Monday, November 13, 2017

Report Cards!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, I'd like to make sure a couple things get done.

1. I'd love to make sure you get a chance to share your portfolio and check your share settings so your report card grade is the grade you actually deserve. Please use the share station! Also, If you get the new badges, there's a badge for sharing! If you need help with ideas for each page, check this post out!

2. A friend named Dee Lanier is looking for a real-world problem to solve during the holidays this year. He's a big thinker who knows how to get people working together. What problem would you love to see solved in the world this holiday season? Share it with him using this FlipGrid. Here's an example Smashboard he made to help Veterans on Veterans' Day! If FlipGrid isn't your jam, use this slideshow instead.

3. If you've shared your portfolio, and everything is looking great, you might want to take a shot at coding your own Google Logo.

4. Check out some Soundtrap videos... I've added everyone to Soundtrap using Google Classroom, and I can't wait to see what you create! I also came across this video, which shares how C-Threep makes a live recording and mixes it down to sound just right!


~ Mr. Moore

Friday, November 10, 2017

Johnnie's Video

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I had to share this! We had our Cardboard Challenge already, but there is plenty of cardboard to work with here in The Lab!

If you need some motivation or inspiration, look below, or click the link to check out this video!

~ Mr. Moore

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

If You'd Like to do Some Thanksgiving Learning...

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you're interested in learning about Thanksgiving, maybe you'd like to try an interactive art job, or share your learning in another way.

Here are some resources you might want to check out for your Thanksgiving learning...

1. BrainPop - Use the quiz or a screencast of you playing a Thanksgiving Game to share your learning!

2. Flocabulary - Make a Soundtrap and add your own "Thanksgiving" lyrics!

3. Interactive Drawing - Use Mr. Ferlazzo's Thanksgiving List, like we did for Halloween!

4. National Geographic Kids - A great resource for you to learn more...

5. National Geographic (Not Kids!) - Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

Also, check out the Sharing Station! It includes a touchscreen Chromebox, it's built by students who wanted to share, and it's ready for you!

If you haven't played with SeeSaw, you might want to give it a try. Sign in with Google, then use the class code on the chart on the wall. Try an "Activity" and add it to their blog using the "Globe Icon."


~ Mr. Moore

Monday, November 6, 2017

Line Rider

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Have you ever played Line Rider? If so, I'd like to learn more from you! I saw this amazing video, and I'd love to create some great music projects, or if you have an even better idea, I'd love to give it a try! This person spent a month working, but it's so amazing!

~ Mr. Moore

Saturday, November 4, 2017

ThingLink Whaaaaa?!

Hi Friends, Ms. Raleigh here!

I'm with Mr. Whitfield & Mr. Moore in a session at #edtechteam Google Summit and this presenter reminded me of a super cool tool you might want for interactive pictures. It's called ThingLink (use code: XVRCA3). Would you check it out & give your feedback by commenting on this blog post or making a FlipGrid, please?!

💜 Reporter Raleigh, out!

Reporting (Almost) Live from the Google Summit...

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Here's the Blogger Resource.

Please take a moment to check out some of our students' favorite pages.

Portfolios - If you find some great examples, share their links in the comments to this post! Then shout them out on our FlipGrid Page!

Old(er) student blogs from days past... But amazing as portfolios. Check out the way their labels work.

Badging: Mr. Sharpe is doing a session all about how our badging system works - Here's our badge page!

Also, please take a moment to share some of your favorite student and teacher blogs as Flipgrids or comments here on the blog!

Finally, help share student voice! Use the hashtag #comments4kids (even w/o a Twitter account!)


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 31st... Plus a secret message

EDIT: It's no longer Halloween, but it's still Dia de los Muertos for today! Learn more (or find a cool link for your interactive drawing here.)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the bottom of this post is a post script message I really hope you read.

If you are interested in learning more about this day, continue on with this post. If not, please go ahead and move on down to the post script below, and the the blog post which will help you with your Guestbook and some Coding activities for today.


If you'd like to learn Halloween things, read on.

Mr. Ferlazzo's Picks: All sorts of the most amazing resources for learning about Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. (The Day of the Dead)

BrainPop: Learn about Halloween

Candy Corn Explained

Halloween Coding with Tynker

...Or with

You could also create something Halloween-ey with Canva, Google Drawings, or the tool of your choice.

~ Mr. Moore

PS (Post-Script) - We also tried to make interactive, secret-hidden-link Real+Google Drawings... Here's a link to my not-too-great example. Yours can teach us about anything you want. It doesn't have to be Halloween.

Also -

This weekend, many of your favorite teachers (Raleigh, Sharpe, Mazzella, Moore, Whitfield) will be sharing your portfolio work with almost one thousand teachers at a giant conference in Boulder, Colorado. If you'd like to make sure we know your work is ready, please do the following:

1. Make sure the things on your portfolio are shared correctly, and that your portfolio is on the list. You'll definitely want to make sure your guestbook is on point.

2. Use the Portfolio Shout-out Flipgrid! Make sure you've already copied a link to the best page of the portfolio you're shouting out! You can shout out anyone, including yourself! :) If you need help, PLEASE ask!

3. We're looking for great examples of Badging, Music, and Anything ELSE you are really proud of!

4. Share your work and get feedback right here in the Lab. A student built a new sharing station (she just finished sharing in the very beginning of the video above.) It's a giant TV in the Lab with a yellow marker table. Bring a friend over, and come check it out.

4. Thank you. Your work will really make a difference for some students after this weekend. It's actually a very, very, BIG deal.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday with a Guest Teacher

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am sorry I can't be there today.

We've been getting lots of visitors on the blog who are amazed by your portfolios! In order to help you know who is visiting your websites, You'll need a guestbook!

I'll make an updated video and add it here to help you. The one on the post below this is from the old portfolios, and it might be a bit confusing. Here's a link in case it isn't working here on the blog...

Once you have shown the guest teacher your guestbook on your portfolio, you can move on to the following choices:

1. You may work on your portfolio website. This does NOT mean make any choice you want. it means work on improving what is already there. You can add writing, reflections, etc.

2. You may work on a coding job. This includes:
     BrainPop for computer science and coding
     Code Combat
     Code Monkey

3. Whatever work you get done with coding needs to go onto your Technology Portfolio Page.

4. Finally, please visit some of your friend's portfolios and leave comments on their guestbook!

~ Mr. Moore

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lobos Day!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Happy Lobos Day!

Today we will be combined (as usual) with music. We will all be working on portfolios. I've invited lots of adults to come by and visit with you about your work, but we know that they are all super busy today.

If any adults are able to make it in, please show them how we use the portfolio! Maybe they'd like to start using portfolios or some of the choices in your regular classes as well?

Also, if you'd like to take a look at some of technology we're looking forward to playing with, check out these YouTube Channels!

Makey Makey

Mr. Moore

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Badging, Guestbooks, and General Portfolio Awesomeness...

Ladies and Gentlemen,

To get to choices today you'll need all of the following...

1. A portfolio with at least three badges.

2. A portfolio with a Guestbook

3. A portfolio with a badge you earned today

I imagine you might need some help.

Use the Badging page here on the blog to find out how to make sure your badge sheet sees all the new badges. I'm currently working on badges for Prodigy Math, More Levels of Duolingo, and more, so make sure you're all set up on the Leaderboard! (Find the sign up on the Badging Page, and make sure you're prepared with the published link to your Welcome/Home page...

If you are working with getting badges set up for the very first time on your portfolio, you'll be in a small group with Mr. Moore.

If you are working on your guestbook, use the video below.

I can't wait to see all the great work getting done today in class!

~ Mr. Moore