Archives for category: Uncategorized

The Marshall Simonds Learning Commons will be hosting its first Tech Savvy Parenting event of the school year this upcoming Tuesday, on October 7th and will focus on Digital Safety. More information about the event can be found in flyer below.


Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 9.43.10 AM

The Burlington Public Schools Educational Technology Team is host an important parent tech night titled,  “Putting Your Best (Digital) Foot Forward.” Access detail of this night by clicking here.



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.

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 9.10.06 AM

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.

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 9.10.46 AM

Memorial Elementary showed off their favor apps and even brough their party hats.

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 9.09.39 AM

BHS freshmen demonstrated the use of 3D printing and other BHS students showed off their weekly music show called, The Devil’s Playlist.

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 9.11.39 AM

NESS empowered students to teach adults. A fresh and helpful teaching dynamic.

Join the ongoing conversation on Twitter: #NE1to1 and #bpschat




It’s that time of year again. Can you believe it? To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Learning Commons is running our own poem contest. All you need to do is submit your own spring – themed poem to the form below. By submitting a poem you automatically enter the chance to win a prize. All poems need to be submitted by Friday, May 2nd.




Join us at the Burlington Public Library for a DIVERGENT PARTY!

Thursday, March 20th @ 3:30pm!

We will have Candor cupcakes and Abnegation cheese and crackers!

We will make Dauntless (temporary) tattoos!

We will play Erudite trivia!

We will make Amity friendship bracelets!

See you there!

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 9.56.12 AM

To celebrate Women’s History Month the Learning Commons has put together a collection of books of outstanding women throughout history. Students can also participate in the “Name that Famous Woman” contest. To enter the contest, students need to look at the bulletin board in the Learning Commons and name each woman and state what accomplishments she has achieved. All submissions into the contest will have a chance to win an iTunes gift card.  Students can also enter the contest simply by checking out one of the selected books.

photo (30)


The Dystopian Book Challenge has ended! The reading community came together and saved the world from dystopian doom. Many students wrote excellent reviews which will inform their peers of books to read. The six students above were randomly selected and each had excellent book reviews. Stay tuned for future promotions from the Learning Commons.

2013-12-13 12.02.38

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.

2013-12-13 12.03.35

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:

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 11.57.58 AM Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 11.57.34 AM Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 11.56.58 AM Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 11.55.50 AM Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 11.54.59 AM Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 11.54.24 AM Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 11.35.57 AM

Dystopian book contest (2)Dystopian book contest (3)

photo (49)


photo (50)

Fill out the form below to enter the challenge and gain the chance to win awesome prizes:

photo (45)


The MSMS Learning Commons continues to be a desirable space for teaching, research and sharing ideas. Today, Net Text shared with educators from surrounding towns the value of their product.  In addition, BHS Foreign Language teacher, Susan Price (and MSMS teachers Mrs. Volpe, Mrs. Rafferty and Mrs. Miksenas) shared how they have used Net Text. If you don’t know what Net Text is, check out the link below.

photo 1 (6)

Mrs. Volpe showing the group her recent Net Text- supported lesson on Ancient Islam Culture

Director of Technology Integration, Dennis Villano and District Technology Coach, Tim Calvin shared with the group an overview of the BPS 1:1 program. The over-aching theme from the conference was the variety of tools available to teachers in Burlington and beyond that enrich student learning. To help reinforce this theme, the group viewed examples of existing digital curriculum and student-created examples.