Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 38 - Wow! Another Amazing Alum- Rachel Faller- Changing the World Through Fashion Design - Christina Chang BHS Art Department


Rachel Faller was one of my first students here at BHS. She was delightful to have as a student because she was not only academically gifted, but a talented artist. Rachel also stood out from the crowd because she was so personally motivated. She always questioned the norm and thought about others. Rachel studied art at Maryland College of Art and Design and received a Fulbright Scholarship. Here is a wonderful video from her Kickstarter Campaign and information about her company. 
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A zero-waste fashion label producing in Cambodia. We design comfortable, wearable clothes that are as unique as their makers.

What is tonlé?

tonlé is an innovative fashion label based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We design and produce sustainable, wearable clothes that are as original and beautiful as the people who make them. We adhere to principles of transparency, fairness, and waste reduction in everything we do, from the big stuff like wages, down to the little things like the materials in our buttons. We’ve spent years crafting a zero-waste design process that incorporates leftover scraps of recycled materials into original looks. Our workshops on the ground in Cambodia are structured in small teams, where staff work on a variety of different products, contributing creatively in a positive working environment while earning fair wages and benefits. In a constantly shrinking world, we believe you need the people who make your clothes as much as they need you, and we aim to connect people on opposite ends of the supply chain through our transparent policies and marketing.
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Here is a note from Rachel:

Dear Friends,
6 years ago, when I started my first fashion label, KeoK’jay, I had no idea that this small dream of employing a few women at home in Cambodia could grow to what it is now; a full fledged fashion label with 50 beloved team members, a dedicated international following, and a new name, tonlé. I am deeply humbled by this progress, and the fact that we could not have done this without the support of so many of you, or our amazing team here. tonlé has certainly been a labor of love, and I’m very grateful for all the people who have participated in this process.

After overcoming the challenges of starting a business in Cambodia and getting our team set up for success, I am finally ready to return to the US and share what I have been working on for the past five years with YOU, the people who have been my greatest supporters. In November I will be relocating to San Francisco to set up a distribution center so that US consumers can purchase tonlé products online, and eventually through other channels. Tapping into a new market means the ability to hire more sewers, dyers, and weavers. It means recycling more remnant materials before they clog landfills. It means connecting more people on opposite sides of the world who, whether they realize it or not, equally rely on each other.


In order to do this, we’ve just launched a campaign on kickstarter to help cover the costs associated with expanding into a new continent. We’re so excited about the potential growth that this next chapter will bring, but we can’t do it alone. On behalf of the entire tonlé staff, please join us in spreading the word. Every dollar, tweetfacebook share etc. is immensely appreciated and will help us reach our goal of expanding our distribution and opening up more life-changing job opportunities in Cambodia. We’ve put extensive thought and consideration into the rewards being offered to add value to your contributions and to share a piece of our story with you. And to those of you who have already backed us or shared this project, I can't thank you enough! 
I am infinitely appreciative of your love and support throughout the years, and know that I would not have been able to grow the company to where it is today without you. I hope you’ll join the team and myself on this endeavor and I look forward to seeing many of you back in the US!

Rachel 

Here is the link to the project


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 36 - It's Rocket Time in 213 - Sarah Vissochi - Pine Glen Fourth Grade


Do you know of Sir Isaac Newton and his three laws of motion? Fourth graders are learning all about force, motion and flight.  We are going to actually demonstrate Newton's third law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction!

Each year our amazing Burlington Science Center helps  as we learn about this topic by acquiring rockets to build in our classrooms.  Then Ms. Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman come to our school and assist us as we set them off.  Join the fourth graders of Pine Glen on Friday, October 31st as we watch how gravity, lift, thrust, and drag are put into effect.
3...2...1...BLAST OFF!

It takes a lot of listening skills, following directions carefully and teamwork to build our rockets.  Check out the progress we made this week!  Captions written by the students of 213.

Tristan and Theo cutting out parachutes for our rockets

Cutting and measuring the strings together


Parachutes in the making!
Building my parachute had lots of steps!

Teamwork and rocket building in 213!


Neighbors tying parachute strings

We are attaching our nosecones.

Parachute time!

Theo cutting out fins for his rocket!

Kids working hard to make their fins.

Working hard!  Trying to make awesome fins for a rocket!
Coloring rocket fins. Aren't they pretty?
Decorating my awesome fins!!!!!! :o)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 35 - Student Tech Teams Featured in a Student Run Demo Slam - Jenn Scheffer - BPS Mobile Learning Coach

