Archives for the month of: September, 2013

dropboxandevernote

Dear Parents,

To maximize the impact of the 1:1 iPad program, students will have the opportunity to use powerful academic and organizational apps. Some of these apps will provide students with access to documents and content at home. Students can take notes, complete assignments, and study for assessments using two of these outstanding free apps.

Please assist your child with setting up accounts for Dropbox and Evernote (this message may not apply to parents of grades 7 and 8 students because you probably setup accounts last year). These two apps are a part of the Foundational Apps at Marshall Simonds and will be used across all subject areas by providing access to materials on any device that has an Internet connection. Dropbox and Evernote require a person over the age of 13 to enroll and verify account creation through email.

Dropbox is a cloud based storage application. Dropbox provides 2GB of free data storage that can be accessed on any device that has an Internet connection. MSMS students can save work and access content at home or at school. Dropbox content is completely backed up and students never have to worry about losing data. Accounts can be created at Dropbox.com

Please note: You do not need to install Dropbox. Students can access through a web browser without fully installing the application on a home device.

Evernote is a powerful cloud based note-taking app that will help your child stay organized. Evernote can help students organize and access notes and class materials on any device with an Internet connection. Students can take notes at MSMS and prepare for assignments and assessments by accessing content at home. Evernote is also completely backed up and students never have to worry about losing data. Accounts can be created at Evernote.com

Please note: You do not need to install Evernote. Students can access through a web browser without fully installing the application on a home device.

Please set up these accounts with usernames and passwords that both you and your child will have access to. Evernote and Dropbox can help reset passwords via the email address used to create the accounts if students forget passwords. Please contact me or Dennis Villano (villano@bpsk12.org), Director of Technology Integration, if you have any questions.

Noreen Abati, Team Leader

Advertisements

MSMS Book Reviews

photo (16)

 

These grade 6 students were pleasantly surprised when they were asked to go to the Learning Commons during Friday morning’s announcements. Because of their love of reading and putting in the extra effort and writing great book reviews, these students received prizes for their great work. The book reviews will be used as a helpful resource, as students will have access to these reviews on their iPads while they browse for books in the library. Mr. Dexter thanks all students for participating in this summer’s contest.

Yash  – Gold Medal Winner

Lily – Silver Medal Winner

Shyla – Bronze Medal Winner

Alyssa – Bronze Medal Winner

Angelica – Honorable Mention

Christina – Honorable Mention

View original post

photo (13)

All MSMS 6th graders have been taking brief breaks from the usual schedule to attend orientation sessions at the Burlington Public Library. Jenna Cantino, Amanda Hogue-Lavalle and the rest of the library staff give the students a fast-paced, informative orientation. They start with a little welcome talk and then students are introduced to different parts of the library. The staff remind students the parts of the books like the spine and call number.

Students are split up by class and do scavenger hunts, looking for specific items on both the 1st and 2nd floors. They finish up with a computer search using the library catalog. The visit is capped off with overviews on upcoming programs at the library and the ways they can contact the library if they need any help.

IMG951432

 

IMG951428

 

2013-09-24 10.01.00

 

2013-09-24 10.03.11

 

2013-09-24 10.03.34

 

2013-09-24 10.05.27

 

2013-09-24 10.06.14

photo (17)

The 6th grade class received their iPads this morning, making MSMS fully 1:1 for the 2013-2014 school year. Students attended an iPad orientation this morning hosted by Mrs. Abati, Mr. Dexter and the Director of Technology Integration, Dennis Villano and Burlington’s technology coach, Tim Calvin. The orientation covered basic iPad functions, foundational apps, and the importance of cooperation in the MSMS 1:1 program. The nominated Homeroom iPad Leaders talked to Mr. Villano about their unique roles within their classrooms. The leaders will meet with Mr. Dexter throughout the year to further improve the 1:1 program.

photo (15)

 

photo (18)

The raised hands represent the students who already have either an iPad, iPod or iTouch.

 

6A Homeroom iPad Leaders

6A Homeroom iPad Leaders

6B Homeroom iPad Leaders

6B Homeroom iPad Leaders

6C Homeroom iPad Leaders

6C Homeroom iPad Leaders

 

 

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 8.33.36 AM

photo (8)

The Grade 7 iPad Leaders

All grade 7 students were issued iPads today. Like last week with the 8th grade, MSMS Library Media Specialist, Mr. Dexter spoke briefly with the 7th grade class about cloud storage, using Evernote for note-taking and the importance of cooperation within a 1:1 plan. The 7th graders are very enthusiastic about the 1:1 program and the MSMS staff is confident the class will pickup where they left off last year.

DSCN3048

Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. MacCurtain’s reading groups

The Learning Commons has opened its doors to the MSMS community. Yesterday, Mr. Dexter and Mrs. Magliozzi have begun the orientation program with MSMS students. The objective of the program is to get students familiar with the way the Learning Commons is run and how they can use its resources inside and outside of the space. The Learning Commons has been growing its ebook and digital resource collection for quite some time and the opportunity to use these resources has never been greater with the implementation of the 1:1 iPad Program. From the iPad, students can browse the catalog and view ebooks with various book reader apps.

DSCN3046

Students enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the new MSMS Learning Commons

DSCN3049

7th graders test out Chromebooks and search the Destiny catalog for the perfect book

DSCN3051

Let the browsing begin!

DSCN3050

Part-time MSMS Librarian, Mrs. Magliozzi introduces students to new titles

DSCN3045

Already comfortable in new surroundings

 

DSCN3042

Mr. Dexter provides an overview of the LC before students browse for books

ipad5_2EDIT

Newly appointed Homeroom iPad Leaders pose for a picture with Mr. Dexter

All grade 8 students were issued iPads today. During the first week of school, teachers have reviewed expectations and have shared ways the iPads will be integrated into daily learning. MSMS Library Media Specialist, Mr. Dexter spoke briefly with the 8th grade class about cloud storage, using Evernote for note-taking and the importance of cooperation within a 1:1 plan. Many new apps have been added per teacher request.

The students are excited to use the iPads for another year at MSMS.