MSMS hosted a crowd of over 200 educators and administrators this past Saturday. The New England 1:1 Summit, hosted in Burlington the past few years, helps educators across the Massachusetts and beyond maximize the advantages within instructional technology tools. NESS (New England Student Showcase) featured student-led presentations. Students from Burlington and other local towns showcased how they’ve been using their favorite apps and technologies to maximize their learning. The event also featured Q&A panel discussions with students at all grade levels, discussing what has worked well and what needs improvement in a technology-rich learning environment.
Mrs. Tate’s session focused on video creation and how it helps her grade 6 math students.
The Summit also featured many individual sessions offered by educators and educational technology companies. Assistant Superintendent, Patrick Larkin’s keynote speech offered the theme, “Where do we go from here?” suggesting that attendees have a choice of whether or not they apply their new knowledge in their teaching when they return to school.
Memorial Elementary showed off their favor apps and even brough their party hats.
BHS freshmen demonstrated the use of 3D printing and other BHS students showed off their weekly music show called, The Devil’s Playlist.
NESS empowered students to teach adults. A fresh and helpful teaching dynamic.
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To help kickoff learning about Europe, Mr. Dexter in the Learning Commons setup a European Art Tour. The purpose of this activity is to help the students make the connections between art and the 8 Traits of Culture. The 8 traits are: language, religion, social groups, history, government, economy, daily life, the arts. Using print and digital resources, students search for European art and explain how each piece of art connects with culture. Once the piece of art has been identified, students use Notability on their iPads to present the images alongside the cultural traits they represent.
By the end of the activity, students gain an understanding of different European countries through their art and they discuss the connections they discover. Students gain an appreciation for the impact art has on a society and how it can be used as a tool to express opinions and emotions about a culture. Look at a few student examples below:
In case you didn’t know, MSMS has a growing list of eBooks available. Book titles include the new dystopian thriller, Allegiant by Veronica Roth as well as several non-fiction titles that cater to specific curriculum needs. Burlington staff and students can access the collection by either using their Follett Shelf app on their iPad or by accessing the MSMS Destiny Catalog. Ask Mr. Dexter or Mrs. Magliozzi for specific login information.
MSMS is fortunate to have NetText professional Andrew Cunningham on hand one day a week to aid in the digital adoption of curriculum and resources. On this special day, Andrew brought representatives from Google to see how Burlington educators use NetText in a 1:1 technology classroom. Mrs. Volpe’s lessons demonstrated how she uses Google products in conjunction with NetText. They were very impressed with the student motivation, engagement and the fluidity with which the lesson worked as well as how the lesson focused on the necessary skills needed for the real world.
About the Lesson
In Mrs. Volpe’s grade 8 World History class, students collaborate in small groups to learn about various topics such as Islamic Civilization and its impact on the world. With the aid of NetText, a digital resource curator, Mrs. Volpe prepared materials with NetText’s Digital Textbook. The students’ lesson included a Jigsaw activity which is considered to be an educational Best Practice. It trains students to become subject experts and then teach their peers.
The classroom was divided into five “expert” groups. Each student was given a headphone and the groups were asked to watch one of five different videos and transcripts from United Streaming. Each video delved into one aspect of the overall subject.
When students finished viewing, each expert group was asked to answer discussion questions specific to their video. Then students moved into the other groups where they peer-taught what they had learned from their expert groups. Everyone was then given a second set of discussion questions which covered the information in all five videos. This put all the pieces of the lesson together and ensured that everyone participated in learning and teaching and understood all the subject matter. But that was not the end of the lesson.
Using Chromebooks,Google Graphic Organizer and the knowledge that they received in their collaborative learning groups, students completed a shared Venn Diagram
They then projected their finished product using Airplay on the whiteboard. Students took snapshots of their Graphic Organizer with their iPads to use for review and homework. At the end of the lesson students had to complete an Exit Ticket which was a review on NetText, that was submitted to their teacher. These questions pertain to the day’s lessons and help evaluate knowledge learned.
The lesson for the day was that not only is technology fun, but it streamlines education and engages students on a personal and in-depth level. The guests from Google, who included educators, were extremely impressed with the level of technology integration and the amount of work that was covered in a short amount of time. The students were enthusiastic about the lesson and motivated to complete the assignments. In all, it was another successful example of technology blending with education to benefit students.
Mrs. Bergeron’s 8B English language arts class has been busy conducting research for the Multicultural Research Project. The assignment requires students to read a novel that focuses on a culture other than the American culture. Students begin the project by selecting a novel that is either be set in a foreign country, or if is set in the United States, focuses on characters who have recently come from another culture. Once the book has been chosen, students also need to gather non-fiction resources so they can learn about various aspects of the culture. For more information about this project, click below:
Mr. Dexter and Mrs. Magliozzi have directed the students to a variety of both print and digital resources to aid in the research. Students can access these resources on their iPads and also at home. Additional resources from the Burlington Public Library give students even more sources of information.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Technology Integration, if you have any questions.
Noreen Abati, Team Leader
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.
The raised hands represent the students who already have either an iPad, iPod or iTouch.
6A Homeroom iPad Leaders
6B Homeroom iPad Leaders
6C Homeroom iPad Leaders
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.
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.
Students enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the new MSMS Learning Commons
7th graders test out Chromebooks and search the Destiny catalog for the perfect book
Let the browsing begin!
Part-time MSMS Librarian, Mrs. Magliozzi introduces students to new titles
Already comfortable in new surroundings
Mr. Dexter provides an overview of the LC before students browse for books