This post originally appeared on Mrs. Scheffer's Blog 

Of all the tools available to students and teachers, Google Hangouts is easily one of the most powerful in the Google apps suite. My introduction to Hangouts came back in May of 2013 by 7th grade social studies teacher Tracy Sockalosky. Since that initial video call, I have been fascinated by Hangouts as a means to connect “face to face” with friends, family, colleagues and members of my PLN from all across the world. Never mind the fact you can wear funny hats and apply cool effects, Hangouts lends itself perfectly to authentic learning experiences for my students, and can ultimately serve as a digital portfolio item.
Last year, in an effort to leverage the power of Hangouts, I created the “Help Desk Live” Google Hangout On Air program as part of the Student Technology Innovation and Integration course  at Burlington High School. The show was inspired by Kern Kelley who runs the Tech Sherpa Show with his student tech team in central Maine.
Help Desk Live Season 1 featured 14 episodes led primarily by my students. The nature of our show differed from Kern’s in the sense that we did not demonstrate the use of tools, “demo-slammish” style, rather we interviewed educational technology and business professionals. Overall, I’d consider Season One a success (our use of Hangouts as a learning tool was featured on Free Tech Tools For Teachers) however it was a lot of work on my part as the teacher.
Producing a Live Hangout On Air involves:
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  • promoting the show via Twitter, blog, and Google+
  • prepping students to go live
  • writing show notes
  • selecting and researching guests
  • facilitating the conversation during the live call
  • handling technical issues during the call
the list goes on…
As I reflect on the first season of Help Desk Live, I realize there is room for a great deal of improvement for both me and my students; both from the technical side and the content of the show. My ultimate goal is to not be in the Hangout at all (although it may appear I like to be on camera) and have my students complete every single task associated with coordinating the broadcast. I’d also like our show to become a bit more like Kern’s and have students demonstrate the use of technology tools that will benefit students and teachers. The first episode of Season Two, an interview with Segway’s CEO Rod Keller, proves I may accomplish my goals sooner than anticipated. As further evidence of my students’ potential, this past Thursday my students independently facilitated an On Air broadcast. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but that’s not the goal. The goal is for them to have that authentic learning experience. And they did. Additionally, they had the opportunity to be pioneers.
My students, along with ten others throughout the state of Massachusetts and Maine participated in a student run demo slam. Each student(s) had the chance to be placed in the spotlight and demonstrate the use of a web tool or app in true Tech Sherpa fashion. Each student approached the demo with his or her unique style and to watch the students in action was quite inspiring. They were articulate, professional, and epitomized what it means to be a digital citizen. Despite the technical issues (which happens 9 times out of 10 in a Hangout) the students maintained their composure throughout the entire call and didn’t panic under the pressure of being live. I know that all of the students will improve if and when they participate in another demo slam…hopefully the next one will be some time in November so stay tuned!
I invite you, your students, and your leadership teams to watch these videos and see for yourself what a great opportunity our students had to connect, share, and learn from one another. If you’re inspired to bring Hangouts to your classroom, you can check out this excellent Google Hangouts Guide for Teachers created by the folks at Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.
As we continue to move through connected educator month, don’t forget that the most important reason we need to connect is to teach our students to do the same.

Take a look at the student run demo slam embedded below:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 34- MSMS Symphonic Band with the BHS Marching Band - John Middleton-Cox - BPS Perforning Arts Director

This post first appeared on the Music and Performing Arts Department Blog

(Friday night) a magical moment occurred bridging the gap between the middle school and the high school.

For the first time, the middle school Symphonic Band under the direction of Marcia Medvitz joined Mr. Matt Lovell and the BHS Red Devils Marching Band for the National Anthem. Thank you for all the staff and volunteer parents for helping make this happen.
Surely this will create life long memories for all. The pride among the parents was palpable. 

Way to go!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 33 - Latin III 2014-2015 September Scavenger Hunts! - Greg Stringer - BHS Foreign Language Department

This September, Latin III students practiced their speaking and their mastery of prepositions in Latin via two "venationes thesauri" or "scavenger hunts." In this one, groups of three students and a furry friend were given a list of 20 Latin sentences which they had to interpret and then recreate out and about around BHS. Due to an absence, Magister Stringer had to fill in to help out Sophomores John Francis Hornicek and Anusha Datar.

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Two weeks later, students completed another "Venatio" in the BHS Science Center, thanks to the generous hospitality of Wendy Pavilcek.  In this second hunt, once again in groups of three students were given Latin sentences which they had to interpret and recreate.  However, this time the animals were real!  Are Anusha, Brad Basham and Steven Blathras up to the challenge? Find out!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day 32 - What A Great Day! - Diane Jefferson - Francis Wyman Elementary First Grade

This post originally appeared on Live in 105 - Mrs. Jefferson's Blog 


We couldn't have asked for a nicer day for our farm field trip! The kids were extremely well behaved and the farm staff, and the animals of course, we're great. A special thank you to my chaperones for their help making our trip a big success. We were able to feed and pet the animals and take a hayride to get a closer look and learn about the larger animals grazing in the fields. After a picnic lunch,  the children were able to enjoy the playground or see more of the animals.


In our classroom we will be finishing up our farm study and the children will be bringing home their farm books and animals. We will be learning about bats next and writing some spooky stories to get us ready for Halloween!

Hey, I see more kids coming!


Hey ma, can I keep him?

Did you bring me food?

Chicks are very small

I'll just watch!

I don't know why noone volunteers to hold me!

I know what it's called.


 Hey, wait for us!!
Don't be alarmed, I just want a little nibble.

Is this where the horseshoe goes? Mirror, mirror on the hoof.
I think I can hear the farm!
Maybe I'll make a hat out of it.

These goats love me!

I'm not afraid of  a big, black bull!

I think they want to eat my hat!

Open wide and say, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

We could sneak her on the bus!

Just having fun with my friendsl

I'll show you how it's done!

This bouncy house is awesome!

Whee! Look out skeleton coming through!

I'm going to catch you!
What a great day at the farm!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 31 - Getting Started With Linkedin - Nikhil Thakkar - BHS Senior

This post first appeared on the BHS Help Desk Blog

This is the first screencast of a series explaining LinkedIn. Through this series, you will learn how using LinkedIn will benefit you as a student and future young professional. In this first screencast, you will learn the basics of the LinkedIn interface. You will also be provided with an overview of several features of the website. Upcoming videos will go into specifics and help you understand each feature more in depth!