Monday, March 2, 2015

Day 104 - Google and Schools - Ben Schersten - Francis Wyman IT Specialist

Yesterday I had the opportunity do attend a teacher PD day at the Google offices in Cambridge, MA. At the end of the day there was a panel of Googlers and one of the questions was, “what do you like best about working for Google?”
The answers were much what you would expect from a company that is often rated as one of the best places to work. Things like:
  • Great people
  • Being connected to current events
  • A culture of collaboration
  • A job where you get to use your brain every
  • A place where nobody ever says, “I can’t help you, that’s not my job.”
This poses the most obvious question: isn’t this what schools are supposed to be like? 

Seriously, if someone asks your teachers why they like their job shouldn’t this be part of their answer too? And if it’s not, why? And how do you start changing that?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Day 103 - Annual Tennis Ball Tournament (In Math Class) - Mrs. Tate - MSMS 6th Grade Math

Today in class each student got to calculate their “tennis-ball” free throw percentage.  I rolled a dice to determine the number of shots each student got to take.  After creating the appropriate fraction students converted their score into a decimal and percent.  Each block had a mini playoffs to determine the best shooter in the class.  On Friday, the winners from each individual block will face off to determine the overall team winner.  Here are some pictures of our top contestants in each block.

A Block Playoffs


B Block Playoffs (honorable mention- Mario with 100%)

B Block Winner: Justin 100% 

C Block Playoffs

C Block Winner- Caitlin

D Block Playoffs

D Block Winner- Max

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day 101 - Windows 10 Technical Preview - Sid Srivastava - BHS Junior

As soon as Windows released Windows 10 Technical Preview Evaluation Copy Build 9926, I downloaded it to examine its new features. I discovered many cool features like Cortana Integration and Spartan web browser. For my first assignment in Help Desk, I created a seven minute screen cast demonstrating these two features, along with many others. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch what I made.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 99 - Designing Water Wheels - Jane Lynch - Pine Glen Third Grade

Mrs. Ardizzoni teaching us how to

 make a table for the data

Designing a sucessful wheel

Drawing pad helps us record the data

Lyle  at the starting point

Ryan rights his wheel

Cora letting it flow

Kaitlyn awaits the water

Here goes Henry

Alexis and her ferris wheel design

Keep it steady Kate

Alli's turn

Get Ready Erin!

Kalash having a go

Aditya's first attempt

Friday, February 13, 2015

Day 98 - 7th Graders Go Shopping (Ir de Compras) - Ms. Mirabella - MSMS Spanish Teacher

7th-grade students have been busy learning Chapter 3 vocabulary that includes school supplies, clothing, colors, shopping phrases, and the numbers 100-1000. After they took a quiz on these words, students completed a hands-on, “real world” activity where they were given an allowance for back to school shopping. Students had 2000 pesos between themselves and a partner and needed to shop for school supplies and back to school clothes. They first jotted down what items they were interested in, and then created a final draft of their shopping lists in complete sentences in Spanish! I was very proud of their hard work and wonderfully constructed sentences. Here are some pictures of our shopping trips and shopping list composition!
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