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Burlington Cable Access Television came to the Pine Glen LTC last week to talk with Mrs. D’Elia and Mr. Callahan about how we teach students about digital citizenship. See the embedded video below for last week’s episode of BCAT News. The story about Digital Citizenship starts at 2:53.
NECN came to Pine Glen last week to do a story on the PARCC and how we’re preparing our students for it. The segment features interviews with 5th grade teacher Ms. Marcus, 5th grader David, and Commissioner Mitchell Chester who was filmed in the LTC! “Students say they enjoy learning when technology is involved.”
PARCC is the new Common Core-based electronic testing system that will be implemented in many states across the country over the next few years. This year, Pine Glen and the other schools in Burlington are going to be trial sites for this new evaluation system. Students in different grade levels will take the assessment using different devices.
All information about the trial program, with frequent updates, will be posted on massparcctrial.org. Check it out to find out about the preparations being made, and then to see what we find out as we go through the trial testing periods later this year.
Additionally, you can find the Grades 3-5 sample test questions here if you want to get a feel for the kinds of tasks our students will be asked to do.
This week we wrote our Storybird stories! Look for a blog post featuring these great stories soon!
Continuing our study of award-winning books, we talked about the Robert F. Sibert Medal which is given to the best in children’s nonfiction. We read Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet. Not only did we learn about Tony Sarg but we also had a great discussion about biographies.
We continued to ask the questions, “What does a folktale tell us about a country’s culture?” by reading Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie dePaola (Ireland) and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema (West Africa).
We used LTC class time to research information for our Massachusetts Biography project. We used books from the LTC, Britannica Encyclopedia Online, and Kids InfoBits for resources.
This week we worked on learning about and creating eBooks in Book Creator, one of our Core iPad Apps! Ms. Hayes’s and Mrs. Finn’s classes are working on turning work they’ve previously written into illustrated books. Mrs. Visocchi’s class has been working all week on researching National Parks so they can turn that research into nonfiction texts. Mrs. D’Elia helped students cite their sources and find missing information.
Ms. Marcus’s class finished reading Mock Caldecott books with Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and Bluebird, then they were able to vote! Check back on the LTC blog soon to find out the winner!
This week we posted about the second grade science/art green screen weather project.
The LTC had a great visit with Mr. Fuderich from Derby Academy who came to learn about the great uses of technology in the classroom here at Pine Glen.
On Thursday many fourth graders brought their new friends from the Bridges program on a tour of the school, and it wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the LTC!
The Lab was continually busy this week with i-Ready Reading Assessments. Those should wrap up next week, followed by a few weeks of Math Assessments.
Before the break I worked with Miss Fallon and the second grade teachers, Mrs. Lane, Ms. Anderson, and Ms. Varrell, to record a series of Green Screen videos all about the weather. Over the last week I was able to edit together the videos.
Videos were shot in the DoInk Green Screen App on the iPad, then edited together using iMovie on the iPad. I learned a lot about the new version of iMovie in terms of how to piece together clips, change transitions, and add titles to only a portion of a clip by splitting it.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8kOLr0feKk&list=PLuf8tXNTzXm-XZm4fhMPZjMmYzL8OU1g-]