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Archive for November, 2013

First up: Mr. Betts, who in addition to sporting a terrible British accent and pretending to fling tea all over Boston and recording a history of Halloween traditions (You Don’t Know Jack (o’Lanterns)) made this terrifying earworm of a video about 17th century economists. Yes, set to the tune of “What Does the Fox Say?” […]

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Following up on our intro to ARIS with geometry last Friday, this morning the 6th graders from Edmunds Middle School spent some time at the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center working through “Frogworld”, a demo ARIS game that made use of items at the Echo Center. After they played the game, they spent some […]

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Pop quiz, hotshot. What do geometry, aliens and the augmented reality gaming platform all have in common? A: All were spotted last Friday at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. As part of a unit on exploring place, educators Laura Botte and Katie Wyndorf are having their students work with the free iOS app ARIS, an […]

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  Welcome to our new twice-monthly column highlighting best practices for digital middle schools from a leadership perspective. Twice a month, Tarrant Institute director Penny Bishop and associate director John Downes will share their insight into what they’ve seen make a lasting and profound difference in technology integration with 21st century middle schools. In this […]

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Lillian Coletta and Leah Green, two pre-service teachers at UVM, have created an amazingly comprehensive Google site for middle-level math educators: https://sites.google.com/site/8thgradeccssresources/ Each resource corresponds to an 8th grade Common Core standard, and they’d love feedback on their site, especially from any teachers who incorporate some of the resources into their classroom. A big thank-you […]

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Julia Melloni, the Middle School Religion teacher at Mater Christi School in Burlington, worked with her students on “blending ancient Scripture with modern technology”. She used the iOS app PuppetPals2 to promote student learning, collaboration, and creativity. From Ms. Melloni: The lesson addressed reading comprehension of Jesus’ teachings in the Bible as well as the […]

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Show of hands, who’s planning on attending the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit in Boston this week? Hm? While you’re there, make sure to catch TIIE’s Susan Hennessey, presenting with HUMS educators on their groundbreaking work with Evernote on the iPad for e-portfolios. Proficiency-based graduation requirements have never seemed so bewitching…     Mirror, Mirror…Student Self-assessment […]

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Meet Theresa White. She teaches 4th and 5th grade at Roxbury Village School, and this past summer, in preparation for her school going 1:1 with iPads, she took Susan Hennessey’s Emerging Technologies course, and as a result, shared this 5-minute lesson on getting up to speed with Google Drive on the iPad.     Bonus: […]

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The unstoppable Susan Hennessey shows you and your students can create a quick collage using the online photo tool, Pixlr.  

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Peoples Academy Middle Level (PAML) educator Joe Speers returns with an explanation of how PAML uses Google Drive on iPads to arrange and organize student folders of work. It’s a fascinating video for anyone working in or considering implementing 1:1 with iPads.  

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