Thursday, April 12, 2018

Post #21: MCAS, PebbleGo, & Tech Committee

Hope you had a wonderful week leading into spring break. A couple of updates. Please take a few minutes to read about an online non-fiction database called PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next. We have a time-sensitive trial and would love your feedback. Colleen and I will be exploring these databases with as many classes as we can before the trial runs out! We look forward to hearing your feedback. Have a wonderful week!

MCAS: We had a successful week with 3rd Grade ELA MCAS. Thank you to everyone for your support in having the devices charged and ready to go each morning! Much appreciated by all involved!

Trial to PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next: Colleen has worked with Capstone to get us a trial for both PebbleGo (K-2) and PebbleGo Next (3-5). Our trial period is from NOW - Friday, May 4th!! Please explore these databases with your students. Great for class research as well as whole class instruction. Pricing is based on the number of databases (topics) that we purchase. If you can, please identify which databases would be most useful to your grade level (animals, science, social studies...).

PebbleGo: PebbleGo is a PreK-3 database for reading and research. The PebbleGo databases make learning and improving reading and research skills fun, building on children’s interest. Databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. They offer the following databases:

PebbleGo Next: PebbleGo Next is the next step in research for students grades 3-6. PebbleGo Next is carefully aligned to grades 3-6 curriculum objectives. The databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting along with a variety of downloadables, including prompts to inspire critical thinking. They offer the following databases:

Looking for resources to use with PebbleGo/Next? Then create a free teacher account @ Capstone Community. By doing so you will have access to a variety of resources.

Once logged in, click on resources. There you will find lesson plans & activities, videos...

Technology Committee: The HH Technology Committee met this week. As always, we had a great discussion about technology use and device needs. Notes from our meeting can be found on our agenda. If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Post #20: MCAS, Printing, Tech Committee, Tumblebooks,

Wanted to say THANK YOU for all that you do to explore and share technology with each other and your students on a daily basis. I see many strong and confident technology users and that comes from all the thoughtful support you provide each other and the students. Enjoy your weekend.

MCAS: With MCAS starting next week, please remember to have all students in Grades 3-5 log out of their laptop each day and charge overnight. This will help to ensure the laptops are ready for use on MCAS mornings. 

I heard from a teacher that some Chromebooks froze during the practice sessions while accessing TestNav. To help prevent issues during testing, I suggest that students restart the Chromebook in the morning BEFORE accessing TestNav. 

Printing: As we look at what's left in our budgets, we have noticed that our printing budget is low with several months to go. In light of that, I ask everyone to be mindful of what you and your students are printing. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Tech Committee: The next HH Technology Committee meeting is Wednesday, April 11th at 2:30 in the Computer Lab. All are welcome to join our discussion. If you are not able to attend and have a question for us to address, please pass any information along to your grade level rep or email me directly.

TumbleBooks for April: Looking for ways to incorporate TumbleBooks? Check out their calendar with book title suggestions for various holidays and events coming up in April.