakers!


Energy Efficiency can have a direct, positive impact on the world we live in.. even if only ONE person does ONE small thing .  And, technology and innovation can help us develop newer simpler, and cleaner ways for people to be more energy efficient in their daily lives ! 

This past week, Blake MS concluded its Energy Inventor’s Contest—by announcing the winners at EVERSOURCE Light Bulb Fundraiser Assembly on Wednesday. While we only had a few entries, our Blake students: Nicolina, Sophie, Nolan, Patrick and Christian brought forward some innovative thoughts and energy-saving ideas.

You can read more about the contest and view the student video's at: 

8 Things to Look for in Today's Classroom (@gcouros)


These ideas are brought to you by a very insightful, education leader George Couros.

2.09.2015

Thanks to all AND .. Free Apps to Try! (can't beat that!)


Medfield's Digital Learning Day Conference is now over.. and it would not surprise me if some of you are still trying to upload /download your experience!:) Whew!

We wanted to take this time to express a huge THANK YOU to our many Medfield Educators and our guests for your willingness to share your work and knowledge by leading a workshop/presentation! To our Technology Dept, Cafeteria Staff and Student Helpers who volunteered on a day off to make everything run smoothly.

Also, we can not forget all of the participants for making it a tremendously fun and successful day of learning & sharing across and beyond our district!  Hope you feel the same! Please feel free to follow up with Neal, Debby and myself with any questions or comments or ideas.

Today I noticed a couple of free apps that fit with +Greg Kulowiec's Keynote and etc. that you might be interested in:


Paper 53 is now completely free.  Basically, a drawing/sketching app that is the perfect tool for those who attended Greg’s Follow-Up Keynote Session and are interested in giving Sketch-Visual Notetaking a try!  http://www.fiftythree.com/

Like this: Doodle Revolution
WatchTedTalk by Sunni Brown 


Toontastic- was announced as free on Feb. 4th. Looks like it still is! While it’s geared towards elementary.. anyone might find some use or fun in creating animated cartoons.
Graphite Review: Read


Workflow Apps: Greg has also discovered a more effective workflow connecting three tools: Evernote + Sunrise+ ToDoist that syncs both on his iPad and Mac. Read his post about it: 
http://kulowiectech.blogspot.com/2015/01/ios-productivity-workflow.html (I’m giving it a go!)  * His post has direct links to the apps.


*The Sunrise Calendar app integrates a number of other apps and multiple google accounts, worth a look!



1.05.2015

#ETTGoogle for Education Jamboree: Pick Me!


 Happy 2015! A new year always brings new visions and ambitions and opportunities! So when I learned about EdTechTeacher & Google's free Google Jamboree Workshop, it was something that I didn't want to miss out on. Of course, only 200 people can attend which added another layer to the application process. All applications had to answer the question:
HOW WILL I MAKE 2015 THE BEST YEAR FOR MY STUDENTS?
I thought I'd also share my entry, or at least my vision or hopes as a Technology Integration Specialist for Blake Middle Schoolers this year with all of you too! My project was created using the combination of Stick Around App- think, interactive puzzle and Canva for self-designed images. It does require the Stick Around app to view/play.  Feel free to give it a try: The Best 2015 for My Students (Or see the images below)



 Hold onto your seats.. we're stepping on the gas! 
And to #ETTGOOGLE- Pick Me! Pick Me!

12.21.2014

Gearing up for the TECHNOVATION CHALLENGE! BRING IT!


A couple of weekends ago at a Code.org Workshop, the clear message was of the importance of promoting an awareness of computer science to students of all ages, the high demand for computer programming in the world, the need for it to be offered as courses in our schools, but the one that caught my attention... was the underrepresentation of girls and students of color who actually pursue an education and career in the areas of math, science and technology- (still today!). 

The Hour of Code is that initial step to bring this awareness to everyone: students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community. Now.. it's time to go beyond the hour.  At the Code.org Workshop, Kelly Powers, copresident of the Computer Science Teachers Association of Greater Boston shared many opportunities that just couldn't be passed up, like the Technovation Global Challenge specifically geared for girls. MS/HS girls are challenged to blend human needs with technology in developing an app to solve a real problem in their community.

My thoughts...we have to get a Medfield Team together!

The Technovation Challenge is a somewhat rigorous one as you need to get a team of 5 girls together, find/work with a mentor who is a women in the field, identify a social issue, develop the app  and a business plan and then pitch it! This is done all within a 12 Week timeframe which means the commitment is an estimated 4 hours a week. Whew!

Watch the video of last year's participants as they share the rewards it brings!



Blake MS will be holding a brief informational meeting after school on
Wednesday, Jan. 7th 2:15-2:45ish in the LMC. If you have any questions or interest, please contact Ms. Allen, Mrs. Heim, Mrs. Buley or Ms. Horvath!
The official start week is Jan. 12th- Wish us Luck!

For more data & info on the need for coding, visit:

SO WE'RE IN! ARE YOU?!!